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Seattle Mayor Prohibits City Employees From Traveling to Indiana

Seattle Mayor Prohibits City Employees From Traveling to Indiana

Office of The Mayor(SEATTLE) -- The mayor of Seattle prohibited municipal employees from traveling to Indiana on city funds on Saturday, as the backlash spread against the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's decision comes in response to the law signed Thursday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence that allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians for religious reasons. Murray said Indiana's new law "doesn't reflect the values" of Seattle. "Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure equality for all people -- no matter who you are, or who you love," Murray said Saturday in a statement. "This is why I am ordering that none of our taxpayer dollars should go toward supporting this discriminatory law," Murray's statement continued. In an interview Saturday with the Indianapolis Star, Pence said he will support legislation to clarify the law. "I support religious liberty, and I support this law," Pence said. "But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there's a way to clarify the intent of the law." But hundreds of people gathered outside of the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, some carrying "no hate in our state" signs, to rally against the law. Consumer review service Angie's List also said on Saturday that it is suspending a planned expansion in Indianapolis because of the new law, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WRTV-TV. Angie's List had sought an $18.5 million incentive package from Indianapolis' City-County Council to add 1,000 jobs over five years. But founder and CEO Bill Oseterle said in a statement that the expansion was on hold "until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees." Celebrities including Ashton Kutcher and Andy Cohen have expressed opposition to the law.

 

Indiana are you also going to allow Christian establishments to ban Jews from coming in? Or Vice Versa? Religious freedom??? #OUTRAGE

— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) March 27, 2015

 

 

I can now legally be denied service in Indiana because I am gay, or Jewish? Am I right, @GovPenceIN? Sounds like a fun place to visit!

— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 27, 2015

 

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Montana Fire Grows, Forces Brief Evacuation of Ski Lodge

Montana Fire Grows, Forces Brief Evacuation of Ski Lodge

muangsatun/iStock/Thinkstock(RED LODGE, Mont.) -- A wind driven wildfire forced the short-term evacuation of hundreds of people at a ski lodge in southern Montana. The fire began Saturday on open private land, but it's now burning in the Custer National Forest, where the Red Mountain ski area is located. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus told ABC News early Sunday the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but dry grass is fueling the blaze. “No injuries or damage reported to property. It did burn around six homes in the area but none of the homes were damaged by the fire.,” he said. The ski area evacuation order was lifted on Sunday.There have been no reports of injuries or damage to structures as a result of the fire.

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Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Kentucky Overcomes Late Deficit to KO Notre Dame, Advance to Final Four

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- The luck of the Irish ran out.Leading most of the second half, No. 3 Notre Dame slowly watched top-ranked Kentucky come back and eventually take the lead for good when Andrew Harrison made two free throws with six seconds remaining, as the Wildcats edge the Fighting Irish 68-66 to advance to the Final Four of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament.Kentucky (38-0) gets to continue its undefeated season with large thanks to the Harrison twins. Aaron Harrison made an NBA range 3-pointer with 3:18 remaining to give Kentucky its first lead since the 15:06 mark of the second half. Notre Dame's Jerian Grant answered Harrison's three with one of his own with 2:36 remaining to put Notre Dame up by two. Karl-Anthony Towns then scored two of his game-high 25 points to tie the contest before the other Harrison hit his free throws to seal the game.Notre Dame (32-6), which had a decided size disadvantage with the Cats, was only outrebounded by one in the loss. It also doubled Kentucky 16-8 in assists.Zach Auguste scored 20 while Steve Vasturia and Grant added 16 and 15 points respectively in a losing effort. Kentucky advances to the National Semifinal in Indianapolis next weekend where it will meet Wisconsin.

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Bruins Ruin Lundqvist’s Return

Bruins Ruin Lundqvist’s Return

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- Milan Lucic scored twice to help the Boston Bruins upend the New York Rangers 4-2 Saturday, spoiling goalie Henrik Lundqvist's return to the ice.

Lundqvist, who missed the past seven weeks with a vascular injury, was instantly challenged. Lucic scored just 1:41 into the game when a puck went off his skate and past the former Vezina Trophy winner. Lucic scored again just over seven minutes later when Torey Krug dished the puck to the B's hulking winger, who slapped it between Lunqvist's legs for a 2-0 lead.

"It seemed like everything kind of kept rolling after we got that break on the first goal," Lucic said. "It's good to see us step up and play the way we can play. Right now it's just continuing to recapture what we had here tonight."

The Bruins did receive a scare early in the second period when goalie Tuukka Rask left the game for the locker room. He didn't return to the bench but Bruins head coach Claude Julien said after the game that it appeared Rask was just dehydrated.

