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- Asia's factories stay sluggish, stimulus lacks traction
Japanese 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
Seattle 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
- 'Grown in Washington': the marijuana farms near US power hub
Security 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
- Battling Blues level NHL series with Stars, Sharks down Predators
David 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
- Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan share in Daytime Emmy award
- Outrage over college's plans to sell political memorabilia
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
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
- As oil plows through $45 a barrel, U.S. producers rush to lock in prices
The 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
- Halliburton and Baker Hughes scrap $28 billion merger
Oilfield 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
- Campaign rumbles into Indiana with underdogs struggling
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
- Abortion trials force political shift in N. Ireland
The 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
Kelly 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 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.
PROVIDENCE, 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 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
OAKLAND, 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
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
- Train derails in Washington, DC; leaks hazardous chemical
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'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
- Jazz fest's last day finishes soggy, but strong
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
- Puerto Rico to default on $422 mn debt payment: governor
Puerto 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
- LGBT rights protesters vow to keep fighting Mississippi law
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
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
Hundreds 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
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