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April 2015 Edition

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Turks and Caicos Islands signs $224M hotel development plan

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (AP) - The government of the Turks and Caicos Islands has announced an agreement with a hotel developer to build a $224 million resort project on the most populous island of the British territory.

Mike Tyson says more must be done for prisoner re-entry

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson gave the keynote address Thursday at a conference on prisoner re-entry, saying that the prison system isn't doing a good job of rehabilitating inmates and that there needs to be more programs to prevent people from going there in the first place.

Cutting back on water use: Q&A on California's drought

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The stubborn drought gripping California is dragging into a fourth year, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown this week to call for mandatory cutbacks in water use across the state. The drastic action marked the first time in California's history that involuntary water restrictions have been ordered, underscoring the seriousness of the drought.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Thursday

U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Thursday, shaking off two days of losses. Separate government reports indicating a steep drop in weekly applications for unemployment benefits and a pickup in U.S. factory orders helped lift the market. Consumer discretionary stocks were among the biggest risers. U.S. stock trading will be closed Friday for Good Friday.

Clarification: Christie-Lottery Woes story

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a story March 31, due to an editing error, The Associated Press reported that Gov. Chris Christie privatized New Jersey's lottery two years ago. Under the 15-year contract with Northstar New Jersey Lottery Group, the private company runs the majority of the lottery's operations, including ticket sales and marketing. A few functions, such as public relations, remain with the state, which oversees Northstar via a lottery commission whose members serve at the governor's...

California moves to kill the lawn, save the water

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

Figures on government spending and debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.<''''''"

Deadly bird flu shows up in South Dakota, 4th Minnesota farm

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has shown up in a commercial turkey flock in South Dakota and a fourth turkey farm in Minnesota, state and federal agencies confirmed Thursday, bringing the total number of outbreaks in the Midwest to nine and leading to the deaths of 314,000 birds since early March.

California moves to kill the lawn, save the water

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - What's it going to take to get people to use a lot less water in drought-stricken California, the Technicolor landscape of lush yards, emerald golf courses and aquamarine swimming pools?

Comedy writer Tom Koch, who invented squamish, dead at 89

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) - Veteran comedy writer Tom Koch (kuk), who when he wasn't creating sketches for the legendary comedy team Bob and Ray invented a nonsensical, nearly impossible to play sport called squamish, has died at age 89.

Maurer replaced as president of Sikorsky Aircraft

STRATFORD, Conn. (AP) - United Technologies Corp. has announced a change in leadership at Sikorsky Aircraft, less than a month after announcing it may spin off the helicopter-making subsidiary.

4 charged in Uganda-based counterfeit US currency scheme

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Nevada high school student and a Pennsylvania man who allegedly published a web-based guide on how to pass counterfeit money in casinos have been indicted along with two others in a Uganda-based scheme that produced more than $1.5 million in high-quality counterfeit bills, authorities announced Thursday.

Browner lawns, bigger water bills: Q&A on California drought

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order for mandatory water conservation in cities and towns statewide means people inside and outside California will start feeling more of the pain of the state's four-year severe drought.

Medical expenses: Finding your way with a patient navigator

A medical emergency leaves you with tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid hospitals bill. Your health insurance company rejects coverage for an important medical test. An unexpected diagnosis requires you to find three new medical specialists.

Revel: Only 1 buyer qualified for ex-Atlantic City casino

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A consultant vetting bids for Atlantic City's former Revel casino says that although 18 potential buyers have expressed interest, Florida developer Glenn Straub is the only one who has made a qualified offer.

Dubai port firm buys Canadian terminal for $580M Canadian

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Dubai-based port operator DP World says it has reached a deal to acquire the Fairview container terminal in Canada from Deutsche Bank for 580 million Canadian dollars, or about $457 million.

Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88.

Drought: California taking sweeping steps to conserve water

TUSTIN, Calif. (AP) - Gary Whitlock watched water run down to the sidewalk as gardeners hosed down a bed of marigolds outside an Orange County office building and questioned if California's latest attempt to curb water use would be any more successful than previous ones in the drought-stricken state.

Greece's PM says government will bolster public health care

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says his government will bolster public health care in Greece with the hiring of 4,500 specialized staff and the abolition of a compulsory 5 euro ($5.4) fee for treatment at public hospitals.

