Insight: In green car race, Toyota adds muscle with fuel-cell launch
Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea
MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula. We had to take
Blast on site of explosives plants kills 1
India holds biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength
Servier, lab founder in drug scandal, dies at 92
PARIS (AP) — Jacques Servier, the founder of Frances second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.
Putin says Ukraine risks abyss, dialogue only solution
Ukraine: Live Report
08:29 GMT - Russian President Vladimir Putin accuses Kiev of driving
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Pistorius forensic tests challenged
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius murder trial are being rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa.
Rock band AC/DC are 'not retiring'
AC/DC confirm they will continue making music, following news guitarist and founder member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health.
Bryan Singer sex abuse claim 'absurd'
Claims that X-Men director Bryan Singer sexually abused a teenager in 1999 are dismissed as completely without merit by the film-makers lawyer.
Palace loss should not stand - Cardiff
The BBC obtain a letter sent by Cardiff City that says their defeat by Crystal Palace in early April should not stand.
Pensioners could get death estimate
Retirees could be told how long they are likely to live after stopping work, says pensions minister Steve Webb.
Algeria votes on Bouteflika's future
Polls open in Algeria where 77-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, is seeking a fourth term in office.
Co-op Group confirms £2.5bn losses
The Co-operative Group has announced losses of £2.5bn for 2013, marking the worst losses in the groups 150-year history.
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Opinion: We abandon many children
In 2012 in the United States, 23,439 children in foster care turned 18 and were emancipated or aged out. In simple terms, most of them were put out into the world on their own without housing, financial assistance or emotional
Opinion: How Paul Ryan's budget fails
The House recently approved the budget designed by Rep. Paul Ryan, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Lack of progress angers families
A lack of progress in the search for MH370 is angering the families of victims. CNNs Ivan Watson reports.
Portland: Teen urinates in water supply
The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?
Can Kerry and Lavrov take the edge off crisis talks?
U.S.-Russian ties may be at their frostiest since the height of the Cold War, but at least theres some warmth to the relationship between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
Putin issues warning to Ukraine
Vladimir Putin has contacted world leaders asking them to condemn the military action in Ukraine. Diana Magnay reports.
Flight 370
If no traces of MH370 are found in the south Indian Ocean, officials plan to review the operation and decide a way forward, Malaysias acting transport minister said Thursday.
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Students suspended for displaying Confederate flag
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X-Men director sex abuse case
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Missing girl found safe near US-Mexico border
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Canada police say man used Heartbleed to steal info
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Unions want $100M in federal funds to aid Detroit pension deal
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Biden joins Instagram, takes selfie with Obama
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Flight instructor fired for 'shaming Canadians' on TV
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WorldViews: A cheesy FBI video hopes to stop U.S. students from becoming Chinese spies
The Federal Bureau of Investigations decision to make a strikingly cheesy, obviously low-budget, half-hour-long video offering U.S. students in China advice on how to avoid inadvertently becoming a spy might strike some as odd. Do people really need advice on
Indian tech guru is worth $1.2 billion, but his election campaign highlights his humble roots
He is the richest candidate in India’s national elections, with a personal fortune of more than $1.2 billion. He co-founded one of the nation’s best-known IT companies, Infosys. At 58, Nandan Nilekani is comfortable sharing a stage with the likes
Pro-Russian militants killed in clash at Ukraine port city
DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces engaged pro-Russian separatists Thursday in what appeared to be the most intense battle yet in the restive east, killing three militants and wounding 13 after what the Interior Ministry described as a siege on a
Almost 300 missing in South Korean ferry disaster; death toll expected to rise
SEOUL — Emergency teams desperately searched an overturned and submerged ferry Thursday morning amid fears that scores of the nearly 300 missing passengers are still trapped in the vessel’s hard-to-reach corridors. Read full article >>
In Ukraine, a crisis of bullets and economics
DONETSK, Ukraine — As pro-Russia militants stormed City Hall here Wednesday, the interim Ukrainian government was battling more than just a separatist problem. Kiev’s credibility is on the line as the central government tries to persuade residents fearful of economic
Syrian opposition fighters obtain U.S.-made TOW antitank missiles
Syria’s opposition fighters have been supplied with U.S.-made antitank missiles, the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. It is unclear how the rebels obtained the wire-guided missiles, which are capable of penetrating heavy armor
U.S. officials have low expectations ahead of meetings with Russia and Ukraine
The Obama administration signaled little optimism ahead of diplomatic meetings Thursday with Russia and Ukraine over the escalating conflict in Eastern Europe and prepared to enact new economic sanctions designed to punish Moscow. Read full article >>
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China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said.
