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At least 54 dead, 15 missing after Russian trawler sinks off Kamchatka – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 54 crew on a Russian fishing trawler died and 15 were missing after it sank in freezing waters off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Western Pacific Ocean late on Wednesday, officials in the area said. Sixty-three of the 132 people on board the Dalniy Vostok were rescued with the sea’s temperature near zero degrees Celsius (32 degrees Fahrenheit), Viktor Klepikov, coordinating captain of the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky…

US Sen. Menendez indicted on corruption charges – NorthJersey.com

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Flights on a private jet, vacations in a Paris hotel suite and a Caribbean villa, and nearly $800,000 in campaign contributions were some of the bribes Sen. Bob Menendez received to promote the business and personal interests of Florida eye specialist Salomon Melgen, a 14-count federal indictment charged Wednesday. In exchange, the indictment said, Menendez tried to help Melgen keep $9 million that Med­icare said he overbilled…

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez "outraged" over corruption charges – CBS News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, is “outraged” over the latest Justice Department indictment charges leveled against him, saying prosecutors are “dead wrong.” “For nearly three years, I’ve lived under a Justice Department cloud. And today I’m outraged that this cloud has not been lifted,” Menendez told supporters late Wednesday. “I’m confident at the end of the day, I will be vindicated and they will be exposed.” “I will not be…

Arkansas Legislators Amend Controversial Religious Freedom Bill – Huffington Post

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Arkansas legislators offered amendments to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Wednesday, revising the controversial legislation to resemble the federal RFRA. The state senate’s judiciary committee passed an amended version of the bill hours after Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) refused to sign the existing legislation over concerns that the bill could be used as legal justification for discrimination against LGBT individuals. A similar bill in Indiana, signed into…

California governor orders 25 percent reduction in water usage statewide – Reuters

Thursday, April 02, 2015

PHILLIPS, Calif. (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, acting in the face of a devastating multiyear drought, ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to reduce usage by 25 percent. The cutbacks, to be implemented by state and local water agencies, will affect consumers and businesses throughout the most populous U.S. state, but farmers, who are already making do with less water for irrigation,…

Indicted NJ Sen. Menendez vows to fight corruption charges – Fox News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A defiant N.J. Sen. Robert Menendez vowed Wednesday to fight corruption charges against him, hours after a federal grand jury handed up an indictment that accused the two-term Democrat of using his office to help a party donor. “I am not going anywhere,” Menendez said at an evening press conference in Newark. “This is not how my career is going to end.” ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Menendez, a powerful political force in…

Obama’s folly in Iran needs a page from Reagan’s playbook – Fox News

Thursday, April 02, 2015

President Obama speaks at dedication of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are negotiating an agreement with Iran that will accelerate a nuclear arms race in a part of the world that has begun a 30-year, fight to the finish, religious war.  It is a prescription for disaster. The…

GOP’s Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue – San Francisco Chronicle

Thursday, April 02, 2015

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concern about religious freedom, awakened in the debate over a new Indiana law, could unite conservative Republicans and rally some Democrats to the GOP in 2016.

Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Islamic State conflict: Iraq declares Tikrit ‘victory’ – BBC News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a picture online of himself raising an Iraqi flag in central Tikrit The Iraqi government has declared a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit. Troops are still fighting to clear the last remaining IS holdout in the city, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was filmed raising an Iraqi flag there. The month-long operation to recapture Tikrit has been the…

Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Islamic State conflict: Iraq declares Tikrit ‘victory’ – BBC News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a picture online of himself raising an Iraqi flag in central Tikrit The Iraqi government has declared a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit. Troops are still fighting to clear the last remaining IS holdout in the city, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was filmed raising an Iraqi flag there. The month-long operation to recapture Tikrit has been the…

Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says ‘block-to-block … – Fox News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraq’s defense minister said security forces have achieved a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.” Khalid al-Obeidi said Wednesday that security forces have “accomplished their mission” in the monthlong offensive to rid Saddam Hussein’s hometown of the militant group. ADVERTISEMENT…

Islamic State conflict: Iraq declares Tikrit ‘victory’ – BBC News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a picture online of himself raising an Iraqi flag in central Tikrit The Iraqi government has declared a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit. Troops are still fighting to clear the last remaining IS holdout in the city, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was filmed raising an Iraqi flag there. The month-long operation to recapture Tikrit has been the…

Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Arkansas Governor’s Son Thrust Into Spotlight Over Religious Freedom Bill – New York Times

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says ‘block-to-block … – Fox News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraq’s defense minister said security forces have achieved a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still has fighters.” Khalid al-Obeidi said Wednesday that security forces have “accomplished their mission” in the monthlong offensive to rid Saddam Hussein’s hometown of the militant group. ADVERTISEMENT…

Islamic State conflict: Iraq declares Tikrit ‘victory’ – BBC News

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi posted a picture online of himself raising an Iraqi flag in central Tikrit The Iraqi government has declared a “magnificent victory” over Islamic State militants in the city of Tikrit. Troops are still fighting to clear the last remaining IS holdout in the city, but Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was filmed raising an Iraqi flag there. The month-long operation to recapture Tikrit has been the…