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Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Ben Martin had missed seven of eight cuts and figured he'd better make some changes.


Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.


11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.
Bobcats forward McRoberts hit with $20,000 fine

The National Basketball Association has fined Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts $20,000 for his hard foul on Miami Heat's LeBron James in their playoff series. McRoberts was initially handed a personal foul, but on review the league upgraded it to a flagrant two foul after it deemed that he made "unnecessary and excessive contact" when he elbowed James in the neck as the Heat superstar went up for a basket with 50 seconds remaining in the contest Wednesday.


Company stopped from accepting abortion waste
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — County commissioners gave final approval Thursday to an order to stop an incinerator in Oregon from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure no fetal tissue is burned to generate power.
10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:


Exclusive: JetBlue flight attendants seek to hold unionization vote

By Alwyn Scott NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flight attendants at JetBlue Airways are pushing for a vote on whether to unionize, marking a second organizing effort at the formerly non-union airline after pilots authorized joining a union on Tuesday. The flight attendants are working with the Transport Workers Union of America (TWU) to sign authorization cards that would let them hold an election under national labor rules, the TWU told Reuters. "We're getting them in very quickly," Thom McDaniel, a TWU International vice president, said of the cards.


Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

By Antoni Slodkowski and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama neared the end of a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's close ally that Washington would come to its defense but failed to clinch a trade deal vital to his promised "pivot" to Asia. Failure to reach a trade deal has delayed a joint statement on security and economic ties that Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were expected to issue after their summit on Thursday. Obama and Abe had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement but Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters on Friday that gaps remained despite recent progress. The TPP is high on Abe's economic reform agenda and central to Obama's policy of expanding the U.S. presence in Asia.


Rabbit heads left in 2 sisters' mailboxes
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Westfield police are investigating after severed rabbit heads were found this week in two mailboxes in this western Massachusetts town.
Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.


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