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  • Asia's factories stay sluggish, stimulus lacks traction

    An engineer makes an arm rail for residential buildings inside a metal processing factory at an industrial zone in downtown TokyoJapanese manufacturing activity shrank in April at the fastest pace in more than three years as deadly earthquakes disrupted production, while output in China and the rest of Asia remained lukewarm at best. "The backdrop remains one of sub-trend growth, inflation that is below target, difficulty in increasing revenue as margins are sacrificed to win modest volume gains, slow wage growth cramping spending and central banks that have used up much of their policy ammunition," was the sober assessment of Alan Oster, chief economist at National Australia Bank.


  • Arrests in Seattle as May Day marchers take to streets

    People march during an anti-capitalism protest Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Seattle. (Grant Hindsley/seattlepi.com via AP) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDITSeattle police used pepper spray to disperse black-clad anti-capitalist protesters authorities say threw rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails at officers during a rowdy May Day gathering. At least ...


  • Q&A: Puerto Rico's debt crisis explained

    FILE - In this Wednesday, July 29, file 2015 photo, the Puerto Rican flag flies in front of Puerto Rico’s Capitol as in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla said on Sunday, May 1, 2016, that negotiators for the U.S. territory’s government have failed to reach a last-minute deal to avoid a third default and that he has issued an executive order to withhold payment. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Puerto Rico's debt crisis has reached a new level, with the island's governor saying Puerto Rico will not pay most of its $470 million in debt payments due by Monday.


  • 'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub

    Alternative Solutions is one of seven facilities in Washington authorized to grow medical marijuana for nearly 3,700 local patientsSecurity cameras and barbed wire suggested this was the right place -- the old warehouse on a dead-end street not far from the White House that hosts one of the handful of legal marijuana farms in the US capital. "We're going to do the visit with a panic button... in case of a break-in," Matt Lawson-Baker, the co-owner of Alternative Solutions, told AFP. Alternative Solutions is one of seven facilities in Washington authorized to grow medical marijuana for nearly 3,700 local patients.


  • Monkey bars alert: Playground concussions are on the rise CHICAGO (AP) — Playground concussions are on the rise, according to a new government study, and monkey bars and swings are most often involved.
  • Red Sox beat Yankees 8-7 to complete 3-game sweep

    Boston Red Sox's Craig Kimbrel, right, and Christian Vazquez celebrate after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 8-7 during a baseball game in Boston, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez had already driven in four runs against David Price with a homer and a double.


  • Battling Blues level NHL series with Stars, Sharks down Predators

    St. Louis Blues' David Backes (L) found the loose puck and tapped it home to even the best-of-seven series at one game apieceDavid Backes scored the winner halfway through overtime to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars in game two of their second round NHL playoff series. With the Blues on the powerplay, Alexander Steen's initial shot was stopped by Dallas goaltender Antti Niemi, but American Backes found the loose puck and tapped it home to even the best-of-seven series at one game apiece. "We just stuck with it found a way to win," said Backes.


  • DeRozan has 30 points, Raptors beat Pacers 89-84 in Game 7

    Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) fouls Indiana Pacers guard Ty Lawson (10) during Game 7 of round one NBA playoff basketball action in Toronto on Sunday, May 1, 2016. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round — finally.


  • Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan share in Daytime Emmy award

    FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2015 file photo, Kelly Ripa, left, poses with Michael Strahan, her co-host on the daily television talk show "LIVE! with Kelly and Michael," during a ceremony honoring Ripa with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Ripa returns as co-host of the morning show after a four-day absence after ABC announced Tuesday that co-host Strahan will leave the show to join "Good Morning America" full-time. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The team of Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan is going out on top with Emmy gold.


  • Outrage over college's plans to sell political memorabilia

    In this Friday, April 29, 2016 photo, attorney Bruce Rubenstein, a collector of left-wing political memorabilia, stands in front of a 1920s drawing by political cartoonist Art Young on April 29, 2016 inside his office in Hartford, Conn. Rubenstein is threatening to sue the University of Hartford which plans to sell a political memorabilia collection to which Rubenstein donated hundreds of items. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — One of America's largest collections of political and campaign memorabilia is headed for the auction block as the University of Hartford seeks to sell off the trove it once displayed at a government-funded museum.


