WHITE HOUSE NOTEBOOK: Obama's robot summit
TOKYO (AP) — The voice was slightly halting, childlike. Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you.
Kiev, insurgents in eastern Ukraine say at least 2 dead in clashes
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Kiev, insurgents in eastern Ukraine say at least 2 dead in clashes.
Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers
Starwood rides economic recover to strong 1Q
Aetna's 1Q profit jumps 36 pct, forecast climbs
Russian memo to WTO says U.S. sanctions are illegal
By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia has told the United States that its Ukraine-related sanctions on a Russian bank and Russian citizens are illegal under World Trade Organization rules and must be scrapped. Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said
1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer
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VIDEO: Film features plight of African park
The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Rio police 'to probe' dancer's death
Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro say they will conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a dancer which sparked riots.
Match-fixer arrested in Finland
Convicted football match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is being held by Finnish police on an international arrest warrant, officials say.
VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'
The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.
AUDIO: Led Zep reveal Keys to the Highway track
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the bands first three albums in June.
VIDEO: DJ Duke: Will and Kate hit the decks
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taught how to DJ, during the latest leg of their royal tour of Australia.
VIDEO: Actress writes her own happy ending
A woman pioneer in the digital space talks about using technology to create acting opportunities that wouldnt otherwise exist.
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1888 shipwreck rediscovered in SF
For more than 125 years, the City of Chester passenger ship has been at the bottom of San Francisco Bay.
Making drinking water from the air
A device for extracting water from air is being used by the military -- could it help developing countries too?
Was Pistorius coached? Does it matter?
South African newspaper columnist Jani Allan accused Oscar Pistorius of taking acting lessons before his testimony at his murder trial. Pistorius has claimed that he accidentally killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp after mistaking her for an intruder to his home
De Niro goofs while making Vine
Robert De Niro shot his first six second movie when he commandeered the Vine account of a Tribeca Film Festival judge.
How to hide in a wheel well
CNNs Gary Tuchman shows how the 15-year-old stowaway could have hid in the wheel well of an airplane.
Ellsberg: He's a hero
Daniel Ellsberg tells CNNs Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
Watch as man reels in humongous shark
Joey Polk of Milton, Florida, reeled in a giant Mako shark with his two cousins. Affiliate WKRG reports.
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KURTZ: Koch brothers facing competition on the left
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BREAKING NEWS3 American doctors killed in Afghan hospital attack
Taliban reportedly signals willingness to free American POW
How does $50 3D-printed hand match up to $42G prosthetic?
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Students return to school hit hardest by ferry disaster
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WWII soldier's remains returned home 70 years later
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Film to be shown at 9/11 museum sparks controversy
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ObamaCare's premium grace period could cost doctors and hospitals
A 90-DAY grace period for people who have purchased health plans through the ObamaCare exchanges could cost doctors and hospitals thousands because insurance companies are only required to cover the first 30 days. VIDEO: What happens when people stop paying
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Clashes spread across eastern Ukraine
DONETSK, Ukraine — Clashes between Ukrainian security forces, local protesters and pro-Russia activists spread across the region Thursday, with fighting at an arms depot, a city hall and at checkpoints near the restive city of Slovyansk, where the “people’s mayor”
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TOKYO — President Obama affirmed the fact that United States’ treaty obligations to Japan extend to a chain of contested islands in the East China Sea Thursday, even as he emphasized that Japan and neighboring China should seek a peaceful
Obama meets with relatives of Japanese abducted by North Korea
TOKYO -- President Obama met Thursday with three relatives of Japanese citizens who were abducted by North Korea, a White House official confirmed, a move that underscored growing international concern over how to handle that regime’s human rights abuses. Read
Obama reassures Japan as he begins Asian visit
TOKYO — President Obama started his week-long tour of Asia by conducting serious policy discussions with Japan’s prime minister as well as delivering ceremonial greetings to the Japanese royal family, emphasizing the significance of the ties between the two nations.
Deadly protests follow man’s slaying in Rio de Janeiro slum
RIO DE JANEIRO — Fear and confusion swept the streets of Copacabana on Tuesday after residents of a nearby slum, protesting the death of a local man, swarmed the streets of one of the Brazilian city’s most famous beach neighborhoods.
