Festive hats, pastels abound...
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NEW YORK (AP) — Most New Yorkers showed their best colors in the annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but a few may have dusted off their Halloween outfits. One man — a Long Island lawyer — smoked a carrot, wrapped around a cigar, with carrot greens hanging from his jacket pockets Sunday. And there were lots of bonnets piled high with bunny ears or eggs — made of silicone, polyester and felt. The city's Easter week

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Bid, Dick, bid: 'Dick and Jane' artworks for sale
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BROOKLINE, N.H. (AP) — A collection of works by the artist who illustrated the "Dick and Jane" reader series is being sold at auction. Richard Childress also did portraits of college presidents, worked in advertising, had works on the cover of major magazines and painted landscapes of college campuses. He retired to Warner, N.H., and died in 1983. His daughter Nancy...
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Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after gear fails
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says a flight heading to India made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after it was forced to turn back when its right landing gear malfunctioned. The airline said on its Facebook page that Flight 192 to Bangalore, India, carrying 166 people, landed safely at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 1:56 a.m. Monday, about four...
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18 killed in Iraq bomb attacks
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A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50 in Iraq. Today's deadliest attack took place outside the southern city of Samawah, where two car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area, killing seven civilians and wounding 17, police said. The Shiite city is located 230 miles south...
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Councils sit on 67m in...
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A fledgling scheme to provide emergency help to the poorest in the country is in chaos, with £67m left unspent and record numbers of families being turned away. Figures released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that by the end of January councils in England were sitting on £67m of the £136m that had been allocated to local schemes. Half of local authorities had spent less than 40% of their funds. An analysis by the Guardian shows that under the new lo

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The social fund: from distortion to destitution
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Politicians often wonder why they are so hated. Sometimes they blame media distortion, sometimes unreasonable expectations, sometimes the public's refusal to face up to nasty choices that can't be ducked in public life. Sometimes, however, rage against the political machine is justified by the cold cynicism of those who hold the levers. The story of the discretionary social...
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Malaysia Airlines plane returns safely after landing gear scare
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A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Monday after being forced to abandon a flight to Bangalore because of problems with its landing gear, the airline said. Defence Minister and Acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in a tweet: 'All landed safely - going there now!!" Malaysia Airlines had said...
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Assad visits Christian village recaptured from rebels
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BEIRUT // Syria’s president marked Easter with a tour of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured from rebels, as the country’s Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that the country’s Christians “will not submit” to extremists. Syrian state TV and the official Sana news agency said president Bashar Al Assad visited the hilltop hamlet of Maaloula, inspecting the...
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Qaradawi attempts to soothe...
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DOHA // An influential Qatar-based Islamist whose fiery sermons strained ties between Doha and its neighbours sent a conciliatory message to countries he has criticised in an apparent attempt to help end a rift between the Gulf Arab allies. Youssef Al Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born cleric whose sermons have often admonished the authorities in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, said all views expressed in his sermons were his own and not those of Qatar. “My personal position does not reflect the positio

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Fashion retailers eye up image-recognition apps for smartphones
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When told Vogue that one of her favourite was the newly released Asap54 – which uses visual-recognition technology to identify clothes – it was a PR shot in the arm for the new player in an area where competition to become the definitive technology is rife. in the UK, from Ireland and in Canada are just a few of the companies that are using elaborate software to allow shoppers to...
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Pfizer-AstraZeneca takeover rumours prompt job concerns
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New concerns about the security of jobs in the pharmaceutical sector will be raised this week amid speculation that of the US has been in takeover talks with its struggling rival the Anglo-Swedish group . A successful acquisition could cost Pfizer up to $100bn (£60bn), which would be the biggest ever foreign takeover of a British business. It would raise alarm as the New York City-based...
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Number of fines imposed by City regulator drops by 40%
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The number of fines given out by the main City regulator to senior executives in the financial services sector for misconduct or breach of rules has dropped by 40% in the past four years. The figures will raise concerns that the (FCA) is failing to crack down hard enough on bad practice despite all the concerns raised over and other scandals. Eighteen fines were handed down in 2013 to...
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