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1:20 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

North Korea Issues Sexist Tirade Against South Korean Leader

North Korea apparently doesn't like either of them: President Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye at a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 7:21 am

North Korea isn't exactly known for its light touch: It has referred to its foes as a "rat-like group of bastards," a "shameless political dwarf" and even a "swish of skirt."

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12:38 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Utah Mom Accused Of Killing 6 Of Her Babies Charged With Murder

Megan Huntsman, accused of killing six of her babies and storing their bodies in her garage, appears in court on Monday in Provo, Utah. Prosecutors have filed six first-degree murder charges against her.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 4:35 pm

A Utah woman accused of killing six babies during the course of a decade shortly after giving birth to them has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder.

Megan Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail. She is accused of killing the children between 1996 and 2006, and keeping their bodies in boxes in the garage. The Daily Herald in Provo, Utah, reports:

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10:19 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Australia: Search For Missing Airliner To Enter 'New Phase'

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:24 pm

Australia's prime minister says the chance of finding any floating debris from MH370 is "highly unlikely" and that the search for the missing Malaysian Airliner will need to shift away from visual searches and focus instead on scouring the seafloor.

Tony Abbott said that at this point, weeks after the plane disappeared on March 8 with 239 people aboard, it's possible nothing will ever be found from the Boeing 777 that is thought to have gone down in the southern Indian Ocean west of Australia.

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9:56 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Basketball Analyst Jack Ramsay Dies at 89

Former NBA coach and analyst Jack Ramsay died at his home in Naples, Fla., according to the Portland Trail Blazers. Ramsay took the team to its only NBA title in 1977.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:26 pm

Jack Ramsay, who coached the Portland Trail Blazers to an NBA title before embarking on a long career as a basketball analyst for ESPN, has died at age 89, the network said Monday. The Hall of Fame coach had been battling cancer.

Ramsay "coached 20 years in the NBA, during which he emphasized fitness, selflessness, ball movement and skill — qualities that carried his Portland Trail Blazers to the 1977 NBA title," according to ESPN.

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8:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Egyptian Court Hands Down 683 Death Sentences

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (center) and senior Brotherhood figure Salah Soltan (right) appear in court in Cairo earlier this month.
Mohammed Abu Zaid AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 6:39 pm

An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 683 people to die, including the top leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

It's the latest mass trial aimed at the Muslim Brotherhood party of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The defendants were charged with an attack on a police station in the city of Minya last year in which a policeman was killed.

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8:43 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud Charges

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:15 pm

This post was updated at 1:35 p.m ET

Rep. Michael Grimm of New York, who has been under investigation for fraud and campaign finance irregularities, turned himself in to federal agents early Monday. The Staten Island Republican and former FBI agent is facing a 20-count federal indictment, including charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and tax fraud.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on $400,000 bail.

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7:52 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Book News: Tilting At Windmills? Radar Used To Search For Cervantes' Remains

Technicians sweep an area of the Convent of las Trinitarias Descalzas using ground-penetrating radar to search for the remains of Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes four centuries after his death.
Gerard Julien AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 12:36 pm

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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7:17 am
Mon April 28, 2014

U.S. Announces New Sanctions On Russia Over Ukraine Unrest

President Obama speaks during a joint news conference with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III at Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines, on Monday. Obama said the U.S. and EU were planning new economic sanctions against Russia.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:09 pm

Update at 9 a.m. ET:

The White House announced sanctions Monday against seven top Russian officials with links to President Vladimir Putin, including freezing their assets and banning them from obtaining U.S. visas. It also threatened to impose more economic sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy if there is evidence of further Kremlin involvement in the unrest in eastern Ukraine.

The Associated Press reports:

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6:35 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma

Travel trailers and motor homes were piled on top of each other at Mayflower RV in Mayflower, Ark., on Sunday after tornadoes carved through the central and southern U.S.
Danny Johnston AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 1:55 pm

This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET

Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.

"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. "Just looking at the damage, this may be one of the strongest we have seen."

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11:15 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Deadly Storms Strike Central, Southern U.S.

