‘Three Cups’ Central Asia charity reports donation uptick

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Central Asia Institute officials say donors are starting to come back to the Bozeman, Montana-based charity after contributions plummeted amid mismanagement allegations against co-founder Greg Mortenson, who wrote “Three Cups of Tea.” The...
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USPS reports $1.5B loss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service on Friday reported a net loss of $1.5 billion during the first three months of this year, noting that while more people are using its shipping and package services, it’s costly to do and revenues from other products have...

Wal-Mart targets one-time Target stores in Canada

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart, already Canada’s biggest retailer, wasted little time in cementing that title after its rival Target retreated back to the U.S. The company is buying 13 former Target stores and one distribution center and said it will hire 3,400 new...

Anthony Geary leaving TV’s ‘General Hospital’

NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Anthony Geary is leaving “General Hospital,” the soap opera where he has played the character of Luke Spencer for nearly three decades. Frank Valenti, the show’s executive producer, said Friday it was Geary’s decision to leave....

US Oil And Natural Gas Rig Count Drops By 11 To 894

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 11 this week to 894. Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday that 668 rigs were seeking oil and 221 explored for natural gas. Five were...
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Kerry urges House to pass Iran bill without changes

PARIS (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is urging the House to pass the Senate version of the Iran nuclear bill without changes. On Friday in Paris, Kerry called the bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate on Thursday a “reasonable and acceptable...
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Red Wings give Babcock permission to test market

DETROIT (AP) — Mike Babcock can start testing the open market. The Red Wings say they have granted a request from the highly respected coach for permission to speak with other teams. Babcock’s contract is expiring this offseason. After the Red Wings were eliminated...
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Saudi Arabia says 5-day ceasefire in Yemen will start May 12

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik PARIS (AP) — Saudi Arabia declared a unilateral cease-fire in Yemen that would start May 12 and urged Shiite rebels and their allies to stop fighting. It was unclear if the Iran-backed Houthis were prepared to lay down their arms. At a news conference...
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In United Kingdom’s voting system, winner can take it all

AP Photo/Alastair Grant The Scottish National Party got 4.7 percent of the vote, giving it 56 seats in Parliament. The U.K. Independence Party got 12.6 percent of the vote, giving it one. Confused? It can seem counterintuitive that parties with sizable support end up as...
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‘Friends’ creator introduces ‘Grace & Frankie’ on Netflix

AP Photo/Melissa Moseley NEW YORK (AP) — Marta Kauffman, co-creator, writer and executive producer of “Friends,” knows that the comedy landscape has changed since millions tuned in weekly to see what was happening with Ross and Rachel. “I believe someone...