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Ex-GSA Chief Apologizes Over Conference

Wall Street Journal -
By COREY BOLES The former head of the General Services Administration apologized Monday for letting a lavish conference near Las Vegas happen on her watch and said she shouldn't have paid a bonus to a regional official who organized the event.
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More military personnel might have been involved in misconduct before Obama's trip

Washington Post -
A Defense Department review of surveillance tapes at the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, has determined that more than five military personnel might have been involved in the hotel misconduct that occurred last week ahead of President Obama's ...

Polls: Americans divided over taxes but support 'Buffett Rule'

Los Angeles Times -
By Kim Geiger As the Senate considers President Obama's “Buffett Rule” to require that millionaires and billionaires pay at least 30% income tax, a new poll suggests the proposal is quite popular with the American public.

Boston marathon runner survives Heartbreak, beats the heat

USA TODAY -
David Leon Moore covers track and field for USA TODAY Sports. On Monday, he ran his 15th marathon and fifth in Boston. The Californian is used to training in Ventura County in the mornings - where temps are usually in the 50s to 60s.

Breivik trial: Norway's troubled example to the world

The Guardian -
In a variety of ways Norway offers a model of the kind of country that many would like Britain to emulate. On the left, there is envy for Norway's enduring social solidarity and its long commitment to international peacemaking.

George Zimmerman's attorney Mark O' Mara files request for judge to recuse ...

CBS News -
George Zimmerman (center) and his attorney Mark O'Mara (Credit: CBS) (CBS) SANFORD, Fla. - Mark O' Mara, George Zimmerman's attorney, filed a request that the judge assigned to his client's case recuse herself on Monday, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.
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Kabul attack may hurt US-Pakistan relations

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(AP) ISLAMABAD - A brazen, 18-hour attack allegedly carried out by Pakistan-based militants on targets in the Afghan capital, including the US Embassy, could spark fresh tension between Washington and Islamabad just as they seemed to be patching up ...

Egypt's presidential front-runners appeal ban

USA TODAY -
CAIRO (AP) - Three of Egypt's main presidential candidates have filed appeals after the election commission barred them from running, shaking up an already tumultuous race and political transition.

Asia Diplomats Ponder Response to North Korea's Missile Activities

Voice of America -
Monday, 16 April 2012 Asia Diplomats Ponder Response to North Korea's Missile Activities Steve Herman | Seoul Diplomats in Asia are pondering their next responses to North Korea after its attempted launch last week of a multi-stage rocket which fell ...

UN's Ban: Syria must allow observers full access

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BEIRUT - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the Syrian government is responsible for guaranteeing UN observers full freedom of movement to monitor the country's tenuous cease-fire, which appeared to be unraveling as regime forces pounded the ...

Death toll from Oklahoma tornado rises to six

Reuters -
* More than 120 tornadoes reported in two-day outbreak * Twisters hit less-populated parts of Kansas, Oklahoma By Steve Olafson OKLAHOMA CITY, April 16 (Reuters) - The death toll rose to six from a tornado that ripped through an Oklahoma town during a ...

Virginia Tech honors lives lost

WAVY-TV -
BLACKSBURG, Va. (WAVY) - The Virginia Tech campus awoke under a crescent moon Monday, as an eerie morning fog floated across the Drill Field.

Blue-chips hold gains, but tech sector lags

CNN -
By Ben Rooney @CNNMoneyMarkets April 16, 2012: 4:50 PM ET NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- US stocks closed mixed Monday, with blue-chips gaining and tech shares falling, as investors weighed an upbeat report on retail sales, corporate earnings and renewed ...

Nigeria World Bank candidate salutes Kim, calls for change

AFP -
By Ola Awoniyi (AFP) - 15 minutes ago ABUJA - The Nigerian challenger to head the World Bank congratulated Korean-American physician Jim Yong Kim on his appointment to the post on Monday, but called for changes to the US-dominated selection process.

Strong retail sales ease growth worries

Chicago Tribune -
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans shrugged off high gasoline prices in March and spent more strongly than expected, suggesting economic growth in the first quarter was probably not as weak as many had feared.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks falter as Spain renews debt crisis fears

Reuters -
* Spanish bond yields rise through 6 pct, boost safe-haven debt * US retail sales beat forecast, help buoy stock prices * US dollar retreats, stocks pare gains on Spanish debt worry By Herbert Lash NEW YORK, April 16 (Reuters) - Global stocks faltered ...

