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Terror in Sri Lanka

A series of bombs ripped through churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing at least 290 people and injuring hundreds. Several of those bombs went off inside churches, during Easter services in three cities. Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community, which accounts for less than 10% of the country’s total population of 21.4 million, appeared to be the main target of the coordinated attacks. Though it wasn’t immediately clear who ... Full story

Cycle of bike thefts ends with officers on bicycles arresting a suspect

Frank Johnson riding his Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike. It was stolen from his condominium’s garage in January. (Family photo). Again and again, surveillance footage and photos showed a man walking into downtown parking garages and leaving with bicycles that weren’t his. Often he arrived carrying a bag, described in some cases as a “bulging backpack” replete with portable power tools to cut locks and fences on storage areas, according to ... Full story

Coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka rank high on list of deadly recent attacks

People in Karachi, Pakistan, light candles as they condemn the deadly blasts in Sri Lanka on April 21. (Shahzaib Akber/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock). Attacks on churches and hotels across Sri Lanka on Sunday killed more than 200 people, making them among the deadliest acts of terrorism in the past five years. A look at other recent deadly attacks shows that the Easter Sunday violence stands out in another way, too. The blasts in Sri Lanka were more ... Full story

BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2019: Pernille Harder profile

BBC Sport profiles Wolfsburg and Denmark forward Pernille Harder, one of five nominees for the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year 2019 award. Full story

Avenatti accused of embezzling $1.5M from NBA player Hassan Whiteside: report

Attorney Michael Avenatti in 2017 embezzled $1.5 million from NBA player Hassan Whiteside, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The Times, citing bank records and an indictment brought against Avenatti, reported that in 2017 Whiteside — who plays for the Miami Heat — wired Avenatti $2.75 million and intended for his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner, to get most of the money. Avenatti was entitled to slightly more than $1 million in fees as ... Full story

Over 200 killed, hundreds injured as Easter blasts rock Sri Lanka

At least 207 people were killed and hundreds were injured in a series of bombing attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka throughout Easter Sunday, police and officials said. Sri Lanka’s defense minister said seven suspects have been arrested. The first six blasts were triggered almost simultaneously on Sunday morning. Three high-end hotels and one church in the capital, Colombo, were hit, while two additional churches were targeted ... Full story

At Coachella, the Gospel According to Kanye West

After a few of his most difficult years and a brief retreat from the spotlight, the rapper returned with Sunday Service — a performance of spiritual music where he rarely took center stage. Full story

Game of Thrones season 8: Bran Stark explains the Night King’s endgame

Ever since returning to Game of Thrones in season 6, Bran Stark has been a bit of a mystery. He trained with the Three-Eyed Raven, who showed him critical moments of Westeros’ past, but it was never quite clear why he needed the training — and, for that matter, who exactly the Three-Eyed Raven was . All we really knew going into the final season was that he stood in opposition to the Night King. At least, until now. In episode 2 of Game of ... Full story

‘Extreme Pollen’ Blankets North Carolina in a Sneeze-Inducing Yellow Haze

Nationwide, pollen counts are reaching extreme levels this spring. In Durham, N.C., a former meteorologist’s drone captured the misery on camera. Full story

For Christians in Sri Lanka, violence is at once old and new

Blood spatter mark a wall and statue after a blast at St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, on Sunday. (AP). No group or individual has asserted responsibility for the attacks on churches and hotels that killed more than 200 people and injured more than 400 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. But the suicide bombings on the holiest day of the Christian calendar, when churches see their highest attendance of the year, were widely viewed as ... Full story