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ARC Resorts Singapore proposes six-star hotel for Valencia and a return of Formula 1 Grand Prix

ARC Resorts says it has ‘an excellent relationship’ with the Formula 1 organisers, and would be prepared to invest the necessary €500m in bringing it back to Valencia. It would be bi-annual and alternate with the Formula E Grand Prix, which uses single-seater cars running on electricity. ARC bosses say they would be looking at types of facilities, services and attractions that linked up with, and took full advantage of the iconic City of Arts and Sciences park – Valencia’s answer to the Sydney Opera House, except four times the size – the Valencia trade fair complex, the wider tourism and business community, and transport links Continue reading

The Latest: Germany says migrant smugglers must be stopped

By The Associated Press 6:35 p.m. (1635 GMT, 12:35 p.m Continue reading

Almonds get roasted in debate over California water use

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California almonds are becoming one of the world’s favorite snacks and creating a multibillion-dollar bonanza for agricultural investors. But the crop extracts a staggering price from the land, consuming more water than all the showering, dish-washing and other indoor household water use of California’s 39 million people. As California enters its fourth year of drought and imposes the first mandatory statewide water cutbacks on cities and towns, the $6.5 billion almond crop is helping drive a sharp debate about water use, agricultural interests and how both affect the state’s giant economy Continue reading

‘Furious 7′ speeds ahead of the competition

By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even in its debut weekend, Kevin James’s “Paul Blart” sequel couldn’t outpace “Furious 7.” The reigning box office champion might have slowed from its blockbuster debut, but “Furious 7″ maintained first place for the third weekend in a row with an estimated $29.1 million, according to box office tracker Rentrak on Sunday. This brings the high-octane action movie’s domestic total to a staggering $294 million, well above the $202.8 million that “Fast & Furious 6″ had earned at the same point in the cycle in 2013. Continue reading

Julio Iglesias to receive honorary degree from Berklee

BOSTON (AP) — Julio Iglesias and three other prominent music industry figures will receive honorary degrees from Boston’s Berklee College of Music at its commencement next month. Continue reading

Sperm bank sued after donor details emerge 7 years later

By KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — He was good on paper: Eloquent, mature, healthy and smart to boot. That’s why Angela Collins and Margaret Elizabeth Hanson say they chose Donor 9623 to be the biological father of their child. Then last June, almost seven years after Collins gave birth to a son conceived with his sperm, they got a batch of emails from the sperm bank that unexpectedly — and perhaps mistakenly — included the donor’s name Continue reading

Afghan police say insurgents enter southern police compound

Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission Sima Samar, center, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic, left, and Special Representative of the U.N. Continue reading

30K runners, 28,200 bananas: Boston Marathon by the numbers

By WILLIAM J. KOLE, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon includes 26.2 miles, 34 elite athletes, 30,000 runners, 87 countries, 1 million spectators and $830,500 in prize money. Continue reading

Palestinian Cabinet ministers make rare visit to Gaza

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Ten months after taking office, Cabinet ministers in a Palestinian unity government are making a rare visit to the Gaza Strip. The Cabinet ministers, all from the West Bank, are spending the week in Gaza in hopes of wresting more control from the Islamic Hamas movement. Hamas took control of Gaza from the forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in 2007. Continue reading

Gyrocopter pilot frustrated message isn’t getting through

By JOSHUA REPLOGLE, Associated Press RUSKIN, Fla. (AP) — The letter carrier who caused a full-scale security review in Washington when he violated national airspace by landing his gyrocopter on Capitol Hill expressed frustration Sunday that his message wasn’t getting through. Doug Hughes had hoped to raise awareness about the influence of big money in politics by deliberately breaking the law to deliver 535 letters, one for each member of Congress. Continue reading