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Indiana governor: 'absolutely not' a mistake to sign religious freedom bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Sunday said it was "absolutely not" a mistake to sign the state law that supporters contend promotes religious freedom but detractors see as a covert move to support discrimination against gay people. Show More Summary

Egypt president: Leaders agree to joint Arab military force

They aim to create a joint Arab military force to deal with "challenges" facing the region.

PM: 'Dangerous accord' with Iran worse than Israel feared

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. The premier warned that Iran could be in...Show More Summary

Hundreds rally against Indiana law, say it's discriminatory

Gov. Mike Pence expects another bill will be introduced this coming week.

Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms.

Eiffel Tower goes dark in symbolic move for Earth Hour

PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.

Utility found 'hazardous situation' in gas link before New York blast

By Barbara Goldberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - Utility workers dispatched in August to one of three buildings destroyed in an explosion and fire in Manhattan last week found dangerous gas line connections that created a "hazardous situation," a Con Edison spokesman said on Saturday. Show More Summary

L.A. commuter train hits car, partially derails; 21 hurt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A commuter train slammed into a car at a crossing in front of the University of Southern California on Saturday, seriously injuring the driver and the train's operator. Nineteen passengers on the train suffered lesser injuries.

Angie's List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays

The company behind the Angie's List business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people.Show More Summary

Boston police officer shot during traffic stop expected to recover

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - A Boston police officer who was shot in the face by a man during a traffic stop in an incident that set off a twilight gunfight in the city is expected to recover, Police Commissioner William Evans told reporters on Saturday. Show More Summary

Crash co-pilot's personality 'serious lead' but not only one: French investigator

"We have a certain number of elements which allow us to make progress on this lead, which is a serious lead but which can't be the only one," police chief Jean-Pierre Michel told AFP in the western German city of Duesseldorf. The investigation...Show More Summary

Report: Alps crash pilot told ex 'everyone will know my name'

German prosecutors cite "medical documents that suggest an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment."

UN chief: Negotiations way to prevent long Yemen conflict

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said negotiations are the only way to prevent a long-term conflict in Yemen.

Defense moves into spotlight in Boston Marathon bombing trial

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The Boston Marathon bombing trial shifts sharply in tone next week when prosecutors rest their case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and turn proceedings over to his lawyers, who have already admitted he planted explosives at the finish line in April 2013. Show More Summary

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned

Italy's highest court rules in favor of the American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

Jury clears top Silicon Valley firm of gender bias, retaliation

By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. Show More Summary

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill whose authors say is intended to protect religious freedoms but critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The bill advancing...Show More Summary

Jury has reached a verdict in Silicon Valley discrimination trial

By Sarah McBride and Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California jury has reached a verdict in a high profile gender discrimination lawsuit brought by former Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers partner Ellen Pao against the venture capital firm, a court official said on Friday. Show More Summary

Astronauts blast off for 1-year trip to space station

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — American astronaut Scott Kelly and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko have blasted off on a mission to spend an entire year away from the Earth.

Senate's Harry Reid announces he won't seek re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term.

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