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 5:31 am

Updated 5:25 a.m. ET Monday:

The death toll in Arkansas from Sunday's tornado is now at 16. President Barack Obama, who's traveling in the Philippines, says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will work with local officials in Arkansas.

Updated 2:30 a.m. ET Monday:

The death toll from Sunday's tornado in Arkansas stands at 11. Matt DeCample, a spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says five people died in Faulkner County, as well as five people in Pulaski County. One person died in White County.

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4:46 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

49ers Fan Sues NFL For $50 Million Over Seattle Playoff Tickets

A 49ers fan displays her hopes for next season at a Seahawks game. If a San Francisco fan has his way, the sign could also refer to playoff tickets, which were limited to markets with strong Seattle support this year.
Kevin C. Cox Getty Images

Saying the Seattle Seahawks kept San Francisco 49ers fans from being able to pull for their team in January's NFC title game, a 49ers fan is suing the NFL, claiming the practice of limiting ticket sales to pro-Seahawks markets amounts to "economic discrimination." He is seeking $50 million in damages.

As hosts of the playoff game, the Seahawks limited credit-card sales of tickets to accounts with billing addresses in a list of nearby states. California wasn't on that list, which included parts of Canada and Hawaii. As a resident of Nevada, John E. Williams III was shut out.

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1:18 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Detained European Military Observer Freed In Eastern Ukraine

One of the eight military observers who were arrested by pro-Russian separatists has been freed, reportedly for medical reasons. The observers were detained Friday after separatists accused them of being NATO spies.

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12:44 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Minneapolis Renames Columbus Day As Indigenous People's Day

Columbus Day will be designated as Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis, which has become one of several U.S. cities to make the change. Here, a member of the Cowichan Tribes holds her hand up in prayer during a 2011 Native American protest against Columbus Day in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson AP

Minneapolis has designated the second Monday of October, the federal Columbus Day holiday, as Indigenous Peoples Day. The city council adopted the plan after hearing concerns that hailing Columbus as the discoverer of America is inaccurate and ignores the history of indigenous people.

Last week, Indigenous Peoples Day supporter and Lakota activist Bill Means told Minnesota Public Radio that the story that Christopher Columbus discovered America was "one of the first lies we're told in public education."

He expanded on that idea Friday.

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11:08 am
Sun April 27, 2014

South Africa Celebrates 20 Years Of Democracy

People attend South Africa's Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria, with the federal Union Building in the background Sunday. The day marks the end of the apartheid era, when all races went to the polls to vote in historic 1994 elections.
AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:45 am

President Jacob Zuma led Freedom Day celebrations in Pretoria Sunday, as South Africa marked the 20th anniversary of democratic rule. The nation held its first general elections in 1994, when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped the country distance itself from the scourge of apartheid.

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10:08 am
Sun April 27, 2014

NRA Says It's Not Bothered By Gun Control Group's Protest

A man examines weapons in the exhibit hall at the 143rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:48 am

The National Rifle Association's national convention drew a counter-demonstration in Indianapolis this weekend, as advocates for gun control press their own agenda near the convention center hosting the event. An NRA official says the group has plenty of support.

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9:13 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Obama Discusses Racist Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

President Obama speaks during a joint press conference in Malaysia's administrative capital in Putrajaya Sunday, where he was asked about racist comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 3:05 pm

Calling racist statements that were allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling "incredibly offensive," President Obama says he is confident the NBA will resolve the controversy that erupted after an audio recording of the comments was aired this weekend.

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8:11 am
Sun April 27, 2014

U.S. And Philippines Agree On 10-Year Military Plan

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 11:55 am

More American military troops and assets could soon be placed in the Philippines, in a new deal that seems aimed at counterbalancing China's growing influence. The deal is expected to be formalized Monday, as President Obama arrives in Manila on his trip to Asia.

For NPR's Newscast unit, Simone Orendain filed this report from Manila:

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5:16 am
Sun April 27, 2014

Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes

Pope Francis kisses the relic of Pope John XXIII during the canonization mass.
Vincenzo Pinto AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 2:43 pm

Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.