Romney Tells Obama to 'Start Packing'

BusinessWeek -
By John McCormick on April 16, 2012 Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama should “start packing,” as he used a broadcast television interview to defend his ability to connect with average Americans.

Mitt Romney names adviser to begin search for vice presidential candidate

Washington Post -
April 16 (Bloomberg) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney named a longtime adviser to oversee the vetting process for selecting his running mate as Democrats accused him of running a secretive campaign.

Wis. gov says property taxes dropped slightly

BusinessWeek -
The administration issued a statement Monday morning saying taxes on a median value home dipped 0.4 percent, the first time in 12 years they've decreased.

Google Gets Maximum Fine After 'Impeding' Privacy Probe

BusinessWeek -
By Brian Womack and Todd Shields on April 16, 2012 Google Inc. (GOOG) (GOOG) “impeded” and “delayed” a US inquiry into its data-collection practices, according to the latest in a series of regulatory probes of the company's privacy practices.

Google Drive leaked: 5GB cloud space for free

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There's a new service popping up this week from Google, a cloud service by the name of Google Drive. We've heard of this service before, it being akin to Dropbox in its ability to be a cloud server for your files, and now we've got word from The Next ...

Indie book publishers call Amazon, not Apple, a 'predator'

CNET -
Amazon will price everyone else out of the business, indie publishers warn. Then again, lowering prices and grabbing market share worked well for Apple's iTunes -- and aren't consumers better off as a result?

Online protests to controversial CISPA bill begin, amid changes

Fox News -
Jan. 18, 2012: A blackout landing page is displayed on a laptop computer screen to protest the SOPA legislation -- which some argue is returning under a new name.

Hicks: Tupac shows up at Coachella

San Jose Mercury News -
By Tony Hicks The late rapper Tupac Shakur's flawlessly orchestrated, incredibly realistic-looking hologram performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday night was like fuel for those who refuse to believe he's not dead.

Coachella 2012: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and more

Washington Post -
Florence + The Machine, the Black Keys and At the Drive In were a few of the acts that performed during the first weekend of Coachella, a two weekend-long music festival that attracts nearly 75000 music fans and celebrities a day to Indio, Calif.

2012 Pulitzers: School violence, East Africa, tax avoidance ...

Los Angeles Times -
By James Rainey and Jessica Garrison NEW YORK - A deep report on the fear and violence plaguing urban schools brought the Philadelphia Inquirer the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday, while the New York Times won two awards as ...

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Steady in Week 3; 'Girls' Bows Softly

Hollywood Reporter -
Sunday's numbers were on par with last week's impressive 97 percent retention rate from the Season 2 bow of the series, which has already been renewed for a third season.

Kentucky underclassmen to announce NBA decisions Tuesday

USA TODAY (blog) -
By Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Kentucky has called a press conference for 2 pm ET on Tuesday for five underclassmen -- Anthony Davis, Marquis Teague, Doron Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones.

Madison Bumgarner, Giants agree

ESPN -
AP SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a new six-year contract through the 2017 season, locking up the lefty through his arbitration seasons and his first year of free agency.

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway

Washington Post -
Discovery is the storied old veteran of NASA's shuttle fleet. It has spent a total of 365 days in space and successfully completed every kind of mission under the sun.

'Good chance' for SpaceX April 30 launch to ISS: NASA

AFP -
By Kerry Sheridan (AFP) - 1 hour ago WASHINGTON - NASA said Monday said there is a good chance SpaceX will soon become the first private company to attempt to launch its spacecraft to the International Space Station on an unmanned cargo mission.

Would you get a chin implant?

CBC.ca -
By Community Team Cosmetic chin surgery is on the rise among women and men in the United States, most notably in people over the age of 40.

Making Baby's Shots Less Tearful

New York Times (blog) -
By ANAHAD O'CONNOR | April 16, 2012, 5:11 pm Noel Celis/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images Babies that were comforted during vaccinations showed the lowest pain scores in a recent study.

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