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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2016

Airstrikes on IS-held Syrian city kill at least 39

BEIRUT – Airstrikes on the northern Syrian city of Raqqa on Saturday killed at least 39 people and wounded many others in an intensified bombardment of the Islamic State group’s de facto capital. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 39 people were killed, including five children and seven women, when the air raids hit several areas in the city, which has been held by the extremists since 2013.

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3 foreigners among 5 killed in Istanbul suicide bomb attack

ISTANBUL – A suicide attack on Istanbul’s main pedestrian shopping street Saturday killed five people, including two dual nationality Israeli-Americans and one Iranian citizen, and wounded several dozen others, in the sixth suicide bombing in Turkey in the past year. Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu issued a statement saying there were several foreigners among the victims.

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GOP candidates taking aim at Common Core academic standards 

WASHINGTON – Note to Republican presidential candidates: Congress passed, with broad bipartisan support, an education law that specifically says the federal government cannot push academic standards such as Common Core or give incentives to states that adopt them. On top of that, Common Core standards were established by state governors, not Washington.

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A migrant girl holds a banner, during a protest Saturday in the make shift refugee camp at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, in Greece. (Darko Vojinovic / Associated Press)

Migration deal: Quick start, tough implementation

ATHENS, Greece – Government officials in Greece signaled Saturday that implementation of a migration agreement between the European Union and Turkey could only occur gradually, with key details still to be worked out on how migrants newly arriving from Turkey will be processed and returned. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met ministers and senior officials involved in the migration crisis, hours after the deal was reached in Brussels to send back migrants arriving on the Greek islands to Turkey, starting Sunday.

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Voters stand in line March 5 at the Republican caucus at the Knicely Center in Bowling Green, Ky. (Austin Anthony / Associated Press)

Primary voting nearing record turnout, with Republicans holding the edge

WASHINGTON – In an election characterized by name-calling, classified emails and “small hands,” voter turnout has reached its second-highest level in the past 35 years. Voter turnout has been double what it was in 2012, and is less than 2 percent behind the level during the 2008 presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center, a bipartisan organization.

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A protester confronts a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in downtown Salt Lake City as Trump gave his first campaign speech in Utah on Friday. (Benjamin Zack / Associated Press)

Trump’s appeal with Mormons to be tested in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump is set to find out whether his brash demeanor will plague him in another Western state with a culture rooted in the Mormon faith that places a high value on manners and amiability. The billionaire businessman lost to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in Mormon-heavy Idaho this month, and indications are he may be headed for trouble in Utah where the religion predominates and where Trump-basher Mitt Romney is revered.

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EPA can’t often say whether water is safe in Indian Country

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is sounding alarms over potential dangers in the water supplies on the nation’s Indian reservations, saying the vast majority of tribe members live on reservations that haven’t adopted federally approved standards. “That is a shocking thing to say and it’s something that we need to fix as soon as possible,” said Gina McCarthy, chief administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Salvador Reza, a member of the Tonatierra Barrio Defense Committees, stands outside the Phoenix Convention Center where Fox News host Sean Hannity was set to interview Donald Trump in Phoenix on Saturday, March 19, 2016. (Ryan VanVelzer / Associated Press)

Protesters block main road to Trump rally

PHOENIX – Protesters blocked a main highway leading into the Phoenix suburb Saturday where Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was preparing to hold a campaign rally alongside Arizona’s revered Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The protesters parked their cars in the middle of the road Saturday, unfurling banners reading “Dump Trump” and “Must Stop Trump,” and chanting “Trump is hate.” Traffic was backed up for miles, with drivers honking in fury.

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A bicycle taxi rides past a building painted with a Cuban flag and an image of Che Guevara, along with the Spanish slogan “Always toward victory!” in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, March 19, 2016. U.S. President Barack Obama will visit the island on March 20. During his three-day trip, the first to the country by a sitting U.S. president in nearly 90 years, he will meet with President Raul Castro at the Palace of the Revolution and attend an exhibition baseball game. (Rebecca Blackwell / Associated Press)

Obama’s historic trip to Cuba rife with risk, opportunity

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will open a new era in the United States’ thorny relationship with Cuba during a history-making trip that has two seemingly dissonant goals: locking in his softer approach while also pushing the island’s communist leaders to change their ways. Obama’s 2 1/2 day visit starting Sunday will be a crowning moment for the ambitious diplomatic experiment that he and President Raul Castro’s government announced barely a year ago. After a half-century of acrimony, the two former Cold War foes are now in regular contact. American travelers and businesses are eagerly eyeing opportunities on the tiny nation 90 miles south of Florida.

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