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05/25/2016 05:01 PM
Microsoft to cut 1,850 jobs at struggling smartphone unit

A shadow of a man using his mobile phone is cast near Microsoft logo at the 2014 Computex exhibition in TaipeiBy Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell HELSINKI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp announced more big cuts to its smartphone business on Wednesday, just two years after it bought handset maker Nokia in an ill-fated attempt to take on market leaders Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd . In a move that clearly puts the stamp of two-year chief executive Satya Nadella on the U.S. company, Microsoft said it would shed up to 1,850 jobs, most of them in Finland, and write down $950 million from the business. It did not say how many employees currently work on smartphones in the group as a whole.



05/25/2016 04:57 PM
Trump rally quieter in Anaheim after violence in Albuquerque

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd as he arrives at a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A day after violent protests outside a Donald Trump rally, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee railed against "Crooked Hillary" Clinton, "Crazy Bernie" Sanders and leaders in his own party who haven't endorsed him in a raucous but mostly uninterrupted rally on Wednesday.



05/25/2016 04:56 PM
Gisele Bundchen to fight illegal animal trafficking
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Gisele Bundchen is fighting for sea turtles.

05/25/2016 04:54 PM
Elizabeth Warren emerges as potent Clinton ally, Trump foil
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is grabbing center stage in the 2016 presidential race as Donald Trump's most effective antagonist and Sen. Bernie Sanders' top rival for the affections of progressive voters. The combination could make Warren an indispensable ally to Hillary Clinton, in the process elevating her own stature and allowing her to draw attention to the issues she cares about most.

05/25/2016 04:54 PM
The golden voice of Cameroon, Anne Marie Nzie, dies at 84
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Singer Anne Marie Nzie, known as the golden voice of Cameroon, has died. She was 84.

05/25/2016 04:46 PM
'Dear Evan Hansen' making the jump to Broadway
NEW YORK (AP) — "Dear Evan Hansen," a musical about growing up in the age of social media, will make the jump to Broadway this November.

05/25/2016 04:41 PM
Sanofi moves to oust Medivation board in $9.3 billion takeover fight
Reuters reported earlier that Sanofi was about to propose a new board line-up, taking advantage of a so-called written consent rule that gives Medivation shareholders the ability to act at any time to replace directors. Sanofi filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) seeking the approval of Medivation shareholders for the board's overthrow. "Despite multiple attempts, both prior to and following the public disclosure of Sanofi's proposal, Medivation has thus far refused to engage with us regarding the merits of a value creating transaction," said Sanofi CEO Olivier Brandicourt.

05/25/2016 04:40 PM
11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directive

11 states sue over Obama's school transgender directiveAUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and 10 other states are suing the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.



05/25/2016 04:40 PM
Jon Stewart adopts paint-covered horse; ex-owner backs care

Tracey Stewart, leads Lily the horse she adopted away at the end of a news conference Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Kennett Square, Pa. Doreen Weston, the former owner of the horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife Tracey that was portrayed as having been shot by paintballs over 100 times, said Wednesday the animal was used at children's finger-painting parties and was never injured by a paintball gun. Lily was found seemingly abandoned at an auction stable in New Holland, Pa., in March. Police say she was covered in paint and extremely sore to the touch. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — A horse adopted by Jon Stewart and his wife reported to have been shot more than 100 times by a paintball gun was instead used as a canvas for children's finger-painting parties, the former owner of the horse said.



05/25/2016 04:39 PM
New York joins global movement to scrap 'tampon tax'

New York state senate unanimously passed legislation to exempt tampons, sanitary napkins and panty liners from the state's four percent sales taxWomen in New York will soon save cents when purchasing sanitary products, as the state joins the global movement denouncing the so-called tampon tax as sexist and unfair. The bill will go to Governor Andrew Cuomo to be signed into law, following the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania where similar legislation has already passed. "Repealing this out-of-touch tax has been decades in the making," said New York state senator Susan Serino, who sponsored the bill.



