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04/18/2014 03:39 PM
Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

A man reads a newspaper fronted with the news of the death of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in Aracataca, the town were he was born in Colombia's Caribbean coast, Friday, April 18, 2014. Garcia Marquez died in Mexico City on Thursday April 17. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels.



04/18/2014 03:37 PM
US delays decision on Keystone pipeline project

Signs reserve seats before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project on Capitol Hill on March 13, 2014 in WashingtonThe United States announced Friday a fresh delay on a final decision regarding a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline, saying more time was needed to carry out a review. Eight federal agencies would be given "more time" for the submission of their views on the Keystone pipeline, a US State Department statement said. The pipeline, first tabled in 2008, is slated to cross US borders bringing oil from the tar sands of Alberta to refineries in the US state of Nebraska and then farther south to Texas. It has been long delayed awaiting an environmental review from the State Department, and a final recommendation from Secretary of State John Kerry, a passionate advocate for the environment.



04/18/2014 03:38 PM
Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

Faithful attend the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession celebrated by Pope Francis in front of the Colosseum on Good Friday in Rome, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.



04/18/2014 03:36 PM
US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, NebraskaWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.



04/18/2014 03:36 PM
Russia warns US, declares military near Ukraine as deal stalls

Armed men wearing military fatigues show a sticker with text reading "Donetsk don't listen to Kiev" during a pro-Russian rally, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 18, 2014Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia declared Friday that its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal it had struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by rebels it backs in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.



04/18/2014 03:35 PM
Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate

FILE - In this April 11, 2014 file photo President Barack Obama shares a laugh with outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A spokeswoman said Friday, April 18, 2014, that Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate. The statement is in line with comments from Sebelius’ fellow Democrats about speculation that she’d return to Kansas this year to run for the seat held by three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday.



04/18/2014 03:35 PM
South Korea ferry captain arrested

Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo on April 17, 2014Seoul (AFP) - The captain of a South Korean ferry that capsized three days ago, leaving 28 people confirmed dead and 268 missing, was arrested early Saturday, Yonhap news agency reported.



04/18/2014 03:34 PM
Italy PM Renzi cuts taxes for 10 million low earners

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gestures during a meeting in TurinBy Steve Scherer and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Friday cut taxes for 10 million low earners to try to boost household spending after a two-year recession, making good on a promise he made after taking office two months ago. Renzi's cabinet passed a decree to reduce taxes for those earning between 8,000 and 26,000 euros a year by about 80 euros per month, starting next month. The 6.9 billion euros in tax cuts will be funded by a mix of spending reductions, one-off windfalls and a "review" of spending on Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet, Renzi told reporters. Italy is still struggling to recover from a recession that drove youth unemployment to over 40 percent.



04/18/2014 03:32 PM
AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

Indian Christian devotees re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ to mark Good Friday in Mumbai, India, Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.



04/18/2014 03:27 PM
SpaceX launches supplies to space station

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh load of supplies is finally on its way to the International Space Station.



04/18/2014 03:27 PM
NBA playoffs looking more wide-open than expected

San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili, of Argentina; Tony Parker, of France; Danny Green; and Marco Belinelli, of Italy, from left, take part in a team photo before an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)MIAMI (AP) — Before the season started, a poll suggested that the Miami Heat were the overwhelming favorite to win the NBA title, collecting a whopping 76 percent of ballots cast.



04/18/2014 03:25 PM
Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

04/18/2014 03:24 PM
Former Blue Angels commander relieved of duty
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy officer was relieved of duty Friday because of unspecified alleged misconduct while he was commanding officer of the Blue Angels precision flying team, the service said.

04/18/2014 03:20 PM
U.S. threatens Russia with further sanctions over Ukraine
The White House warned Russia on Friday that Moscow would face tougher sanctions if it failed to abide by a new international deal on Ukraine or moved to send Russian forces into the eastern part of the country. "Those costs and sanctions could include targeting very significant sectors of the Russian economy," Susan Rice, President Barack Obama's national security adviser, told reporters. She said Washington would be watching very closely "in coming days" to see whether Russia met its obligations to use its influence to get pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to disarm and abandon public buildings they had seized.