  • Fire heavily damages historic New York City church

    Firefighters battle flames at the historic Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in New York. The church that was constructed in the early 1850s and was designated a New York City landmark in 1968. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — It was a day of sadness for Orthodox worshippers who celebrated Easter at a historic church in Manhattan on Sunday, just hours before it was destroyed in a raging fire that sent plumes of smoke billowing into the skyline.


  • Pavelski's late goal gives Sharks 3-2 win over Predators

    San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Western Conference semifinal series Sunday, May 1, 2016, in San Jose, Calif. Sharks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Nashville Predators frustrated Joe Pavelski and San Jose's top line for much of the night, forcing turnovers, blocking shots and limiting chances.


  • As oil plows through $45 a barrel, U.S. producers rush to lock in prices

    Oil pump jacks are seen next to a strawberry field in OxnardThe flurry of dealing kicked off when prices pierced $45 per barrel earlier in April. While it was not clear if oil prices will remain at current levels, it may also be a sign producers are preparing to add rigs and ramp up output. This week, Pioneer Natural Resources Co , a major producer in the Permian shale basin of West Texas, said it would add rigs with oil prices above $50 per barrel.


  • Blues even series on Backes' OT game-winner, beat Stars 4-3

    St. Louis Blues center David Backes (42) starts to celebrates his goal with teammates Jaden Schwartz (17) as Dallas Stars goalie Antti Niemi (31), Colton Sceviour (22) and Vernon Fiddler (38) look on during overtime of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)DALLAS (AP) — David Backes gave the St. Louis Blues a big gift on his 32nd birthday, with another overtime goal to go home even.


  • Halliburton and Baker Hughes scrap $28 billion merger

    The Baker Hughes campus sits mostly empty in WillistonOilfield services provider Halliburton Co and smaller rival Baker Hughes Inc announced the termination of their $28 billion merger deal on Sunday after opposition from U.S. and European antitrust regulators. It is the latest example of a large merger deal failing to make it to the finish line because of antitrust hurdles. "Challenges in obtaining remaining regulatory approvals and general industry conditions that severely damaged deal economics led to the conclusion that termination is the best course of action," said Dave Lesar, chief executive of Halliburton.


  • Trump gets outside help for potential GOP convention battle

    FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a campaign stop in Indianapolis. Trump has a Plan B on campaign money, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he has called "corrupt." While the political newcomer might lock up the Republican presidential nomination in the next six weeks of voting, he and his allies are simultaneously mounting a public pressure campaign in case he falls short and finds himself at a contested convention this summer in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump has a Plan B if he's faced with a contested convention, and it involves the sort of outside groups that he's called "corrupt."


  • Campaign rumbles into Indiana with underdogs struggling

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the NAACP's 61st annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The 2016 presidential campaign rumbled through Indiana Sunday focused on Tuesday's critical primary, even as front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump itched to fully engage in the one-on-one battle they cast as inevitable.


  • Heat roll past Hornets in Game 7, 106-73

    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, hugs Charlotte Hornets guard Courtney Lee, left, at the end of Game 7 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Miami. The Heat won 106-73. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all that his Miami Heat endured this season.


  • Abortion trials force political shift in N. Ireland

    Pro-choice campaigners take part in a demonstration through Belfast city centre on April 30, 2016The prosecution of women in Northern Ireland over abortion has become a key campaign issue ahead of regional elections on Thursday, with unprecedented political support for reforming the law. The prosecutions have fuelled a campaign against one of Europe's most stringent abortion laws and a backlash by anti-abortion campaigners and the Catholic Church who have urged voters to boycott candidates favouring reform. Patterson is one of a number of candidates calling for an extension of a more liberal abortion law covering the rest of the United Kingdom to Northern Ireland.


