• Arsenal cruise as Sanchez double shatters Hull

    Alexis Sanchez scored twice as Arsenal all but secured a top-four finish in the Premier League for the 18th consecutive season with a 3-1 victory at struggling Hull on Monday. Arsene Wenger's side swept into a three-goal half-time lead thanks to Sanchez's double and a strike from Aaron Ramsey before Stephen Quinn pulled one back for Hull after the break. The victory put third-placed Arsenal nine points clear of fifth-placed Liverpool, who have only three matches remaining and a vastly inferior goal difference to the Gunners, and effectively guaranteed their qualification for the Champions League.

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  • Britain's new princess can't expect fairy-tale life

    William and Kate's new daughter is the first British princess who won't face royal discrimination because she's a girl, but that doesn't mean her life will be a fairy tale. Thanks to a change in the centuries-old rules of royal succession, if Princess Charlotte has a younger brother, he won't overtake her in line to the throne. The experience of Kate — and, even more, of the baby's late grandmother, Princess Diana — suggests the level of interest the princess can expect.

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  • Car smashes into complex, kills woman, child walking outside

    A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into a Northern California apartment complex, killing a woman and her toddler and slightly injuring two other children as they all walked together outside, police said. The crash occurred Saturday evening in Livermore, when a driver lost control near a curve and smashed into the apartment complex. The vehicle struck a 40-year-old woman walking with three children on a path at the complex, Livermore Police Officer Ryan Sanchez said Sunday.

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  • Two charged over China 'Fast & Furious' Lamborghini-Ferrari crash

    Two young men who staged what China's state news agency called a "real-life 'Fast and Furious' drag race" in central Beijing were charged Monday with dangerous driving. Last month's crash of a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in the capital of the communist nation sparked a wave of online speculation and comment. Xinhua news agency, which reported the charges, identified the drivers as Yu, 20, and Tang, 21.

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  • Mayweather takes his $100 million check and runs

    The check was for $100 million, a payday so mind boggling that Floyd Mayweather Jr. couldn't help but show it to a few reporters when the night was done. "No pictures, though," Mayweather said, sliding the check out of an envelope. The check will soon be cashed, adding to the millions Mayweather already has stashed in his bank accounts.

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  • Mourinho rules out matching Ferguson's 'impossible' record

    Jose Mourinho has insisted he cannot equal former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's record of 13 Premier League titles, saying it would be "impossible". Chelsea boss Mourinho guided the Blues to the English title on Sunday following a 1-0 victory at home to London rivals Crystal Palace. It was the third time the 52-year-old Mourinho, now in his second spell as Chelsea manager, has brought the Premier League title to Stamford Bridge following the 2004/05 and 2005/06 triumphs the Portuguese boss enjoyed during his initial period in charge.

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  • Mark Ruffalo suggest Phoenix for Hulk

    Mark Ruffalo joked Joss Whedon should offer Joaquin Phoenix the role of the Hulk before The Avengers began filming. The 47-year-old actor has landed the job of a lifetime as the green monster in the Marvel franchise, starring alongside the likes of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. "Mark spent the first week of both films coming up to me after each take going, 'It's not too late to recast,'" he laughed to Rolling Stone.

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  • Shipwrecks Spotted in Crystal-Clear Waters of Lake Michigan

    Early spring is apparently a good time to look for shipwrecks in Lake Michigan. Earlier this month, a helicopter from the Coast Guard's Air Station in Traverse City, Michigan, was out on a routine patrol over the lake, looking for boats in distress or anything out of the ordinary. When Petty Officer Mitch Brown looked out the window of the helicopter, he could spot several century-old shipwrecks in the crystal-blue waters.

  • British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

    A British grandmother on death row in Indonesia is writing goodbye letters to her family and believes she could be executed at any time, she wrote in an article on Sunday. Lindsay Sandiford, 58, said she was expecting to die shortly, after seven foreign drug convicts were executed last week, causing a storm of international protest. "I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family." Sandiford, originally from Redcar in northeast England, wrote that she planned to sing the cheery popular song "Magic Moments" when facing the firing squad.

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  • Singapore orders shutdown of 'anti-foreigner' portal

    Singapore on Sunday ordered a local man and an Australian woman facing jail time for articles seen as hostile to foreigners to shut their website down, saying it threatens "public order and national harmony". The Media Development Authority (MDA) said it has ordered Yang Kaiheng, 26, and Japanese-Australian Ai Takagi, 22, to take down the The Real Singapore (TRS) website as well as its associated online and social media accounts by 1200 GMT. The media regulator said in a statement it had suspended the pair's "statutory class licence" to operate the website, which in general is automatically granted without a need for application to people who operate websites inside and from Singapore.

