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295 missing after S. Korea ferry sinks

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTAt least two people are confirmed dead as rescue efforts continue.


Man charged with hoax near marathon finish line

A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)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.


Putin warns Ukraine on brink of civil war as Kiev sends army in

A Ukrainian soldier stands next to armoured personnel carriers (APC) near Izium on April 15, 2014Izyum (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country. "The Russian president remarked that the sharp escalation of the conflict has placed the country, in effect, on the verge of civil war," the Kremlin said in a statement on telephone talks between Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.


Ukraine bares teeth against eastern uprising

Pro-Russian activists attack Ukraine's security services anti-terrorist unit chief, Gen. Vasyl Krutov, center, after he spoke outside Kramatorsk airport, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces clashed Tuesday with about 30 armed gunmen at a small airport in Kramatorsk. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at an airport, beginning what the president called an "anti-terrorist operation" to try to restore authority over the restive region.


Police say 5 dead in Calgary stabbings

Police remove a body from the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A recent graduate of the University of Calgary was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history.


South Korea says 293 missing in ferry disaster

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.


China's growth slows to 7.4 percent in 1Q

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 8, 2014 file photo, a worker walks past a container vessel docked in Qingdao port in east China's Shandong province. China's economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners. The figure reported Wednesday, April 16 by the government was down from the previous quarter's 7.7 percent. (AP Photo/File) CHINA OUTBEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses.


College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

HOLD FOR RELEASE 12:01 AM ET WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 Graphic shows difference between new and old SAT college entrance exam;; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.


End of NYPD Muslim surveillance program applauded

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2013, file photo, visitors socialize after a Jumu'ah prayer service outside the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge and mosque in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The New York Police Department targeted the mosque as a part of a terrorism enterprise investigation beginning in 2003, spying on it for years. On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the NYPD confirmed that it has disbanded the special unit that operated that surveillance program. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.


Court to weigh challenge to ban on campaign lies

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2013 file photo shows Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine speaking in Steubenville, Ohio. Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime? That debate makes its way to the Supreme Court next week as the justices consider a challenge to a controversial Ohio law that bars false statements about political candidates during a campaign. DeWine, says he has serious concerns about the law. His office filed two briefs in the case, one from staff lawyers obligated to defend the state and another expressing DeWine's personal view that the law "may chill constitutionally protected political speech." (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Negative campaigning and mudslinging may be a fact of life in American politics, but can false accusations made in the heat of an election be punished as a crime?


Cuban doctors in eye of Venezuelan hurricane

In this March 27, 2014 photo, a poster of Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez stands in the Petare shanty town of Caracas, Venezuela. Many in Petare, a sprawling hillside slum of crumbling brick buildings on the eastern outskirts of Caracas, have come to rely on Cuban physicians for free health services in a country where private care is too expensive for the poor and public hospitals have a dismal reputation. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — When Judith Faraiz's son was near death after a severe motorcycle accident, she put his life in the hands of God and Cuban doctors.


A year after background check defeat, modest goals

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama’s drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda. That’s because of a lack of Senate votes, opposition by the Republican-run House and Democratic worries about this November’s elections. Reid says he needs additional votes before revisiting a proposed expansion of gun sale background checks that the Senate derailed in April 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.


Grim images of Syrian dead leave U.N. council members speechless

This photo provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC), which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man carrying the body of a child killed by a government forces airstrike in the Al-Ansari neighborhood, in Aleppo, Syria, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council fell silent Tuesday after ambassadors viewed a series of ghastly photographs of dead Syrian civil war victims, France's ambassador said. The pictures showed people who were emaciated, with their bones protruding, and some bearing the marks of strangulation and repeated beatings, and eyes having been gouged out.


The strange and successful campaign to make taxes more taxing


Ukraine launches offensive on eastern border

Ukrainian police walk along a road as Ukrainian army troops receive ammunition in a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Government forces recapture a military airfield from pro-Moscow separatists.


Photos: Life resumes on Boylston St.
Photos: Life resumes on Boylston St.This combination of May 7, 2013 and April 10, 2014 photos shows Kevin Brown placing a Teddy bear at a makeshift memorial near the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square, and people walking through the same square at lunchtime nearly a year later in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
White supremacist charged with capital murder after KC attacks

Frazier Glenn Cross is led to a police car after his arrest following shooting incidents in Overland Park, south of Kansas CityOVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges Tuesday against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City.


Five dead in stabbing attack at Calgary college house party


Gunmen kidnap Jordan's ambassador to Libya

Security guard stands outside Jordanian embassy in the Libyan capital after gunmen traveling in two cars on April 15, 2014 abducted the Jordanian ambassador to Tripoli, Fawaz Aitan, in an attack that left his driver wounded, Libyan authorities saidMasked gunmen kidnapped Jordan's ambassador to Libya as he rode to work in Tripoli on Tuesday, shooting at his car and wounding his driver, officials said.


Bluefin 21 returns to water for second mission

In this Monday, April 14, 2014, photo provided by the Australian Defense Force an autonomous underwater vehicle is prepared to be deployed from ADV Ocean Shield in the search of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for the robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Australian Defense Force, Lt. Kelli Lunt) EDITORIAL USE ONLYThe U.S. Navy's robotic submarine, which is looking for the lost Malaysian jet, cut short its first mission because of too-deep ocean waters.


Five stabbed to death at Canada house party

A freight train passes in front of the Calgary skyline including the trademark Calgary Tower on June 15, 2007A stabbing rampage at a house party held on Monday evening to mark the end of university classes in Calgary, Canada, caused five deaths.


Ukraine begins military operation in east

Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The nation began an “anti-terrorist operation” against pro-Russian protesters on Tuesday.


Ukraine military recaptures airport

Ukrainian Army troops receive munitions at a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. An Associated Press reporter saw at least 14 armored personnel carriers with Ukrainian flags, one helicopter and military trucks parked 40 kilometers (24 miles) north of the city on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)Heavy gunfire is reported at the airport near Kramatorsk.


Boston bombing survivors will return to Boylston Street

Boston Marathon finish lineThe Boston Globe's first film follows five Boston Marathon runners who were near the finish line when the bomb exploded, on their quest to return.


Running store becomes symbol of healing

Marathon SportsFor many runners, Boylston Street's Marathon Sports has become part of the recovery.


Pistorius cross-examination ends

Oscar Pistorius reacts during his trial at North Gauteng High Court in PretoriThe prosecutor insists that Pistorius deliberately killed his girlfriend after an argument.


Chinese shoe factory strike continues

Employees apply glue on the bottom part of shoes along a production line at a shoe factory in WenzhouAn offer for improved social benefits on Tuesday falls flat, prolonging one of the largest strikes — involving thousands of disgruntled workers — in China in recent years.


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