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FILE - In this April 19, 2014 file photo, Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry boat Sewol in the water off the southern coast, arrives at the headquarters of a joint investigation team of prosecutors and police in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea. Nearly a week after the sinking of the South Korean ferry, with rising outrage over a death count that could eventually top 300, the public verdict against the crew of the Sewol has been savage and quick. “Cowards!” social media users howled. “Unforgivable, murderous,” President Park Geun-hye said Monday of the captain and some crew. (AP Photo/Yonhap, File) KOREA OUT

Acts of Bravery Emerge From Pilloried Ferry Crew

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mokpo, South Korea — As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their lifejackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked from rescue boats to break windows with hammers and pull people trapped in cabins to safety. Nearly a week after the sinking of the South Korean …

U.S. Senate to Explore College Sex Assaults

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is surveying 350 colleges on their sexual-assault policies, says she’s planning to hold hearings later this year when she’ll call victims, administrators and college presidents to testify. Colleges, their police forces as well as municipal law enforcement should be called on to explain why so few campus sexual-assault and rape cases are prosecuted, McCaskill, a Democrat from Missouri and …

Probe: NSA Kept Secret Child Abuse

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Washington — The nation’s spy satellite agency failed to notify authorities when some employees and contractors confessed during lie detector tests to crimes such as child molestation, an intelligence inspector general has concluded. In other cases, the National Reconnaissance Office delayed reporting criminal admissions obtained during security clearance polygraphs, possibly jeopardizing evidence in investigations or even the safety of children, according to the …

Consumer Confidential: When Insurers Play Games, Patients Lose

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the past 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating — and pointless — as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as …

Subaru Awaits Toyota U.S. Plant Decision

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Los Angeles — Fuji Heavy Industries’ Subaru, which added more U.S. market share than any international carmaker last year, is pushing ahead with U.S. expansion plans as it awaits a Toyota decision on whether to keep using its Indiana plant to build Camrys. Capacity to build Subaru vehicles …

Monoprice Takes on Amazon

Sunday, April 20, 2014

You’d only have to drive by the empty shells of Circuit City stores, and soon RadioShacks, to see why a company in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., represents a nightmare for the retail electronics industry. Off the 15 freeway is …

With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Samsung Electronics Co. has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5S: the Galaxy S5. The device, released over the weekend, is the fifth edition of the company’s successful line of Galaxy S smartphones. Its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, sold more than 10 million units worldwide …

White Walls? Then Choose the Right White

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York — So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. Many have familiar yet poetic names that conjure up ever-so-slightly different hues: cream, pearl, vanilla, …

Molecular Breeding Speeds Up New Plant Development

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Woodland, Calif. — Alan Krivanek, a tomato breeder for Monsanto, dons a white protective suit, wipes his feet on a mat of disinfectant and enters a greenhouse to survey 80,000 seedlings. He is armed with a spreadsheet that …

Avatar Lures Pedophiles in Technological Battle Against Child Porn Online

Sunday, April 20, 2014

London — Sweetie looks much like other unfortunate young Filipinas. Just 10 years old, her user profile shows, she spends her days online fielding requests from men who offer her money to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. When she logs on, invitations pour in — …

Long-Term Unemployed Trapped in Vicious Cycle

Sunday, April 20, 2014

For the long-term unemployed, finding a job is hard — but keeping one may be even harder. New research tracking people who have been out of work for six months or longer found that 23 percent landed a …

U.S. Stocks Rise As Tension Over Ukraine Eases

Sunday, April 20, 2014

New York — U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, the last day of trading on a holiday-shortened week, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to its best week since July. Earnings from General Electric and Morgan Stanley beat estimates and concern eased that the Ukraine crisis may worsen. …

Slide Creeps Toward Town

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jackson, Wyo. — No one can say precisely when the mountainside collapsing into this Wyoming resort town will give way. But it appears increasingly likely that when it does, it’s going to take a piece of Jackson with …