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9:11 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm

Armed men wearing military fatigues gathered on armored personnel carriers Wednesday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where they and other pro-Russia gunmen took control of some key locations.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:04 am

This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. He and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the four parties at the negotiating table agreed:

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8:38 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 1:42 pm

There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday.

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7:59 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance

Russian President Vladimir Putin as he answered questions on national TV Thursday in Moscow.
Alexey Nikolsky/RIO Novosti/Kremlin pool EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 11:25 am

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.

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7:36 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

An employee prepares an order at Amazon's fulfillment center in San Bernardino, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 9:53 am

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7:03 am
Thu April 17, 2014

No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster

Holding out hope, fearing the worst: A man looks out from the shore in Jindo, South Korea, toward where a passenger ferry sank Wednesday and nearly 300 people are still missing.
Kim Kyung-Hoon Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu April 17, 2014 6:45 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports about the South Korean ferry disaster
This post will be updated as news comes in.

A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.

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6:09 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Turmoil in Ukraine Clouds The Region's Economic Outlook

When Americans envision the European economy, they may think of modern factories churning out sleek German cars and chocolatiers perfecting Belgian truffles.

That developed part of Europe is perking up. The International Monetary Fund said this week that, coming out of a crushing recession, Eurozone growth should be around 1.2 percent - sluggish but steady this year.

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4:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Wanted By The FBI: Bank Robber With Perfect Grammar And Spelling

A photo released by the FBI of the alleged bank robber caught on security video.
FBI

Apparently bank robbers aren't in the habit of worrying much about grammar and spelling when it comes to writing demand notes.

Not so for the "Good Grammar Bandit," who we might imagine turned to a life of crime because it proved more exciting (and lucrative) than being a copy editor.

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3:33 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Obama: Passing Of Fort Hood Victims 'Shakes Our Soul'

A memorial for Staff Sgt. Carlos Lazaney Rodriguez is seen before a service at Fort Hood on Wednesday.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:08 am

The killing of three soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, "shakes our soul," President Obama said on Wednesday.

Obama spoke at a memorial service at the Army post for the second time in five years. The ceremony for the three slain soldiers today echoed the one held for the 13 people killed by Army Maj. Nidal Hasan in 2009.

Last week, Spc. Ivan Lopez went on a shooting rampage at that same post after an argument over a request for leave.

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3:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Panel Votes To Refer Ex-IRS Official Lois Lerner To Justice Dept.

Internal Revenue Service Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner, as she was sworn in at a hearing Wednesday by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 8:41 am

The House Ways and Means Committee voted today to send the Justice Department a criminal referral over ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.

Fox News reports the committee voted 23-14 to accuse Lerner of using "extreme bias" by asking her agency to look into the tax-exempt status of some conservative groups.

Fox adds:

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2:30 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

More Force May Be Used To Move Pro-Russia Protesters, Ukraine Says

A pro-Russia protester stands at a barricade outside a regional government building in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Wednesday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:38 pm

Tensions that wouldn't seem capable of rising even further are threatening to do just that with the news that Ukrainian authorities say they're ready to use force if necessary to remove pro-Russia protesters from government buildings they're occupying in eastern Ukraine.

From The Wall Street Journal:

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2:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

In Turnaround, More Moms Are Staying Home, Study Says

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 3:10 pm

After decades on the decline, the number of "stay at home" moms in the U.S. has risen, with 29 percent of women with children under 18 saying they don't work outside the home, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

The figure from 2012 is up from 23 percent in 1999.

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1:40 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Detroit Reaches Bankruptcy Deal With Some Bondholders

The city of Detroit has reached a deal with some bondholders that allows them to keep 74 percent of the $388 million they are owed, the city announced Wednesday.

As the Detroit Free Press explains it, these unlimited-tax general obligation bondholders are the ones with the strongest legal position in this matter, so this is important because it resolves one of the thorniest issues in the city's record bankruptcy.

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12:49 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan

A Pakistani lawyer takes the thumb impression from 9-month-old Musa Khan on a bail bond in Lahore, on April 3.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:21 pm

A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been charged along with the rest of his family with attempted murder, according to reports.

Musa Khan was photographed last week crying as his grandfather held him for fingerprinting. He was with his family during a protest in a Lahore slum that turned violent in February. Police say the boy, who was 7 months old at the time, threw stones at them.

