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Media gives ample coverage, little clarity to Trayvon Martin case

Los Angeles Times -
The Florida teenager's shooting has eclipsed the presidential election as a news story, one study finds. But the perspective varies widely depending on whom you're listening to.

Romney aims to lock nomination by May

Austin American-Statesman -
Mitt Romney speaks at a town hall meeting in Muskego, Wis., on Saturday. Senior Republicans say a Romney victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday could close the first phase of the primary season.

Revolt to ouster President Assad is over, says Syrian official

Fox News -
The violent year-long uprising that aimed to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria has ended, a country's spokesman said.

People flock to Baltimore area store that sold winning Mega Millions jackpot ...

Washington Post -
Until Saturday, it was just another 7-Eleven, tucked away among an African hair-braiding shop, a liquor store and a check-cashing outlet on busy Liberty Road in Baltimore County.

Kansas rallies past Ohio State, will face Kentucky in NCAA title game

By the CNN Wire Staff Thomas Robinson #0 and Travis Releford #24 of the Kansas Jayhawks go up for the rebound against Deshaun Thomas #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half of their National Semifinal game.

World landmarks dimmed for Earth Hour to highlight climate change

Washington Post -
LONDON - Hundreds of world landmarks from Berlin's Brandenburg Gate to the Great Wall of China went dark Saturday, part of a global effort to highlight climate change.

Parliamentary by-elections begins in Myanmar

The Hindu -
Multi-party parliamentary by- elections began across Myanmar on Sunday morning at 6 am local time with over 6.4 million eligible voters of 45 constituencies beginning to cast votes at respective polling booths.

Car bombs kill 13 in southern Thailand

Hindustan Times -
A series of car bombs killed 13 people and injured more than 500 in the deadliest attacks to hit the insurgency-torn far south of Thailand in recent years, officials said on Sunday.

Rebels advance in Mali, deadline for coup leaders

Reuters -
By Tiemoko Diallo and Adama Diarra | BAMAKO (Reuters) - Mali's army has abandoned bases around the northern town of Gao to rebels while the leaders of a coup faced a deadline to start handing back power or face sanctions.

Obama could face election-year jam on gay marriage

The Associated Press -
By JULIE PACE, AP - 1 day ago PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - President Barack Obama could be caught in an election-year bind on gay marriage, wedged between the pressure of supporters who want him to back same-sex marriage and the political perils of igniting ...

Dead wolf photos stir tensions in West

Reuters -
By Laura Zuckerman | SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Photos of dead and maimed wolves have pervaded the Internet in recent weeks, raising tensions in the Northern Rocky Mountains over renewed hunting and trapping of the once federally protected animals.

Hundreds mourn 6 of 9 W.Va. house fire victims

The Associated Press -
ST. ALBANS, W.Va. (AP) - Hundreds have turned out for a memorial service to remember six of the nine victims of a deadly West Virginia house fire last weekend.

Deadly rampage sparked by 'disrespect' at Miami-Dade funeral

Orlando Sentinel -
The mass shooting that killed two people and wounded 12 others near North Miami began with a perceived sign of disrespect at the wake of a man who had jumped to his death from a shopping mall parking garage.

Tribune tells DirecTV to take stations down

Los Angeles Times -
Unable to reach a new agreement, Tribune Co. told DirecTV to pull the signals of its 23 television stations off of satellite broadcaster, the media company said late Saturday night.

Postal Service aims direct-mail deal at small businesses

By Katie Little, By Brett T. Roseman, for USA TODAY By Brett T. Roseman, for USA TODAY The USPS has launched a marketing campaign to promote "Every Door Direct Mail," a shipping service for small business with postage rates starting at 14.5 ...

Obama presses Congress to pass 'Buffett Rule' tax increase on millionaires

Washington Post -
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is calling on Congress to increase taxes on millionaires, reviving a proposal he first pitched last September that aims to draw sharp election-year lines between the president and the Republican opposition.

County GOP fails to fill its slate of delegates

The Columbian -
By Stephanie Rice What began with a sense of unity to defeat President Barack Obama dissolved, over 12 hours, into infighting Saturday at the Clark County GOP convention.

Moon-Shot: How the President Can Exploit "Newt-onian Mechanics" and Take Down ...

Huffington Post -
Here's some heartening news for those of you keeping score at home: We're only halfway through the GOP presidential primaries.

Google Maps gets 8-bit NES treatment

By Brett Molina, USA TODAY Google Maps is exploring a brand new frontier with its next expansion: the Nintendo Entertainment System.

Google Heightens Rivalry With iPad

Wall Street Journal -
By AMIR EFRATI Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to market and sell smartphones on its own, is now trying the approach with tablet computers in a quest to capture market share from Apple Inc.'s iPad.

Bieber, Swift big winners at slimy Kids' Choice Awards

Reuters -
| LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The green slime flowed so much that even first lady Michelle Obama could not escape it at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday where singers Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift came away big winners.

Stars on show for Potter studio tour launch

Times of India -
Stars and hardcore fans of the "Harry Potter" movies turned up Saturday at the red carpet launch of a studio tour featuring the sets where the boy wizard's adventures were filmed.

'Game of Thrones' season 2 premiere: What the stars really look like

New York Daily News -
The stars of the hit HBO series 'Game of Thrones' are transformed into residents of the mythical land of Westeros from George RR Martin's epic, 'A Song of Ice and Fire.

Nothing can stop Kentucky from its destiny, especially Kansas -
By Dennis Dodd | Kentucky's one-and-dones are a game away from being one-and-done. Mostly because you can't kill the Wildcats with a howitzer.

Lin-surgery! Knicks guard done for regular season

CBS News -
Updated 10:37 PM ET (AP) NEW YORK - Say so long to Linsanity. Jeremy Lin will miss the rest of the regular season because he needs knee surgery that will sideline him six weeks and could leave the Knicks without their star point guard in the playoffs ...

Women's Final Four: Previewing Baylor-Stanford, ND-UConn

Will Brittney Griner be able to fend off a challenge from Stanford star Nneka Ogwumike on Sunday? DENVER -- Four No. 1 seeds, but no reigning national champion among them.

Yankees to start season with Pineda on DL

Fort Worth Star Telegram -
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after tests showed inflammation in his right shoulder tendon, but no structural damage.

NHL-Devils and Blackhawks win to secure playoff positions

Chicago Tribune -
March 31 (Reuters) - The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks snapped up two of the remaining positions for the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs with victories on Saturday.

Galaxy survey probes dark energy

BBC News -
Astronomers have measured the precise distance to over a quarter of a million galaxies to gain new insights into a key period in cosmic history.

Titanoboa once slithered the planet

Tucson Citizen -
by Monika Joshi on Mar. 31, 2012, under USA TODAY News A snake stretching longer than a school bus and too thick to fit through a doorway may sound like a creature in a Hollywood bio-horror flick, but this one actually ruled the roost on part of the ...

High court decision could change law's provisions already in effect -
WASHINGTON • The Supreme Court's historic health care decision, expected in June, has strong potential to jolt consumers, Congress, this year's political campaigns and the nation's health care industry.

FDA rejects call to ban BPA from food packaging

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration has rejected a petition from environmentalists that would have banned the plastic-hardening chemical bisphenol-A from all food and drink packaging, including plastic bottles and canned food.

Graphic Anti-Smoking Campaign Has Promising Early Results

KKTV 11 News -
More than twice the number of people called an anti-smoking hotline last week following the rollout of a graphic new ad campaign that depicts horrifying health consequences that befall those who choose to light up.

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