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Boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

usatoday.com — TORONTO (AP) - Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76. His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate. Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966.

Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

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10 years on, Pat Tillman's widow at peace with past

usatoday.com — SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Marie Tillman is sitting at her parents' dining-room table, waiting for a morning-coffee boost to kick in. She's surprised her baby is still asleep. It's early April, still too cold back home in Chicago.

Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón lost his helmet while swinging, and the face he made was perfect

ftw.usatoday.com — 40-year-old Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón is finally back in the National League after spending the majority of his career in the AL, making Colón's starts must-watch baseball for his plate appearances alone. Saturday night against the Braves, Colón tried to hit a baseball to the moon and ended up losing his helmet.
RT @USATODAYsports: Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón loses his helmet on a swing. The face he makes is perfect: usat.ly/1lq3wkC http://t.c…
RT @ForTheWin: Mets pitcher Bartolo Colón lost his helmet while swinging, and the face he made was perfect - usat.ly/1fbSvLT http://…

Paul Pierce defies age in carrying Nets past Raptors

usatoday.com — TORONTO - Paul Pierce is old enough to be vintage, and vintage Paul Pierce could be the difference in the series between his Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors. Want proof? It showed up in the final minutes of Game 1.
Not saying experience will win Nets-Raptors series. But it won Game 1 with vintage Paul Pierce late in the fourth: usat.ly/1r3Wf9j
At USAT: From @JeffZillgitt ,Paul Pierce defies age in Nets' Game 1 win, could be X-factor in Raptors series - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Easter eggs, bunnies, Peeps: Easter traditions explained

usatoday.com — From decorating eggs to eating Peeps, USA TODAY explains the origins of modern-day Easter traditions. Easter egg The symbol of the egg may have origins in pagan rituals celebrating the spring season. The religious symbolism is the resurrection of Jesus. Decorating eggs for Easter dates back to at least the 13th century, according to the History channel.
RT @TueNight: Happy Easter Peeps. Here: Easter eggs, bunnies, Peeps and other traditions explained usat.ly/QkTC5V via @usatoday

Columbine survivors find purpose 15 years later

usatoday.com — The Deming (N.M.) Headlight via AP Victor Cordova Jr., 12, shoots and kills 13-year-old classmate Araceli Tena, pictured, at the Deming, N.M., school. He later pleads guilty and is sentenced to two years in juvenile prison. Charles V. Tines, AP Theo J.
RT @ndiblasio: Columbine survivors find purpose 15 years later. usat.ly/1kOEngP Great read by @trevorhughes pic.twitter.com/gc6VekmPhL
Columbine survivors find purpose 15 years later. usat.ly/1kOEngP Great read by @trevorhughes pic.twitter.com/gc6VekmPhL

Brent Seabrook faces hearing for injuring David Backes

usatoday.com — The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks already are in trouble in their first-round series, trailing 2-0. Now they will be without key defenseman Brent Seabrook as they attempt a comeback. The league said he will have a phone hearing on Sunday for his hit that knocked St.
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Maria Bartiromo talks to BlackBerry CEO Chen

usatoday.com — Privacy has become the luxury of the day, in a world ripe with hacking, NSA spying, and information overload. But it is a place BlackBerry sees as its biggest opportunity. The firm, which has lost 90% of its value, and half of its staff, is fighting to stay alive, with what it calls the most secure technology in the industry.

Celebrate Easter by watching a competitive eater inhale 100 Peeps in 130 seconds

ftw.usatoday.com — Just in time for Easter, competitive eater Matt "Megatoad" Stonie shattered the record for Peeps. Stonie, the second ranked eater in Major League Eating behind Joey Chestnut, took the 100 Peep challenge and managed to finish all 100 in 2:10.4. Stonie weighs just 120-pounds, but he's one of the most impressive eaters we've ever seen.
RT @ForTheWin: Celebrate Easter by watching a competitive eater inhale 100 Peeps in 130 seconds - usat.ly/1niEHa7

No Flash in the pan: Iconic hero turns 80

usatoday.com — DNA of the 1930s-era comic-strip adventurer runs through pop culture. As the infamous Queen song goes, Flash Gordon will "stand for every one of us" - and for 80 years the heroic adventurer has stood with his feet planted in pop culture much deeper than even his fans may realize.

Miscommunication added to chaos as ferry sank

usatoday.com — Divers on Sunday finally found a way into the sunken South Korean ferry Sunday, recovering more than a dozen bodies from inside the vessel. More than 250 people are still missing after the Sewol ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday with 476 people on board.

Frustrated Blake Griffin dumped water all over a Warriors fan

ftw.usatoday.com — Blake Griffin fouled out in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the opening-round playoff series between the Clippers and the Warriors, and after watching the replay of the foul called on him, he reacted by gesticulating wildly. He was holding a cup of water when he did so.

Talking Tech: Last app you open before sleep?

usatoday.com — Consumers tell Jefferson Graham the last app they look at before shutting their eyes, on Talking Tech. VENICE BEACH, Calif. - We use smartphone apps all day to check the weather, take photos, catch up on the news and find love. But what's the last app we look at every day before we close our eyes?

Samsung slugs it out with Apple for consumers

usatoday.com — SEOUL - In the South Korean industrial town of Gumi, about a 45-minute helicopter ride southeast of here, Samsung Electronics factory workers, nearly all of them young women, are methodically applying the finishing touches on Galaxy S5s.
Samsung slugs it out with Apple. One of the longer tech pieces we've run. It comes with sidebar and photo gallery. usatoday.com/story/tech/per…
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