Consumers around the world were able to try on the long awaited smartwatch on Friday and to place orders. On April 24, consumers will be able to buy it online or by appointment in select stores. The Apple Watch sport starts at $349 with the standard version retailing at $549 in the U.S. Luxury “Edition” watches with 18-karat gold alloys will be priced from $10,000 and will go as high as $17,000.
APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday was the definitive milestone of the end of the Civil War. This is a rolling account of Thursday’s commemoration of the anniversary, including a reenactment of Lee’s last clash with Grant’s troops and the Confederate surrender in a Virginia farmhouse. Interspersed are historical accounts of events 150 years ago. – By STEVE SZKOTAK, Associated Press
Pregnant refugee women living in informal tent settlements are among the most vulnerable of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have found shelter in Jordan. They often can’t afford doctor visits and face potential health hazards because of lack of running water and other challenges. - By MUHAMMED MUHEISEN, Associated Press
It’s that time of year again – a sure sign of springtime when the cherry blossom trees come into full bloom.
The day in photos from around the world.
The day is still dark when Edmo Rodrigues da Costa sets out in his 20-foot fishing boat, carefully maneuvering around clumps of trash and mounds of putrid sludge in the sewage-infested waters of Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay.
For 30 years, Costa has trolled the bay that will host Olympic sailing events in 2016, setting his nets by the pink dawn light, hoping to catch sea bass, Atlantic bigeyes and shrimp.
But slowly, year after year, the catches have diminished.
Milan was named as the 2015 Universal Exposition hosting city. It will run from May 1 until Oct. 31, 2015. The Milan Expo theme will be ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.’ Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area. Photos and text courtesy of Getty.