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Cleveland Play House wins Regional Theater Tony Award
File- This April 4, 2005, file photo shows pedestrian's walking past Playhouse Square in Cleveland. This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season. The Play House was founded in 1915 and has entertained some 12 million people over 1,300 productions. Its alumni include Paul Newman, Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and "Wizard of Oz" wicked witch Margaret Hamilton. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)NEW YORK (AP) — This year's Regional Theater Tony Award will go to the Cleveland Play House as it embarks on its centennial season.

Attorney general bids farewell after 6-year tenure
Attorney General Eric Holder waves to Justice Department during a farewell gathering at the Justice Department in Washington, Friday, April 24, 2015. Holder was bidding farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years as the nation's top law enforcement official. Holder was addressing employees at an afternoon ceremony one day after his chosen successor, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed by the Senate following a months-long delay. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder bid farewell to the Justice Department on Friday after six years, outlining what he said were his major accomplishments and telling staffers they helped produce a "golden age" in the department's history.

Flash crash charges garner increasing skepticism in high-speed world
A man walks past the address where Nav Sarao Futures Limited is registered, in LondonThe U.S. has asked UK authorities to hand over Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, after his arrest this week on charges that he manipulated markets over several years in a fraudulent scheme that helped cause the stock market rout. The U.S. Department of Justice alleges that Sarao used souped-up, off-the-shelf software to trick other market participants into thinking massive sell orders were about to hit, causing the so-called E-mini S&P futures prices to drop so he could buy at cheaper levels. Linking Sarao to the flash crash "smacks of sensationalism," said Manoj Narang, founder of Tradeworx, a firm that supplies data for regulators. So far, at least 194 people have signed up to an online message saying "One man with a single broadband connection cannot bring down an entire market."  Sarao, who court documents show pushed around millions of dollars between banks in the Caribbean, Switzerland and the Middle East, has been granted bail in London on conditions including a 5 million-pound ($7.5 million) bond.  His lawyer, Joel Smith, declined to comment on whether Sarao had yet raised the bail and been released, but said he opposes extradition to the United States.     CANCEL IF CLOSE The view held by some in the market that Sarao is a scapegoat for the flash crash may not help his case much.

Former Polish foreign minister Bartoszewski dies at 93
Poland's Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz, left; Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former foreign minister; and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, pose while visiting an exhibition commemorating Polish-German reconciliation, in Krzyzowa, Poland, Thursday Nov. 20, 2014. Bartoszewski died on Friday, April 24, 2015 at age 93. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, a former Auschwitz prisoner and member of Poland's underground World War II resistance who helped save Jews and later served twice as the country's foreign minister, died Friday in Warsaw. He was 93.

Canadian Henderson shoots tournament record for LPGA lead
Brooke Henderson, of Canada, hits her approach shot from the fairway to the ninth green of the Lake Merced Golf Club during the second round of the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic golf tournament Friday, April 24, 2015, in Daly City, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) — Brooke Henderson has no photo on the LPGA Tour's website and has had to rely on sponsor exemptions to get into tournaments after failing to earn a card in qualifying school.

Man charged with making threats in Islamic State group case
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been charged with threatening law enforcement officials after authorities charged six men earlier this week with trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May
United Nations Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria de Mistura speaks to media during a news conference at the Palais des Nations in GenevaBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war. Staffan de Mistura briefed the U.N. Security Council on the latest bid to find a political solution to the 4-year conflict that has killed some 220,000 people, displaced an estimated 7.6 million and forced nearly 4 million to flee the country. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asked de Mistura earlier this month to "focus much more to re-launch a political process" after his attempt to broker a local truce in the northern city of Aleppo failed to materialize. "There is nothing new telling us today that the political process will succeed or not," de Mistura told reporters.

Court: Family of teen shot across border can't sue in US
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A U.S. Border Patrol agent who killed a teenager when he fired across the border from Texas into Mexico cannot be sued in U.S. courts by the Mexican teen's family, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

Apple aims to ship more than 20 million smartwatches in 2015: sources
Woman takes pictures with smart phone as she stands in front of Apple Watch display at electronics store in TokyoApple Inc aims to ship at least 20 million Apple Watches this year, well above many analysts' forecasts, according to supply chain sources. Shipment estimates for the smartwatch, Apple's first wearable gadget that went on sale on Friday, vary widely as it's a relatively new type of consumer product and the market is largely untapped. Firms in the supply chain estimate Apple will ship 2 million watches per month in the current quarter, said one of the sources. Another source said Apple is planning to ship 26 million watches this year.

Start of dwarf planet mission delayed after small mix-up
This photo from a sequence of images provided by NASA, taken from the Dawn spacecraft of Ceres, a dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA said the start of science observations was slightly delayed because of a communication glitch. The space agency said the delay won’t affect the overall mission. (NASA via AP)LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA said Friday observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch.

UN: High civilian toll in Yemen conflict; at least 550 dead
FILE - In this Saturday, April 4, 2015 file photo, Yemenis search for survivors in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen. With the combatants pounding each other in residential areas and Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombarding from the sky, Yemen’s war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 dead the past month, including at least 115 children, according to the UN. So far, relatively muted international outcry has put little pressure on the warring sides to stop. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With combatants fighting in neighborhoods and Saudi-led coalition warplanes pounding Iran-backed rebels from the sky, Yemen's war is wreaking a particularly bloody toll among civilians: more than 550 have been killed in the past month, including 115 children, the U.N. said Friday.

Former Yemen president calls for political dialogue to end war
Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh called on Friday on all Yemenis to return to a political dialogue to end to the country's conflict. Talks between Yemenis and Saudi Arabia, which has led a nearly month-long bombing campaign against the Iran-allied Houthi movement, must take place under the moderation of the United Nations in Geneva, he said. The Saudi-led coalition announced on Tuesday an end to its bombing campaign in Yemen but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthis as necessary. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Houthis needed to stop fighting, which could lead to the end of Saudi air strikes and the opening of a political dialogue.

Hawaii poised to become 1st state to raise smoking age to 21
HONOLULU (AP) — A bill that would make Hawaii the first state to raise the legal smoking age to 21 cleared the Legislature on Friday and is headed to the governor.

Iran moves ships, reducing tensions near Yemen: Pentagon's Carter
A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday, a move the Pentagon said helped to ease U.S. concerns. "The (Iranian) ships have turned around ... Obviously what their onward plans are, we don't know," Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a small group of journalists traveling with him after a trip to California. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said earlier the flotilla was in international waters about midway along the coast of Oman on Friday and still headed northeast. Warren declined to say the ships were going back to Iran or headed toward Iran.

U.S. regulator says 'flash crash' manipulation hard to detect
The type of alleged market manipulation by the British trader accused of helping provoke the "flash crash" in 2010 is hard to detect, the chief of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority said on Friday. Nonetheless, the alleged abuses were "somewhat surprising" given that his behavior was identified in 2009 but continued for another five years, said Richard Ketchum, chairman and chief executive of FINRA, a self-funded regulator for Wall Street. "I won't second guess what happened at the MERC without understanding the facts themselves," said Ketchum, referring to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the market that Navinder Singh Sarao has been accused of manipulating from his home outside London.

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