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In this March 27, 2017, photo, a visitor takes a selfie among wildflowers in Borrego Springs, Calif. Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California's desert sands after lying dormant for years - producing a spectacular display that has been drawing record crowds and traffic jams in area desert towns. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
March 31, 2017 - 10:34 am
BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Rain-fed wildflowers have been sprouting from California's desert sands after lying dormant for years — producing a spectacular display that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs. An estimated 150,000 people in the past month have...
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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sits in court in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Many Western countries have condemned the arrests and called for the release of those sentenced to jail, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Putin's most prominent foe. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
March 31, 2017 - 10:33 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors moved Friday to block calls on social networks for more street protests in Moscow and other Russian cities following a wave of rallies that have cast a new challenge to the Kremlin. Tens of thousands demonstrators turned out in Moscow and other cities on Sunday to...
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March 31, 2017 - 10:33 am
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful car bomb exploded near a minority Shiite Muslim place of worship in the northwest town of Parachinar on Friday, killing at least 24 people and wounding over 70 others, officials said. Mushtaq Ghani, a spokesman for the provincial government, said the attack took...
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March 31, 2017 - 10:31 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a capital murder charge against a man accused in shootings at a Houston apartment complex that left two people dead and four wounded, including a former contestant on the reality TV show "America's Next Top Model." Harris County prosecutors say 28-year-old...
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March 31, 2017 - 10:26 am
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish party said Friday he has begun a hunger strike to protest prison conditions. Selahattin Demirtas said in a statement released by his People's Democratic Party, or HDP, that he would refuse food to denounce what he described as "...
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FILE - This Oct. 18, 2016 file photo shows the New York Stock Exchange building in New York. European stock markets traded in narrow ranges Friday, March 31, 2017, though trading has the potential to become quite volatile in the hours before the first quarter of the year ends.. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 31, 2017 - 10:24 am
U.S. stock indexes wavered between small gains and losses in early trading Friday as investors weighed several corporate deals and new economic data on consumer spending and prices. Financial stocks were down the most, while utilities posted the biggest gains. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones...
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Journalists examine empty tables after Belarusian police conducted a search and confiscated equipment in the office in capital Minsk, Belarus, on Friday, March 31, 2017. The Belsat channel, which is part of Polish public broadcaster TVP, and is aimed at providing an alternative to Belarus' state-controlled television, reported amid the Friday raids that police were seizing equipment at two of its offices in Minsk. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
March 31, 2017 - 10:00 am
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Police in authoritarian Belarus are searching the offices of a Polish satellite TV channel that has given extensive coverage to a recent wave of anti-government protests. The Belsat channel, which is part of Polish public broadcaster TVP, is aimed at providing an alternative...
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Joanna Kowalska, an English teacher, who takes part in a teachers' strike, sits in a classroom in a school Warsaw , Poland, Friday, March 31, 2017. Teachers across Poland staged a one-day strike on Friday to protest a sweeping overhaul of the education system by the populist government that will see middle schools eliminated this coming fall. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
March 31, 2017 - 10:00 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Teachers across Poland staged a strike Friday to protest a sweeping overhaul of the education system by the populist government that will see middle schools eliminated this fall. Many fear the change is a pretext for introducing a more nationalistic and old-fashioned...
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March 31, 2017 - 9:54 am
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story March 30 about an interstate overpass collapse, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a woman who was trying to get home. Her name is Rose Diggs, not All Rose Diggs. A corrected version of the story is below: Massive fire crumbles Atlanta interstate bridge...
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March 31, 2017 - 9:54 am
MADRID (AP) — Spain's minority conservative government has presented its 2017 budget, with a growing economy allowing it to increase social spending and cut taxes and to move away from the austerity measures of previous years. Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro on Friday said the budget would allow...
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