"He's scheduled to travel with us, he's scheduled to be with us and he should be fine for (Sunday against Carolina)," Julien said. "We just found out at the beginning of the second (period). I said, `Are you still having those symptoms?' He said, `Yep.' So I said, `Let's get you out of here."

Rick Nash scored his 40th goal of the season for the Rangers (47-20-7, 101pts) in the loss.

With the win the Bruins (37-25-13, 87pts) snap a six-game losing streak and take over sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 3/28/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 3/28/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL: Boston Bruins 4 (37-25-13, 87 pts) - New York Rangers 2 (47-20-7, 101 pts)

Detroit Red Wings 4 (40-22-12, 92 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 0 (46-23-7, 99 pts)

Nashville Predators 4 (47-21-8, 102 pts) - Washington Capitals 3 (40-25-10, 90 pts)

Pittsburgh Penguins 3 (41-23-11, 93 pts) - Arizona Coyotes 2 (23-45-8, 54 pts)

San Jose Sharks 3 (37-30-8, 82 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (30-29-17, 77 pts)(F/SO)

Anahiem Ducks 3 (48-22-7, 103 pts) - New York Islanders 2 (44-27-5, 93 pts)

NCAAM: (1) Wisconsin 85 - (2) Arizona 78

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Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes

Longhorns Fire Rick Barnes

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(AUSTIN, Tx) -- After seventeen seasons, the Texas Longhorns will be seeking a new leader for their men's basketball program.

The University informed Rick Barnes Saturday that he will be relieved of his duties, according to ESPN.

The Longhorns suffered a first-round exit in this season's NCAA tournament when they were knocked out by Butler 56-48. Texas finished the regular season 20-14 with an 8-10 record in the Big 12.

The 60 year-old Barnes amassed a 402-108 record in his tenure, overseeing the growth of future NBA stars such as T.J. Ford, Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge.

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Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a ‘Normal Guy,’ Fellow Pilot Says

Germanwings Crash Co-Pilot Seemed Like a ‘Normal Guy,’ Fellow Pilot Says

Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images(DÜSSELDORF, Germany) -- A German pilot who recently flew with the co-pilot accused by French prosecutors of deliberately crashing a Germanwings plane said he seemed like a "normal guy," and he "had plans for the future." French prosecutors have said co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately slammed the passenger plane into a mountain on Tuesday. Authorities have since said he hid evidence of an illness from his employers, including a sick note that was found torn up inside his apartment in Dusseldorf dated from the day of the crash. Frank Woiton, a Germanwings pilot, told German TV station WDR that he saw nothing unusual about Lubitz when he flew with him less than a month ago. "The impression that I got was that he was a normal guy," Woiton said. "He had plans for the future. He wanted to fly long distance flights for Lufthansa." German State Prosecutor Christoph Kumpa said on Friday that "a torn-up current sick note ... valid for the day of the incident" had been found inside Lubitz's apartment in Dusseldorf, adding that it "would -- according to preliminary evaluation -- support the assumption that the [pilot] had concealed his illness towards his employer and his occupational environment."Kumpa said the note found indicated Lubitz, 27, "was declared by a medical doctor unfit to work." The disclosure of torn medical documents at the co-pilot's home came shortly before Germanwings' parent company, Lufthansa, announced that it would be changing company policy to require two "authorized persons" remain in the cockpit at all times during the flight, in light of the finding that Lubitz apparently stopped the captain from re-entering the cockpit and forced the plane to crash. In addition to the findings suggesting Lubitz was hiding an illness, a search of his apartment in Dusseldorf yielded no suicide note and the city's prosecutor announced that there was no evidence that political or religious factors were involved in the crash. The New York Times reported that Lubitz sought treatment for vision problems that may have put his future as a pilot at risk, two officials with knowledge of the investigation told the newspaper. It's unclear how severe the eye problems were but one official with knowledge of the investigation hadn't ruled out that it was caused or enhanced by psychological factors, the Times reported. ABC News was unable to independently confirm the report. Dusseldorf University Hospital said Lubitz was a patient there and his last visit was two weeks before the crash. The hospital denied that the treatment was related to depression, but they have handed over all of his medical records to German investigators. During a news conference on Thursday, the Lufthansa CEO said that Lubitz had undergone a medical examination that included a psychological evaluation before being hired in 2013 but, unlike physicals, mental evaluations are not required annually.

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Yemen’s President Describes Rebels As ‘Puppets of Iran’

Yemen’s President Describes Rebels As ‘Puppets of Iran’

Istimages/iStock/Thinkstock (SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt) -- The embattled President of Yemen described the Shiite rebels currently seizing large chunks of the country as “puppet of Iran” during a speech on Saturday at an Arab League summit in Egypt. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi left Yemen on Thursday for refuge in Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing violence. Hadi has directly blamed Iran for Yemen’s descent into chaos, and is demanding that airstrikes continue against rebel positions until they surrender.A coalition led by Saudi Arabia of Arab states is currently conducting an air campaign against the Shiite Houthi rebels.

