Morning roundup

Top Stories: Chinese Dissident Complicates Talks; Consumer Spending Cools

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen.

After Big Gain In February, Consumer Spending Rose Less In March.

Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes.

Australian Billionaire Says He's Building 'Titanic II;' Would You Go Aboard?

Other stories in the news:

— "Eased Tensions Lower Chances Of Iran Strike, Experts Say." (The New York Times)

— "Joseph Kony Hunt Is Proving Difficult For U.S. Troops." (The Washington Post)

— "As U.N. Observer Presence Beefs Up, 9 Deaths Reported In Syrian Blasts." (

— "Family Of Victims In Tragic Bronx Zoo Parkway Crash Struggles After Losing 7 Loved Ones." (Daily News)



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