World

At least three dead, including police officer, in Nicaragua protests

Protests in Nicaragua over changes to social security have led to the deaths of at least three people, including a police officer, the Red Cross said on Friday, heaping pressure on the leftist government of President Daniel Ortega.

World

Former Mexican governor extradited from Italy to U.S.

A former Mexican governor accused of having ties to Mexican drug cartels has been extradited to the United States from Italy, a Mexican security source said on Friday.

Entertainment

‘Smallville’ actress arrested in self-help guru’s New York sex traffic case

New York actress Allison Mack was arrested Friday on charges that she aided self-help guru Keith Raniere in running a secret society that enslaved women and branded them with his initials, federal prosecutors said.

U.S.

U.S. woman gets life sentence for Canada mall shooting plot

A U.S. woman has been sentenced to life in a Canadian prison for her role in an aborted Valentine’s Day mass shooting at a shopping mall in 2015, local media reported on Friday.

World

Twenty killed in air strike in southwest Yemen

Twenty people were killed in an air strike by a Saudi-led military coalition in southwestern Yemen on Friday, residents said.

Entertainment

Swedish electronic music DJ Avicii found dead at age 28

Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, known for his electronic music, was found dead on Friday in Muscat, Oman, his U.S. publicist said.

Politics

Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign for allegedly disrupting 2016 election

The Democratic Party filed suit against Russia, President Donald Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, a court filing showed.

World

Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head

Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group’s heads of government in Windsor on Friday, Sky News reported citing unnamed sources.

Technology

JPMorgan, National Bank of Canada, others test debt issuance on blockchain

JPMorgan Chase & Co has tested a new blockchain platform for issuing financial instruments with the National Bank of Canada and other large firms, they said on Friday, seeking to streamline origination, settlement, interest rate payments and other processes.

Politics

U.S. appeals court blocks Indiana ‘selective’ abortion law

A federal appeals court on Thursday declared unconstitutional an Indiana law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence that banned women from having abortions because of the gender, race or disability, including Down’s syndrome, of their fetuses.

World

French police evacuate occupied Paris university site

French police swooped before dawn on Friday to clear out around 100 people who had occupied a Paris university premises in protest against student admissions rules.

Sports

Lance Armstrong settles U.S. federal fraud case for $5 million: attorney

Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong on Thursday agreed to pay $5 million to settle a federal suit claiming he defrauded his sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, by using performance-enhancing drugs, his attorney said.

Business

Mattel CEO Margaret Georgiadis to step down

Toymaker Mattel Inc said on Thursday its Chief Executive Officer Margaret Georgiadis will step down and be replaced by company director Ynon Kreiz effective April 26.

Sports

Andy Rihs, hearing-aid billionaire and passionate cyclist, dies at 75

Andreas “Andy” Rihs, a Swiss billionaire whose success with the world’s largest hearing aid company Sonova financed his passion for professional bicycle racing and soccer, has died at the age of 75.

Business

Takeda makes $61 billion bid for drugmaker Shire

Takeda Pharmaceutical has made a bid for Shire that values the London-listed drugmaker at around $61 billion, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

U.S.

Former Texas emergency operator jailed for hanging up on thousands of calls

A former emergency operator in Texas was convicted of hanging up on thousands of 911 calls and was sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation, prosecutors said.

U.S.

Judge rejects Missouri governor’s bid to dismiss criminal case

A St. Louis judge on Thursday rejected a bid to dismiss a criminal invasion of privacy charge against Missouri Governor Eric Greitens stemming from a sex scandal involving an extramarital affair.

U.S.

Puerto Rico restores power to over 70 percent of customers after blackout

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Puerto Rico’s power company said it had restored power to over 1.1 million homes and businesses by Thursday morning after a transmission line failure cut service to almost all of the island’s 3.4 million residents the day before.

Business

Nike’s vice president of Express Lane Footwear leaves company

Nike Inc’s vice president of Express Lane Footwear, Greg Thompson, has left the company, a company spokesman said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of executive departures at the sportswear maker.

Business

P&G to acquire German Merck’s consumer health business for about $4.21 billion

Procter & Gamble Co said on Thursday it has signed an agreement to acquire the consumer health business of German pharmaceuticals company Merck KGaA for about 3.4 billion euros ($4.21 billion).

U.S.

Judge finds Kansas’ Kris Kobach in contempt of court

A federal judge on Wednesday found Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach in contempt of court for disobeying her order not to enforce the state’s disputed proof-of-citizenship voter registration law while the court weighed its legality.

Politics

California, Trump administration reach deal on National Guard

California said on Wednesday it had reached a deal with the Trump administration to provide 400 National Guard troops to combat criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers within the state and at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S.

Ex-U.S. soldier, two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Philippines

A former U.S. Army sergeant and two other U.S. citizens were found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday of taking part in a plot to murder a woman in the Philippines for money, prosecutors said.

Business

SunPower buys U.S. rival SolarWorld to head off Trump tariffs

SunPower Corp on Wednesday said it would buy U.S. solar panel maker SolarWorld Americas, expanding its domestic manufacturing as it seeks to stem the impact of Trump administration tariffs on panel imports.

U.S.

Puerto Rico hit by island-wide power blackout

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), the island’s power company, said Wednesday that a major power line failure in the southern part of the U.S. island territory knocked out electric service to almost all customers.