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Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84
Written by JOHN HANNA, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:00

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps, whose actions drew international condemnation, died around midnight Wednesday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

Throughout his life, Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, a small congregation made up almost entirely of his extended family, tested the boundaries of free speech, violating accepted societal standards for decency in their unapologetic assault on gays and lesbians. In the process, some believe he even helped the cause of gay rights by serving as such a provocative symbol of intolerance.

Phelps believed any misfortune, most infamously the deaths of American soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, was God's punishment for society's tolerance of homosexuality. He and his followers carried forward their message bluntly, holding held signs at funerals and public events that used ugly slurs and read "Thank God for dead soldiers." God, he preached, had nothing but anger and bile for the moral miscreants of his creation.

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Ex-Democratic Chairman Robert Strauss dies at 95
Written by DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 09:03

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day.

Of Strauss' many accomplishments — earning a fortune in postwar investments, co-founding an international law firm, leading the Democratic Party, running one successful presidential campaign and surviving the loss of another — being welcome on either side of the political street might have been the achievement he most treasured.

A Strauss specialty was what he called "the art of making things happen instead of just tilting at windmills." A little sign he had kept on his desk put it succinctly: "It CAN be done."

"He is absolutely the most amazing politician," former first lady Barbara Bush wrote of the prominent Democratic powerbroker who died Wednesday at his home in Washington at 95. "He is everybody's friend and, if he chooses, could sell you the paper off your own wall."

President Ronald Reagan sought Strauss' advice when his administration was embroiled in the Iran-Contra affair. President George H.W. Bush turned to him when he needed an ambassador to the Soviet Union to represent American interests as the communist country fell apart — and when the Russian Federation took its place.

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Putin calls on billionaires to pay taxes in Russia
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:46

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on billionaires to pay taxes at home amid fears that a new wave of western sanctions against the country over the annexation of Crimea may hit businessmen.

At a meeting Thursday with Russia's richest men in Moscow, Putin said businesses "ought to register on Russian territory and pay taxes in our motherland."

The call has come in the wake of Western threats to impose another round of sanctions.

On Monday, the U.S. and the European Union announced sanctions against a limited number of individuals they say were involved in the unlawful referendum in Crimea over joining Russia. Most of those targeted, however, were not businessmen but political figureheads, who mocked the sanctions and said they had no assets abroad that were at risk.


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Teen accused of gaining access to top of World Trade Center
Written by Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 07:47

NEW YORK (AP) — A 16-year-old boy is accused of bypassing security and climbing to the top of 1 World Trade Center to take pictures.

A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman says the teen was arrested at 6 a.m. Sunday and charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass.

The spokesman, Joe Pentangelo, says the teen got on the construction site of nearly completed tower through a small fence opening. He then allegedly entered the tower by climbing scaffolding.

Pentangelo says the teen eluded a guard on the 104th floor. The guard has since been fired.

Port Authority arrested the teen on the premises. His camera and cellphone were seized after authorities obtained a search warrant.

The investigation is continuing.


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Five planes, two ships search southern seas for missing jet
Written by NICK PERRY, Associated Press   
Thursday, 20 March 2014 06:27

The search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is focused in remote waters far southwest of Australia. The latest information on satellite images being investigated and how the search is being conducted Thursday:

THE SATELLITE IMAGES:

Australian defense force experts assessed images taken by a commercial satellite of two main objects: one 24 meters (79 feet) long and the other 5 meters (16 feet) long. The objects are south of the area where searchers have been focusing in recent days.

The location is about 2,500 kilometers (1,550 miles) southwest of Perth in remote waters that often are stormy. Searchers caution the objects could be shipping debris or something else unrelated to the plane.

John Young, the manager of the Australia Maritime Safety Authority's emergency response division, said the images were relatively indistinct but credible sightings nonetheless. He said he thinks the objects are of a reasonable size and probably awash with water.

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