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Obama wades into testy China-Japan feud
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:04:24 -0400

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Security treaty with Japan applies to China-Japan dispute, the president confirms.




Gacy case helps solve unrelated death
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:32:52 -0400

FILE - This 1978 file photo shows serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The case of John Wayne Gacy has helped authorities solve another slaying, one that he didn’t commit. The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled to announce Wednesday, April 23, 2014, they have identified the remains found in a forest preserve in 2008 as those of 22-year-old Edward Beaudion of Chicago. Beaudion was identified after his relatives came forward to submit DNA samples as part of the effort to identify several of Gacy’s 1970s victims. Authorities believe Missouri resident Jerry Jackson killed Beaudion in 1978. But without a body at the time, they never charged him. Jackson died last year at age 62. (AP Photo/File)Four decades later, the killer's case is helping authorities solve another murder — one he didn't commit.




HBO shows coming to Amazon Instant Video, in blow to Netflix
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500




Material on Australian shore examined in jet hunt
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:01:00 -0400

In this map provided on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet will likely soon deploy more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper as the current search of the most likely crash site in the Indian Ocean has failed to yield any clues, Australia's defense minister said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joint Agency Coordination Centre) EDITORIAL USE ONLYUnidentified material is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane.




Memorial for S. Korea ferry victims opens in Ansan
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:20:09 -0400

A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUTThe city south of Seoul has taken the brunt of the pain from the ferry sinking last week that left 302 people dead or missing.




Pro-Russian insurgents hold U.S. journalist captive
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:10:15 -0400

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)Gunmen say Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for Vice News, was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."




Judge to mull Chelsea Manning name change request
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:18:15 -0400

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning outside a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md.Serving a 35-year sentence for passing classified U.S. government information, Chelsea Manning's petition to legally change her name from Bradley will be considered.




S. Korea ferry turned further than ordered, professor says
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:02:25 -0400

Divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching over 140, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTA maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank said Wednesday that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.




'Murdered' Ukraine politician faced hostile mob, video shows
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:37:45 -0400

Photos of the day - February 21, 2014The Ukrainian town councilor whose apparent torture and murder helped to prompt a threatened new government offensive in the east was mobbed by a hostile, pro-Russian crowd before he disappeared, a video of the incident shows. The apparent murder of Volodymyr Rybak and a second man prompted the European Union to call on Russia to use its influence to stop kidnappings and killings in mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine, scene of separatist rebellions against Kiev's leaders. The footage from April 17 on local news site gorlovka.ua shows angry scenes outside the town hall of Horlivka, between the separatist flashpoint cities of Donetsk and Slaviansk, as Rybak is manhandled by several men, among them a masked man in camouflage, while other people hurl abuse. Ukraine's interior ministry said he was seen being bundled into a car by masked men in camouflage later that day.




Russia threatens response if interests attacked in Ukraine
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:59:53 -0400

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in SlavianskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia issued a blunt warning Wednesday it would respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the restive east of the country braced for a new military offensive by Kiev. The threat by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, recalling the 2008 war with Georgia over South Ossetia, came as US troops were headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow of new sanctions over the escalating crisis.




Obama opens 4-country, Asia-Pacific trip in Tokyo
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:19:28 -0400

Obama's journey East tests delicate Asian alliancesTOKYO (AP) — Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, President Barack Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission.




Teen stowaway undetected for hours before departure
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:24:15 -0400

A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)The boy went unnoticed for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.




SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:32:08 -0400

JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:29:32 -0400

A mother, center, of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast cries after confirming her daughter's name on the list of the victims found dead at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching more than 140, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.




FM vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:01:44 -0400

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference after the meeting of foreign ministers from Caspian countries, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.




Obama opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:58:55 -0400

President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before having dinner at Sukiyabashi Jiro sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Opening a four-country swing through the Asia-Pacific region, Obama is aiming to promote the U.S. as a committed economic, military and political partner, but the West's dispute with Russia over Ukraine threatens to cast a shadow over the president's sales mission. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.




9 indicted in kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:57:43 -0400

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.




Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:12:04 -0400

Police escort the funeral entourage of senior Egyptian police officer Brig. Gen. Ahmed Zaki, who was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb, at the police academy in central,Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. There has been a surge in political violence since former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's overthrow in July, 2013. Al-Qaida-inspired and other militant groups have claimed most of the larger attacks on troops — attacks they say are meant to avenge a government crackdown on pro-Morsi and other Islamist protesters. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abdel Fattah, El Shorouk) EGYPT OUTCAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb on Wednesday while another officer died in a raid on a militant hideout in the country's second-largest city, officials said.




