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world US Economy Shrank in Early 2015

The U.S. economy shrank in the first three months of 2015, as unusually foul winter weather hurt economic activity, the strong dollar made it harder to sell American-made goods in other nations and low oil prices meant less investment in drilling. Friday's report from the U.S. Commerce Departments Bureau of Economic Analysis said the gross domestic product declined at an annual rate of 0.7 percent during the first quarter. That is a sharp downward revision from a first estimate that showe

14 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Mexican tequila harvest - in pictures

Graeme Robertson went to Mexico to photograph the Patrn tequila process, from harvest to bottling.Order of Patrn production process 1 Harvesting, trimming, sorting2 Baking/cooking3 Crushing Roller mill/tahona mill4 Fermentation Roller mill/tahona mill5 Distillation Roller mill/tahona mill6 Ageing, blending 7 Bottling Continue reading...

14 minutes ago // BBC

world Federer and Sharapova into last 16

Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova reach the French Open fourth round, Britwatch, Murray latest, plus quotes of the day.

14 minutes ago // BBC

world Jewish female driving ban condemned

A ban on women driving their children to school issued by a Jewish education institution is "unacceptable", Education Secretary Nicky Morgan says.

17 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson return to the stage in July

Relive the 90s sketch comedy show In Living Color when comedians David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson split thestage at Treasure Island on Friday, July 24.

18 minutes ago // BBC

world Driver 'forgot where to bring drugs'

A driver allegedly told to transport up to 180,000 worth of cocaine was so inept he forgot where he was supposed to be going, a court has been told.

18 minutes ago // ABC

world Migrants Hide Under Trucks to Board Italy-Bound Ferries

Migrants cling to undercarriages of trucks to sneak onto ferries bound for Italy

18 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Sepp Blatter promises to 'fix' scandal-hit Fifa as presidential vote begins live

Embattled Fifa president expected to triumph against challenger Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein as Greg Dyke threatens European World Cup boycottHow does Fifas presidential vote work?Who wil

18 minutes ago // VOA

world Police Minister: Zuma Owes Nothing for $20 Million Home Upgrades

Pay Back the Money" has become a rallying cry in South Africa for politicians and citizens who want President Jacob Zuma to pay back some of the $20 million in public money spent on upgrades to his private homestead. But this week, the nation's police minister cleared Zuma of any responsibility, saying the upgrades, which included a swimming pool and a cattle enclosure, were necessary for presidential security. South Africas police minister declared that Zuma does not have to pay back

19 minutes ago // Time

world U.S. Takes Cuba Off Terror List

It's part of the process to normalize relations between the Cold War foes

20 minutes ago // ABC

world Top Canadian Minister to Announces He's Leaving Politics

Prominent member of Canada's Conservative government to announce he's leaving politics

21 minutes ago // Reuters

world Hollande, Merkel call for rapid implementation of Minsk agreement

PARIS Reuters - French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to rapidly implement measures agreed under the Feb. 12 Minsk ceasefire, Hollande's office said in a statement.

22 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Record rains in Texas disrupt Byron Nelson Championship

With the state of Texas enduring the wettest month in its recorded history, this might not be the best time to hold a golf tournament there.

23 minutes ago // VOA

world US Takes Cuba Off Terrorism List

The U.S. State Department said Cuba has been removed from the U.S. "state sponsors of terrorism" list, in a move aimed at paving the way toward normalizing ties frozen for more than 50 years. The U.S. Congress had until Friday to challenge President Barack Obama's decision to take Cuba off the list. Obama made history in December when he said his administration would seek to re-establish diplomatic ties with Cuba for the first time since 1961. U.S. and Cuban diplomats are working out the d

24 minutes ago // Reuters

world Clashes force nearly 60,000 Malians from homes over last month: U.N.

BAMAKO Reuters - Fighting in northern Mali has forced nearly 60,000 people to flee their homes over the last four weeks, a United Nations aid agency said on Friday, highlighting the lack of peace despite a partial deal being signed earlier this month.

26 minutes ago // BBC

world Two people injured by bus in Glasgow

A man and woman - believed to be in their 50s or 60s - have been seriously injured by a bus in central Glasgow.

26 minutes ago // CNN

world The women of ISIS: Who are they?

