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Ukraine rebels brace for new assault as US troops head to region

Masked pro-Russia activists wait to prevent planned campaigning visit of presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on April 22, 2014 Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United States said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to "reassure our allies and partners" after threatening Russia with more sanctions. Ukraine's acting president Oleksandr Turchynov late Tuesday ordered a new "anti-terrorist" operation against separatists holding a string of eastern towns after the discovery of two "brutally tortured" bodies.


Captain who left doomed ferry had 40 years at sea

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. A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank with hundreds trapped inside, being treated onshore after allegedly landing on one of the first rescue boats. (AP Photo/Yonhap, File) KOREA OUT MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on the ship. Yet there he was, captured in video on the day his ferry sank, onshore while hundreds of people were trapped inside the vessel.


Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

Relatives of mountaineers, killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, cry during the funeral ceremony in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, April 21, 2014. Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche ever recorded on Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. The avalanche killed at least 13 Sherpas. Three other Sherpas remain missing and are presumed dead. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha) KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.


AP PHOTOS: Syrians on treacherous trek to safety

In this picture taken on early Sunday April 20, 2014, Saleh Zawaraa, 28, center, arrives on horseback after being severely injured by a tank shell as he tried to bring bread into the Syrian village of Beit Jinn, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. He and other Syrians refugees came over 2,814-meter (9,232-foot) Mount Hermon (Jabal el-Sheikh), into the town of Chebaa in southeast Lebanon. The village of Beit Jinn has been under siege by Syrian troops for months, and no food and medicine has been allowed to reach thousands of trapped civilians inside.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla) MOUNT HERMON, Lebanon (AP) — As the late-day sun slipped behind the mountains in front of them, a ragtag group of around a dozen Syrians desperate to flee their country's bloody civil war set off on their treacherous nighttime trek across the rugged frontier into neighboring Lebanon.


Michigan man among 1st in US to get 'bionic eye'

In this April 16, 2014 image from video Roger Pontz wears special glasses that house a small video camera and transmitter at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The glasses are part of a system developed by a California company that wirelessly transmits images from the camera, converted into a series of electrical pulses, to an array of electrodes on the surface of Pontz' retna. The pulses stimulate the retina’s remaining healthy cells, causing them to relay the data to the optic nerve. The visual information then moves to the brain, where it is translated into patterns of light that can take the shape of an object’s outline, allowing the patient to regain some visual function. (AP Photo, Mike Householder) ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.


Obama visit lifts lid on simmering Asia tensions

US President Barack Obama departs for his week long trip to Asia on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, April 22, 2014 US President Barack Obama's Asian tour starts in Japan on Wednesday, lifting the lid on a bubbling cauldron of regional animosities and exposing historical rifts. Obama touches down in Tokyo after nearly 150 lawmakers paid homage at a controversial war shrine seen by neighbouring nations as a symbol of Japan's brutal imperialist past, and shortly after the prime minister made a shrine offering. Days earlier, China seized a huge Japanese freighter over what a Shanghai court says are unpaid bills relating to Japan's 1930s occupation of vast swathes of the country.


Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections) BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.


Oregon police: Man stalked women with 'moveable dungeon'

In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff) PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.


Pope John XXIII launched Vatican II and then some

FILE - In this April 15, 1963 file photo, Pope John XXIII sits at his working desk in his studio in a IX century tower in the Vatican gardens. In background the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. The Pontiff found the tower - once a fortress and later the Vatican observatory - abandoned and in decay. He liked it, particularly for the beautiful view from its covered terrace, embracing a great part of Rome and the surrounding country, in clear weather as far as the sea, distant about 25 kilometers (16 miles). He had it repaired and spends many days working in the studio he has had arranged there. While much of the focus of Sunday's dual canonization will be on Pope John Paul II's globe-trotting, 26-year papacy and his near-record sprint to sainthood, many older Catholics will be celebrating the short but historic pontificate of the "Good Pope," John XXIII. (AP Photo/Luigi Felici, File) VATICAN CITY (AP) — On the night of Oct. 11, 1962, Pope John XXIII did something so natural that it's astonishing it was so revolutionary at the time. He came to the window of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace and spoke to thousands of candle-bearing faithful below — not in the arcane, scripted words of pontiffs past but in those of a father and pastor looking out for his flock.


