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world Princeton Review apologizes for misquoting Taylor Swift

The test-prep company issued an apology after misquoting the pop star's song "Fifteen" in its SAT prep materials

20 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world TCM Fest: Andrews, Plummer reunite for 'Sound of Music's' 50th

When the red carpet was first rolled out for the "The Sound of Music" in 1965, star Christopher Plummer wasn't all that interested in celebrating the film's opening.

26 minutes ago // Reuters

world Romania PM picks EU funds minister as new finance minister

BUCHAREST Reuters - Romania's leftist prime minister, Victor Ponta, said on Friday he had appointed the government's EU funds minister, Eugen Teodorovici, as the new finance minister.

27 minutes ago // New York Times

world Houthi Forces Move on Southern Yemen, Raising Specter of Regional Ground War

On a second day of Saudi airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Saudi and Egyptian officials declined to rule out the possibility of ground troops.

27 minutes ago // BBC

world Royals visit Stephen Lawrence Centre

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the Stephen Lawrence Centre in south-east London in one of the final public engagements before Catherine gives birth to their second child.

28 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Al-Shabaab claims responsibility for deadly Somalia hotel attack

Militant group says it stormed the Maka al-Mukarama hotel in Mogadishu, leaving seven people dead and government officials trapped inside the building Continue reading...

29 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Philanthropists to use Bel-Air estate for events, vacations

Liongate, the Bel-Air estate that recently sold for $46.25 million, was purchased by philanthropists James H. Randall and his wife, artist Eleanor Randall, The Times has confirmed.

31 minutes ago // The Guardian

world The week in wildlife in pictures

A languid langur, an even slower loris and a tufted titmouse drinking maple syrup from an icicle are among the pick of this weeks images from the natural world Continue reading...

31 minutes ago // Reuters

world Somali special forces enter hotel compound, battle militants

MOGADISHU Reuters - Somali special forces broke through the compound wall of a hotel seized by militants in the capital Mogadishu on Friday and exchanged fire with fighters inside the building, police said.

32 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Earthquake: Magnitude 3.6 quake strikes in Joshua Tree National Park

A shallow magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Friday morning 14 miles south of Twentynine Palms in Joshua Tree National Park, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:36 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.2 mile.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world Dermot O'Leary leaves The X Factor

Dermot O'Leary will no longer host ITV's The X Factor after eight years on the programme.

32 minutes ago // BBC

world Dermot O'Leary leaves The X Factor

Presenter and broadcaster Dermot O'Leary will no longer host ITV's The X Factor after eight years on the programme.

33 minutes ago // NPR

world New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

33 minutes ago // Reuters

world Six children wounded when old bomb explodes in Lebanon

BEIRUT Reuters - Six children were wounded in a blast in southern Lebanon on Friday in what witnesses said appeared to be an explosion caused by old cluster bomb munitions dropped by Israeli forces during the 2006 war.

33 minutes ago // The Independent

world Dad eats daughter's weed brownies, thinks he's had a stroke

A dad in Independence Township, Michigan returned home to find a plate of chocolate brownies his daughter had made, and so decided to tuck in.

36 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Basketball: State championships begin at Haas Pavilion

Two days of CIF state championships in prep basketball begin at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

36 minutes ago // The Independent

world Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz: What we know about man who allegedly downed plane

Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz has been described by some as a "mentally unstable freak" consumed by a life-long passion for flying, but remembered by others as a "completely normal guy".

36 minutes ago // CBS

world "Coach" staging a comeback with Craig T. Nelson

NBC is working a sequel to the hit '90s TV comedy with the show's original star

36 minutes ago // BBC

world Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

37 minutes ago // Reuters

world Ukraine arrests Turkish cargo ship over Crimea port call

KIEV Reuters - Ukrainian authorities have arrested a Turkish-owned cargo ship and detained its captain over a visit it made to a port in Crimea after Russian annexed the peninsula from Ukraine last year.

38 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Asylum requests to rich countries at highest point for almost 25 years

UNHCR says 850,000 people applied for asylum in wealthy countries in 2014 as hundreds of thousands fled conflicts in Syria and Iraq Continue reading...

40 minutes ago // BBC

world Judge quashes school closure move

The High Court quashes the education minister's decision to shut the first Catholic school in Northern Ireland that was attempting a transformation to integrated status.

40 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Life after conservative faith: the defectors who leave ultra-Orthodox communities

A growing number of men and women are choosing to leave their overbearing religious sects behind but encounter new challenges in secular New York Continue reading...

40 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world European air authority recommends 2 crew in cockpit

COPENHAGEN, Denmark The European Union's aviation safety agency recommended Friday that airlines always have two people in the cockpit of a flying aircraft after it emerged that the co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 had apparently locked himself in alone to crash the plane.European airlines, such as the Lufthansa Group that includes Germanwings, were already committing to impose the measure as soon as possible. And recommendations by the European Aviation Safety Agency are usual

41 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world 30 never-before-seen species of flies discovered in Los Angeles

Scientists have found 30 never-before-seen species of flies buzzing about in the city of Los Angeles.

41 minutes ago // New York Times

world Turkish Parliament Expands Police Powers and Cracks Down on Demonstrations

Lawmakers passed a bill making it easier to detain people to uphold public order and giving the police more leeway to investigate.

42 minutes ago // BBC

world Ukraine top official to be released

A senior Ukrainian official arrested two days ago at a televised cabinet meeting over corruption allegations is to be freed due to a lack of evidence.

44 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Downtown wine buyer's tips for getting buzzed, at Buzz

On the corner of 5th and Spring streets in downtown L.A., across from the Last Bookstore, is Buzz Wine Beer Shop, the go-to store for craft beer aficionados, but also for wine fanatics intent on picking up a bottle of something unusual.

46 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Weekend project: Homemade quark cheese

Take some milk, add a little acid and give the mixture time to do its thing who would have thought homemade cheese could be this simple? What with all the equipment and specialized ingredients I'd read about, cheese making sounded as if it were better suited to a chemistry lab than to...

46 minutes ago // The Independent

world Women's charities urge action after reports of 'horrific' case of man who superglued his wife's vagina together

Womens charities have urged action after reports of a man abusing his wife by putting super glue on her vagina.

46 minutes ago // The Independent

world Women's charities urge action after reports of "horrific" case of man who superglued his wife's vagina together

Womens charities have urged action after reports of a man abusing his wife by putting super glue on her vagina.

46 minutes ago // BBC

world Israel to resume tax transfers to PA

Israel is to stop withholding tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, a move that has crippled the Palestinian economy.

47 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Harry Reid on Chuck Schumer: 'I told him if you need my help, you got it'

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid signaled his early support for New York Sen. Charles Schumer as the next Democratic leader in the Senate.

47 minutes ago // Time

world Meet the Americans Who Have Joined an Iraqi Militia to Fight ISIS

Many Westerners have joined Iraqi militias in the hope of fighting ISIS but are kept away from the frontline

48 minutes ago // New York Times

world Israel Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue

The move by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seen partly as indicating a desire to ease tensions, but also reflected advice from security aides.

48 minutes ago // ABC

world At Least 9 Dead as Militants Attack Hotel in Somali Capital

At least 9 killed as militants attack hotel in the Somali capital, take positions inside