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  • Freed Nigerian women tell of horror of Boko Haram captivity

    By Isaac Abrak and Emma Ande YOLA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram fighters killed older boys and men in front of their families before taking women and children into the forest where many died of hunger and disease, freed captives said on Sunday after they were brought to a government refugee camp. The Nigerian army rescued hundreds of women and children last week from the Islamist fighters in northern Nigeria's Sambisa Forest in a major operation that has turned international attention to the plight of hostages. After days on the road in pickup trucks, hundreds were released on Sunday into the care of authorities at a refugee camp in the eastern town of Yola to be fed and treated for injuries.

  • LA's Island Playground Could Trigger Tsunamis

    PASADENA, Calif. — Landslides coming off Catalina Island's steep slopes could send tsunamis racing toward popular Los Angeles and Orange County beaches with just a few minutes of warning, geoscientists said on April 23 here at the annual meeting of

  • Cable, pay-per-view problems leave viewers fighting mad

    For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies. Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. Others just didn't want to pay to watch, bragging on Twitter how they saved the $100 fee.

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  • Buffett says raising interest rates hard as Europe struggles

    Investor Warren Buffett says he thinks the Federal Reserve will have a hard time raising interest rates significantly while Europe continues to struggle. Buffett discussed the outlook for rates during an interview on CNBC Monday after answering questions in front of more than 40,000 people at Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting Saturday. Buffett says he expected interest rates and inflation to be much higher by now as a result of the steps taken to revive the economy after the Great Recession.

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  • NBA: Warriors' Curry named 2014-15 Most Valuable Player

    Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season. Curry -- who set a single season record for three-pointers made -- earned 1,198 points in balloting for the award, including 100 of 130 first-place votes, the National Basketball Association said in a statement. James Harden of the Houston Rockets finished second in the voting with 936 points.

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  • 'Exceptional' NYPD officer dies from gunshot wound to head

    A 25-year-old police officer shot in the head while attempting to stop a man suspected of carrying a handgun died Monday from his injuries, the third New York City officer slain on duty in five months. Brian Moore, who was in a coma after undergoing brain surgery following the Saturday evening shooting, was pronounced dead at a Queens hospital with his family at his bedside, including his police officer father, uncle and cousin. Moore and his partner were in plainclothes and in an unmarked police car when they approached Demetrius Blackwell in a quiet Queens neighborhood after they saw him adjusting his waistband, a move that made them suspicious he had a handgun, authorities said.

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  • Strong quake in New Zealand, no damage reported

    A strong 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's South Island on Monday with local authorities saying it shook buildings but caused no serious damage. The tremor struck at 2.29 pm (0229 GMT) at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), with its epicentre about 30 kilometres north-west of Wanaka, the US Geological Survey said. New Zealand's official GeoNet monitoring service listed the quake as "severe" and said there were reports of strong shaking from across the lower South Island, but added that it occurred in a sparsely populated region.

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  • McDonald's challenge: Make it simpler, but add choices

    McDonald's wants to simplify, simplify, simplify — but also add a bunch of choices for customers to avoid growing stale. CEO Steve Easterbrook said Monday that he will strip away the bureaucracy at McDonald's so the company can move more nimbly to keep up with changing tastes. The overhaul comes after McDonald's saw its profit drop 15 percent last year, with sales dipping in regions around the world.

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  • Pep's feeling pressure at Bayern, says Effenberg

    Pep Guardiola is struggling to deal with the pressure of winning the Champions League with Bayern Munich ahead of Wednesday's semi-final at Barcelona, according to ex-Germany captain Stefan Effenberg. Munich have won back-to-back German league titles under Guardiola, but the 44-year-old recently insisted that only the treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup titles is enough to satisfy Bayern's appetite. The Spaniard will make his first return to the Camp Nou for Wednesday's first leg since winning 14 titles in four years with Barcelona before resigning in 2012.

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  • Indonesian district bans unmarried couples from motorbike rides

    A district in Indonesia's Aceh has passed legislation banning unmarried men and women from riding together on motorbikes, a lawmaker said Monday, the latest new Islamic regulation in the conservative province. Members of parliament in North Aceh district last week approved the regulation, which will come into effect in a year, said lawmaker Fauzan Hamzah, adding that authorities were making "efforts to implement sharia law fully". "Unmarried people sitting closely together on a motorcycle is clearly against Islamic sharia as it could lead to sinful acts," Hamzah told AFP.

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