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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network's management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Al Jazeera America has a rough week: $15 million lawsuit, resignations, new CEO

- The Washington Times

It has been a rough week for Al Jazeera America. The ambitious, Qatar-based news network that essentially grew out of Al Gore’s Current TV pubic affairs channel two years ago now has its own drama. “AJAM” was first slapped with a $15 million wrongful termination lawsuit by a former employee who also claimed the network was discriminating against women - and others.

There were lots of angry people who were $100 lighter after watching Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s (left) victory Saturday night over Manny Pacquiao. (Associated Press)

Periscope chief: Live-streaming app not about piracy

- The Washington Times

The co-founder of Periscope Inc. said the new live videostreaming app is “unequivocally” opposed to pirating after the company faced complaints that users were effectively stealing and instantly re-broadcasting video of the recent Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match on pay-per-view.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa Faith & Freedom 15th Annual Spring Kick Off, in Waukee, Iowa, Saturday, April 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Rick Perry flips, now opposes Ex-Im Bank

- The Washington Times

After urging its reauthorization last year, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry now says he opposes the Export-Import Bank — an issue that has become a key litmus test for conservatives and the 2016 GOP field.

Obama takes fire from all sides for free-trade proposal

- The Washington Times

President Obama’s proposed Asian free-trade deal was crumbling on the left and right Tuesday, with progressives denouncing his decision to promote the pact at a firm with a history of exploiting sweatshop labor, and a rift widening with Speaker John A. Boehner over the White House’s inability to muster Democratic votes for the deal.

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Official: 'Significant' brine spill enters North Dakota lake

- Associated Press

A 63,000-gallon saltwater spill that leaked from an underground pipeline entered a lake via a tributary in northwest North Dakota, a state Department of Health official said Wednesday. He said the spill will not affect any drinking water in the area.

Lawmakers say they need new PawSox proposal for stadium

- Associated Press

Many lawmakers said they need to see a new proposal from the Pawtucket Red Sox before deciding whether to support a stadium in downtown Providence, and the team's owners said Wednesday they're working on a new approach.

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, Al-Jazeera America editorial newsroom staff prepare for their first broadcast in New York. The Al-Jazeera America news network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, with the little-watched network suffering key defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism. The network's management said that Ehab Al Shihabi, who has run Al-Jazeera America since its 2013 launch, will be replaced immediately by Al Anstey. A veteran news executive, Anstey has most recently been managing director of Al-Jazeera English. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

Al Jazeera America ousts top executive amid defections

- Associated Press

The troubled Al Jazeera America network ousted its chief executive on Wednesday following a week of management defections and a lawsuit charging an employee with anti-Semitism.

Committee reaches agreement on bill firing SC State trustees

- Associated Press

A committee of House and Senate members agreed Wednesday to a compromise on a bill firing all trustees of financially troubled South Carolina State University and replacing them with a fix-it board.

Highlights from around the Capitol

Associated Press

Beau Miller and Patrick Summers have been partners for four years, but last December was the first time they spent Christmas at Miller's parents' home.

Iowa Senate approves health and human services budget

- Associated Press

The Democratic-led Iowa Senate approved a $1.9 billion spending plan Wednesday for state health and human services departments, which includes an oversight committee to watchdog the governor's plan to privatize Medicaid.

House Democrats reject Rauner's proposed human services cuts

- Associated Press

Democrats who control the Illinois House sent a clear message Wednesday to GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner that they oppose his proposed cuts to human services in next year's budget, foreshadowing what could be weeks of tense negotiations before the Legislature's scheduled May 31 adjournment.

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, speaks during a press conference held by Republican members of the chamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The members were responding to a report by the state's Legislative Fiscal Bureau that additional revenues which some lawmakers had hoped might ease proposed budget cuts are not expected. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Bad budget news for Wisconsin: No new money over 2 years

- Associated Press

Wisconsin tax collections won't grow beyond earlier projections, state lawmakers were told Wednesday, forcing Republican legislative leaders to consider an accounting move to fulfill their promises to undo Gov. Scott Walker's proposed $127 million cut to public schools.

Missouri student transportation, scholarships funds released

- Associated Press

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon released $67 million in restricted spending for this year's budget Wednesday, while the Senate overwhelmingly approved nearly $300 million of bonding for state building repairs that had been delayed because of lagging revenues.

Vos mum on whether UW cut will be reduced

Associated Press

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos isn't saying whether Gov. Scott Walker's $300 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System can be reduced given new revenue forecasts.

Vos says school cut will still be closed despite forecast

Associated Press

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Gov. Scott Walker's proposed $127 million cut to K-12 public schools next year will be plugged, despite a new report showing the state will have no additional revenue.

FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2011 file photo, Sanj Patel, President and CEO of Synageva BioPharma Corp., attends the opening bell ceremony at Nasdaq in New York. Alexion Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 announced it is spending $8.4 billion to buy fellow rare disease treatment maker Synageva BioPharma, a company with no products on the market. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4 billion for Synageva BioPharma

- Associated Press

Alexion Pharmaceuticals will pay a huge premium to buy Synageva BioPharma in an $8.4-billion deal for a rare disease treatment maker that lost nearly $60 million in the first quarter and has no products on the market.