  • 'Live!' host Ripa wins Daytime Emmy after storming off show

    Television hosts Kelly Ripa (L) and Michael Strahan at the Hollywood Walk of FameKelly Ripa and Michael Strahan won a Daytime Emmy for their talk show, capping a turbulent few days which saw Ripa storm off over her co-presenter's decision to quit. The pair shared the prize for best entertainment talk show host for ABC's morning programme "Live! With Kelly and Michael" at the ceremony in Los Angeles. The award came after Ripa, incensed that executives at Disney, which owns ABC, left her out of the loop about Strahan's departure for sister show "Good Morning America".


  • Halliburton, Baker Hughes call off merger

    US oil services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes have called off their proposed $34.6 billion mergerUS oil services companies Halliburton and Baker Hughes have announced they are calling off their massive multibillion-dollar proposed merger that had met strong resistance from regulators. The deal, announced in November 2014, foresaw a $34.6 billion takeover by Halliburton of its rival, creating a powerful competitor to global industry leader Schlumberger. "Challenges in obtaining remaining regulatory approvals and general industry conditions that severely damaged deal economics led to the conclusion that termination is the best course of action," Halliburton's chairman and chief executive, Dave Lesar, said in a joint statement.


  • Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros.

    Ringling Brothers Circus Retires Elephant ActPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus bid farewell to its performing elephants on Sunday, as the show closed its own chapter on a practice that has entertained audiences in America for two centuries but has come under fire by animal rights activists.


  • Shin breaks through for first win at Texas Shootout

    Jenny Shin hits her tee shot on the seventh hole during the final round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at Las Colinas Country Club on May 1, 2016 in Irving, TexasJenny Shin became the third first time winner on the USLPGA Tour this year, coming from behind to close with a four-under 67 and win the Texas Shootout tournament. "I was really nervous on the last hole," said South Korea's Shin. Shin played the final 43 holes at the Dallas-area Las Colinas Country Club bogey free as she finished at 14-under 270.


  • Warriors whip Portland at home in opener of West semifinals

    Warriors whip Portland at home in opener of West semifinalsOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense.


  • Correction: Venezuela-Minimum Wage story

    File-This April 19, 2016, file photo shows Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro greeting supporters upon his arrival to Bolivar Square to celebrate the 206th anniversary of the call for independence from Spain, in Caracas, Venezuela. The president is ordering a 30 percent increase in the minimum wage, the latest move by the socialist government to grapple with high inflation and economic stagnation. The boost announced Saturday, April 30, 2016, by Maduro comes after a 25 percent increase on March 1. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano, File)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In a story April 30 about (topic), The Associated Press reported erroneously that the black market value of the new wage is about $50. The black market value is about $13.50.


  • Kershaw: 3-hitter, 14 Ks, RBI single, Dodgers top Pads 1-0

    San Diego Padres starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers desperately needed a stopper to end their six-game losing streak. Up stepped Clayton Kershaw, with his arm and bat.


  • Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical

    Emergency personnel work at the scene after a CSX freight train derailed, spilling hazardous material, in Washington on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Capitol is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials warned Washington D.C. area residents to brace for a potentially slow commute Monday after a CSX freight train derailed near a Metro stop, sending 15 cars off the tracks and spilling hazardous material.


  • Bayern's Guardiola under pressure for Atletico return

    Bayern Munich are bidding to avoid losing a semi-final to a Spanish side for the third year running having lost the first-leg last Wednesday at AtleticoBayern Munich's coach Pep Guardiola knows he needs to prove his critics wrong by overturning a 1-0 first-leg deficit against Atletico Madrid in Tuesday's crunch home Champions League semi-final. Guardiola and Bayern are bidding to avoid losing a semi-final to a Spanish side for the third year running having lost the first-leg last Wednesday at Atletico after Saul Niguez's early solo strike. Having won 14 titles in four years at Barcelona and six titles so far in three years with Bayern, Guardiola hopes to sign off in charge of Munich by lifting the Champions League trophy at the final on May 28 in Milan.