Applications for US jobless aid plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a strong job market despite evidence of tepid economic growth in the opening months of 2015.

Applications for US jobless aid plunge

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped significantly last week, a sign of a strong job market despite evidence of tepid economic growth in the opening months of 2015.

Lumber Liquidators: 10K customers asked for air test kits

TOANO, Va. (AP) - Lumber Liquidators said Thursday that about 10,000 of its customers have requested in-home air quality test kits, following a TV report that raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde in its Chinese-made laminate flooring.

3 countries investigate fishing slavery exposed by AP

BENJINA, Indonesia (AP) - Officials from three countries are traveling to remote islands in eastern Indonesia to investigate how thousands of foreign fishermen wound up there as slaves and were forced to catch seafood that could eventually end up being exported to the United States and elsewhere.

European Central Bank determined to stick with stimulus plan

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - Records of the March 5 European Central Bank meeting show top officials expressing determination to stick with the full 1 trillion euros ($1.1 trillion) of their planned stimulus - even though the 19-countrye eurozone economy shows signs of finally picking up.

IOC releases compensation figures for Bach and members

LONDON (AP) - In what it described as a vital show of financial transparency, the International Olympic Committee on Thursday disclosed how much its members receive in allowances and per diem payments - including an annual 225,000 euro ($242,000) sum for President Thomas Bach.

Stock split could cost Google over $500 million

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An unorthodox stock split designed to ensure Google CEO Larry Page and fellow co-founder Sergey Brin retain control of the Internet's most profitable company could cost Google more than half a billion dollars.

Boston Marathon opens new 'front door' on Boylston Street

BOSTON (AP) - A few blocks from the finish line and even closer to the spot where the second bomb exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon, race organizers are building a combination clubhouse, interactive museum and retail store that, for the first time, gives them a year-round, public presence.

Businesses, performers boycott Indiana because of new law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Businesses and organizations are canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Lawmakers are working to clarify the bill's intent, but many aren't waiting to see the results.

Prosecutors seek congressional probe of supplement industry

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group of 14 attorneys general has asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

Bats in president's attic generate flap in Ohio college town

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) - The grand old president's house at the center of Ohio University's campus had plenty of maintenance issues, but the bats flapping in the attic have become a symbol of what some say are misguided priorities and wasteful spending.

AP Exclusive: Airbnb to Cuba in major US business expansion

HAVANA (AP) - The popular online home-rental service Airbnb will allow American travelers to book lodging in Cuba starting Thursday in the most significant U.S. business expansion on the island since the declaration of detente between the two countries late last year.

Family at exec's fatal crash sentencing: You're heartless

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - Relatives of a pregnant woman and her fiance say a New Hampshire man was "heartless" when he swerved his pickup truck across an interstate median and smashed into their SUV, killing the Vermont couple.

Bondholders offer $2B boost for Puerto Rico power company

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A group of U.S. bondholders on Wednesday offered to invest $2 billion in energy production and other measures that it said would help improve the finances and infrastructure of Puerto Rico's power company amid fears it will go bankrupt.

Kasich strikes voter item from Ohio's transportation budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Gov. John Kasich used his line-item-veto authority on Wednesday to strike a provision in the state's transportation budget that Democrats claimed would discourage out-of-state college students in Ohio from voting in the swing state.

Illinois governor tries novel approach in anti-union battle

PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) - It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought.

Japan inflation edges up as BOJ keeps policy unchanged

TOKYO (AP) - Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation.

2015 Top Columbus Lawyers

Seventh annual rating features new tool for identifying central Ohio's premier lawyers and their practice specialties.

Figures on government spending and debt

WASHINGTON (AP) - Figures on government spending and debt (last six digits are eliminated). The government's fiscal year runs Oct. 1 through Sept. 30.<''''''"

Indiana family says their pizzeria won't cater gay weddings

WALKERTON, Ind. (AP) - An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new "religious freedom" law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding.

How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Wednesday

Major U.S. stock indexes ended modestly lower on Wednesday, extending losses from the day before. Discouraging economic reports on jobs, manufacturing and construction spending weighed on the market. Oil prices soared on signs that U.S. production is slowing.

Top selling cars and trucks in the US in March

Automakers released March U.S. sales figures Wednesday. Here are the top-selling new cars and trucks in the U.S. that month, the total number sold and the percent change from March 2014.

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