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Aleppo bombed as Syrian army begins 'calm' plan elsewhere

Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23pm

Children look out from a balcony at a site hit by airstrikes, in the rebel-held area of Aleppo's Bustan al-QasrBy John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Aleppo on Saturday as a temporary "calm" declared by Syria’s military took effect around Damascus and in the northwest. It was the ninth day of deadly bombardments in Aleppo, which has borne the brunt of increased fighting that has all but destroyed a February ceasefire and killed nearly 250 people in the northern city since April 22, a monitoring group said. The Syrian army announced a "regime of calm," or lull in fighting, late on Friday, which Damascus said was designed to salvage the wider ceasefire.


Jamaica's McLeod sizzles in Drake Relays rain

Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:14pm

Jamaica's Omar McLeod competes in a heat of the men's 110 metres hurdles athletics event at the 2015 IAAF World Championships at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium in Beijing on August 26, 2015Jamaica's Omar McLeod defied difficult, rainy conditions to clock a world-leading 13.08sec on Saturday to win the 110m hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. With the Rio Olympics approaching in August, McLeod moved atop the 2016 rankings, improving on the 13.33 posted by Jason Richardson last week in Florida. McLeod, winner of the 60m hurdles gold at the indoor world championships in Portland in March, was a comfortable winner over former world champion David Oliver (13.31) and fellow Jamaican Hansle Parchment (13.42).


GOP race shifts California's political fault lines

Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:09pm

FILE - In this June 15, 2011 file photo, then-California State Sen. Tony Strickland speaks at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. With the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party's political fault lines in advance of its pivotal June primary, forging unexpected alliances that blur those longstanding divisions. Trump has snapped up support from California stalwarts like Strickland, Ted Costa and former congressman Doug Ose. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)BURLINGAME, Calif. (AP) — The Republican Party in California has been riven for decades between those who want to tack to the ideological center to expand its diminishing appeal and those who want it to enforce conservative purity. But the prospect of Donald Trump clinching the nomination in the Golden State has scrambled the party's political fault lines in advance of its pivotal June primary, forging unexpected alliances that blur those longstanding divisions.


Openly gay rock singer changing tune on Mormon religion

Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:04pm

FILE - In this June 28, 2014 file photo, Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn performs at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party at Fontainebleau's BleauLive at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Fla. Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, Glenn is denouncing his faith in his latest music video. The lead singer of the Provo-based band released the video Friday, April 29, 2016 for a single titled "Trash," in which he appears to be trashing the church. (Photo Jeff Daly/Invision/AP, File)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two years after coming out as gay and praising the Mormon church for offering support, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees is denouncing his faith in his latest music video.


Facing long odds in California, Cruz courts state's Republicans

Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:02pm

Cruz speaks to members of the media and supporters during the California GOP convention in Burlingame, CaliforniaBy Sharon Bernstein BURLINGAME, Calif. (Reuters) - U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz made a plea to the California Republican Party on Saturday to line up behind him in the state's June primary in his uphill battle to stop front-runner Donald Trump from grabbing the nomination. At the same party convention that was the backdrop for chaotic protests against Trump on Friday, Cruz tried to woo party members with support for their long-time issues, like lower taxes and a harder line on immigration. Former California Governor Pete Wilson gave Cruz his endorsement as he introduced the U.S. senator from Texas.


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