Music Review: Spidey enhanced by Zimmer soundtrack

This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows the original motion picture soundtrack for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (AP Photo/Columbia Records)Various Artists, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Soundtrack" (Columbia Records/Madison Gate Records)



Hole in Afghan budget stirs unease as West starts packing bags

A money changer holds a stack of U.S. dollars at Kabul's largest money marketBy Jeremy Laurence and Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A $375 million hole in the Afghan budget is threatening public projects and civil servants' salaries, officials say, putting the aid-dependent economy under stress just as Afghanistan awaits a new leader and foreign troops prepare to go home. U.S., U.N. and Afghan finance ministry officials have discussed ways to resolve what they say has become a critical situation for the budget, with civil projects most at risk as international assistance starts to taper off. "If the political situation of the country does not become normal and businesses do not start again soon this problem will become even more worrying," Alhaj Muhammad Aqa, director general of the treasury at the finance ministry, told Reuters on Wednesday. "We will not only face problems in paying salaries of employees but we will have difficulties in other issues too." Funding for security will not be affected, as costs are met by foreign governments which recognize that any chance of stability in Afghanistan rests on quelling the Taliban insurgency.



US weighs clemency for inmates jailed for 10 years

Deputy Attorney General James Cole holds up a list of guidelines during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Cole announced the new standards that will be considered in deciding whether to recommend clemency for certain non-violent drug prisoners. Wednesday's announcement is part of an ongoing effort to trim the nation’s prison population and help convicts who were given what the Obama administration says were unduly harsh sentences for drug crimes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is encouraging nonviolent federal inmates who have behaved in prison, have no significant criminal history and have already served more than 10 years behind bars to apply for clemency, officials announced Wednesday.



Poland holds 1st big security exercise in decades

In a major security exercise, a firefighters’ rescue team is releasing a passenger trapped under a helicopter that crashed after illegally crossing into Poland, in Jasce, central Poland, on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The three-day exercise is to test the response of internal security services to emergency situations and is held at a time of conflict between Poland’s two neighbors, Ukraine and Russia. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)JASCE, Poland (AP) — In imaginary emergency drills, Polish security forces evacuated the Interior Ministry and rescued foreigners supposedly injured in a cross-border helicopter crash as part of Poland's first nationwide security exercises for decades.



AP WAS THERE: Probable cause of AIDS found

FILE - This combination made from file photos provided by the National Institute of Health, Pasteur Institute shows, at top, a form of human T-cell leukemia virus, or HTLV, discovered by U.S. Dr. Robert Gallo and his team at the National Cancer Institute, a division of the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md. The image at bottom shows a lymphadenopathy-associated virus, or LAV, discovered by French Dr. Luc Montagnier of the Pasteur Institute. Both Gallo and Montagnier are credited with isolating the HIV virus that causes AIDS, or the human immunodeficiency virus. The discovery was announced 30 years ago, on April 23, 1984, at a news conference in Washington. (AP Photo/National Institute of Health, Pasteur Institute, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: In 1981, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the first cases of a rare pneumonia that had sickened five Los Angeles gay men. The AIDS epidemic had begun.





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