04/18/2014 03:17 PM
Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine

A masked pro-Russian activist guard looks through a window of the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.



04/18/2014 03:16 PM
Study: Half of jailed NYC youths have brain injury
NEW YORK (AP) — About half of all 16- to 18-year-olds coming into New York City's jails say they had a traumatic brain injury before being incarcerated, most caused by assaults, according to a new study that's the latest in a growing body of research documenting head trauma among young offenders.

04/18/2014 03:15 PM
Arrest warrant sought for captain of sunken ferry

South Korean navy personnel try to install buoys to mark the sunken passenger ship Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTMOKPO, South Korea (AP) — As the last bit of the sunken ferry's hull slipped Friday beneath the murky water off southern South Korea, prosecutors and police sought arrest warrants for the vessel's captain and two other crew members in the maritime disaster.



04/18/2014 03:14 PM
After Algerian landslide, what next?

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, sitting on a wheelchair, is to vote in the presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. President Bouteflika has ruled this nation for the past 15 years and, despite suffering from a stroke, is running for a fourth term on a platform of stability. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's frail president won a fourth term in a landslide victory, but it only masks a bigger question for this oil-rich North African nation — what now? It's still unclear who will eventually succeed the 77-year-old leader who has been in power since 1999 and deal with an emboldened opposition.



04/18/2014 03:12 PM
Clock ticking for states to adopt health exchanges

Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)CHICAGO (AP) — For the more than 30 states that defaulted to the federal government under President Barack Obama's health care law, time may be running out to decide whether to create their own state-run insurance exchanges.



04/18/2014 03:09 PM
Nadal crashes in Monte Carlo, Federer faces Djokovic

Rafael Nadal squeezes his eyes shut during his Monte-Carlo ATP Masters match against David Ferrer on April 18, 2014 in MonacoMonte Carlo (Monaco) (AFP) - Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final defeat to compatriot David Ferrer on Friday while Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic struggled into a semi-final showdown. Ferrer claimed a famous 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 win to hand the top seed only his third loss in the principality just a day after Nadal had won his 300th career claycourt match and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. Meanwhile Federer, bidding to win the title for the first time, squandered his first 15 break points before finally coming good on a 16th on his way to a 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 6-1 defeat of French ninth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Defending champion Djokovic was then taken to three sets by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain before the Serb second seed finally won 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on his fourth match point and more than two hours of battle.



04/18/2014 03:03 PM
Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings

In this photo provided by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department is 27-year-old Mohammed Whitaker of Grandview, Mo. Authorities said Friday, April 18, 2014 that Whitaker has been charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people. (AP Photo/Kansas City Police Department)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities announced charges Friday against a Kansas City-area man suspected in connection with about a dozen recent highway shootings that have wounded three people.



04/18/2014 03:03 PM
Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

FILE - This March 23, 2014 file photo shows first lady Michelle Obama walking with her daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, right, as they visit the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing. When President Barack Obama travels abroad, getting just the leader of the free world doesn’t seem to be enough. Countries want the first lady, too. But Michelle Obama won’t join her husband when he heads to Asia next week and her absence is likely to sting, especially in Japan. It’s the first of four countries on Obama’s travel schedule and the only one welcoming him on an official state visit. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too.



04/18/2014 02:59 PM
Briton's permission needed for jihad, witness tells trial

Security officer stands outside of US Federal Court House in New York City on the morning the court begins jury selection for Abu Hamza terrorism trial, on April 14, 2014An American Muslim convert told the New York trial of British hate preacher Abu Hamza on Friday how the cleric's permission was required if recruits wanted to fight in Afghanistan. David Smith, who converted to Islam in 1997 at age 17, said he listened in Seattle to recordings of Abu Hamza's sermons and discussed with British radical Feroz Abbasi, who was later jailed at Guantanamo Bay, how to go fight in Afghanistan. "To go to the mountains for jihad, I had to make myself available to the Sheikh," Smith told the court in reference to Abu Hamza, the 56-year-old Egyptian-born cleric then living in London. "He would grant me permission to go up to the mountains for jihad," Smith told the Manhattan federal court.



