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Obama: New Sanctions Against Russia Are 'Teed Up'

Wed, 2014-04-23 22:49

While on a visit to Japan, President Barack Obama accused Moscow of failing to live up to an agreement last week to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine.

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Ex-Blue Angels Leader Investigated For Inappropriate Work Climate

Wed, 2014-04-23 22:08

The Navy released some details of a complaint filed with its inspector general against Capt. Gregory McWherter, who was relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in San Diego.

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South Korea Ferry Toll Hits 159 As Relatives Wait

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:50

Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago. The death toll neared 160 and more than 140 are still missing.

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Nepal Officials Go To Everest To Try To End Crisis

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:42

Nepalese tourism officials traveled to the base camp at Mount Everest Thursday to negotiate with Sherpas who want to walk off the job after an avalanche killed 16 of the mountain guides.

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Apple Increases Stock Buyback, To Split Stock

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:34

Apple is giving more of its cash to shareholders and will split its stock for the first time in 9 years. It's attempting to charm investors fretting over slow sales growth and the pace of innovation.

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FDA Moves To Regulate Increasingly Popular E-Cigarettes

Wed, 2014-04-23 20:03

If the agency has its way, it will ban sales to minors and keep e-cigarettes out of vending machines. People also would be warned that the nicotine vapor the devices emit is addictive.

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WATCH: Young Baseball Fan Learns About The Pain Of Defeat

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:53

The Cubs blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning against the Diamondbacks, teaching a boy a hard lesson on losing.

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Reports: FCC Poised For Changes To Net Neutrality Policy

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:51

According to reports, the FCC is set to approve a system in which Internet service providers offer a faster pipe to American homes to content companies willing to pay for it.

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Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

Wed, 2014-04-23 14:19

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.

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Costly Hepatitis C Pill Shreds Drug Industry Sales Record

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:31

Sovaldi has been found to be remarkably effective in curing most patients with common forms of hepatitis C in a matter of months. But the clinical success comes at a high price.

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In Age Of Custom-Tailored Ed Tech, Teachers Shop Off The Rack

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:24

Even as investment in education technology grows, teachers say free tools are just as effective as paid ones.

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Why Are We Spiteful, Even Though It Bites Us Back?

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:14

Most of us aren't as maleficent as the fairy in "Sleeping Beauty," but we're still apt to spite others, even at risk of harming ourselves. Psychologists are trying to figure out why.

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Brazil Becomes One Of The First To Adopt Internet 'Bill Of Rights'

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:09

President Dilma Rouseff signed the bill into law to kick off an international conference about the governance of the Internet.

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CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

Wed, 2014-04-23 13:05

The White House has decided to provide more covert training and weapons, including anti-tank missiles, in a bid to counter President Bashar Assad's growing strength in the civil war.

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Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:53

While visiting Tokyo, the pop star posed for photos in front of the highly controversial Yasukini Shrine, which honors Japanese war criminals.

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Education May Help Insulate The Brain Against Traumatic Injury

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:26

People recover better from serious brain injuries if they've had more formal education, researchers say. They're not sure why book learning promotes cognitive reserve.

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Slowly And Sweetly, Vietnam's Chocolate Industry Grows

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:14

French colonists planted cacao in Vietnam in the 1800s, but the crop was outpaced by coffee and cashews. Now French expats are helping the country become a respected producer of high-end chocolate.

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Big-Time Home Sales Stoke Hope For Northeast Housing Market

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Realtors are seeing reasons for optimism in the housing market. As Kaomi Goetz of WSHU reports, one historic home sale suggests the high end of the market is booming again — in Connecticut, at least.

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Chile Wildfire Litters Questions In The Ash Of Burned-Out Homes

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

In Chile, a fire that started in the hills above Valparaiso continues to burn. The blaze has killed 15 people and destroyed 2,500 homes in the area that surrounds Valparaiso. Reporter Alexandra Hall looks at some of those affected.

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Moscow Answers Ukrainian Offensive With Warning Of Its Own

Wed, 2014-04-23 12:01

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said his country would respond if its citizens or interests came under attack in Ukraine. At the same time, the interim Ukrainian government has called for a new offensive on pro-Russia militants holed up in government buildings across eastern Ukraine. Western diplomats are scrambling to find a way to de-escalate the crisis.

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