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Mali opposition: Tuareg impasse makes north unsafe

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) An opposition party says an impasse in negotiations between Mali's government and separatist rebels is creating insecurity in the country's north.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:35:43 -0400
At least 58 killed in S.Sudan attack on UN base

Internally displaced people (IDPs) at the UNMISS base in Malakal, South Sudan, on February 6, 2014The United Nations said Friday at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack against one of its bases in South Sudan sheltering thousands of civilians. The top UN official in the war-torn nation, Toby Lanzer, praised peacekeepers from India, Nepal and South Korea for preventing what could have been a massacre of up to 5,000 people, and vowed the world body would use "lethal force" again to protect civilians under their protection. "We will do everything necessary to protect the lives of people in our protection, including the use of lethal force," Lanzer told AFP. In the clearest account yet of Thursday's incident in the government-controlled town of Bor, Lanzer described how a group of around 350 armed youths in civilian clothes "used extremely violent force to breach the perimeter" of the UN base.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:35:14 -0400
Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

Graphic showing the main climbing route on Mount Everest where at least 12 Neplalese climbers died in the most deadly single accident on the world's highest peakKATMANDU, Nepal (AP) An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Several more were injured.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:33:03 -0400
Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga. The government reports on state unemployment rates for March on Friday, April 18, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)WASHINGTON (AP) More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:30:04 -0400
NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

In this artist's concept provided by NASA the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft is seen orbiting the moon as it prepares to fire its maneuvering thrusters to maintain a safe orbital altitude. NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday April 18, 2014 that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon. (AP Photo/NASA, Dana Berry) Credit: NASA Ames / Dana Berry ----- What is LADEE? The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) is designed to study the Moon's thin exosphere and the lunar dust environment. An "exosphere" is an atmosphere that is so thin and tenuous that molecules don't collide with each other. Studying the Moon's exosphere will help scientists understand other planetary bodies with exospheres too, like Mercury and some of Jupiter's bigger moons. The orbiter will determine the density, composition and temporal and spatial variability of the Moon's exosphere to help us understand where the species in the exosphere come from and the role of the solar wind, lunar surface and interior, and meteoric infall as sources. The mission will also examine the density and temporal and spatial variability of dust particles that may get lofted into the atmosphere. The mission also will test several new technologies, including a modular spacecraft bus that may reduce the cost of future deep space missions and demonstrate two-way high rate laser communication for the first time from the Moon. LADEE now is ready to launch when the window opens on Sept. 6, 2013. Read more:http://www.nasa.gov/ladee enables NASAs mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leaCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) NASA's robotic moon explorer, LADEE, is no more.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:20:36 -0400
Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

Carol Todd fights back tears as she listens during a Royal Canadian Mounted Police news conference in Surrey, British Columbia, on Thursday, April 17, 2014. A 35-year-old man alleged to be involved with the online extortion of Todd's 15-year-old daughter, who committed suicide in 2012, has been arrested in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:19:26 -0400
A nutty finale for 'Scandal,' TV's craziest show

NEW YORK (AP) "Scandal" is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there's a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:18:29 -0400
Chobani to expand beyond top-selling Greek yogurt

NEW YORK (AP) Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition in the fast growing category.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:17:57 -0400
Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

Denis Pushilin, foreground center, spokesman of the self-appointed Donetsk Peoples Republic, speaks to reporters inside the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pushilin told reporters that the insurgents do not recognize the Ukrainian government as legitimate. Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraines east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:14:53 -0400
Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

In this 2003 photo released by the Fundacin Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI), Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, left, is seen in Monterrey, Mexico. Behind is Colombian journalist Jose Salgar. Garcia Marquez died on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. The author's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. The FNPI was founded by Garcia Marquez. (AP Photo/Andres Reyes, FNPI)MEXICO CITY (AP) His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:22 -0400
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