Schoolgirl, doctor, blogger: The women of #ISIS aren't all stereotypical 'jihadi brides.'

27 minutes ago // The Guardian

world The Underground Girls of Kabul review Afghanistans gender-bending traditions

Jenny Nordbergs delicate book explores why some families dress their daughters as boys until they trade their freedom for the limitations of Afghan womanhood Continue reading...

27 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Tweezers, putters, fine food and boozy fun in San Francisco

A lot goes on in San Francisco's Mission District, which is a historically Latino neighborhood south of Market Street. Eating and drinking, especially. All kinds of eating and drinking.

27 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 4 cocktail recipes to start the weekend off right

Long week? Can't figure out what to fix for dinner? While you're figuring out the meal, may we suggest some cocktails to help you ring in the weekend? Sip on these ideas:

28 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Former Vanderbilt guard Dai-Jon Parker dies in tubing accident

Former Vanderbilt Commodores guard Dai-Jon Parker died Thursday in an apparent drowningin Indiana.

30 minutes ago // CNN

world Photos: Behind the burqa

Dozens of women have left their homes in the West to join ISIS. So what do their social media posts reveal about who they are and why they made the move?

30 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Crisis-Stricken FIFA Holds Election

FIFAs member associations started voting in a closely watched presidential election, a ballot that could secure its divisive president, Joseph Sepp Blatter, a fifth consecutive term.

30 minutes ago // BBC

world Teenager jailed for 'terror grooming'

Teenager Kazi Islam is sentenced to eight years in a young offenders' institution for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to kill a UK soldier.

31 minutes ago // ABC

world Croatia Passes Law Compensating Rape Victims From 1990s War

Croatian lawmakers approve law that compensates rape victims from war in 1990s

31 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Relentless rain pounds Texas as rivers swell; at least 24 dead in floods

The death toll from almost a week of fierce rain that has flooded many parts of Texas continued to rise on Friday as officials closely watched the swelling rivers for clues on how much longer the crisis will last.

32 minutes ago // The Guardian

world US says China had artillery vehicles on artificial island in South China Sea

The discovery underscores ongoing concerns that Beijing may try to use land reclamation projects for military purposes Continue reading...

32 minutes ago // The Guardian

world US formally drops Cuba from terrorism 'black list'

Cuba was placed on list in 1982 but has provided assurances it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future, as only Iran, Sudan and Syria remain Continue reading...

32 minutes ago // The Guardian

world US formally drops Cuba from terror 'black list'

Cuba was placed on list in 1982 but has provided assurances it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future, as only Iran, Sudan and Syria remainThe United States has formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the US State Department said in a statement. The removal of Cuba from the US terrorism list eliminates an obstacle toward restoring diplomatic ties between th

32 minutes ago // Fox News

world Croatian lawmakers approve law that compensates rape victims from war in 1990s

Croatian lawmakers have passed a bill that compensates the victims of rape during the country's war for independence more than twenty years ago — a move hailed as a late but important step in healing the wounds of the 1991-95 conflict.

32 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world South Bay beaches remain closed while oily goo is cleaned up

Cleanup efforts to remove tar balls that washed ashore along a stretch of coastline in the South Bay continued Friday as several beaches remained closed, officials said.

32 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world South Bay beaches remain closed while oily goo is cleaned up

Cleanup efforts to remove tar balls that washed ashore along a stretch of coastline in the South Bay continued Friday as several beaches remain closed, officials said.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world Man detained over council arson spree

A man is detained in a mental health unit after setting a series of fires across Oxfordshire.

33 minutes ago // The Independent

world US removes Cuba from terror blacklist in key step to restoring diplomatic relations

The US has removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that Cuba has said would be crucial in restoring diplomatic ties between the

33 minutes ago // New York Times

world Palestinian Soccer Association Drops Effort to Suspend Israel From FIFA

If approved, the move would have barred Israel from international competitions. A dispute over teams from settlements in the West Bank remained unresolved.

34 minutes ago // CNN

world UK schoolgirl's interests went from sneakers to ISIS

How did a schoolgirl in the United Kingdom who loved Vans sneakers and Chelsea FC become radicalized enough to join ISIS? CNN's Atika Shubert reports.