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Ukraine Bid to Repulse Separatists ‘Disaster’

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Moscow — Ukraine’s effort to retake government facilities from pro-Russian separatists faltered on Wednesday as gunmen seized a column of six armored vehicles from Ukrainian soldiers and narrowly failed to grab three more. Ukrainian media reported that 30 armed men captured another building, municipal headquarters, in Donetsk, the main city of eastern Ukraine. Unconfirmed Russian news reports said about 300 Ukrainian soldiers deployed in the area had laid down their …

Ferry Sinks, Hundreds Missing

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mokpo, South Korea — Koo Bon-hee could see the exit. For half an hour, as the doomed ferry filled with water and listed severely on its side, the crew told passengers to wait for rescuers. With their breathing room disappearing, the 36-year-old businessman and some of the other passengers floated to an exit …

Missouri Robber Never Told to Report to Prison, So He Didn’t

Thursday, April 17, 2014

St. Louis — After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came. So Anderson didn’t report. He spent the next 13 years turning his life around …

Court Weighs Falsehood Ban In Campaigns

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an anti-abortion group’s free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in …

SAT Focuses on Achievement

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like obsequious, propinquity, enervation or lachrymose. But you will need to be alert to the several possible definitions of words such as “intense.” In …

IRS Stands Firm On Tax-Exempt Groups’ Activities

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service is forging ahead with plans to develop new rules limiting the political activities of tax-exempt groups, despite pressure from conservatives to abandon the effort, the agency’s director said Wednesday. “My bottom line is that it’s in everyone’s interest to have clarification,” IRS …

N.Y. School Expels Four

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Melville, N.y. — A Long Island, N.Y., high school has expelled four students in separate incidents that the principal called racially offensive - display of a Confederate battle flag at a school sports event, and posting of a photograph in blackface along with incendiary language on social media. …

Study: Free Samples Cost Patients

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Free samples of prescription drugs may seem like a great deal for patients. But even when doctors think they’re doing patients a favor by handing out the freebies, the real beneficiaries are the drug manufacturers, according to new research in the journal JAMA Dermatology. Medical groups have grown …

Is Gulf Cleanup Finished?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

On Tuesday night, BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close.” Later Tuesday night, the Coast Guard said the response to the spill isn’t over yet, “not by a long shot.” The dueling press releases came out …

Uninsured Ranks Fall Faster In States With Own Exchanges

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Washington — New surveys provide a glimpse into how many Americans have gained health insurance since the federal and state marketplaces opened in October. Gallup reported Wednesday that the 21 states and the District of Columbia that fully embraced the new health-care law by setting up their own …

China’s Q1 Growth Slows To 7.4 Percent

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Beijing — China’s economic growth slowed further in the latest quarter but appeared strong enough to satisfy Chinese leaders who are trying to put the country on a more sustainable path without politically dangerous job losses. The world’s …

Detroit Reaches Deal With Fire, Police Retirees That Doesn’t Cut Pensions

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Detroit — A major association representing Detroit’s police and fire retirees has agreed to support a deal with the City of Detroit in which uniformed pensioners would not receive cuts to their monthly pension checks. The deal, revealed Tuesday afternoon by Detroit bankruptcy mediator Gerald Rosen, comes as …

Congress Lets Highway Money Dry Up

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dayton, Ohio — On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. Transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government’s Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back …