05/25/2016 04:39 PM
South Carolina Governor signs 20-week abortion ban

Protesters call for South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to veto a bill that would outlaw most abortions in the state past 19 weeks, on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Columbia, SC. The only exceptions would be to save the life of the mother or if the fetus cannot survive outside the womb. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Wednesday that immediately outlaws most abortions in South Carolina at 20 weeks beyond fertilization.



05/25/2016 04:39 PM
Memorable moments from the National Spelling Bee

Akash Vukoti, 6, of San Angelo, Texas, tries to shorten the microphone before spelling his word during the preliminary round two of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Md., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Vukoti is the youngest speller in this year competition. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The 284 kids competing in this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee got their first opportunity to approach the microphone on Wednesday — and to hear the dreaded bell that signals an incorrect spelling. At the end of Wednesday's onstage rounds, the field will be cut to no more than 50 spellers for Thursday's finals.



05/25/2016 04:31 PM
Documents show 'American Sniper' Kyle embellished record
HOUSTON (AP) — Documents show that slain Navy Seal and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle misrepresented the number of medals he received.

05/25/2016 04:31 PM
Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, self; both die
LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — A man who fatally shot a heating oil company employee who went to his house to do work and then shot and wounded himself has died of his injuries, authorities said.

05/25/2016 04:28 PM
Warriors could join list of teams that flopped in playoffs

FILE - In this May 29, 1996, file photo, Detroit Red Wings' Keith Primeau (55), Darren McCarty (25) and Steve Yzerman (19) rest at the bench during a time out in the closing minutes of their 4-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals in Denver. Despite the record-breaking regular season, the Red Wings faltered in the Western Conference Finals - upset 4-2 by the Avalanche. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney, File)Despite finishing the regular season with a record-breaking 73 wins, the Golden State Warriors find themselves one game away from playoff elimination. Down 3-1 against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals after a 118-94 road loss Tuesday night, the defending NBA champions will have to win three straight games to advance. Golden State would join a list of dominant regular season teams that were eliminated without reaching the finals. Teams like the undefeated 2007 Patriots, who lost after advancing to the Super Bowl, were not included.



05/25/2016 04:23 PM
Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Clinton arrives to speak at the UFCW Union Local 324 in Buena ParkBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton broke government rules by using a private email server without approval for her work as U.S. secretary of state, an internal government watchdog said on Wednesday. The long-awaited report by the State Department inspector general was the first official audit of the controversial arrangement to be made public. It was highly critical of Clinton's use of a server in her home, and immediately fueled Republican attacks on Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in an already acrimonious presidential race.



05/25/2016 04:23 PM
Gunman captured after shootings on Phoenix-area highway
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — A gunman armed with a rifle, body armor and extra ammunition opened fire at cars on a highway in the Phoenix outskirts, leaving at least two people injured before police captured him near a stolen car that crashed into a ditch, authorities said Wednesday.

05/25/2016 04:23 PM
The Latest: Michigan man faces murder charge in 2014 death
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on charges filed against a Michigan man in the 2014 fatal shooting of a 36-year-old woman (all times local):

05/25/2016 04:22 PM
Pelosi defends Democratic Party chief criticized by Sanders

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., defends Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in the wake of a State Department oversight report today that stated she broke federal rules, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, on Capitol Hill in Washington. As Congress prepares to get out of town for a week-long Memorial Day recess, Pelosi also said Republicans in Congress are dysfunctional and are responsible for the lack of funding to combat the Zika virus. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday defended the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who's been under attack from Bernie Sanders for undermining his longshot bid to become the party's presidential nominee.



05/25/2016 04:19 PM
GOP senators attack top Democrat for defense bill delay

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., joined by, from left, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., leave a closed-door GOP policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The Senate is taking up the massive 2017 defense budget this week and McCain wants to increase military spending despite federal budget caps. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator angrily denounced the Senate's top Democrat Wednesday for delaying debate on defense policy legislation, calling Minority Leader Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy."



