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world L.A. Council incumbents build big leads, with one other race close

All five Los Angeles City Council incumbents were piling up vote totals well beyond the simple majorities needed to win reelection late Tuesday as ballots continued to be counted.

12 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Eric Garcetti's Mayor's Fund lets companies give big

When Eric Garcetti won the 2013 mayoral election, he did so without the financial backing of Psomas, a Los Angeles-based engineering firm with offices throughout the Southwest. As a company that held contracts worth more than $100,000 with the city, Psomas was barred from contributing to...

23 minutes ago // ABC

world World's Oldest Person Celebrates Her 117th Birthday

Japanese woman, the world's oldest person, celebrates her 117th birthday in a pink kimono

25 minutes ago // CBS

world Alabama Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage

State's highest court rules Alabama's long-standing ban on same-sex marriage trumps federal judge's decision

30 minutes ago // ABC

world Egyptians Race to Expand Suez Canal, Hoping for Trade Surge

Workers dig round the clock on Suez Canal expansion, hoping for surge in East-West trade

33 minutes ago // Time

world Top U.S. General Says Washington Should Consider Arming Ukraine

"Putins ultimate objective is to fracture NATO," says Gen. Martin Dempsey

38 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Federal jury acquits family on 4 of 5 pot charges in Washington state

A marijuana-growing family in Washington state was acquitted Tuesday on most of the federal charges against them, but convicted of one count that reportedly could put them behind bars for five years.

39 minutes ago // Boston Herald

world Australia clamps down on illegal foreign housing investment

CANBERRA, Australia Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million, a minister said on Wednesday.The billionaire, Hui Ka Yan, 56, is chairman of Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Evergrande Real Estate Group, which is based in Guangzhou, China. He is listed by Forbes as China's 15 wealthiest person with a fortune of $6.4 billion.

42 minutes ago // BBC

world 250m gas project to be launched

A project to connect around 40,000 homes and businesses to the gas network will be formally launched in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, on Wednesday.

43 minutes ago // BBC

world NI GPs 'could have saved 73m'

Tens of millions of pounds could have been saved if Northern Ireland GPs had prescribed lower cost drugs, according to a new report.

45 minutes ago // BBC

world Firms act on disabled access expos

Some of the UK's biggest firms begin urgent improvement schemes after a BBC London investigation exposed failures to serve disabled people.

47 minutes ago // The Times of India

world China to hike defence budget by 10% this year

China will raise its defence budget by around 10 per cent this year, a top official said on Wednesday

47 minutes ago // CBS

world New wrinkle for #TheDress

Company that sparked a global debate over its blue and black white and gold? dress reportedly faced serious accusations

48 minutes ago // Los Angeles Times

world Charter Amendment backers sense victory, L.A. council incumbents lead

Backers of two measures to shift Los Angeles city and school board votes to higher-turnout election years declared victory in Tuesday's election after an initial count showed the measures had lopsided leads in absentee ballots.

54 minutes ago // ABC

world India Central Bank Cuts Key Interest Rate as Inflation Eases

Low inflation allows India's central bank to cut lending rate, support efforts to boost growth

57 minutes ago // The Guardian

world The East India Company: The original corporate raiders

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant Continue reading...

1 hour ago // ABC

world Singapore Police Investigating Man Posing as Uber Driver

Singapore police investigating reports of man posing as Uber driver and overcharging customers

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Kings power past the Oilers, 5-2

One of the primary ways to get the Kings annoyed is to suggest they are simply waiting to flip the switch for when it really counts.

1 hour ago // ABC

world After Speech, White House Could Determine Netanyahu's Fate

After Congress speech on Iran, Netanyahu's prospects could hinge on White House response

1 hour ago // USA Today

world Official says China to boost military budget 10%

The increase would bring the total military budget to $145 billion.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world After speech, White House could determine Netanyahu's fate

JERUSALEM With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Hillary Clinton's use of private email not unusual, but still raises questions

Hillary Rodham Clintons use of personal email accounts as secretary of State mimicked her predecessors but drew attention to her penchant for secrecy as she begins what appears to be a second presidential run.

