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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016

Justice Department cracks iPhone; withdraws legal action

WASHINGTON – The FBI says it successfully used a mysterious technique without Apple’s help to break into an iPhone linked to the gunman in a California mass shooting. The surprise development effectively ends a pitched court battle between Apple and the Obama administration.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal speaks during a press conference Monday  in Atlanta. Deal, a Republican, was explaining his veto of a “religious freedom” bill passed exclusively by GOP lawmakers. (David Goldman / Associated Press)

Georgia governor vetoes religious exemption bill

Georgia’s term-limited Gov. Nathan Deal took a stand against his own party and averted threatened boycotts by major corporations on Monday by announcing his veto of a “religious freedom” bill passed exclusively by Republican lawmakers.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016

Soldier’s shooting of Palestinian sets off uproar in Israel

JERUSALEM – Amateur video appearing to show an Israeli soldier killing an already wounded Palestinian attacker sparked uproar in Israel on Sunday, reflecting the deep divisions in the country following six months of violence. As the Israeli military pressed on with an investigation, nationalistic politicians accused the army of abandoning the soldier, while political doves bemoaned the erosion of the nation’s morals. Palestinians, meanwhile, said the shooting proved their claims that Israel is guilty of using excessive force and carrying out extrajudicial killings.

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Japan reports trouble contacting innovative new satellite

TOKYO – Japan’s space agency says communication has failed with a newly launched, innovative satellite with X-ray telescopes meant to study black holes and other space mysteries. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency spokeswoman Izumi Yoshizaki said Monday that efforts to restore communication links since the problem began Saturday afternoon have been unsuccessful, and it was investigating what might have happened to the satellite, which is called Hitomi and was launched Feb. 17.

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Tangle deepens in Syrian war as U.S.-backed factions clash

AMMAN, Jordan – Syrian militias armed by different parts of the U.S. war machine have begun to fight each other on the plains between the besieged city of Aleppo and the Turkish border, highlighting how little control U.S. intelligence officers and military planners have over the groups they have financed and trained in the 5-year-old civil war. The fighting has intensified over the last two months as CIA-armed units and Pentagon-armed ones have repeatedly shot at each other while maneuvering through contested territory on the northern outskirts of Aleppo, U.S. officials and rebel leaders have confirmed.

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Crews fighting Kansas wildfires get assist from snow, rain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Firefighters grappling with the biggest wildfire in Kansas history got a welcomed Easter assist from pre-dawn snowfall over the hardest-hit area, though the looming prospect of flame-fanning winds threatened to undermine the effort. The National Weather Service said about a half an inch of precipitation in the form of rain and snow fell early Sunday southwest of Wichita in Barber County, which accounts for 427 of the 620 square miles scorched during the blaze that began Tuesday in Oklahoma before spreading into Kansas.

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Riot erupts at Brussels peace shrine

BRUSSELS – Belgian riot police clashed Sunday with hundreds of right-wing hooligans at a temporary shrine honoring victims of the Brussels suicide bombings, as investigators launched fresh anti-terror raids, taking four more people into custody. Police used water cannons when scuffles broke out in front of the Bourse, which has become a symbolic rallying point for people to pay their respects to those who died in Tuesday’s attacks. Black-clad men carrying an anti-Islamic State group banner with an expletive on it trampled parts of the shrine, shouting Nazi slogans. Ten were arrested and two police officers injured.

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, a Syrian soldier holds a Syrian national flag in front of the Palmyra citadel in Palmyra, Syria, Sunday. (Uncredited / Associated Press)

Syrian forces recapture ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State

DAMASCUS, Syria – Syrian government forces recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra on Sunday, scoring an important victory over Islamic State fighters who waged a 10-month reign of terror there and dealing the group its first major defeat since an international agreement to battle terrorism in the fractured nation took effect last year. The city known to Syrians as the “Bride of the Desert” is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins that once drew tens of thousands of visitors each year before IS destroyed many of the monuments. The extent of the destruction remained unclear. Initial footage on Syrian TV showed widespread rubble and shattered statues. But Palmyra’s grand colonnades appeared to be in relatively good condition.

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Global Catholic Network founder Mother Angelica has died

Known to millions of viewers simply as “Mother Angelica,” the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network died Easter Sunday at the rural monastery where she lived about 45 miles north of Birmingham, according to EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.

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A Syrian government soldier takes his position inside a damaged palace, at the entrance of Palmyra in this photo released Thursday by the Syrian official news agency SANA. (Uncredited / Associated Press)

Heavy Russian airstrikes as Syrian army fights IS in Palmyra

BEIRUT – Syrian government forces backed by heavy Russian airstrikes have seized three neighborhoods inside Palmyra, a town with famed Roman-era ruins that fell to the Islamic State group last May, state media reported Saturday. Russian jets carried out 40 air sorties near Palmyra in the past day, hitting 158 targets and killing over 100 militants, Russia’s defense ministry said.

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Bloomsday video

Colin Mulvany shot and produced a video on the sights and sounds of Bloomsday 2016. Check out the Bloomsday video here to relive Spokane's favorite race's 40th year.

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