05/25/2016 04:16 PM
Church slaying families accept pursuit of death penalty

FILE - This June 18, 2015, file photo, provided by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office shows Dylann Roof. The Justice Department intends to seek the death penalty against Roof, the man charged with killing nine black parishioners last year in a church in Charleston, South Carolina, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Tuesday, May 24, 2016. (Charleston County Sheriff's Office via AP, file)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The husband of a woman gunned down at a historic black church in Charleston with eight other people said Wednesday he won't be at peace until the man charged in the slayings is put to death.



05/25/2016 04:09 PM
US probes e-commerce giant Alibaba's accounting practices

FILE - In this March 17, 2014, file photo, people walk past a company logo at the Alibaba Group headquarters in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is under investigation by U.S. regulators in connection with its accounting practices. Alibaba said in a regulatory filing Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has requested documents and information related to its policies and practices for consolidating earnings and for related party transactions, among other things. (Chinatopix via AP, File) CHINA OUTWASHINGTON (AP) — Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba wowed investors when it went public in the U.S. in September 2014, and its profits have bucked Wall Street expectations amid the Chinese economy's slowdown. Yet its unorthodox business structure has raised eyebrows, it's been suspended from an anti-counterfeiting group, and now U.S. regulators are investigating its accounting practices.



05/25/2016 04:08 PM
The Latest: Tiny Texas school district joins in lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on 11 states suing the Obama administrative over a federal directive about transgender students in public schools (all times local):

05/25/2016 04:05 PM
Cameron says Tata Steel UK gets 'encouraging' offers

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech on the EU at Luton Airport, north of LondonBy Kylie MacLellan and William James NAGOYA, Japan/LONDON (Reuters) - Tata Steel has received a number of serious offers for its businesses in Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday as steel workers marched past Downing Street to put pressure on the government to get a deal. Britain's steel industry has been hit by cheap Chinese imports, high energy costs and a global supply glut and in March Tata said it wanted to sell its remaining plants in the country, putting 15,000 jobs at risk. Tata's decision has turned the spotlight on the global steel market and the impact of Chinese exports that could lead to protectionist trade policies.



05/25/2016 04:01 PM
Teen sues in locker room rape, alleges lengthy racist abuse
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A black teenager who prosecutors say was sexually assaulted by three white football players in the locker room of a Idaho high school has sued the school district, alleging the rape was the culmination of months of racist taunts and physical abuse.

05/25/2016 03:58 PM
Crews assess damage after tornadoes, hail, rain pound Plains

This aerial image made from a video by KWTV-KOTV, shows storm damages Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Bristow, Okla. Crews are evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains. (KWTV-KOTV via AP)DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Western Kansas survey crews took advantage of calm conditions Wednesday to assess damage from severe weather that swept through the Great Plains, and the National Weather Service said more storms could be on the horizon.



05/25/2016 03:58 PM
Hardline Israel alliance raises US 'questions' on peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Avigdor Lieberman (L), the head of hardline nationalist party Yisrael Beitenu, sign a coalition agreement on May 25, 2016 at the KnessetIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu concluded an accord Wednesday to appoint nationalist Avigdor Lieberman as defence minister in an alliance Washington said raised "legitimate questions" over his government's commitment to a two-state solution. The Yisrael Beitenu party of Lieberman, a bearded and stocky former foreign minister, will add five lawmakers to Netanyahu's previously wafer-thin majority if the coalition deal is given parliamentary approval as expected. The two men, who have in the past been bitter rivals, announced the deal at a ceremony at parliament, with Lieberman pledging to be "balanced" and saying he was committed to "responsible, reasonable policy".



05/25/2016 03:55 PM
Special Report: Industry helps Chinese game their way into and through U.S. colleges

School mascot Herky the Hawk stands in front of the Old Capitol Museum at the University of Iowa, in Iowa CityBy Koh Gui Qing, Alexandra Harney, Steve Stecklow and James Pomfret IOWA CITY, Iowa (Reuters) - The advertisements were tailored for Chinese college students far from home, struggling with the English language and an unfamiliar culture. Coaching services peppered the students with emails and chat messages in Chinese, offering to help foreign students at U.S. colleges do much of the work necessary for a university degree. For dozens of Chinese nationals at the University of Iowa, the offers proved irresistible.