  • The Latest: Clinton: Don't let progress fall to Trump

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the NAACP's 61st annual Fight for Freedom Fund dinner in Detroit, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign ahead of Tuesday's high-stakes Indiana primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):


  • Jazz fest's last day finishes soggy, but strong

    Kesha Page wades across the horse race track within which most of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in New Orleans. A day after thunderstorms forced the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to close early, another downpour Sunday turned parts of the Fair Grounds Race Track into a swimming pool for geese and forced opening acts on main stages to end their sets early. (AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Wind, rain and a lightning strike beside the stage where Bonnie Raitt was singing didn't stop the soggy last day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival from rollicking to a close.


  • The Latest: Elephants give final Ringling Bros. performance

    An Asian elephant performs during the national anthem for the final elephant performance during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. The circus closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago. The animals will live at the Ringling Bros. 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on elephants performing for the last time at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (all times local):


  • Puerto Rico to default on $422 mn debt payment: governor

    Governor Alejandro Garca Padilla has announced that the US commonwealth of Puerto Rico will default on $422 million in debtPuerto Rico's financial crisis deepened Sunday as Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla announced the US commonwealth would default on $422 million in debt. Puerto Rico has been locked in recession for a decade, and already defaulted on some debt payments at the beginning of the year. Garcia Padilla says he does not want a bailout but simply legal ability to restructure existing debt.


  • The Latest: All sing with Guthrie: 'Alice's Restaurant' NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (all times local):
  • Capitals' Orpik suspended 3 games for hit on Maatta

    Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (44) levels Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta (3) with a high hit during the first period of Game 2 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Washington. Pittsburgh won 2-1. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.


  • LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law

    Protestors march seeking repeal of a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples, transgender people and others. More than 300 people attended a March and rally Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo Jeff Amy)JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender rights protested Sunday against a new Mississippi law they call discriminatory, saying they're not giving up their fight.


  • As path narrows, Sanders asks party insiders to back his bid

    Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks at a news conference in Washington, Sunday, May 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders acknowledged Sunday that his "uphill climb" to the Democratic nomination depends on winning over superdelegates, the elected officials, lobbyists and other party insiders who are free to back either candidate.


  • May Day rally in Los Angeles features strong anti-Trump theme

    People march with an inflatable effigy of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during an immigrant rights May Day rally in Los AngelesHundreds of people marched through Los Angeles on Sunday in a May Day rally that took aim at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump for his anti-illegal immigration platform that includes building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. The demonstration in America's second most populous city, which has a large immigrant population, came just days after protesters smashed the window of a police car and blocked traffic outside a Trump campaign event in Costa Mesa, California, 40 miles (64 km) southeast of Los Angeles. On Friday, demonstrators blocked the entrance of a hotel hosting the California Republican convention in Burlingame, south of San Francisco, forcing Trump to halt his motorcade and go through a back entrance to deliver his speech.


  • 2 reservation hospitals agree to quality-of-care changes SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Two government-run hospitals on Native American reservations in South Dakota will keep receiving crucial federal funding after agreeing to undertake significant measures to improve the quality of care provided to patients.
  • Things to know about a gap year, when students take time off

    FILE- In this April 8, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia walk from Marine One toward Air Force One at Los Angeles International Airport. Malia is taking a year off after graduating from high school before attending Harvard University as part of an expanding program for students known as a "gap year." (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's daughter Malia is taking a year off after graduating from high school before attending Harvard University as part of an expanding program for students known as a "gap year."


  • Above-average fire year ahead in Hawaii, Alaska, Southwest

    FILE--In this July 28, 2015 file photo, Department of Forestry firefighters prepare for work at the Cable Crossing Fire near Glide, Ore. The National Interagency Coordinating Center is releasing its report on the outlook for the 2016 summer wildfire season nationwide. (Michael Sullivan/The News-Review via AP, file) MANDATORY CREDITHawaii, Alaska and the Southwest face an above-average threat of wildfires this summer, but most of the country should see normal or below-normal problems, forecasters said Sunday.