Dostum, a former warlord who was once America’s man in Afghanistan, may be back
KABUL — He was America’s ally, a stocky, gray-haired warlord who fought on horseback alongside U.S. Special Forces to overthrow the Taliban government in 2001. But within three years, Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum had so antagonized U.S. officials that they sent
WorldViews: A year later, Bangladesh’s garment factory disaster is still an open wound
Last year on April 24, an eight-story garment factory in the environs of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka collapsed, killing over 1,100 workers inside and injuring some 2,500 more. It was one of the worst industrial disasters in modern memory and,
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Obama poised for new sanctions on Russia if no progress on Ukraine
TOKYO/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he was poised to impose new sanctions on Moscow if it does not act fast to end an armed stand-off in Ukraine, but there was a first, tentative sign
U.S. would reassess aid if Hamas-PLO form government: official
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) form a government together, a senior U.S. administration official said on Thursday.
Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack - U.S. embassy
KABUL (Reuters) - Three Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul, the U.S. embassy said, in the latest of a series of attacks against foreign civilians in
Historic canonization of two popes brings joy and controversy
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonization that has aroused both joy and controversy in the 1.2 billion member Church.
At least three foreigners killed in attack at Kabul hospital: security sources
KABUL (Reuters) - At least three foreigners were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Thursday, Afghan security sources said.
Thai opposition leader seeks compromise to avert bloodshed
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Alarmed by the prospect of bloodshed in Thailand as a six-month political crisis nears a critical juncture, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has called for talks between the government and its foes, urging compromise to restore stability.
Buffett: moving oil by rail safely major industry concern
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett, chairman of conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, said on Wednesday that safety is a major priority for the rail industry, after a recent spate of accidents raised concerns about how to transport oil safely.
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Emperor to Obama: 'You have a very hard job'
President Obama meets with the Emperor of Japan.
Centenarians may be 100, but they feel only 83
New survey shows few feel lonely; most feel blessed and happy.
Ukraine official: city hall cleared of protesters
Pro-Russia protesters and masked gunmen have been occupying government buildings across eastern Ukraine.
FDA announces rules restricting e-cigarettes and cigars
The U.S. government proposes today to restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to children.
Afghan guard shoots dead 3 foreigners in hospital
Attack in Kabul is latest incident in which Afghan security forces have targeted foreigners.
Obama won't draw 'red line' over islands dispute
Tokyo-Beijing disagreement over island chain wont lead to red line over military action, president says.
5 things you need to know Thursday
The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.
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Virtual Baby Quail Tops Nikon Contest's Video Menu
You can see the insides of a tiny quail in its egg, slice by virtual slice, in an amazing video that took top honors in the third annual Nikon Small World in Motion competition.
Brits on Alert as Russian Destroyer Approaches U.K.
The British navy is closely monitoring a Russian destroyer that approached its waters, it said in a statement.The destroyer Vice Admiral Kulakov, seen in the foreground above, was tracked by HMS Dragon, a U.K. Royal Navy destroyer, as it passed
Amy Poehler: 'Parks' Finale Ends With 'a Very Exciting Last Moment'
"Parks and Rec" signs off Thursday night with an episode that sets up its final season with a surprise, says star and executive producer Amy Poehler.
Barack Obama Says More U.S. Sanctions Are 'Teed Up' Against Russia
More U.S. sanctions against Russia are "teed up" and ready to be put in place if Moscow does not honor a peace deal on Ukraine, President Barack Obama said Thursday.The U.S. and Russia signed an accord in Geneva last week
No Charges in Heiress Huguette Clark's $300 Million Fortune
NEW YORK — The Manhattan district attorney has closed the well-publicized investigation of the handling of the $300 million fortune of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark — without charging anyone with a crime.
Marooned Snorkelers Rescued in Australia After Scrawling SOS in Sand
Five marooned snorkelers were rescued after the huge "SOS" message they scrawled in a sandbar was spotted by a helicopter.The group was winched to safety after their boat broke its anchor and drifted while they were exploring a rocky outcrop
South Korea Ferry Crew: We Were Ordered to Abandon Sinking Ship
A crew member on the sunken South Korean ferry said on Thursday she and her colleagues were "under command" to abandon ship while passengers were trapped on board.The unidentified crew member spoke briefly to reporters on the way from court
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Nepal Tries to Save Season as Everest Tourists Depart
Tourism officials planned to visit the Mount Everest base camp Thursday to try to salvage the expedition season even as Sherpas and tour operators, shaken by last week’s avalanche deaths, began packing up and heading home.