05/25/2016 03:54 PM
House wading into California's long-running water war
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wading into a longstanding California water war, the House Wednesday endorsed a Republican plan to shift more water to San Joaquin Valley farmers and cut the flow for threatened fish and growers in another part of the state.

05/25/2016 03:54 PM
Belgium questions 4 IS suspects who may have planned attacks
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors said Wednesday they have questioned four suspected Islamic State group recruiters, who may have planned new attacks in the country.

05/25/2016 03:54 PM
Florida 6th-grader wins National Geographic Bee
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Florida sixth-grader has won the 2016 National Geographic Bee.

05/25/2016 03:50 PM
6-month-old skis across lake; parents say it's a record
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A 6-month-old girl whose professional water-skier parents put her on junior-size water skis last week glided 686 feet across a man-made lake in what her parents say sets a youth record.

05/25/2016 03:49 PM
Documents: Hiker found dead in '15 survived at least 26 days
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Documents show an Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were found last year in Maine survived at least 26 days after getting lost. During that time, her texts went undelivered because of poor cell reception.

05/25/2016 03:47 PM
'Lost my way': Murray pushed to 5 sets again at French Open

Britain's Andy Murray screams after scoring a point in his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France’s Mathias Bourgue at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)PARIS (AP) — As if ordering room service, Andy Murray's latest unheralded French Open tormenter requested that a can of Coke and a Mars bar be brought to him right there on Court Philippe Chatrier for sustenance during their five-setter.



05/25/2016 03:47 PM
Lawyer for Mexico drug lord demands payment from US networks

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016 file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is made to face the press as he is escorted to a helicopter in handcuffs by Mexican soldiers and marines at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Mexico. Mexico’s Foreign Relations department has ruled that the extradition of Guzman to the United States can go forward. The department said Friday, May 20, 2016 that the U.S. had guaranteed that Guzman would not face the death penalty, which is not applied in Mexico. The process can be appealed. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — A lawyer for imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman says he'll sue television networks if they air a new series on Guzman's life without paying him.



05/25/2016 03:46 PM
The Latest: Stephens wraps up play at French Open with win

British actor Hugh Grant, center, watches Andy Murray in his second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against France’s Mathias Bourgue at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):



05/25/2016 03:41 PM
TSA chief: Help is on the way to address long airport lines

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) chief Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, before the House Homeland Security Committee which is looking for answers on how to balance security with long lines at airport checkpoints. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration will add 768 new screeners by mid-June to deal with increasingly long airport security lines that have caused passengers to miss flights even before the busy summer travel season, the agency's chief told Congress on Wednesday.



05/25/2016 03:38 PM
Exclusive - EU launches contingency talks for Brexit vote: sources

Branded merchandise is seen in the office of pro-Brexit group pressure group "Leave.eu" in London, BritainBy Gabriela Baczynska, Jan Strupczewski and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union officials and diplomats launched a round of confidential discussions this week to prepare a coordinated response to a possible British vote to leave the bloc next month, EU sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Britain will hold a referendum on EU membership on June 23. Senior diplomats from founding powers Germany and France, as well as several other countries, met on Monday for talks chaired by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's chief of staff, Martin Selmayr, several sources said.



05/25/2016 03:38 PM
Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

This combination of handout pictures released on May 25, 2016 by the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) shows the shipwreck of an overcrowded boat of migrants off the Libyan coastDramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead. The blue fishing vessel, its deck heaving with people, tipped over after the migrants rushed to one side on spotting a rescue ship -- an all too frequent mistake which has led to many disasters in the Mediterranean. The navy said its Bettica patrol boat had spotted "a boat in precarious conditions off the coast of Libya with numerous migrants aboard" but the trawler overturned shortly afterwards "due to overcrowding".



05/25/2016 03:37 PM
Spurs' Leonard unanimous pick for NBA All-Defensive Team

Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs during the 2016 NBA playoffs on May 8, 2016 in Oklahoma CityNBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was a unanimous selection to the 2015-16 NBA All-Defensive First Team announced Wednesday. Also on the All-Defensive top lineup was forward Draymond Green of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan and guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics.



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