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  • Captain of stricken Korean ferry may not have been on bridge: investigator

    Friday, 12:02 AM

    South Korean medics help a collapsed family member of a missing passenger who was on South Korean ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, as she cries while waiting for news from a rescue team, at a gym in JindoBy Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's coastguard denied that divers had entered a capsized ferry on Friday in a bid to locate any survivors from an accident that appears to have claimed the lives of hundreds of passengers, many of them schoolchildren. YTN television, South Korea's main cable news station, had reported that eight divers were taking it in turns to search the vessel, but the coastguard said that divers had not yet been deployed inside the stricken vessel. Experts say it is now unlikely that any of the 268 missing passengers, many of them children from a school on the outskirts of the capital Seoul, will be found alive. So far, 28 of the 475 passengers and crew on the Sewol ferry have been officially declared dead and 179 have been rescued.


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  • Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

    Thursday, 5:01 PM

    Pro-Russian protester seats at barricades at the police headquarters in SlavianskBy Arshad Mohammed and Alexei Anishchuk GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the United States and its allies were prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow, accused Ukraine's leaders of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.


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  • Still no success as deep-sea drone searches for MH370

    Thursday, 10:47 PM

    The Bluefin-21 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle is craned over the side of the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield in the southern Indian Ocean during the continuing search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading on Friday, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage. Sonar footage by the U.S. Navy owned Bluefin-21 has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 kms (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. The search has centered on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But after four missions to depths of about 4.5 kms (2.8 miles), two of those aborted early for technical reasons, Australian search authorities said on Friday that the drone had yet to turn up a meaningful lead.


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  • Homeland Security reissues immigrant asylum rules

    Friday, 12:51 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department has reissued asylum rules to immigration officials amid concerns that they are misinterpreting how to decide which immigrants get to see a judge for asylum claims.... read more

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Friday, 12:51 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.


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  • Today in History

    Friday, 12:00 AM

    Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.... read more

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in 3 OTs

    Friday, 12:58 AM

    St. Louis Blues' Alexander Steen (20) scores the game-winning goal past Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) during the third overtime in Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3 in triple overtime. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.


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  • Stanford takes 1-shot lead over Wie at LPGA LOTTE

    Thursday, 11:57 PM

    KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Angela Stanford shot an 8-under 64 on a wind-swept course to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Thursday.... read more

  • Golf-European Tour Malaysian Open scores

    Thursday, 11:45 PM

    April 18 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Malaysian Open at the par-72 course on Friday in Kuala Lumpur 65 Lee Westwood (Britain) 65 66 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 66 67 Michael Hoey (Britain) 67 Ricardo Santos (Portugal) 67 68 Julien Quesne (France) 68 Masahiro Kawamura (Japan) 68 Scott Jamieson (Britain) 68 Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 68 69 Soren Hansen (Denmark) 69 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 69 Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) 69 Richard Lee (Canada) 69 Edoardo Molinari (Italy) 69 Marc Warren (Britain) 69 Thaworn Wiratchant (Thailand) 69 Craig Lee (Britain) 69 Eduardo De La Riva ...... read more

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Friday, 12:51 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.


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  • Texas town honors 15 killed in year-ago explosion

    Friday, 12:27 AM

    Brad Pustejovsky is hugged by his wife Dolores as he answers a reporters question about his brother Joey Pustejovsky, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in West, Texas. Joey was a volunteer firefighter in West, who was killed one year ago fighting a fire at a fertilizer plant that would later explode. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)WEST, Texas (AP) — Rev. Terry McElrath heard the deafening boom. The pastor spun around and saw a column of smoke billowing into the sky above his small Texas town. He immediately thought, "Somebody has died tonight."


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  • Racist online forums linked to deadly U.S. hate crimes: rights group

    Friday, 12:01 AM

    By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to an organization that tracks hate groups. The online activity by Frazier Glenn Cross follows a trend in which prolific posters on hate online forums are becoming "disproportionately responsible" for racist murders and mass killings, according to a report released on Thursday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit civil rights organization. The report said nearly 100 people in the last five years have been murdered by frequent users of one white supremacist website, Stormfront. The site describes itself as a community of "White Nationalists" and "the voice of the new, embattled White minority." "It has been a magnet for the deadly and deranged," said Heidi Beirich, author of the report... read more

  • Japan, U.S. trade talks in stalemate, ministers to meet again: Japan

    Friday, 12:28 AM

    Amari speaks to the media after meetings with Froman in TokyoBy Krista Hughes and Kaori Kaneko WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders. The TPP is central to U.S. President Barack Obama's policy of expanding America's presence in Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for his part, has touted the TPP as a main element of his strategy to reform the world's third largest economy and generate sustainable growth. "A stalemate continues," Japan's Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters in Washington after talks with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.


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  • Wall Street Week Ahead: Spring fever brings hope for U.S. earnings

    Thursday, 7:20 PM

    Traders gather at the booth that trades Abbott Laboratories on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Chuck Mikolajczak NEW YORK (Reuters) - Earnings season shifts into high gear next week, and with nearly one-third of S&P 500 names set to post results, investors hope the news provides a catalyst to buy stocks and leave the market's recent weakness in the dust. Several behemoths, including Apple, the largest U.S. company by market value, as well as Microsoft, McDonald's and AT&T , are due to report earnings. They'll be accompanied by highfliers like Netflix and Facebook, giving the first real cross-section of the state of corporate America as temperatures rise across the country and investors hope to put the cold weather behind them. Strategists will also be looking for clues on how badly China's slowdown hits U.S. corporate results.


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  • Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly

    Thursday, 7:06 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.... read more

  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    Friday, 12:51 AM

    President Barack Obama speaks about health care, Thursday, April 17, 2014, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. The president said eight million have signed up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges and the proportion of younger applicants has increased, President Barack Obama said Thursday. The enrollments exceeded expectations and offered new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.


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  • Toronto Mayor Ford opens re-election bid with 'cut the gravy' vow

    Thursday, 9:58 PM

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses supporters on the podium during his campaign launch party in TorontoBy Cameron French TORONTO (Reuters) - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford launched his re-election campaign on Friday, acknowledging the crack-cocaine scandal that has made him a topic of water cooler talk across North America, but also happy to trade on his notoriety. Ford, whose authority was reduced last year by a city council fed up with his antics, took over a massive convention center in Toronto's west end for the event, hawking bobble-head dolls to raise funds ahead of the election on October 27. First elected mayor in 2010 on a cost-cutting platform, Ford has become indisputably the most famous leader in the city's history, and continues to poll relatively strongly in spite of a scandal that prompted staffers to desert him and has cost him nearly all of his allies on city council.


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  • Beijing's bid to move polluting firms watched warily in nearby regions

    Thursday, 9:55 PM

    Chimneys and cooling towers of a steel plant are seen through the fog in BeijingBy David Stanway BEIJING (Reuters) - China's capital has ordered more than 50 companies to shut down this year in an effort to cut pollution but pushing factories out could raise objections in surrounding areas reluctant to host Beijing's polluters. Smog-shrouded Beijing and the surrounding province of Hebei have become a front in a "war against pollution" declared by Premier Li Keqiang last month. But experts say efforts to cut coal consumption and industrial output in big cities like Beijing is likely to put pressure on other regions to endure more pollution to keep the economy growing, with overall coal consumption expected to rise by a quarter from 2011 to 2015. "Moving Beijing's plants to Hebei isn't the best way," said Yang Fuqiang, a former government researcher and senior energy and environment adviser with the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S.-based think-tank.


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