China economy stronger than data suggests: government
BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinas economy is doing better than official data suggests, the Commerce Ministry said a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low, adding that targets for exports and imports this year should be met despite some
Search for Malaysia Airlines jet refocuses on drone scans of seafloor
SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - A deep-sea drone had completed its much-anticipated first full scan of the seabed in the remote Indian Ocean, the team looking for a missing Malaysian jetliner said on Thursday, as an air and surface search became
India starts biggest day of voting with Hindu nationalists gaining strength
BANGALORE (Reuters) - India kicked off the biggest day of its mammoth general election on Thursday, with a quarter of its 815 million voters set to head to the polls during a week of fresh blows for the ruling Congress
ADVISORY: Story on father reporting contact with survivor aboard South Korean ferry is withdrawn
JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Please be advised that the story quoting a father as saying he had had text-message contact with a child aboard the capsized South Korean ferry is wrong. The father has since said that he did
Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis
GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
GM to seek court protection against ignition lawsuits
(Reuters) - General Motors Co said it would ask a U.S. court to bar lawsuits related to actions before its 2009 bankruptcy, signaling a tougher stance toward legal claims stemming from its recent recall over faulty ignition switches.
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5 things you need to know Thursday
The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.
Ukraine: 3 killed after Black Sea base attack
Crowd armed with stun grenades and Molotov cocktails hit a National Guard base.
Families cling to hope, texts amid ferry disaster
287 passengers still missing as families lash out at the governments handling of the incident.
Survey finds Americans largely optimistic about science
Americans are optimistic about science but have some qualms.
Sub makes its first complete scan for MH370
In addition to the Bluefin-21, up to 13 planes and 11 ships continued to search for the plane.
Museum brings the art of healing to veterans
A counseling service brings mental health services for veterans into an art museum.
Feds say drug kingpin targeted prosecutors in Del.
Miguel Lavenant was arrested and convicted after an elaborate cross-country investigation.
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The Big Business Behind Chocolate Easter Eggs
Worldwide production of chocolate is worth about $100 billion per year. CNBCs John Schoen takes a look inside the sweetest industry. Illustrated by Rob Donnelly.
New Jersey Teens Who Shared 'Sexts' Accused of Child Porn
Police urge parents to explain to their children that sending, taking and sharing of naked photos of juveniles is a crime.
Here's What Happens If You Bring a Confederate Flag to School
Principal says use of symbol "designed to revive past injustices or to inflame discrimination or racial intolerance is completely unacceptable."
'Diploma Mill' Earned Owner $5 Million, Feds Allege
“This is a misunderstanding and I don’t know what to say," accused says.
Missing Malaysia Jet Suits May Get Scuttled in U.S., Experts Say
U.S. federal courts are generally reluctant to take up cases involving foreign air crashes.
Phoenix Suns Burned as One of 'Best Non-Playoff Teams Ever'
This years Phoenix Suns will be remembered for having one of the best records in NBA history that wasnt good enough to make the playoffs.
Three Shot Dead as Pro-Russian Separatists Storm Ukraine Base
Three pro-Russian separatists were shot dead after 300 colleagues attempted to attack a national guard base in eastern Ukraine, the countrys interior minister said.
