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Brazil arrests US sect leader wanted on sex charges

In this photo released by Rio Grande do Norte State Security secretary, American sect leader Victor Arden Barnard sits in a police station after being detained at Pipa beach, in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. Barnard is facing 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct related to two young women who said they were abused for nearly a decade at his secluded River Road Fellowship in Minnesota. (AP Photo/Rio Grande do Norte State Security Secretary)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities said Saturday they arrested a self-professed minister put on a U.S. most-wanted list for allegedly molesting two girls in a "Maidens Group" at his religious fellowship in rural Minnesota.


Firm agrees to refund to settle suit over weight-loss pills

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City-based company has agreed to pay refunds to consumers who purchased its weight-loss tablets to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed its advertising slogan, "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight," was deceptive.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference at National Harbor in MarylandSenator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength. Whether the victory for the libertarian Paul will have long-lasting benefit is unclear as he is among more than a dozen potential candidates jockeying for position. Paul, a 52-year-old Kentucky Republican, outdistanced a host of other potential candidates by taking 25.7 percent of the vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering of activists on Washington's outskirts of Washington. Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in third with 11.5 percent of the votes out of a total of 3,007 who registered votes at the CPAC gathering.


U.N. chief condemns murder of Russian opposition leader Nemtsov

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters)- - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday condemned the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown attackers in Moscow. "The Secretary-General was shocked by and condemns the brutal killing of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on 27 February," the United Nations press office said in a statement.

Winter's reach: Southwest gets snow, California awaits storm

A woman walks up the sidewalk to the New Mexico State Capitol as snow began to fall Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/The Santa Fe New Mexican, Clyde Mueller)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Parts of the Southwest dealt with a second day of snow Saturday as Californians spent the day waiting for the start of a storm that was expected to bring much-needed rain for much of the state.


IOC defends Rio legacy amid green protests

Protesters hold banners against the Rio 2016 Olympic Games' golf course construction, in front of the entrance of the hotel where the IOC Executive Board meeting is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Februrary 28, 2015Ecological protests on Saturday dogged the final day of an International Olympic Committee executive board meeting in Rio as green campaigners slated the choice of a nature reserve to hold the golf event next year. "IOC go home!" protesters yelled at IOC president Thomas Bach as he exited the plush hotel hosting the meeting just off the iconic Copacabana beach. While the board meeting was still going on ahead of a closing news conference, several protesters from the "Golf for Whom" environmental pressure group tried to gatecrash the event.


Jeff Gordon takes a final spin at track that meant so much

Driver Jeff Gordon waits to leaves the garage for practice for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Hampton, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Jeff Gordon admired his latest retirement gift — a miniature race car for his two young children — and thanked the folks at Atlanta Motor Speedway for not going with the obvious choice.


Germany's Schaeuble says confident Greece will fulfill bailout conditions

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told a German newspaper he was sure the Greek government would be able to fulfill the conditions attached to its bailout but warned that it would receive no further aid if it did not keep its promises. "The new Greek government has a lot of legitimacy with the population. I have confidence in the Greek government to implement the necessary measures, establish a more efficient tax administration and ultimately to fulfill the conditions," he said in an interview due to be published in Bild am Sonntag on Sunday. Schaeuble said a new government needed to be given time but he made clear that Athens needed to stick to conditions set by the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, which backed a four-month extension of Greece's financial rescue after the government submitted a reform plan.

UN envoy in Syria to seek Aleppo truce

About 220,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011UN envoy Staffan De Mistura held talks in the Syrian capital on Saturday to try to finalise a deal to freeze fighting in the war-ravaged second city of Aleppo. He met Foreign Minister Walid Muallem and agreed to send a delegation from his Damascus office to Aleppo on a fact-finding mission, state news agency SANA said, without giving a date. De Mistura's visit started as the army and pro-regime fighters regained territory in southern Syria from forces opposed to President Bashar al-Assad. The Swedish-Italian diplomat "hopes to set in motion as soon as possible his project" to halt fighting in Aleppo for six weeks, said a member of his delegation who spoke on condition of anonymity.


Former Knicks, Heat star Mason dead at 48

Former NBA star Anthony Mason, a power forward who played 13 league seasons, died at age 48, his family announcesNew York (AFP) - Former NBA star Anthony Mason, a power forward who played 13 league seasons, died early Saturday morning at age 48, his family announced.


Harrington grabs lead at storm-struck PGA event

Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 27, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, FloridaIreland's Padraig Harrington completed a four-under par 66 Saturday to seize a one-stroke lead over American Patrick Reed after the second round of the storm-hit US PGA Tour's Honda Classic. Thunderstorms on Friday pushed the conclusion of the second round to Saturday morning and they returned Saturday afternoon to swamp the course at PGA National, wiping out play early. Harrington, a three-time major champion who has slid to 297th in the world rankings, could have enjoyed a larger margin but a bogey-bogey finish left him on seven-under 133 after 36 holes. "At times I get lost and distracted from the process," Harrington said.


Flights cancelled as ice-storm chills Dallas airport

A ferocious winter ice storm forces the cancellation of several hundred flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as more than two inches of snow blanketed the key transport hub, officials sayA ferocious winter ice storm forced the cancellation of several hundred flights at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Saturday as more than two inches snow blanketed the key transport hub, officials said. As of 9:30 am local time (1530), more than 350 flights from the airport, roughly 35 percent of the daily total, had been cancelled, a statement from the airport said. The statement said "over two inches of snow and an icy glaze" had covered the airport since Friday, forcing staff to deploy treatment trucks and snow plows to keep the airfield operational. Dallas/Fort Worth is ranked the third busiest airport in the world in terms of passenger traffic, with 62 million customers traveling through the transport hub each year.


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