SKorea ferry toll hits 150 as search gets tougher

In this Tuesday, April 22, 2014, searchers and divers look for people believed to have been trapped in the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, 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 the South Korean ferry that sank nearly a week ago. (AP Photo/Korea Pool) KOREA OUT JINDO, South Korea (AP) — The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 150, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.


Australia signals deeper search for Malaysian jet

Malaysia Airlines flight MH192 bound for Bangalore turned back towards and parked at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Monday, April 21, 2014, after its right landing gear malfunctioned upon takeoff. The airline says Flight 192 carrying 166 people landed safely at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport early Monday, four hours after it departed. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet would not spell the end of the search, as officials planned to soon bring in more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean.


Concerts, snowboarding coming to renovated Alpine Mountain resort

Renovations, on-premise eateries and alcohol sales, summer concerts and a new ice-skating rink are among features promised by the new owners of Alpine Mountain Family Ski & Snow Tubing Center in Price Township.

Concerts in Columbia: R. Kelly, Chrome Sparks

Brave Baby — Brave Baby is South Carolina’s next best shot at indie music fame. The sweeping synth textures and punchy hooks point to bands like Passion Pit or Local Natives, but the Charleston outfit outstrips both in its capacity to build breezy melodies into huge pop explosions.

Obama visit to Asia seen as counterweight to China

FILE - In this March 25, 2014 file photo, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on before their trilateral meeting at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in the Hague, Netherlands. Obama’s travels through Asia this week will underscore the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China’s rising assertiveness and to the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Do Kwang-hwan) KOREA OUT TOKYO (AP) — President Barack Obama's travels through Asia aim to reassure partners about the renewed U.S. commitment to the region, with an eye both to China's rising assertiveness and the fast-growing markets that are the center of gravity for global growth.


Teen stowaway undetected for hours before departure

A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) The boy went undetected for seven hours in a highly secure area, officials say.


Top Korean stars to hold slew of intimate spring concerts

As the weather begins to brighten and the promise of greener pastures is just around the corner, a handful of popular artists have organised a series of concerts, moving away from the typical overcrowded, flashy K-pop stage settings. Shin Seung-hoon, IU, Lena Park and other stars will be performing a series of intimate concerts on small stages across the city to usher in the spring. Veteran ...

The top 10 songs and albums on the iTunes Store

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Point Foundation shows Robin Thicke performing at "Voices On Point" Concert & Gala in Los Angeles. Thisck's “Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. & Pharrell was the top selling song on iTunes for the week ending June 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Point Foundation, Colin Young-Wolff) iTunes' Official Music Charts for the week ending April 21, 2014:


NYPD's Twitter PR campaign backfires badly

People walk by a New York City police officer in Times Square, on August 12, 2013 New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.


Sotomayor: Justices 'fundamentally misunderstand' racial bias

Sotomayor First Hispanic Supreme Court judge issues sharp dissent in affirmative action case.


JetBlue pilots overwhelmingly vote 'yes' to join union

File photo of a passenger walking past a JetBlue advertisement at Logan International Airport in Boston (Reuters) - JetBlue Airways Corp pilots voted by a wide margin on Tuesday to join the Air Line Pilots Association union, sending the budget carrier's stock price down on concerns the move would raise the airline's costs. About 71 percent of the pilots eligible to vote in the month-long election backed ALPA. JetBlue has about 2,600 pilots and 96 percent were eligible to vote. The vote marked the first successful union drive by a group of workers at JetBlue.


Obama takes in mudslide's brutal aftermath

Marine One helicopter, carrying President Barack Obama, takes an aerial tour of Oso, Wash., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, above the site of the deadly mudslide that struck the community in March. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) President meets grieving families and workers still searching site where dozens died.


Justices appear conflicted over Aereo TV copyright fight

Aereo antenna array WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services. Aereo, backed by media mogul Barry Diller, could be forced to shut down if the high court rules for the four major television broadcasters, who say the service violates copyright law. (Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)


IRS workers who owe back taxes awarded $1 million in bonuses

A general view of the Internal Revenue Service Building in Washington WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service has paid more than $2.8 million in bonuses to employees with recent disciplinary problems, including $1 million to workers who owed back taxes, a government investigator said Tuesday.