04/18/2014 02:57 PM
5 features an Amazon phone might offer

FILE - This Sept. 28, 2011 file photo shows the Amazon logo on display at a news conference in New York. Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.



04/18/2014 02:56 PM
Nadal loses in quarterfinals in Monte Carlo

El español Rafael Nadal gesticula el perder un punto contra David Ferrer en el Masters de Montecarlo el viernes, 18 de abril de 2014, en Mónaco. Ferrer ganó. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal's mastery of the Monte Carlo clay courts seems to be over.



04/18/2014 02:56 PM
Lakers, Knicks, Celtics miss playoffs, seek help

Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 6, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CaliforniaFor the first time in NBA history, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are all absent from the playoffs in the same season. While that will not break any hearts for the 16 clubs who begin their championship quests this weekend, it does leave three of the most iconic franchise in NBA history struggling in search of a new direction. "As a whole, the season was very disappointing for everybody," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. The Lakers went 27-55, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and only the sixth season in team history.



04/18/2014 02:54 PM
Pastors reach out as Easter falls on marijuana 'holiday'

Pastor Justice Coleman, founder of Freedom Church poses for a picture with a flyer from his coming service Thursday, April 17, 2014 in Highland Park, Calif. Coleman is using medical marijuana imagery and catchy word play to attract new worshippers to an Easter sermon series called "Medicated," about seeking fulfillment through God, not drugs. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social media has been buzzing for weeks with jokes about how, this year, Easter Sunday shares the calendar with the pot-lover's highest holiday: April 20, or 420 in stoner lingo. Pot-smokers have long celebrated on the date by lighting up for reasons not quite clear.



04/18/2014 02:49 PM
American identifies cleric in US terrorism case

FILE- In this Oct. 9, 2013 file courtroom drawing, defense attorney, Jeremy Schneider, left, represents accused terrorist Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, center, in Manhattan federal court, in New York. Opening arguments in Mustafa’s terrorism trial began in New York on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Federal prosecutors accused Mustafa of training and aiding terrorists in the 1990s while hiding in plain sight as the leader of a London mosque, while Mustafa’s attorney told jurors his client had never harmed Americans and did not participate in any of the acts charged in the case. (AP Photo/ Elizabeth Williams, File)NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. man says an Egyptian cleric on trial in federal court on terrorism charges is the "very angry" imam he met in London years ago.



04/18/2014 02:43 PM
Belfast IRA figure killed in splinter-group feud
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — A senior Irish Republican Army hard-liner has been shot to death in Belfast three years after former comrades in his splinter group threatened to kill them.

04/18/2014 02:40 PM
Obama presents Navy with football trophy, again

President Barack Obama applauds as he presents the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team, Friday, April 18, 2014, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Navy finished the 2013 season with a 9-4 record, winning the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the ninth time in the last 11 years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.



04/18/2014 02:40 PM
Clinton sought GOP support for health care

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bill Clinton's advisers estimated in 1993 that they would need at least 8 moderate Republicans in the Senate and more than 15 moderate Republicans in the House to pass their ill-fated health care reform bill.



04/18/2014 02:40 PM
Avalanche kills 12 guides in deadliest incident on Mount Everest

Doctors expecting the arrival of the victims of a Mount Everest avalanche standby near the helipad at Grandi International Hospital in KathmanduBy Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - An avalanche sweeping down Mount Everest killed 12 Nepali guides on Friday at the start of the main climbing season, the tourism ministry said, in what may be the deadliest single incident on the world's highest peak. Friday's avalanche was the first major one on Mount Everest during this year's climbing season, when hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers will flock to the mountain to attempt to reach its 8,850 meter (29,035 feet) peak. More than 4,000 climbers have scaled Everest's summit since it was first climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa in 1953. Nearly 250 people have died on Everest, which is on the border between Nepal and the Chinese region of Tibet and can be climbed from both sides.



