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Obama plans clemency for drug offenders
Scrivner was just 27 when she began serving a 30-year prison sentence for selling meth.

After bombs, 118th Boston Marathon under tight security

Till T. Teuber of Hamburg, Germany, prepares himself before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)For the 118th edition of the world's oldest annual marathon, security along the course will be tighter than ever.


Biden heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shattered

Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit amid tension over a shattered Easter truce.


State media: Syria to hold presidential election on June 3

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (C) chats with people during his visit to Ein al-Tinah villageSyria will hold a presidential election on June 3, the speaker of parliament said on Monday, setting a date for a vote likely to give President Bashar al-Assad a third term days after he said his forces were winning the country's civil war. Under Syria's constitution the election is due by July, though the international powers that back Assad's opponents have described plans to hold it as a "parody of democracy".


S. Korean president: Ferry crew actions 'murderous'

Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that the captain and some crew members of the sunken ferry committed "unforgivable, murderous behavior," while criticism of her own government's handling of the disaster grew.


Summer flicks for less than the price of popcorn

Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but fans lining up for showings of Superman may be faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but fans lining up for showings of "Man of Steel" over opening weekend are likely to discover he's powerless against rising movie prices. A trip to the movies is getting more expensive.Here's how to get those tickets for less.


Overdraft protection can be costly, US study finds
Overdraft protection programs are complex and confusing and can make it difficult for checking account customers to know when they are going to get dinged with a fee, according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

'Kill switch' pushed as solution to smartphone thefts

The theft of mobile devices – smart phones and tablets – is now the “fastest-growing street crime” in America and the incidents are turning more violent, according to the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The theft of mobile devices – smart phones and tablets – is now the “fastest-growing street crime” in America and the incidents are turning more violent, according to the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.


You can be a trust fund baby too
Trust funds: They're not just for the 1 percent any more. Several companies are now offering trusts that can be created online, can be quite small, and cost little to keep running.

America's grade for financial literacy: F
Despite a proliferation of games and apps, and efforts by many schools to teach the subject, financial literacy declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a survey.

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