High court tosses $3.4M award to child porn victim

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices called on Congress to change the law to benefit victims.
Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza CityBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact, both sides announced in a joint news conference. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian press conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and canceled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released by his office that Abbas "chose Hamas and not peace.



Shakespeare's Globe taking 'Hamlet' to 200 nations

Actors perform a scene from William Shakespeare's Hamlet for members of the media during a photo call to present Hamlet at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, London, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world. Shakespeare's Globe theater is setting out to test the Bard's maxim that "all the world's a stage" by taking "Hamlet" to every country on Earth world, more than 200 in all. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — Four centuries after his death, William Shakespeare is probably Britain's best-known export, his words and characters famous around the world.



France unveils plan to stop youths joining jihad

FILE - This Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by Edlib News Network, ENN, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows rebels from al-Qaida affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra waving their brigade flag as they step on the top of a Syrian air force helicopter, at Taftanaz air base that was captured by the rebels, in Idlib province, northern Syria. It is announced Wednesday April 23, 2014, that French authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of young would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria's civil war, with measures including travel restrictions and withdrawal of passports, and increased monitoring of alleged jihadi web sites. (AP Photo/Edlib News Network ENN, FILE)PARIS (AP) — France wants to deter youths from fighting with Islamist militants in Syria's civil war, and is planning a series of tough-love measures that answer the pleas of parents and seek to protect the nation from battle-hardened returnees.



Norfolk Southern railroad 1Q profit falls 18 pct

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Norfolk Southern's first-quarter profit fell 18 percent as severe winter weather slowed the railroad's shipments and coal revenue dropped 15 percent.


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