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Raptors clinch division

PORTLAND, Ore.—There was no stopping Al-Farouq Aminu last night.

Aminu slammed down a fast-break running dunk to set a career high for points and tie the game at 81.

He yelled and flexed on the baseline, baring his teeth, clenching his fists, and ran back down the court—slapping the hands of his teammates who jumped off the bench to celebrate.

Chinese news agency tells readers to ignore April Fool’s Day

BEIJING — China’s Communist Party has a new target in its campaign against pernicious Western cultural influences: April Fool’s Day.

“The so-called Western April Fool’s Day does not conform to Chinese cultural traditions or socialist core values,” the party’s leading propaganda organ, Xinhua News Agency, said in a brief message on its official microblog Friday.

Golden Temple dulled by pollution

AMRITSAR, India—The chronic air pollution blanketing much of northern India is now threatening the holiest shrine in the Sikh religion, making the once-gleaming walls of the Golden Temple dingy and dull.

There is little to be done short of replacing the 430-year-old temple’s gold-plated walls—an expensive project already undertaken more than a century ago and then again in 1999.

Scientist says charges against him false

LONDON—Italian scientist Dr. Paolo Macchiarini was once considered a pioneer in regenerative medicine, credited with creating the world’s first windpipe partially made from a patient’s own stem cells.

But in the last year, Macchiarini has been charged with falsifying his resume, and accused of scientific misconduct and misrepresenting his work.