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Official death toll from this week’s sinking of South Korean ferry has risen to 25, nation’s coast guard says. Scores remain missing.

Initial agreement reached to de–escalate Ukraine crisis

Ukraine
GENEVA – Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement after marathon talks Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

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Canadian arrested for hacking revenue agency using Heartbleed security bug

Four anti-govt protesters shot while rallying near Ukrainian military base - reports  

42 passengers hurt as train derails in northern India

TEPCO reports leak of 1.1 tons of radioactive water from Fukushima

A huge leak in the new cleaning system at Fukushima-1 atomic power plant has led to the loss of 1.1 tons of radioactive water, Itar-Tass reported, citing the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). There were reportedly no leaks outside the facilities that house the ALPS system. On Tuesday, TEPCO said that over 200 tons of radioactive water was erroneously pumped into a basement area at the Fukushima between April 10-13.

TOP STORY: At least 4 dead, 292 missing after S. Korea ferry full of students sinks.
South Korean officials said Wednesday that that 293 people were still missing several hours after a passenger ferry sank off that country’s southern coast, leaving at least two dead and seven injured.;

More than 100 people unaccounted for, at least 2 dead from sinking South Korean ship, officials say. More than 300 have been rescued.

Putin: Escalating conflict puts Ukraine on 'brink of civil war'

Ferry sinking off South Korean coast, over 470 people on board

'ON THE BRINK': Ukraine moves to drive out pro-Russian forces in east. UKRAINE LAUNCHES military operation to quash a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern cities where several government buildings have been seized as Moscow declares Ukraine on the brink of civil war.

Military storm airfield, town in eastern Ukraine, wounded reported – protesters.

Nobility / Celebrity / Entertainment

Prince William hinted that Kate Middleton might be pregnant again

During the Royal Tour in New Zealand Prince William hinted that Kate Middleton might be waiting for another child. Prince William's declaration is already being discussed by analysts which began…

Miley Cyrus remains hospitalized a second day after 'severe' reaction to antibiotics

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Op/Ed

Glenn Nagel was awestruck by the Seattle Central Library
Glenn Nagel was awestruck by the Seattle Central Library.
Link repaired: Libraries Are Dying? Think Again

China Property Collapse Has Begun

Sports

American golfer Bubba Watson wins the Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.

Health/Medicine

Can you consume only 5% of calories from sugar?

Link repaired:Get a Razor Sharp Memory With These Smart Tips. Researchers at Northwestern University find that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.

Ready to Trade Your Vitamin C in for my 'Smart' C?*
pWhile traditional vitamin C supplements can offer a less than 20% absorption rate, this liposomal technology may nearly double that.* Far less costly and more practical than vitamin C IVs, this 'smart' vitamin C provides a way to help slip more nutrient directly into your cells.*

Healing Health Ailments and The Power of Vitamin C by Tom Levy, M.D

Thomas Levy Talks To Vitamin C Can Cure, Coalition Part 9/9

Culinary Culprits: Foods That May Harm the Brain

Influence of Forest Therapy on Cardiovascular Relaxation in Young Adults

Health Research Report

Tech

20-person drone maker

An artist rendering of a Titan Aerospace Solera 50 drone

Google buys solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace. Just a month after word came that Facebook was interested in the 20-person drone maker, Google snatches it up for an undisclosed sum. by Nick Statt @nickstatt. April 14, 2014 11:28 AM PDT

Google developing contact lens with camera, sensors

Study Finds New PCs Loaded with Malware

How Mark Zuckerberg courts companies

U.S. News

The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind. 
Fox News toured the damage -- allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management -- which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau's hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls.Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff

The federal agency that backed down over the weekend in a tense standoff with a Nevada rancher is being accused of leaving a trail of wreckage behind.
  Fox News toured the damage –– allegedly caused by the Bureau of Land Management –– which included holes in water tanks and destroyed water lines and fences. According to family friends, the bureau’s hired "cowboys" also killed two prize bulls

Feds accused of leaving trail of wreckage after Nevada ranch standoff

More than 85,000 15-year-olds in 44 countries were tested by the OECD. (File picture)
Report: 15–year–olds in Asia are better problem solvers than in the U.S.

‘Not over’? Feds coy over next move in Nevada rancher standoff

homeless in california
There are nearly 90,000 homeless people live in Los Angeles County but only 9,000 to 10,000 beds available in homeless shelters, single-room occupancy hotels, and other facilities. Photograph: David McNew / Getty Images
The 1% wants to ban sleeping in cars – because it hurts their 'quality of life'

Nevada rancher vs. federal agents: a very old conflict suddenly made new. The Bureau of Land Management promises to pursue the matter of illegal grazing in the courts, and militia groups who support the Nevada rancher say they’ll protect him from any federal raid.

Couple says truck on fire before deadly bus crash

~ ORLAND, Calif. (AP) —

M.E./Asia

Current Philippine Government And Military Using ongoing Extra-Judicial Killings Targeting Activists, Poor, Left And Media
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By Brian McAfee

Iraq Shuts Down the Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns

Reuters / Arko Datta
Link repaired:India recognizes transgender citizens as ‘third gender’

Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security

Link repaired: Syrian govt. and opposition accuse each other of ‘deadly chlorine attack’

N Korea condemns US-S Korea military drills

Africa

Cairo rocked by bomb blasts, 2014.04.16 08:44:58: Two bomb blasts have wounded at least five people in the Egyptian capital. Two police officers and a civilian were wounded in an attack on Tuesday that blew the roof off a shelter manned by traffic police at a busy intersection in the Dokki neighborhood.
A second bombing wounded two people in western Cairo, according to a security source, who declined to indicate whether the injured were civilians or members of the security forces.
Egypt has been rocked by a series of bombings and shootings since July, when the military ousted Hosni Mubarak. [AFP]

‘They Just Stood Watching’. After the Darfur genocide, the United Nations sent in 20,000 peacekeepers with a single mission -- to protect the region's civilians. A Foreign Policy investigation details why they failed, and what the U.N. knew about it.

Canada

Cop’s son arrested in mass killing

Olympic Village condos flipped for big bucks; loss to Vancouver taxpayers could hit $400 million

Americas

UPDATE 6–Blaze in Chilean port city kills 12, destroys 2,000 houses

Business/Money

20 ways grocery stores trick you into spending money

BMW recalling 156,000 vehicles in US


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