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Arkansas Governor Asks Lawmakers to Recall Religious Freedom Bill

New York Times

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights advocates, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas on Wednesday called on state lawmakers to either recall or amend legislation billed as a religious freedom measure so that it mirrored a ...

Buhari's second chance to give Nigerians hope

Financial Times

When he starts work as Nigeria's president in May, Muhammadu Buhari will inherit a deeply divided country — and one that faces a highly uncertain economic future. Oil, on which Nigeria depends for the lion's share of its government revenues and foreign ...

Iraq claims victory over ISIS in Tikrit, but US military official says 'block-to-block ...

Fox News

Iraq's defense minister said security forces have achieved a "magnificent victory" over Islamic State fighters in Tikrit Wednesday, but a senior defense official told Fox News that the fighting is “block to block, especially in the northern part of Tikrit where ISIS still ...

SUV crashes into Florida home, killing couple, unborn child

Bradenton Herald

PALMETTO, Fla. — Police say a sleeping couple and their unborn child are dead after a sport utility vehicle slammed into their home in Florida. Police tell The Bradenton Herald (http://bit.ly/19F3aCh ) that the SUV was heading north on a highway early ...

Top Dem endorses Obama cyber order

The Hill

The House Intelligence panel's top Democrat gave a full endorsement of President Obama's executive order Wednesday that authorizes more sanctions on cyberattackers. House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) called the order ...

Andrew Getty suffered long-term health problems, police say

Los Angeles Times

Andrew Getty, an heir to the billion-dollar Getty oil fortune, was suffering from long-term health problems at the time of his death Tuesday, authorities told The Times. Police said they chose to perform a full investigation Tuesday night at his Hollywood Hills ...

One Person Killed, 16 Injured in Pemex Platform Fire

Wall Street Journal

MEXICO CITY—Mexican state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos said Wednesday that one worker was killed and 16 others injured when a fire broke out at an offshore rig in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Pemex said it evacuated 300 workers from the Abkatun ...

Islamic State expands in Damascus, al Qaeda vows sharia for city

Reuters

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power. A rival jihadist group said sharia law would govern a city seized by ...

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