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Carey Perloff to step down from ACT after 25 years

American Conservatory Theater artistic director Carey Perloff will step down at the end of the company’s 2017-18 season, the theater announced Thursday. Perloff’s announcement comes as ACT is searching for a [Read entire story]

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Wisconsin shooting victims IDd as cop, bank workers, lawyer

A man angry after a domestic dispute opened fire in a Wisconsin bank, killing two longtime employees, then killed an attorney at a nearby law firm and a detective trying to set a perimeter outside his apartment complex [Read entire story]

News of the Day From Around the World, March 24

1 School scandal: A political controversy swirling around the Japanese prime minister shows no sign of abating, with the head of a nationalist school swearing under oath Thursday that Shinzo Abe sent him a $9,000 [Read entire story]

4 die in series of shootings in northern Wisconsin

A police officer and three other people were shot and killed when a domestic dispute at a bank escalated into shootings at three locations in northern Wisconsin on Wednesday, investigators said. The shootings happened [Read entire story]

Bay Area population growth slows, some counties losing people

After years of being overrun by new residents drawn by a red-hot economy, the number of people moving out has begun to catch up with the number moving in, new census data show. [...] in some parts of the Bay Area — [Read entire story]

Democrats critical of committee chairman’s handling of data on Trump

WASHINGTON — California Republican Devin Nunes may have handed House Democrats on Wednesday their strongest argument yet for an independent investigation of Russian interference in November’s election. In an [Read entire story]

News of the Day From Around the World, March 23

The Geneva humanitarian agency said Wednesday that it wants a “massive scale-up” in assistance and hopes to provide “essential aid” to about 5 million people. An aid group says nearly a third of all children in [Read entire story]

News of the Day From Across the Nation, March 23

Nightclub shooting lawsuit: A personal injury attorney representing some of the families and survivors of the Orlando nightclub massacre filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the gunman’s employer and wife, claiming they [Read entire story]

4 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

LONDON — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain’s seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death [Read entire story]

Supreme Court nominee faces tough questions from Democrats

WASHINGTON — Judge Neil Gorsuch faced tough questions from Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein Wednesday about his role in approving harsh interrogation techniques during his time as a lawyer in the [Read entire story]

‘Norfolk 4’ sailors pardoned by Virginia governor

Virginia’s governor pardoned four former sailors who became known as the “Norfolk Four,” ending a decades-long fight to clear the men of rape and murder convictions based on intimidating police interrogations. A [Read entire story]

Black lawmakers confront Trump on policies in meeting

WASHINGTON — President Trump praised the contributions of African Americans Wednesday during a meeting with black lawmakers, who confronted him on his Justice Department priorities and cuts in education funding — [Read entire story]

Ex-pharmacy exec convicted in deadly meningitis outbreak

BOSTON — The former head of a Massachusetts pharmacy was convicted Wednesday of racketeering and other charges over a meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people across the country and was traced to fungus-contaminated [Read entire story]

Gun injuries cost Americans $730 million a year in hospital bills

“These are big numbers, and this is the lowest bound of these costs,” said Sarabeth Spitzer, a Stanford University medical student who co-wrote the study. The GOP’s health care reform measure would reduce federal [Read entire story]

Former Trump campaign manager was paid millions by Putin ally

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago and proposed an ambitious [Read entire story]

Worried about getting old? Poll sees optimism grow with age

Many pessimistic feelings held by people earlier in life take an optimistic turn as they move toward old age. Even hallmark concerns of old age — about declining health, lack of independence and memory loss — lessen [Read entire story]

Divided House Republicans face painful choice on health vote

WASHINGTON — For the House Republicans who have never served under a Republican president — roughly two-thirds of them — Thursday’s vote on a measure that would repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature [Read entire story]

U.S. air strike in Syria reportedly kills dozens of civilians

BEIRUT — At least 30 Syrian civilians were killed in an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State militants in a rural area of Raqqa province early Tuesday, according to residents, activists and state [Read entire story]

More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM — More Palestinians in East Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli [Read entire story]