Boogeymen and shady deals define spin for Senate
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:00:25 -0400

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. To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it’s the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian. Reid has been relentless in his criticism against the wealthy industrialists Charles and David Koch (kohk), who fund a network of conservative groups. Now, Republicans are adjusting their plans and going after the 74-year-old Democratic Senate leader. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — To hear party operatives describe the fight for the Senate, it's the boogeyman billionaires against the shifty septuagenarian.




Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:46:46 -0400

Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, left, looks at Roger Pontz’s left eyeANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.




Justin Bieber apologizes for Japan war shrine trip
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:09:12 -0400

FILE - In this March 19, 2013 file photo, Justin Bieber performs during a concert at Bercy Arena in Paris. Bieber has apologized to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine the week of April 20, 2014, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicted war criminals. China and South Korea in particular see Yasukuni as a symbol of Japan's past militarism and see visits to it as a lack of understanding or remorse over wartime history. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)TOKYO (AP) — Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.




Sotomayor: Justices 'fundamentally misunderstand' racial bias
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:08:38 -0400

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia SotomayorFirst Hispanic Supreme Court judge issues sharp dissent in affirmative action case.




IRS workers who owe back taxes awarded $1 million in bonuses
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:31:49 -0400

A general view of the Internal Revenue Service Building in WashingtonWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.




Oregon police: Man stalked women with 'moveable dungeon'
Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:54:26 -0400

In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.




NYPD's Twitter PR campaign backfires badly
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:51:14 -0400

People walk by a New York City police officer in Times Square, on August 12, 2013New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.




JetBlue pilots overwhelmingly vote 'yes' to join union
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:37:37 -0400

File photo of a passenger walking past a JetBlue advertisement at Logan International Airport in Boston(Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp pilots voted by a wide margin on Tuesday to join the Air Line Pilots Association union, sending the budget carrier's stock price down on concerns the move would raise the airline's costs. About 71 percent of the pilots eligible to vote in the month-long election backed ALPA. JetBlue has about 2,600 pilots and 96 percent were eligible to vote. The vote marked the first successful union drive by a group of workers at JetBlue.




Family has unpublished Gabriel Garcia Marquez manuscript
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:44:00 -0400

Residents walk next to a poster of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, before a symbolic public funeral held for Garcia Marquez, in AracatacaMEXICO CITY (AP) — Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.




Obama takes in mudslide's brutal aftermath
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:36:55 -0400

Marine One helicopter, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, above the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)President meets grieving families and workers still searching site where dozens died.




Kerry: Cold War diplomacy was ‘easier’
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:26:40 -0400

Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announces the launch of second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review during a speech at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Secretary of State feels "bipolar world" made American diplomacy a less high-wire affair.




Opposition: South Africa's ruling ANC giving away mattresses for votes
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:58:01 -0400

A man waves an ANC flag as supporters of the ruling party take part in a protest on March 26, 2014, in Cape TownSouth Africa's government corruption watchdog is looking into an allegation that the ruling ANC party handed out state-paid mattresses in election campaigns ahead of general polls on May 7, a spokesman said Tuesday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is planning a meeting with the country's social security agency after a complaint from new opposition party AgangSA. "AgangSA complained that mattresses were distributed in Valhalla in Cape Town allegedly as part of the ruling party's election campaign," her spokesman Oupa Segalwe told AFP.




Life in solitary: The prison within the prison
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:49:03 -0400

'Solitary Nation'Filmmaker Dan Edge takes a look inside the brutal isolation unit at Maine State Prison for PBS' "Frontline."




Justices appear conflicted over Aereo TV copyright fight
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:32:35 -0400

Aereo antenna arrayWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services. Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, could be forced to shut down if the high court rules for the four major television broadcasters, who say the service violates copyright law. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)




Five things you (probably) don't know about Earth Day
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:19:55 -0400

NASA handout image shows the distant blue Earth above the Moon's limbEarth Day turns 44 on Tuesday, and it's more popular than ever. One might suspect the holiday was created by eco-warriors in tie-dyed shirts and leather-fringe vests. Not so. Read on for a collection of facts you (probably) didn't know about Earth Day.




Violent death of Ukraine politician tests accord
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:23:38 -0400

Masked pro-Russia protesters burn campaign material of Yulia Tymoshenko outside a regional government building in DonetskUkraine's acting president calls for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country.




High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:01 -0400

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. DNA may be the building blocks of life, but can something taken from it be the building blocks of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly? The Supreme Court will grapple with that question Monday, April 15, 2013, as it delves into an issue that could reshape medical research in the United States, in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer, and the billion-dollar medical and biotechnology business: Can human genes be patented? The court's decision could have a wide-ranging effect. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.




The face of hemp in Washington
Tue, 22 Apr 2014 07:21:36 -0400

Yahoo News spends a day with Ben Droz, Capitol Hill's hemp lobbyist.