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  • Families lobby Malaysian minister to resume search for MH370

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Relatives of passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysian airliner plan to present the Malaysian transport minister in Australia with letters urging that the search resume.

    Sheryl Keen, a supporter of the international victims' advocacy group Voice370, said Sunday she plans to personally hand to Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai dozens of letters from relatives when Liow meets this week in the west coast city of Perth with his Australian counterpart Darren Chester.

    Last week, Malaysia, Australia and China announced that the deep sea search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had been suspended, perhaps forever, after a sonar scan of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of the Indian Ocean west of Australia failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777 that vanished on March 8, 2014, with 239 people on board after flying far off course during a trip from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing.

    Keen, who chairs her own support organization Aircrash

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  • Travel sector zooms in on lucrative gay market

    The travel sector is jazzing up its offer for gay tourists, who tend to spend more than most when away from home, taking it beyond parties in sunny hubs like Ibiza.

    The trend was underscored at the Fitur tourism fair in Madrid, one of the world's largest, which wraps up on Sunday, where tourism boards plugged cultural attractions and nature activities to this market.

    Spain's western region of Extremadura for example featured posters promoting annual gay pride festivities in the city of Badajoz which began in response to homophobic comments made by a local politician.

    But it also promoted bird watching trips, local architecture and rural tourism to gay and lesbian travellers at a special section of the fair dedicated to the market segment.

    The goal is to appeal to the growing number of gay and lesbian couples who are having children, said Hugo Alonso of the Extremadura's tourism promotion agency at the fair.

    "We are interested in volume," he said. Gay and lesbians make up around 10

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  • Analysis: Trump promises big change, picks small fights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House promising big changes to the nation's economy, health care system and foreign policy.

    He spent his first full day in office picking small fights.

    Trump turned what was intended to be a bridge-building visit to the CIA on Saturday into a media-bashing session centered on what he saw as low-ball reports about the crowd size on Inauguration Day. He berated a magazine journalist by name for an inaccurate report about Oval Office decor that had been quickly corrected. Then, he dispatched his press secretary, Sean Spicer, to the White House briefing room to reinforce the message in an angry tirade that included false — and easy to fact-check — statements.

    The day left no doubt that Trump will govern, at least for now, as he campaigned: fixating on seemingly minor issues, letting no perceived slight slip by unchallenged, and, sometimes, creating his own set of facts.

    Indeed, some of Trump's remarks at CIA headquarters, with agency brass

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  • Test greats David Boon, Matthew Hayden and the late Betty Wilson will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame this week, Cricket Australia said on Sunday.

    Top-order batsmen Boon and Hayden were key figures who played more than 100 Tests for Australia, while all-rounder Wilson was a female cricketer "ahead of her time", Hall of Fame chairman Peter King said.

    "David Boon and Matthew Hayden are among a select group of just 12 players to have appeared in 100 Test matches but their significance goes way beyond that simple statistic," he said.

    "(Boon) epitomises the tough-as-teak Australian cricketer and his induction into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame is thoroughly merited."

    Boon made 7,422 runs in his 107 Tests in the 1980s and 1990s, while Hayden scored 8,625 runs in his 103 Tests from 1994 to 2009.

    Boon described his induction as an "enormous honour".

    "To join some of those great players from past eras, some of the guys that I played with as well, it's a huge honour

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  • Brexit: What we know

    Britain is set to become the first European Union member to leave the bloc following a referendum last year in which a majority voted for Brexit.

    Prime Minister Theresa May has said Britain would leave the EU's single market and seek a new customs deal with the bloc.

    But the precise timings and terms of departure are uncertain as negotiations have yet to begin.

    Here is an outline of what we know so far:

    - Referendum:

    On June 23, 2016, Britons voted by 52 percent in favour to 48 percent against leaving the EU, although most voters in Scotland, Northern Ireland and London backed remaining part of the bloc.

    Britain has had a love-hate relationship with Brussels since joining what was then the European Economic Community in 1973.

    Former prime minister David Cameron, who took office in 2010, called the referendum in a bid to end long-standing divisions in his Conservative party but his campaign to stay in the EU failed.

    - Timing:

    Cameron's successor May has said she wants to trigger

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  • 'Droneboarding' takes off in Latvia

    Skirted on all sides by snow-clad pine forests, Latvia's remote Lake Ninieris would be the perfect picture of winter tranquility -- were it not for the huge drone buzzing like a swarm of angry bees as it zooms above the solid ice surface.

    The powerful three-metre-long (nine-foot) drone, sporting 16 spinning propellers, is fitted with long tow ropes with handles, the kind used in water-skiing.

    Two snowboarders gripping them glide across the ice, pulled along by the drone before performing a series of high-speed turns and slides.

    As snow sprays up from beneath their snowboards, a small audience of cross-country skiers and ice fishermen look on in amazement at what might be the next extreme sports craze: droneboarding.

    The drone prototype is the work of Latvian specialists Aerones and they are putting their invention through its paces, with up to four snowboarders being dragged across the ice at a time.

    "It seems to be a successful test," says Janis Putrams, 35, wearing a broad grin,

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  • Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

    Don't want to bum your buzz, but that expensive bong you got cheap to smoke your pot may be bogus

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000.

    Both marijuana and the tools used to smoke it remain illegal under federal law, but that hasn't stopped Roor and its American licensee from using the federal courts to protect the brand and its sales.

    In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. Trademark No. 3675839, protecting "SMOKER'S ARTICLES, NAMELY, GLASS PIPES, BONGS, WATER PIPES, (and) WATER PIPES OF GLASS" sold under the Roor mark, which has "a stylized font with the last "R'' facing backwards."

    Almost 200 such lawsuits have been filed since 2013, most

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  • Marcus Hiles - Western Rim - Examines the Differences of Living in Big Cities vs. Suburbs

    FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Marcus Hiles and his company Western Rim Property Services continue to introduce posh elegance in their signature residences in the Estates, Towers, and Mansions brands offering renters the superior quality of a hotel resort-style experience. Though some young professionals and families are drawn to the upbeat atmosphere of Texas’s urban zones, Hiles sees the trend moving outward away from city centers. He believes that the dilemma of deciding to live in the thick of a metropolitan area or in the expanse of a suburban one can be a simple choice when weighing many factors including cost, employment and quality of life.

    When relocation plans are at stake, people consider price differences first. Marcus Hiles’ Fort Worth company establishes the finest housing in the best locations at the lowest possible cost. The monthly rent of apartments

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  • Bogus bongs or bogus lawsuits? Pipe maker sues over fakes

    Don't want to bum your buzz, but that expensive bong you got cheap to smoke your pot may be bogus

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- In the rarefied world of high-end bong makers, Roor glass water pipes have long been smoked to impress. The status symbols are so sought after that some models command prices of $1,000. There's even a diamond-studded, gold-gilded Roor that goes for nearly $4,000.

    Both marijuana and the tools used to smoke it remain illegal under federal law, but that hasn't stopped Roor and its American licensee from using the federal courts to protect the brand and its sales.

    In Florida, California and New York, lawyers are accusing smoke shops and mom-and-pop convenience stores of selling counterfeit Roor bongs in violation of U.S. Trademark No. 3675839, protecting "SMOKER'S ARTICLES, NAMELY, GLASS PIPES, BONGS, WATER PIPES, (and) WATER PIPES OF GLASS" sold under the Roor mark, which has "a stylized font with the last "R'' facing backwards."

    Almost 200 such lawsuits have been filed since 2013, most

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