1 hour ago // UPI

world South Korea to move forward with plans for unification

Elizabeth ShimSEOUL, March 4 UPI -- A committee headed by South Korean president Park Geun-hye plans to finish preparatory work for Korean unification in two to three years, the committee's vice chief said Tuesday.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Backers of election charter amendments declare victory

Backers of two measures to shift Los Angeles city and school board votes to higher-turnout election years declared victory Tuesday evening after an initial count showed the measures had lopsided leads in absentee ballots.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Etiwanda beats Mater Dei at home, 52-49, to go to Open Division final

A rare event happened Tuesday night at Mater Dei's 9-year-old Meruelo Athletic Center the Monarchs lost a home basketball game. It last happened in 2009 to Fairfax, and before that, the only other time was 2007 when Kevin Love visited as a high school senior from Oregon.

1 hour ago // Reuters

world China says NGOs need regulating for national security reasons

BEIJING Reuters - China needs to better regulate foreign non-governmental organizations NGO operating in the country for national security reasons, an official said on Wednesday, as the government drafts a law that has unnerved many aid groups.

1 hour ago // Los Angeles Times

world Arcadia officials cancel controversial trip to China

Amid rising tension about alleged foreign influence on city politics and development, Arcadia officials have scrapped a proposal to visit China and Taiwan and said they would reject money from three corporate donors that would have paid for the trip.

1 hour ago // BBC

world Politicians targeted over Petrobras

Brazil's chief prosecutor seeks to investigate 54 people, including politicians, for alleged involvement in a kickback scheme at state oil firm Petrobras.

1 hour ago // ABC

world Australia Clamps Down on Illegal Foreign Housing Investment

Australia clamps down on illegal investment, China billionaire ordered to sell Sydney mansion

1 hour ago // The Guardian

world From the archive, 4 March 1970: Vision of Willy Brandt, MP

Parliament welcomes the West German chancellor with simple ceremony and diplomacy Continue reading...

1 hour ago // Fox News

world Workers dig round the clock on Suez Canal expansion, hoping for surge in East-West trade

Bulldozers push earth and dredgers spit mud round the clock at Egypt's Suez Canal in a race to quickly expand the strategic waterway for two-way traffic, a project trumpeted by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to revive both the country's damaged economy and visions of nationalist glory.

1 hour ago // Boston Herald

world Australia clamps down on illegal foreign housing investment

CANBERRA, Australia Australian authorities are clamping down on wealthy foreigners illegally buying real estate, ordering a Chinese billionaire to sell a Sydney mansion he recently bought for $30 million.The billionaire, Hui Ka Yan, is chairman of Hong Kong-listed real estate developer Evergrande Real Estate Group, which is based in Guangzhou, China.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Community

A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigerias southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Just about everyone in Bodo is building something. But on the banks of the creeks that surround the community, oil laps at blackened ground. Therein lies the reason

1 hour ago // ABC

world Full Episode: WN 03/03/15: Ferguson Police Probe: Authorities Point to Alleged Racist E-Mails

Hillary Clinton Used Personal E-Mail as Secretary of State; Former CIA Head David Petraeus Pleads Guilty to Mishandling Secrets

1 hour ago // MSNBC

world Brothers Drugged Teen, Forced Her Into Prostitution Nightmare: DA

Bogacski Thomas and Tavarus Ballard forced the 16-year-old to have sex with many men in what is being called a "horrifying" case.

1 hour ago // VOA

world Cash Brings Relief, But Not Recovery, to Oil-Polluted Nigerian Community

A pair of oil spills in 2008 and 2009 polluted the waters around the town of Bodo, in Nigerias southern Rivers State. A settlement between the Shell oil company and the affected community that was negotiated in January put cash in the pockets of townspeople, but it did not undo the environmental damage to the area around Bodo. Chris Stein reports.