New York Police Twitter Strategy Has Unforeseen Consequences
A departmental campaign, meant to elicit smiling snapshots, instead attracted tens of thousands of less flattering images of officers.
Oh, the Stories Wrigley Field Could Tell
In 100 years, the ballpark has withstood the assault of time and bad baseball, housing a team that has the longest championship drought in North American professional team sports.
F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes
The federal government is also proposing to include cigars and tobacco pipes under its regulatory control.
In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane
Planned new rules would allow an Internet provider to negotiate separately with content companies and charge them for priority service.
F.B.I. Informant Is Tied to Cyberattacks Abroad
While it is unclear whether the F.B.I. ordered the attacks by Hector Xavier Monsegur, the agency may have used hackers to gather intelligence even as investigators were trying to dismantle hacking groups.
Sweeping Measure Expanding Rights of Gun Owners Is Signed Into Georgia Law
The law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal allows gun owners with concealed-carry permits to take weapons into bars and certain areas of airports.
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Power Tools
The objects that inspire our TIME 100 influencers.
The Most Surprising Photos of Pope Francis
In his short time in the papacy, TIME 100 honoree Pope Francis has led by example, attending to the poor, embracing the sick, and washing the feet of the less fortunate.
Hollywood Couple Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis Welcome Baby Otis
The blockbuster actress-comedian duo who have been engaged since January 2013 announced the birth of their son together with a humorous tweet on Wednesday. Otis Alexander Sudeikis has LEFT the building! (Im the building), she wrote.
Death Row Inmates Won’t Be Told the Source of the Drugs Used to Kill Them
Oklahoma death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner petitioned for the public naming of the manufacturer of drugs to be used to execute them, but a court has found against them and they could face execution as early as
Iraq: Suicide Attack Kills at Least 10 People
(BAGHDAD) — Iraqi officials say a suicide attack on a police checkpoint south of the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least 10 people and wounded 18. A police officer says the bomber drove his explosives-laden car into the checkpoint at
Almost All of Syria’s Chemical Weapons Have Now Been Removed
U.S. President Barack Obama says the removal of 87% of Syrias chemical arsenal without the use of force can be credited to U.S. leadership, even as Syrian opposition groups report the use of chlorine gas by the Assad regime in
Afghan Security Guard Kills Three Foreigners at a Kabul Hospital
An Afghan security guard opened fire on three foreign doctors working at a hospital in the Afghan capital, before being shot and wounded in the ensuing melee
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'Bachelorette' contestant dead; Eric Jonathan Hill fatally injured in paragliding accident
Eric Jonathan Hill, a contestant on the upcoming Andi Dorfman edition of ABCs The Bachelorette, died Wednesday of injuries suffered Sunday in a paragliding accident.
12 LI chefs to watch
LI chefs cooking up some of the most exciting dishes on Long Island.
Hamptons home prices surge, rest of LI mixed in first-quarter sales
Hamptons home prices spiked 19 percent in the first quarter compared with last year, and the rest of the Long Island real estate market got off to a healthy start despite a spate of winter storms.
Trayvon Martin's father wants son's death to renew civil rights movement
Tracy Martin wants his son, Trayvon, to be remembered as this centurys Emmett Till, and have his death reawaken the nations lagging civil rights movement.
Murder suspect testifies Nassau cops ignored his request for a lawyer
A defendant in a Hempstead slaying testified Wednesday that Nassau detectives ignored his request for a lawyer, and coerced him into talking about the incident while continuing to question him.
Traffic cameras have one purpose: to bring in more money
A couple of Suffolk County lawmakers were honest enough this week to acknowledge the obvious: The red-light and proposed school speed camera programs mostly are about raising revenues.
MTA, LIRR unions extend push for contract deal in special session
A White House-mandated mediation session between MTA managers and LIRR unions extends into a fourth day Thursday, with negotiators on both sides trying to broker a deal to avert shutting down the nations largest commuter railroad this summer.
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