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11:32 am
Wed April 9, 2014

On Heels Of GM, Toyota Recalls More Than 6 Million Vehicles

Unsold 2007 RAV4 sport utility vehicles are shown on the lot of a Toyota agency in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., in 2006. The popular SUV was one of several subject to recall.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 3:57 pm

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 6 million vehicles spanning nearly 30 models in the U.S., Japan and Europe for a variety of problems, ranging from air bags not deploying to driver's seats not locking properly.

The top-selling RAV4 SUV, Corolla, Yaris and Matrix are among the vehicles being recalled, according to a company statement.

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9:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Dose Of Caution Prescribed When Evaluating New Medicare Data

Data released Wednesday about Medicare payments to doctors in 2012 have raised questions, but some experts warn against drawing "sweeping conclusions" from the numbers.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:05 pm

The headlines about one of Wednesday's big stories — the release of data from 2012 about Medicare payment to doctors around the nation — are certainly serious sounding:

-- "Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts." (The New York Times)

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9:22 am
Wed April 9, 2014

At Least 20 Students Injured In Knife Attack At Pa. High School

Emergency responders gather in the parking lot on the campus of Franklin Regional High School in Murraysville, Pa., on Wednesday after an attack there left at least 20 people, nearly all of them students, injured. Most suffered stab wounds or lacerations.
Keith Srakocic AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 6:48 am

(This post is being updated as news comes in.)

At least 20 teenagers and one adult were injured, two of them critically, Wednesday morning at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., when a 16-year-old fellow student attacked them with two knives.

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7:58 am
Wed April 9, 2014

UConn Women Win, Making School Center Of College Hoops World

They're No. 1: Breanna Stewart of the Connecticut Huskies reacts after a score during Tuesday night's game against Notre Dame. Her team won its ninth national championship.
Andy Lyons Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 9:58 am

By routing Notre Dame 79-58 Tuesday night in Nashville, the University of Connecticut women's basketball team won its ninth NCAA championship — which means that coach Geno Auriemma is no longer tied with legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt for the most titles among women's coaches.

But that's not the only milestone that highlights UConn's place in the upper echelon of college basketball programs. Check this out:

Before Tuesday, only one school had won both the men's and women's Division I basketball titles in the same year.

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7:18 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Book News: Archie Comics Is Going To Kill Off Archie

Say It Ain't So: Archie Andrews meets his maker in Archie Comics' upcoming issue of Life with Archie.
AP

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7:12 am
Wed April 9, 2014

New Pings Have Head Of Search Optimistic Jet Will Soon Be Found

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 2:28 pm

"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft, in the not-too-distant future," the head of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 told reporters on Wednesday after an Australian ship detected two more pings that may be signals from the plane's black boxes.

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6:31 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Google Trains Its Lenses On Cambodia's Ancient Temples

A Cambodian technician carries a backpack-mounted "Trekker" device housing 15 cameras as he demonstrates the technique used to digitally map the Angkor complex in Cambodia.
Christophe Archambault AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 9:39 am

Google has created a virtual trek through Cambodia's jungle temples that aims to transport cyber-travelers to a wonder of the ancient world.

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8:39 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Death Toll From Washington Mudslide Rises To 35

Tayler Drayton, 16, finishes painting words of support on a bus stop on Thursday for those affected by a deadly mudslide.
Elaine Thompson AP

The number of dead from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., has now risen to 35, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said on Tuesday.

In a statement, the medical examiner's office said the last person identified was two-year-old Brooke Spillers of Arlington, Washington.

Snohomish County also said it had removed one name from the list of the missing, bringing that total to 11.

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7:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Texas Education Agency Considers Adding Class On Mexican-Americans

Supporters of a proposal to add a Mexican-American studies course as a statewide high school elective arrive for a Texas Board of Education hearing on Tuesday.
Eric Gay AP

The Texas Board of Education heard testimony this afternoon about a proposed Mexican-American studies elective high school class that could be offered state wide.

As the AP reports, proponents of the of the program say it will offer students a deeper understanding of the state's history. The AP adds:

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6:51 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents

A Chevrolet logo on the grill of a 2013 Traverse at the 2013 Pittsburgh Auto Show. General Motors is recalling more than 1.5 million vehicles, including SUVs, vans and Cadillacs, for defective ignition switches and other problems.
Gene J. Puskar AP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:07 am

General Motors says it has "fully cooperated" with federal authorities in connection with the recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches and other problems.

But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disagrees and says it will fine the automaker $7,000 for each day it misses a deadline to answer 107 questions that passed on April 4.

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