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AP PHOTOS: Mid-Atlantic duckpin bowling keeps its roots
Josh Miller stands next to a rack of duckpin bowling balls during a tournament at Shenandoah Bowling Lanes, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Mount Jackson, Va. The sport, which is mostly played in the Mid-Atlantic, enjoyed its peak in the 1960s. Shenandoah, open since 1948, is one of around 60 remaining duckpin alleys in the United States. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)MOUNT JACKSON, Va. (AP) — The pins and balls in duckpin bowling aren't as forgiving to beginners as the larger, heavier 10-pin bowling, but according to competitor Jerry Middleton it is what keeps him coming back to Shenandoah Bowling Lanes. The sport is believed to have started in Baltimore, and while duckpin enjoyed its peak in the 1960s, only around 60 alleys remain in the United States.

DNA from 78 Germanwings crash victims found
Forensic experts of the French gendarmerie disaster victim identification unit (UGIVC) working under a tent near the site of the March 24 crash of a Germanwings Airbus A320Forensic teams have isolated 78 distinct DNA strands from body parts at the Germanwings crash site in the French Alps, while investigators continued their grim task in the arduous mountain terrain. As well as trying to identify and return bodies to their families, search teams were also hunting for a second "black box" that has yet to be found six days into the search. "We haven't found a single body intact," said Patrick Touron, deputy director of the police's criminal research institute. So far, forensic teams have isolated 78 DNA strands from recovered body parts, said prosecutor Brice Robin, one of the lead investigators.

Waving fronds around the world, Christians mark Palm Sunday
Roman Catholic clergymen carry palm fronds during the Palm Sunday procession at Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old City, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Palm Sunday marks for Christians Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)Christians around the world are marking Palm Sunday by waving fronds, attending church services and visiting sites in the Holy Land at the start of the Holy Week that ends with Easter.

DreamWorks' 'Home' bests 'Get Hard' at box office with $54M
In this image released by DreamWorks Animation, characters Oh, voiced by Jim Parsons, left, and Tip, voiced by Rihanna appear in a scene from the animated film "Home." (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)NEW YORK (AP) — The DreamWorks animated alien adventure "Home" beat out the Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart comedy "Get Hard" at the box office, but both films debuted strongly.

Arab air strikes cripple Yemen's main airport
Shiite Huthi militia patrol the Sanaa International Airport in Sanaa, on March 28, 2015Saudi-led warplanes bombed Yemen's main international airport and struck a renegade troop base in the capital, as Arab leaders vowed Sunday to pummel Iranian-backed rebels until they surrender. Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi has urged his Arab allies to keep up the bombing until the Huthi Shiite rebels are defeated, branding them Iran's "puppet". Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said at a regional summit in Egypt on Sunday the offensive would go on until the rebels "surrender" their weapons and withdraw from areas they seized. The Huthis and allied renegade military units have overrun much of the country and prompted Hadi to flee what had been his last remaining refuge in the main southern city Aden for Saudi Arabia.

Survived: No. 1 Kentucky holds off Notre Dame 68-66
Kentucky players celebrate with the regional championship trophy after a 68-66 win over Notre Dame in a college basketball game in the NCAA men's tournament regional finals, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND (AP) — With everything at stake, Kentucky didn't panic and played to perfection.

Cameroon residents kill suspected C. African Republic rebels
YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Residents of eastern Cameroon killed several suspected fighters from a Central African Republic rebel group who were trying to carry out a large-scale kidnapping, a local official said Sunday.

Michelle Obama declares 'Black Girls Rock!'
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during a taping of the Black Girls Rock award ceremony at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Newark. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Michelle Obama celebrated the beauty, power and tenacity of black women while spreading her own message of education for girls at Black Girls Rock!, an annual event honoring trailblazing women of color from all walks of life.

Q&A: Plans for an Arab joint intervention force
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, right, greets Jordan's King Abdullah II on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. In a speech to Arab leaders, Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/MENA)CAIRO (AP) — Arab League member nations formally announced on Sunday an agreement to form a joint military force. While details of how such a force would actually operate remain thin, the agreement is a telling sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or Iran-backed groups.

Israeli PM lashes out as Iran nuclear talks intensify
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues a warning against making a nuclear deal with IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a dire warning Sunday about a possible nuclear accord with Iran as talks in Switzerland towards the outline of a deal intensified days before a deadline. He said the "Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis" was "dangerous for all of humanity" and that combined with Tehran's regional influence, a nuclear deal could allow Iran to "conquer" the Middle East. Israel, widely assumed to have nuclear weapons itself, is concerned that a deal that six powers are trying to agree the contours of by midnight on March 31 will fail to stop Iran from getting the bomb. Iran, hit hard by international sanctions, denies wanting nuclear weapons and insists that its atomic programme is purely for peaceful purposes.

Scenes of emotion as Singapore mourns Lee Kuan Yew
Standing in a downpour, Singaporeans wait for the carriage carrying the coffin of Lee Kuan Yew to pass during the funeral procession, Sunday, March 29, 2015, at City Hall in Singapore. Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday at 91. (AP Photo/Jeanette Tan)SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporeans turned out in the tens of thousands Sunday to pay final respects to longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore's prime minister for more than three decades until 1990, Lee died last Monday at age 91. His cortege took a 15-kilometer (9-mile) route through the city-state before a three-hour state funeral. Singaporeans credit Lee's leadership with laying the foundation of the Southeast Asian country's current prosperity, and his death triggered a wave of emotion rarely seen in Singapore.

Pope prays for plane crash dead during Palm Sunday Mass
Pope Francis celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Sunday, March 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened solemn Holy Week services with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, stressing humility and remembering the dead in the Germanwings crash.

Joe Gibbs on son: most courageous person I've been around
Nascar team owner Joe Gibbs, addresses the media about the condition of his son J.D. Gibbs in the media center prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., Sunday, March 29, 2015. Joe Gibbs Racing President J.D. Gibbs is undergoing treatment for "symptoms impacting areas of brain function," which likely stem from a head injury suffered earlier in life. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joe Gibbs says his son, J.D., is his hero and the most courageous person he's been around.

Boko Haram advance on northern city as Nigerians vote
A Nigerian man prays in the yard of the St Charles Catholic Church, scene of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Boko Haram Islamic insurgents, in the mainly Christian Sabon Gari neighborhood of Kano, northern Nigeria on Palm Sunday, March 29, 2015. Normally the church would be packed with up to four masses on Palm Sunday, but this year it held only one which was half-full, due to large numbers of Christians leaving before the elections, fearing violence and retribution after election results will be announced in the predominantly muslim town. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked polling stations and destroyed election material in two northeastern towns, police said as Nigerians continued voting Sunday in certain areas that suffered technical glitches.

Grateful Singapore gives Lee Kuan Yew a hero's funeral
The body of former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew is transferred atop a gun carriage during a funeral procession in Singapore on March 29, 2015More than 100,000 people lined Singapore's streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity. "The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished," his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.

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