04/18/2014 02:38 PM
US scientists make embryonic stem cells from adult skin

A researcher works on stem cells at a stem cell institute in Farmington, Connecticut, on August 27, 2010For the first time, US researchers have cloned embryonic stem cells from adult cells, a breakthrough on the path towards helping doctors treat a host of diseases. The embryonic stem cells -- which were created by fusing an adult skin cell with an egg cell that had been stripped of genetic material -- were genetically identical to the donors. The hope is that cloned embryonic stem cells, which are capable of transforming into any other type of cell in the body, could be used in patient-specific regenerative therapy to repair or replace an individual's organs damaged by diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. The team of researchers, led by Robert Lanza, of the Massachusetts-based company Advanced Cell Technology, used a technique that had succeeded last year with infant skin cells.



04/18/2014 02:35 PM
AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — AP Sources: Obama administration extending agency review of Keystone XL oil pipeline.

04/18/2014 02:34 PM
Polish man says he crossed Atlantic by kayak

Port in the city of Miami, Florida, on May 14, 2013A 67-year-old Polish retiree has claimed he kayaked solo across the Atlantic, taking six months to make the ocean crossing from Portugal to Florida. Aleksander Doba said on his Google+ page that he arrived in Florida late Thursday after setting off from Lisbon on October 5 in the 21-foot (6.4 meter) white and yellow kayak he calls "Olo." Doba posted a photo of himself sporting a foot-long graying beard and broad smile on his weathered face, arms raised in jubilation, after reaching the Florida coast. Doba, who also claims to have crossed the Baltic Sea by kayak, recounted navigating ocean swells and tempestuous weather during the 8,000-kilometer (5,000-mile) Atlantic journey.



04/18/2014 02:33 PM
Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
BOSTON (AP) — With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings elevating interest in one of the world's greatest races, the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors and an influx of tourism dollars to the area.

04/18/2014 02:31 PM
57-nation OSCE plays key Ukraine monitoring role

Local residents look at the airborne combat vehicle, which was destroyed during a Ukrainian night combat operation, in the village of Horodychevo, near Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)VIENNA (AP) — A 57-nation organization with a history of mediation but no enforcing powers has been tasked with helping to translate diplomatic progress on easing Ukrainian tensions into reality on the ground.



04/18/2014 02:29 PM
East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in
By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine's rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday. A day after Ukraine and Russia agreed that protest sit-ins must end, pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine said they would not quit occupied public buildings and pro-Western activists in the capital insisted they would not dismantle their Maidan camp, which helped topple the Kremlin-backed president. Their camp kitchen sits in the middle of Khreshchatyk, the elegant main boulevard of Kiev, barricaded since November. In Donetsk, the coal and steel hub 700 km (400 miles) to the east near the Russian border, another pensioner, Alina, was also hard at work feeding men on the frontline of what has become the gravest face-off between Moscow and the West since the Cold War.

04/18/2014 02:29 PM
Hopkins putting Father Time on the ropes at 49

US boxer Bernard Hopkins gives the thumbs up during a press conference in Washington on April 17, 2014 ahead of his light heavyweight unification title fight against Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan on April 19Bernard Hopkins, boxing's oldest world champion at age 49, isn't getting knocked out by Father Time just yet. Hopkins, the International Boxing Federation light-heavyweight champion, risks his world title Saturday against World Boxing Association champion Beibut Shumenov of Kazakhstan. "He's a special athlete," said Hopkins' trainer, Naazim Richardson. Gordie Howe played in the National Hockey League at 52 while long-time Oakland Raiders kicker George Blanda played 26 National Football League seasons before retiring at 48 and Martina Navratilova played top-level tennis at 49.



04/18/2014 02:18 PM
Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts

This artist's concept released April 17, 2014 by NASA/JPL-CALTECH depicts Kepler-186f, the first validated Earth-size planet to orbit a distant star in the habitable zone"Unfortunately, the system is too far away and too faint to know more," Heike Rauer of the German Aerospace Centre's Institute for Planetary Research told AFP. "We don't know for sure whether it is rocky, we don't know for sure that it has an atmosphere, what this atmosphere is made of, or that it has water," she said.



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