The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and John Paul II — were made saints at the same time. The Associated Press says:

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10:24 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

S. Korea Prime Minister Offers Resignation Over Ferry Sinking

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.
Ahn Young-joon AP

Originally published on Sun April 27, 2014 8:06 am

South Korea's prime minister says he will resign over the ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing — and left the victims' families in anguish for days, as fruitless rescue attempts were made.

Chung Hong-won also apologized to a country increasingly angry over the handling of the sinking and for lax regulatory enforcement that authorities say contributed to the accident.

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5:57 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

NBA Probes 'Disturbing and Offensive' Comments Attributed To Clippers Owner

An October 2013 photo shows Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left. A recording released Friday includes racist comments allegedly made by Sterling as the couple argued. The NBA is investigating the claim.
Mark J. Terrill AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 6:10 pm

An audio recording that reportedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling criticizing a woman for publicly "associating with black people" is prompting an NBA investigation into whether Sterling made that and other remarks, including a demand about Magic Johnson: "don't bring him to my games."

"Why are you taking pictures with minorities? Why?" the man asks in the recording, in which a man and woman argue over topics that include photos she posted to Instagram.

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4:36 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

E.T.'s Home Is Found: Trove Of Atari Games Unearthed At Landfill

An E.T. doll was held up at the site of an exploratory dig for old Atari video games Saturday. Workers dug into a landfill in Alamogordo, N.M., that had long been rumored to be the final resting place of millions of copies of the game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Juan Carlos Llorca AP

Originally published on Mon April 28, 2014 8:54 am

For decades, it was mere legend: an "Atari Dump" rumored to harbor millions of copies of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, a video game so bad that burying it in the New Mexico desert seemed the best way to move on.

But now, the Atari graveyard has been exhumed, and the latest attempt to find the cache of game cartridges has been declared a success. Helped by heavy machinery, a crew found some of the games today, in a dig that inspired the Twitter hashtag #DiggingET.

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3:16 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Former NFL QB Earl Morrall Dies; Key Part Of Dolphins And Colts Teams

NFL quarterback Earl Morrall, right, seen here with Baltimore Colts teammate Johnny Unitas in 1969, has died at age 79. Morrall played an integral role in the Miami Dolphins' perfect season of 1972.
AP

Earl Morrall, whose career as an NFL quarterback included stints backing up some of the most gifted passers in the league's history, died Friday at age 79. Morrall played 21 seasons in the NFL; he was 38 when he became a pivotal part of the Miami Dolphins' perfect 1972 season that still stands as a record.

From NFL.com:

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12:35 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

Afghan Election Heads Toward Runoff; Women Cast 36 Percent Of Votes

Afghan women shop in Kabul Saturday. Women cast more than a third of the ballots — 36 percent — in Afghanistan's presidential election, officials said. The race will likely head to a runoff next month.
Wakil Koshar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 3:28 pm

With 44.9 percent of the ballots in his favor, Afghanistan's former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah leads the candidates vying for the presidency, according to new preliminary results. He will likely face former finance minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in a runoff, officials say. Ahmadzai captured 31.5 percent of the votes from the April 5 election.

The preliminary results were announced Saturday by the Independent Election Commission; the results will be made final in May, after an inquiry into fraud complaints is complete.

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11:48 am
Sat April 26, 2014

Letter Written Aboard Titanic On Fateful Last Day Sells For $200,000

A letter written aboard the Titanic on the day that it sank sold at auction for around $170,000 in England Saturday.
Henry Aldridge & Son

Originally published on Tue May 27, 2014 2:53 pm

It has been 102 years since it was written aboard the Titanic, describing a pleasant Sunday spent on the cruise ship headed for disaster. The letter fetched 119,000 pounds (about $200,000) at auction in England Saturday, surpassing expectations by $30,000.

"Well, the sailors say we have had a wonderful passage up to now," the letter from a passenger to her mother reads. "There has been no tempest, but God knows what it must be when there is one."

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