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Ukraine’s Push East Falters as Militants Seize Army Vehicles
Ukrainian news media reported that pro-Russian militias had commandeered six armored personnel carriers from the Ukrainian Army and driven them to the central square in Slovyansk.
Type 2 Diabetes Complications Show Sharp Decline, Report Finds
Rates of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and amputations dropped over the past two decades, federal researchers said.
Court Deportations Drop 43 Percent in Last Five Years
The statistics present a different picture of President Obama’s policies than the one painted by many immigrant advocates, who have called him the “deporter in chief.”
Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Sinks
It is unclear what caused the sinking of the Sewol, which was traveling to the resort island of Jeju. More than 280 passengers on board are still unaccounted for.
For Young Traders, a Market Where Air Jordans Are Blue Chips
Bartering and selling at conventions and online, the thousands of mostly teenage “sneakerheads” have perfected the art of trading up.
A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee player for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.
Unfinished Business Complicates Clinton’s Diplomatic Legacy
Hillary Rodham Clinton may face a dilemma as she recounts her record before a possible White House bid: Much of her work as secretary of state is either unfinished or went awry.
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X-Men Director Bryan Singer Accused of Teen Sex Abuse
Court papers filed Wednesday allege the Hollywood icon sexually abused a teenage boy in 1998 and 1999. The plaintiff claims to have been coerced into sexual acts with the promise of a role in an X-Men film. Singer denies all
Indian Election Favorite Modi Denies Shying Away From Gujarat Riots Issue
In 2002, more than 1,000 people were killed in sectarian riots that swept the western Indian state of Gujarat, where Narendra Modi was and still is chief minister. Twelve years on, as he bids to become prime minister, the accusations
East Coast Colleges Follow the Money South and West
Older universities try to keep pace with a shifting population
Eyefi Cloud Is the Best Wi-Fi Camera Experience Yet
New apps and a web-based service make it much easier to get to your photos from anywhere.
Indian Election Favorite Modi Denies Shying Away From Gujarat Riots Issue
In 2002, more than 1,000 people were killed in sectarian riots that swept the western Indian state of Gujarat, where Narendra Modi was and still is chief minister. Twelve years on, as he bids to become prime minister, the accusations
Wisconsin Inks Bill to Prevent Parents From ‘Giving Away’ Adopted Children
Wisconsins governor inked a new law Wednesday that will stop parents signing over custody of their adopted children to others without first obtaining judicial approval
Overcoming Voter Apathy In India’s I.T. Hub
With its young and upwardly mobile population, Bangalore is a bellwether for Indias professional classes and a battle ground for campaigners seeking to overcome traditional urban voter apathy
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Basil Paterson, trailblazing New York politician, former Gov. David Paterson's father, dead at 87
ALBANY -- Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son. He was 87.
Ukraine clashes leave 3 dead, 13 injured, official says
Ukraines interior minister says three pro-Russian militants have been killed and 13 wounded after Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a National Guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol in the south-east part of the country.
LI restaurants to pay almost $1.7M in back wages, damages, say feds
Seven Long Island restaurants have agreed to pay a total of almost $1.7 million in back wages and damages owed to 363 workers, mostly waiters and kitchen help, the U.S. Labor Department announced Wednesday.
Basil Paterson, trailblazing NY politician and father of former governor, dies at 87
ALBANY -- Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son. He was 87.
Bomb threat delays United Express flight at JFK Airport
A United Express flight bound for Washington, D.C. was evacuated before it pushed off Wednesday evening because of a bomb threat, the Port Authority said.
Cops: Two drivers stable after East Hampton crash
Police were investigating a three-vehicle accident late Wednesday morning in East Hampton that left two of the drivers hospitalized in stable condition.
Basil Paterson, trailblazing politician, father of former governor, dies
ALBANY _ Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son.
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