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A pro-Russian masked gunman seen during his duty on a street in the center of Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding American journalist Simon Ostrovsky, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Ukrainian Forces Reclaim Held Town

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Donetsk, Ukraine — Ukraine government forces on Wednesday recaptured a southeastern town that had been held by separatist rebels, the Interior Ministry said. There were no casualties in the operation in the town of Svyatogorsk, according to an statement posted on the ministry’s website. The ouster of the rebels was a welcome strategic gain by the Kiev government in the …

Blue Angels Embroiled in Sexual Harassment Scandal

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Washington — The Navy has reassigned a former commander of the Blue Angels, its acrobatic fighter squadron, and is investigating allegations that the elite team of pilots was a hotbed of hazing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination, documents show. The Navy announced Friday that it had relieved Capt. Gregory McWherter, a two-time commander of the Blue Angels, of duty for alleged …

Georgia’s New Gun Law Allows Guns in Bars, Churches

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In Georgia, it will soon be legal to carry a gun in more places — including bars, churches and government buildings — following Gov. Nathan Deal’s signing Wednesday of a bill celebrated by supporters as a victory for the Second Amendment but decried by critics as the “guns-everywhere bill.” “We Georgians believe in the right of people to defend themselves, and we believe …

Ferry Death Toll Tops 100 in Korea

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jindo, South Korea — One by one, coast guard officers carried the newly arrived bodies covered in white sheets from a boat to a tent on the dock of this island, the first step in identifying a sharply rising number of corpses from a South Korean ferry that …

Police Investigate Professor’s Beating

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Miami — Could a college student become so outraged over a bad grade that they would order a “hit” on their professor? That’s the question now being asked at Miami Dade College’s Kendall campus, as police continue to investigate a brutal attack against music professor Marc Magellan. The …

‘Miracle Patients’ Studied Anew For Cancer Clues

Monday, April 21, 2014

The history of oncology is rife with reports of patients with advanced cancer who staged miraculous recoveries. Now scientists are starting to use sophisticated DNA sequencing technology to determine if these “exceptional responders” carry gene variations that can …

Gunfight Mars Truce In Ukraine

Monday, April 21, 2014

Sviatohirsk, Ukraine — A truce called by the government to mark the Easter holiday was shredded early Sunday by a gunfight that left at least one dead and three wounded at a checkpoint occupied by pro-Russia militia outside a breakaway city in eastern Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry …

Confusion Over Ferry Evacuation

Monday, April 21, 2014

Jindo, South Korea — The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300. About 30 minutes after the …

In Colorado, a Pot Holiday Tries to Go Mainstream

Monday, April 21, 2014

Denver — Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana. Tens of thousands gathered for a weekend of …

Obama to Talk Trade On Asia Trip

Monday, April 21, 2014

Washington — President Obama departs Tuesday for a week-long, four-nation tour of Asia, where he and his top aides will be less focused on any big policy announcements than on reassuring jittery allies that America remains committed to …

Apps for Parents Aimed at Curbing Distracted Teen Drivers

Monday, April 21, 2014

Marty Williams recalls the conversations he and his wife would have with their two daughters about the dangers of talking and texting while driving. “It’s always a concern,” said Williams, who lives in Howard County, Md. “We just drilled it into their heads over and over until they …

IRS Hired License Plate-Tracking Vendor

Monday, April 21, 2014

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies awarded about $415,000 in contracts to a license plate-tracking company before Homeland Security leaders dropped a plan for similar work amid privacy complaints. Federal offices such as the Forest Service and the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command …

Study Looks at Origin Of Imported Seafood

Monday, April 21, 2014

Washington — That seafood on your dinner plate is starting to look a little fishy. A new study that examined illegal and unreported marine harvests brought to the United States from around the globe says it maybe shouldn’t be there at all. Up to 32 percent of imported …