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Shabab Are Said to Mount Deadly Attack on University in Kenya – New York Times

Thursday, April 02, 2015

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Indiana Lawmakers Propose Change to Religious-Freedom Law – ABC News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Indiana‘s top two legislators, both Republicans, announced Thursday morning a “fix” to their state’s controversial religious-freedom law — a change that would preclude Indiana businesses from denying services to gays or lesbians. “What was intended as a message of inclusion was interpreted as a message of exclusion, especially for the LGBT community,” Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma told reporters at a 9 a.m. news conference. “Nothing could have been further…

UPDATE 4-At least 56 killed as Russian trawler sinks in icy seas – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

* Trawler with 132 crew sinks in freezing waters * Rescue operation seeks missing crew * Russia has poor safety record (Updates death toll, adds details) By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW, April 2 (Reuters) – A Russian trawler sank in icy seas off Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka peninsula on Thursday, killing at least 56 of the 132 crew, the emergencies ministry said on Thursday. Sixty-three people were rescued but 13 were…

US Senator Menendez indicted for corruption says ‘will be vindicated’ – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges, allegations that the high-ranking Democrat vowed to fight at a news conference on Wednesday night. Menendez was indicted by a grand jury in New Jersey for accepting gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist, in exchange for using the power of his Senate office to benefit Melgen’s financial and personal interests, according to the court…

John Kasich leads Ohio, Jeb Bush leads Florida, but no clear front runner … – cleveland.com

Thursday, April 02, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Polling in three key swing states found that no potential candidate for president is a clear front runner among Republican voters, with Gov. John Kasich leading in Ohio, former Gov. Jeb Bush leading in his home state and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker up in Pennsylvania. The Quinnipiac University Poll, released Thursday, showed no candidate has staked out a strong lead position. While Kasich and Bush topped a…

Police: Gunmen attack university in eastern Kenya – Chron.com

Thursday, April 02, 2015

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen attacked a college campus in northeast Kenya early Thursday, shooting indiscriminately in dormitories and killing at least two people and wounding 29 others, police said. The attack bore the hallmarks of a Somali Islamic extremist group. Terrified students streamed out of buildings, some young men shirtless, as arriving police officers hunkered down, taking cover. The gunmen had opened fire at guards, triggering a “fierce shootout”…

No breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks after all-night negotiations – Haaretz

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Gee, let’s see. An Islamic Republic with only 79 million people sitting on the third greater proven reserves in the world of oil and gas, and whom supports Islamic terrorist organizations and is fully dedicated to the submission of the entire world to Islam by any means necessary including genocide, democide, terrorism, and human enslavement (all of which are fully legitimatized with eternal promises of reward offered in the…

Gov. Jerry Brown battling California water crisis created by his father, Gov. Pat … – Washington Post

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Former California governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown and his wife, Bernice, after their son, Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown Jr., was inaugurated to his second term in Sacramento in 1979. (AP Photo/Walter Zaboski, File) In 1979, a balding man with a touch of gray at the temples and glasses like windshields was holding forth on his favorite subject: H2O. Pat Brown, former governor of California — and father of current…

Sen. Bob Menendez: Humble beginnings to an alleged 5-star, $1000 per night … – Washington Post

Thursday, April 02, 2015

The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme (Courtesy of Hyatt Hotels) Back when Sen. Bob Menendez was just a chubby Cuban American kid in a tenement apartment in Union City, New Jersey, his mother instilled in him one, all-important lesson: “failure is not an option.” With that mantra in mind, Menendez embarked on a remarkable rise from poverty to power that culminated in the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on…

Afghan suicide attack kills 17, wounds dozens: TV – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

KABUL (Reuters) – A suicide attack near the governor’s house in the eastern Afghan province of Khost killed 17 people on Thursday and wounded dozens, Tolo TV said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The Afghan Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by U.S.-led forces, have been fighting to bring down the U.S.-backed government in Kabul, and stepped up attacks after most foreign forces pulled out at the end…

California Imposes First Mandatory Water Restrictions to Deal With Drought – New York Times

Thursday, April 02, 2015

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As in Indiana and Arkansas, corporate America now wields clout on social issues – Los Angeles Times

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Corporate America usually hasn’t viewed hot-button social issues as any of its business. Then came Indiana. The controversy over the state’s religious rights measure signed into law last week has been striking for the parade of well-known businesses that not only joined in the opposition to the law but took the lead in voicing their disapproval. From Apple Inc. in Silicon Valley to Eli Lilly & Co. in Indianapolis, the…

Justice Department Indicts Sen. Bob Menendez on Corruption Charges – Wall Street Journal

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A federal grand jury indicted Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey on corruption charges Wednesday, the Justice Department’s first criminal charges against a sitting U.S. senator since the flawed prosecution of Alaska’s Ted Stevens in 2008. Mr. Menendez, 61 years old, asserted at a news conference in Newark, N.J., on Wednesday evening that he had done nothing wrong and was “outraged” the Justice Department brought charges, the culmination…

Death toll rises to 54 after Russian trawler sinks in Western Pacific: rescue center – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 54 people have died and 15 are missing after a Russian trawler sank late on Wednesday in the Western Pacific Ocean near the Kamchatka Peninsula, an officer at a maritime rescue coordination center in the area said. Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky maritime rescue coordination center, told Reuters that there were 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok freezer trawler. He said 63…

Religious liberty isn’t ‘fringe view,’ Cruz says in Iowa – Dallas Morning News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz, culture warrior, kept a tight focus on social issues Wednesday during his first Iowa visit as a presidential candidate. He warned of a “partisan desire to mandate gay marriage everywhere in this country.” As for the Supreme Court, he said, a ruling to legalize gay marriage would be “fundamentally illegitimate.” “Religious liberty is not some fringe view. It is the basis of this…

Sen. Robert Menendez Indictment A Blow to Latino Political Influence – NBCNews.com

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The trajectory of Latinos’ political influence can’t be charted without including Sen. Bob Menendez, who faces federal charges following a corruption investigation. The New Jersey Democrat was the first Latino to serve in House leadership when he became the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus in 2003. He is one of three Latinos in the U.S. Senate and the only one who is a Democrat. So the Department of…

California Gov. Jerry Brown issues mandatory water restrictions – CNN

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

(CNN)The Golden State could soon refer to the hue of California’s lawns. Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday imposed mandatory water restrictions for the first time on residents, businesses and farms, ordering cities and towns in the drought-ravaged state to reduce usage by 25%. “We’re in a new era,” Brown told reporters. “The idea of your nice little green grass getting lots of water every day, that’s going to be a…

Don’t Expect Miracles When I Tackle Boko Haram – Buhari Tells Nigerians – NAIJ.COM

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

In one of his first full interviews as President-elect, Gen. Muhammudu Buhari discusses how he plans to tackle Boko Haram while also warning Nigerians not to expect a miracle when his administration tackles the menace.  The interview which was conducted by  the BBC’s Peter okwoche questions about the gesture of President Goodluck Jonathan in congratulating him on his victory and his thoughts about Boko Haram were thrown at the General. In…

Why businesses are speaking out on religious-objections laws – MiamiHerald.com

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. The world’s largest retailer and America’s largest private employer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., waded into the debate Tuesday when its CEO urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. On…

Hillary Clinton dodges Brooklyn campaign headquarters talk – Yahoo News UK

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is playfully dodging talk about where her Democratic presidential campaign headquarters might be. Clinton on Wednesday attended a roundtable on early child development in Brooklyn with New York City’s first lady, Chirlane McCray. Afterward, she was asked if she would be returning to Brooklyn to establish a base for her expected campaign. She smiled and said that decision would come “all in good…