Hundreds still missing in Korea ferry accident
Rescuers fought rising winds and strong waves as they searched for 287 missing passengers.
04/17/2014 - 06:05 PM
Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'
By Aleksandar Vasovic MARIUPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a base of the Ukrainian national guard overnight and Kiev said three separatists were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising in east Ukraine, overshadowing crisis talks to resolve the conflict. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats arrived for the emergency talks in Geneva, but there was little hope of any progress in resolving a crisis that has seen armed pro-Russian fighters seize whole swathes of Ukraine, while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. President Vladimir Putin, who overturned decades of post-Cold War diplomacy last month by declaring Russia's right to intervene in neighboring countries and annexing Ukraine's Crimea region, accused the authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an "abyss".
04/17/2014 - 05:59 PM
Blast on site of explosives plants kills 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where several ammunition and explosives businesses are based killed one person and left three others injured.
04/17/2014 - 04:48 PM
Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.
04/17/2014 - 12:12 PM
Ukraine, US to alternately cajole, threaten Russia
GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.
04/17/2014 - 05:44 PM
Putin urges end to blockade of Trans-Dniester
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has urged Ukraine to reopen trade and transportation routes into Moldova's separatist province of Trans-Dniester.
04/17/2014 - 05:51 PM
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04/17/2014 - 05:50 PM
Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.
04/17/2014 - 05:36 PM
Classmates celebrating 60th birthday among missing
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jeong-keun woke up on his cabin bed to find out his friends had smeared lipstick on his face while he had been asleep, a prank harking back to their school days.
04/17/2014 - 05:58 PM
UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon.
04/17/2014 - 05:23 PM
Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say
WASHINGTON (AP) — With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.
04/17/2014 - 03:07 PM
Little government response to bombing a year later
BOSTON (AP) — A year after homemade bombs ripped through the Boston Marathon, state and federal officials have enacted virtually no policy changes in response to the attack, a dramatic departure from previous acts of terrorism that prompted waves of government action.
04/17/2014 - 06:01 PM
Curious about Palestine, Israeli visitors return
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — This bustling center of Palestinian life is just a 20-minute drive from Jerusalem, but for Israelis it might as well be on the other side of the world.
04/17/2014 - 02:56 PM
Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced
CHICAGO (AP) —
04/17/2014 - 04:32 PM
Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.
04/17/2014 - 07:19 AM
Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking texts
Messages to parents offer glimpse into desperate situation aboard sinking S. Korean ferry.
04/17/2014 - 05:38 AM
Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.
04/17/2014 - 08:40 AM
Orange and black ribbon holds clue to eastern Ukraine's chaos
As pro-Russia protests spread in eastern Ukraine, a strip of striped orange-and-black fabric has become as ubiquitous as the armed men in unmarked military fatigues. Its name is the Ribbon of Saint George. Imbued with history, it’s a powerful symbol in the ongoing information battle over Ukraine. For Russians it's a mark of allegiance to the state – both the fearsome, expansionist Russian state of old and its modern successor under President Vladimir Putin.
04/17/2014 - 02:24 AM
Lab loses vials containing SARS virus, raising security concerns
Vials Containing SARS Fragments Not Dangerous, But Hint at Vulnerability
04/17/2014 - 04:21 AM
Nigerian military: Most of more than 100 abducted schoolgirls freed
Still searching for eight students abducted by anti-education Islamist militants.
04/17/2014 - 07:33 AM
What's on the new 'real world' SAT?
Sample questions from the redesigned college entrance exam released.
04/17/2014 - 03:40 AM
Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday
NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes.
04/17/2014 - 09:48 AM
Separatists take armor from Ukraine forces
Pro-Russian separatists humiliated a Kiev government operation to recapture eastern towns.
04/17/2014 - 07:54 AM
Families face agonizing wait after South Korea ferry disaster
By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - For the parents of the many teenagers still missing after the Sewol ferry capsized off the coast of South Korea, the wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. Park Seong-ho, father of a 17-year-old boy on board the ferry, but who had not been in contact, said: "I have to go now.
04/16/2014 - 11:52 PM
Lawyer: Family issues key in Boston suspect's defense
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev said Wednesday that understanding Tsarnaev's family is key to their case, offering a glimpse of the defense strategy as they prepare to defend him against charges that carry the possibility of the death penalty.
04/17/2014 - 04:23 AM
Protector of Congo gorillas and endangered animals seriously wounded
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.
04/17/2014 - 01:56 AM
North Korea complains over British stylist's 'bad hair' ad
LONDON (AP) — North Korea has made a diplomatic appeal to the British government to get a London salon out of its hair.
04/17/2014 - 12:58 AM
'My tears have dried up'
Families wait in agony as rescue crews search for hundreds missing from S. Korea ferry.
04/17/2014 - 07:59 AM
Four dead, hundreds missing after S. Korea ferry sinks
Nearly 300 people are missing and officials worry the death toll will rise.
04/16/2014 - 08:58 PM
Bloomberg to spend $50M on gun control
The former New York City mayor aims to battle the NRA.
04/16/2014 - 09:44 PM
Boston bomb hoax suspect due in court
On the anniversary of the Boston attacks, police arrest a man carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line.
04/16/2014 - 11:09 PM
Classes resume at Pa. high school after mass stabbing
Armed with two kitchen knives, a student attacked 21 others and a security guard last week.
04/16/2014 - 10:02 PM
Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case
The prosecutor responds by questioning the credentials, findings of a forensic expert for the defense.
04/16/2014 - 09:08 PM
Nigerian authorities search for more than 100 abducted girls
The mass abduction by heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists late Monday came just hours after a bomb exploded in Abuja, killing 75 people.
04/17/2014 - 05:57 AM
Calgary stabbing suspect is policeman's son
A fatal stabbing at a house party in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday left five people dead and has been deemed the worst mass slaying in the city's history.
04/16/2014 - 08:29 PM
Ukraine says pro-Russian separatists seize six troop carriers
Equipment is later located in Slaviansk with unknown militants, officials report.
04/16/2014 - 09:21 PM
Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near Syria
Jordan's air force on Wednesday attacked cars at the kingdom's border with Syria, army officials said.
04/16/2014 - 07:55 PM
Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line
BOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.
04/16/2014 - 05:46 PM
Mini-sub aborts again in new setback for MH370 search
Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The hunt for a missing Malaysian plane suffered another setback Wednesday when a second seabed search by a mini-submarine was cut short due to "technical" troubles after the first also aborted in very deep water. Australia's Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) issued a brief statement which spoke of an unspecified "technical issue" with the unmanned Bluefin-21 sonar device. The first mission which began Monday night aborted automatically after breaching the machine's maximum operating depth of 4,500 metres (15,000 feet). "The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Bluefin-21, was forced to resurface this morning to rectify a technical issue," JACC said.
04/16/2014 - 03:42 PM
Rivals flex muscles on streets of east Ukraine
Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Ukrainian and pro-Russian forces flexed their military muscles in the restive east of the country on Wednesday, a day ahead of high-level international talks on the escalating crisis. A concerned NATO said it planned to deploy more forces in eastern Europe and called for Russia to stop "destabilising" the former Soviet satellite, which has been in deep turmoil since the ouster of the pro-Kremlin leadership in February. Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that Kiev's decision to send in troops this week to put down a separatist uprising in its industrial heartland had dragged the country to the brink of civil war. An AFP reporter in the flashpoint town of Slavyansk saw at least six APCs and light tanks, some flying Russian flags, in the city centre with dozens of armed men in camouflage stationed around them claiming to be volunteers and Ukrainian army defectors.
04/16/2014 - 11:07 PM
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