Yemen’s foreign minister said on Saturday that Yemen's president will not return to Yemen until "the situation settles."

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Marco Rubio May Announce Presidential Campaign in Miami

Marco Rubio May Announce Presidential Campaign in Miami

Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., may be getting ready to announce his presidential campaign next month.The Tampa Bay Times reported on Friday that Rubio has reserved the Freedom Tower in Miami for an event on Monday, April 13, which could be the announcement date and site.An aide to the Rubio told ABC News on Saturday that they still have several options they are looking at, and nothing is final.If Rubio were to announce on April 13, it would make him the third major Republican contender in the race. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was the first to announce last Monday, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is expected to announced in early April in his home state of Kentucky.

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Cubs Phenom Kris Bryant and Theo Epstein at Odds Over Major League Call-Up

Cubs Phenom Kris Bryant and Theo Epstein at Odds Over Major League Call-Up

Brian D. Kersey(MESA, Ariz.) -- Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has arguably been the best player in the Major Leagues during spring training. Despite the dominance he's shown at the plate, he's still expected to start the season in the minors.

Bryant is leading all Major League players this season with nine home runs while also hitting .406 and has 15 RBIs.

"I look at it as 'Why not me?' " Bryant said Friday morning. "I think I'm the type of guy that can go out there and do it. I've made it a point of mine to come out here and show them that I can."

This has not come at of nowhere as Bryant is regarded as one of the best minor league prospects in all of baseball. Which could be why the team could ultimately decide to keep him in the minors, for now.

If Bryant makes the Cubs' Opening Day roster, he'll be a free agent after the 2020 season. If the Cubs keep him in the minors till at least mid-April, he won't be eligible for free agency till after the 2021 season.

"I've never put a guy on an Opening Day roster who hadn't played in the big leagues previously. In 13 years, I've never done it," Epstein told ESPN. "I'm not saying I'd never do it, but the general rule, the presumption, is to allow those guys to go out, play, get comfortable, get in rhythm, and come up when you handpick just the right moment for them to have success."

In AA and AAA combined in 2014, Bryant hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBIs.

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Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

Panthers Claim Offensive Lineman Jonathan Martin Off Waivers

National Football League(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has a new home as the Carolina Panthers have claimed him off waivers.

Martin was released by the 49ers this past Thursday. He spent just one season with the team, appearing in 15 games, starting nine at right tackle. 

"Our goal is to build the strongest roster possible and add competition at every position," Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said in a team release. "Jonathan brings quality experience to our offensive line, having started 32 games in his career at both tackle spots.''

Martin was infamously the center of a bullying scandal when he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013 by now Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito.

Because of the incident involving Incognito and other Dolphins players, Martin lef the Dolphins in October 2013 and never played them again.

As a result of claiming him off waivers, the Panthers are now on the hook for Martin's cap hit which will count around $1 million against the 2015 salary cap.

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21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said. Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. One person was in grave condition and another was in critical condition, the LAFD reported. Eight others were hospitalized with minor injuries. The train operator and car driver were among those injured, officials said.

Sgt. Mike Verlich of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Saturday afternoon the driver of the car apparently did not obey a "No left turn" sign at a grade crossing.“From witness accounts what we have is both the train and the vehicle traveling eastbound. There was in improper turn that occurred. The vehicle got wedged between the pole and the train causing the train to dislodge,” he said. The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to officials.

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Former Utah Jazz Center Enes Kanter Rips the Organization

Former Utah Jazz Center Enes Kanter Rips the Organization

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- After spending the first 3 1/2 seasons with the Utah Jazz, center Enes Kanter is playing some of the best basketball of his career since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kanter is thoroughly enjoying playing for a new team.

"I love it," Kanter said of his change of scenery. "It's a team I've never experienced before and I actually like playing basketball there. I'm just so comfortable and everything is in the right place. I'm just really happy to be there."

The number two overall pick by the Jazz back in 2011, Kanter played solid basketball, but never quite lived up to expectations. But with the Thunder, he's averaging a career-high 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, also a career-high.

"I think the difference is, I like playing basketball there," Kanter said. "I think that's the most important thing. I never liked playing basketball before in my NBA career and this is the first time I felt like playing basketball there, for my team, for the fans, for my teammates for my coaches, for everybody. So, that's the first time."

