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Grandson of Getty oil founder discovered dead in Los Angeles home

A police officer creates a perimeter outside a home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Police say a man was found dead at the home of Andrew Getty, heir to Getty oil fortune. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement. Andrew Getty's parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old's death and requested privacy for the family during "this extremely difficult time", adding that further details would be released as they became available. Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Commander Andrew Smith said it was very early in the investigation and witnesses were being questioned, but no one was in custody. The death appeared to be either accidental or natural, Los Angeles County Coroner's Office spokesman Ed Winter told reporters in a news conference broadcast by TV station KTLA 5.

Exclusive: Republican White House hopefuls attack Obamacare but take money

File photo of former Governor of Texas Rick Perry speaking at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several Republican governors likely to run for president have secured hundreds millions of dollars under Obamacare while working to dismantle the healthcare law, according to a Reuters review of federal spending records. Governors Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, all staunch opponents of President Barack Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act, have collectively applied for and won at least $352 million through grant programs set up by the law, federal records show. "Receiving federal grants that existed prior to the ACA is not the same as participating in the core elements of the ACA." The money in question stems from less controversial parts of the law that enhance public health and other nuts-and-bolts programs, rather than the insurance exchanges and expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor that have drawn fierce opposition from Republicans.

Lavrov, Zarif claim breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (C) walks in the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 31, 2015, during negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme Russia and Iran's foreign ministers claimed a breakthrough early Wednesday in talks on a framework deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme, but the US said not all issues had been agreed yet, as discussions were suspended for the night. "One can say with relative certainty that we at the minister level have reached an agreement in principle on all key aspects of the final settlement of this issue," Russian media quoted Sergei Lavrov as saying at talks in Switzerland. This came after Russia's top diplomat and the foreign ministers of five other major powers and Iran continued working through the night as they missed a midnight (2200 GMT) deadline to agree the main outlines of what they hope will be an historic accord. The powers hope a full agreement, due to be finalised by June 30, will see Iran scale back its nuclear capability to prevent Tehran developing nuclear weapons under the guise of its civilian programme.

Nigeria opposition leader fears 'tricks' after election victory

A man pulls a wheelie on a scooter, as residents celebrate the anticipated victory of Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in Kaduna, Nigeria, Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Former military dictator Muhammadu Buhari has won Nigeria’s presidential election but fears his victory could be stolen by “tricks” from the government, his spokesman, Garba Shehu, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay) ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Amid anger over an Islamic insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives, Nigerians threw out the incumbent and elected a 72-year-old former military dictator in a historic transfer of power officially announced early Wednesday following the nation's most hotly contested election ever.

U.S. corporations accuse Indiana and Arkansas of curbing gay rights

Business owner holds sticker to place outside her shop in Lafayette, Indiana Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the bill. Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last week. The world's biggest retailer, Wal-Mart , based in Bentonville, Ark., issued a statement saying the Arkansas bill threatened to undermine "the spirit of inclusion" in the state and "does not reflect the values we proudly uphold." Signed by Doug McMillon, chief executive officer, the statement asked Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson to veto the legislation.

Folk icon Joni Mitchell hospitalized in Los Angeles

Joni Mitchell: I Felt Like a Black Man Legendary folk singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell has reportedly been rushed to the hospital after being found unconscious at her Los Angeles home, according to TMZ.

No nuke agreement yet: Iran talks push past deadline

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool) Diplomats wrap up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results.

Japan looks to Islamic finance boom

Japan is starting to make inroads into Islamic finance, a move that could help strengthen regional economic ties and give its lenders an edge.

F&P Finance mulls future of Equipment Finance unit after year of restructuring

Fisher & Paykel Finance, the finance company owned by China's Haier Group, may transfer its Equipment Finance Ltd (EFL) unit to its immediate parent in a further restructuring of the charging group after changes including the start of a securitisation programme last year. Haier acquired F&P Finance as part of its takeover of F&P Appliances in 2012. The Chinese manufacturer opted to retain the ...

Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

First Mining Finance Corp. Announces Completion of Qualifying Transaction and Closing of Financing


Co-pilot told flight school of depressive episode in 2009

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Had Suicidal Tendencies, Was Treated For Mental Illness, Prosecutor Says Lufthansa says the note was found in emails that Andreas Lubitz sent.

Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DC

Manhunt Launched in Virginia for Armed Prison Escapee WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital with a guard's gun has been captured in Washington.

Japan looks for growth and influence from Islamic finance boom

Japan is the latest global financial hub to start making inroads into Islamic finance, a move that could help strengthen regional economic ties and give its lenders an edge in winning business in markets whose growth prospects far outpace their home turf. Tokyo has long been a major provider of financial assistance for developing countries and its banks are active across Asia and the Middle East ...


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Museum of American Finance to Open "America in Circulation: A History of US Currency" Exhibition

NEW YORK -- On Wednesday, April 15, the Museum of American Finance will open "America in Circulation: A History of US Currency Featuring the Collection of Mark R. Shenkman." Visitors will have ...

Islamic Finance Gateway Daily Briefing

Tuesday, Mar 31 - The Islamic Finance Gateway (IFG) Briefing,published from Sunday to Thursday, carries the latestmarket-moving news and data for institutions offering Islamicfinancial services. You can view the full IFG briefin underIFG Briefings Subject.TOP STORIESUAE drafting law for 100 pct foreign ownership of firms-minister The United Arab Emirates is at an ...

Colorado theater gunman's mother says he's not a 'monster'

The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.

Finance minister to hold pre-budget meeting with economists April 9

Finance Minister Joe Oliver will huddle with private-sector economists early next month to prepare for his pre-election budget — a blueprint set for release as the oil slump forces experts to downgrade economic forecasts. Sliding crude prices have meant poor economic data for January, prompting economists to lower their first-quarter projections. Oliver will meet with economists April 9 in ...

Fitch Affirms Federated Student Finance Corporation Series 2010A-1

Fitch Ratings affirms Federated Student Finance Corp.'s series 2010A-1 senior notes at 'AAAsf' . The Rating Outlook remains Stable.

TAKE A LOOK-Reuters stories on Islamic Finance

March 30 (Reuters) - Islamic finance has been growing rapidly over the pastdecade as it broadens its investor base across the Middle East, North Africa andsoutheast Asia. Here are some of the latest Reuters stories on the industry: SUKUK/FINANCING> HSBC Amanah raises 705 mln ringgit in Malaysia sukuk sale -IFR > Emirates Airline sets final guidance for UK-guaranteed sukuk > MEDIA-Garuda to issue ...

On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy Kennedy

A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.

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