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April 1, 2015

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GETTY HOUSE DEATH

LOS ANGELES — A man is found dead in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirms that it is the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

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RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s governor says he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that the state’s new religious-freedom law which has triggered a nationwide outcry does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. By Tom Davies and Andrew DeMillo.

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With: BC-US--Indiana’s Religious Objections Law-AP Explains.

DEATH PENALTY REPORT

UNITED NATIONS — Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world’s total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. By Cara Anna.

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GMO-WHAT’S IN THE PIPELINE

WASHINGTON — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products. By Mary Clare Jalonick.

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CUBAN ISLE-AMERICAN GHOSTS

ISLA DE LA JUVENTUD, Cuba — On this windswept island where an American expatriate community thrived before the Castro revolution, many Cubans live in expropriated U.S.-owned properties. Residents hope Americans will return as visitors under the U.S.-Cuban detente. By Milexsy Duran.

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-LARIMAR MINING

PEDERNALES, Dominican Republic — For years, poor wildcat miners have gone deep into dangerous makeshift tunnels to dig out larimar, a semi-precious stone found only in the Dominican Republic. Now the government is trying to improve safety. By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez.

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ARGENTINA-TRANSPORTATION STRIKE

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Transportation unions bring Argentina to a standstill with a one-day national strike to protest income tax rates and high inflation they say is eroding their earnings. By Peter Prengaman.

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With: ARGENTINA-SECRET BANK ACCOUNTS.

MEXICO-VIOLENCE

MEXICO CITY — A clash between two vigilante “self-defense” groups in the troubled Mexican state of Guerrero killed at least four people and dozens more were taken prisoner by each side, a leader of one of the groups says. By Mark Stevenson.

PERU-AYACUCHO DANCERS-PHOTO GALLERY

LIMA, Peru — They danced all day, until the sun set over Latin America’s oldest bullring, each dance containing macabre reminders of the bitter conflict that these migrants from the Ayacucho region, or their parents, had endured. By Rodrigo Abd and Frank Bajak.

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BUSINESS & FINANCE:

BULL KEEPS GOING

NEW YORK — The bull market slowed to a trot but didn’t stop this winter. Stocks have been buffeted since the start of the year by plunging oil prices, a surging dollar and worries about the timing of a potential rate increase by the Federal Reserve. None of that has been enough to keep the market from logging a small gain in the first three months of the year. By Steve Rothwell.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

JONI MITCHELL HOSPITALIZED

LOS ANGELES — Joni Mitchell is hospitalized in Los Angeles, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, but details on her condition have not been released.

TREVOR NOAH-TWEETS

NEW YORK — Trevor Noah, the newly announced host of “The Daily Show,” rejected the backlash over his graphic tweets targeting Jews and women as an unfair reflection of him and his comedy. Comedy Central also came to his defense, calling Noah a “provocative” comedian who “spares no one, himself included.” By Frazier Moore.

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