Kanter will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Steak ‘n Shake Expanding Into Pakistan

Steak ‘n Shake Expanding Into Pakistan

SeanPavonePhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the pioneers of the premium burger market is now expanding into Pakistan.Steak ‘n Shake announced on Friday that it will open 15 new locations in Pakistan, after signing an exclusive agreement with FM Foods Pvt. Ltd., an affiliate of MJ Holdings."FM Foods is the perfect partner to introduce the Steak 'n Shake premium burger and milkshake experience to Pakistan" said Jim Flaniken, Sr. Vice President of Marketing for Steak 'n Shake, in a statement.Steak 'n Shake expects to open its first locations in Lahore, Pakistan later this year.

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Religious Freedom Bill May be Coming to North Carolina

Religious Freedom Bill May be Coming to North Carolina

gnagel/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Another state is now considering controversial “religious rights” legislation.A North Carolina State Representative filed a bill this week similar to those in 20 other states across the country, according to a report by ABC News station WTVD-TV. The bill would allow employers to pick and choose who they want to do business with based on their own personal religious beliefs.Republican State Representative Paul Stam told WTVD-TV that state or local governments shouldn’t be able to order citizens to do things they have a religious belief against.“Three or four years ago, when our marriage amendment supposedly was going to kill business in North Carolina.  The 10 states that were fastest-growing in the nation all had marriage amendments,” he said.Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence signed a new law on Thursday that allows businesses to refuse to serve people based on the business owner’s religious beliefs. Sarah Preston, who works for the state's American Civil Liberties Union, told the television station that the law is a slippery slope.“People could ignore non-discrimination laws. They could ignore other laws that they don't want to abide by, just by saying that they have a religious belief,” Preston said.Raleigh business owner Tony Cope told WTVD-TV that if the law is passed, it would hurt efforts to recruit business and talent.“It's a hurdle,” Cope said. “I have to spend my time and effort convincing people that, well, this is the way the legislation is going, but it's not really the way we do business in North Carolina."

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Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Restaurants May Lack Healthy Meals for Kids

Jack Hollingsworth/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The “kid’s menu” at your local restaurant may fall short when it comes to nutritious fare, according to a new study that looked at restaurants in two states in the southeastern United States. Researchers at Virginia Tech looked at nearly 140 children menus from various restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia in a study published Thursday in Preventing Chronic Disease.Researchers found that even though restaurants offered on average five meal options in the kid’s menu, barely one in 10 menus included at least one healthy option. While 39 percent of the restaurants reviewed offered fruit, only 23 percent offered fruit without added sugar, and 33 percent of the restaurants offered a healthy drink option. Although some restaurants turned to milk as their healthy substitute, researchers say only 28.5 percent of the restaurants reviewed offered low-fat or skim milk as an option.

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

Tomislav Zivkovic/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) – Parts of Northern Chile were rocked by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday.The quake struck 25 miles northeast of Calama at 12:35 p.m. local time, near Chile’s border with Bolivia, according to the United States Geological Survey. It had a depth of just over 65 miles. So far, there have been reports of injuries or damage as a result of the quake.

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

Tomislav Zivkovic/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) – Parts of Northern Chile were rocked by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday.The quake struck 25 miles northeast of Calama at 12:35 p.m. local time, near Chile’s border with Bolivia, according to the United States Geological Survey. It had a depth of just over 65 miles. So far, there have been reports of injuries or damage as a result of the quake.

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6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

6.0-Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Northern Chile

Tomislav Zivkovic/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTIAGO, Chile) – Parts of Northern Chile were rocked by a 6.0-magnitude earthquake on Saturday.The quake struck 25 miles northeast of Calama at 12:35 p.m. local time, near Chile’s border with Bolivia, according to the United States Geological Survey. It had a depth of just over 65 miles. So far, there have been reports of injuries or damage as a result of the quake.

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British Police Taser Knife-wielding Robber in Harrowing Surveillance Video

British Police Taser Knife-wielding Robber in Harrowing Surveillance Video

Wiltshire Police(WILTSHIRE, England) -- Harrowing surveillance video shows police tasering a knife-wielding man as he tried to rob a British supermarket. Wiltshire Police released the video Friday, the same day they said James Lewis was sentenced to three years in prison. Police said he pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery on Tuesday. In the video from Feb. 1, a man identified by police as Lewis enters the supermarket wielding a large knife. He quickly heads toward the cashier and tries grabbing him. The cashier manages to avoid his grasp and runs away when he jumps over the counter. Officers arrive at the same time as Lewis, 22, because his father had called them saying he was concerned about his son, police said. Lewis turns his knife on the officers trying to apprehend him, the video shows. One of the officers uses a shopping basket as a shield. An officer then enters the supermarket and tasers Lewis, who falls to the floor, drops the knife, and grabs his head in agony. Police said he had refused to drop the knife when told to do so. "Wiltshire police are very proud of all our officers, doing their part to protect the public," read a statement from police.

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