'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2009, file photo, acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz is seen in Santa Barbara, Calif. Schwartz is asking musical theater fans to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows The award-winning composer of the Broadway smash, “Wicked,” wants people to know that it’s stealing. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant, File) NEW YORK (AP) — By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter.


'Peter Gabriel: Back to Front' concert film screens April 23

Peter Gabriel has always used his concerts for something much more ambitious than merely singing his favorite songs live. This Wednesday (April 23), viewers will get a chance to go inside his recent Back to Front tour by way of a concert film being shown in theaters around the country.

Michigan affirmative ban is OK, Supreme Court says

FILE - This Sept. 19, 2013 file photo shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaking at the University of Delaware in Newark, Del. The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The justices said in a 6-2 ruling that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory. In dissent, Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. “But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups,” said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — A state's voters are free to outlaw the use of race as a factor in college admissions, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a blow to affirmative action that also laid bare tensions among the justices about a continuing need for programs that address racial inequality in America.


Jurors hear chilling audio of fatal shootings

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Jurors listened to an audio recording Tuesday of the moments when two teenagers were fatally shot by a Minnesota homeowner who says he feared for his life after several previous break-ins.

Family has unpublished Gabriel Garcia Marquez manuscript

Residents walk next to a poster of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez, before a symbolic public funeral held for Garcia Marquez, in Aracataca MEXICO CITY (AP) — Novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez left behind an unpublished manuscript that he chose not to print while he was alive, an editor told The Associated Press on Tuesday as the writer's compatriots held a musical tribute to him in his native Colombia.


Kerry: Cold War diplomacy was ‘easier’

Secretary of State John Kerry, accompanied by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, announces the launch of second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review during a speech at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Secretary of State feels "bipolar world" made American diplomacy a less high-wire affair.


Opposition: South Africa's ruling ANC giving away mattresses for votes

A man waves an ANC flag as supporters of the ruling party take part in a protest on March 26, 2014, in Cape Town South Africa's government corruption watchdog is looking into an allegation that the ruling ANC party handed out state-paid mattresses in election campaigns ahead of general polls on May 7, a spokesman said Tuesday. Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is planning a meeting with the country's social security agency after a complaint from new opposition party AgangSA. "AgangSA complained that mattresses were distributed in Valhalla in Cape Town allegedly as part of the ruling party's election campaign," her spokesman Oupa Segalwe told AFP.


Life in solitary: The prison within the prison

'Solitary Nation' Filmmaker Dan Edge takes a look inside the brutal isolation unit at Maine State Prison for PBS' "Frontline."


High court upholds Mich. affirmative action ban

FILE - In this June 27, 2012 file photo, an American flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington. DNA may be the building blocks of life, but can something taken from it be the building blocks of a multimillion-dollar medical monopoly? The Supreme Court will grapple with that question Monday, April 15, 2013, as it delves into an issue that could reshape medical research in the United States, in the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer, and the billion-dollar medical and biotechnology business: Can human genes be patented? The court's decision could have a wide-ranging effect. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.


Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran get call from Country Music Hall of Fame

Ronnie Milsap performs during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville (Reuters) - Ronnie Milsap, who scored a handful of crossover hits in the 1970s and 1980s, bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran are this year's inductees into the County Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association said on Tuesday. Milsap, the singer of hits such as 1977's "It Was Almost Like a Song," 1981's "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and 1982's "Any Day Now," broke ground as a blind country music star and helped the genre win over pop music fans. Milsap started his career as a rhythm and blues performer in the 1960s and served a session musician for Elvis Presley. In 1972, he was discovered by country star Charley Pride who convinced Milsap to move to Nashville and focus on country music.


Jurors Hear Defendant's Audio of Fatal Shootings

Jurors hear defendant's audio recording of fatal shooting of 2 teens in his Minnesota home

Violent death of Ukraine politician tests accord

Masked pro-Russia protesters burn campaign material of Yulia Tymoshenko outside a regional government building in Donetsk Ukraine's acting president calls for an anti-terrorist operation to be relaunched in the east of the country.


The National Cancels Summer Concerts In Russia, Ukraine Over Political Crisis

Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. "Due...

Jury hears shots that killed Little Falls teens

In his own audio, Byron Smith is heard calmly talking amid the booming gunfire in the basement.

Five things you (probably) don't know about Earth Day

NASA handout image shows the distant blue Earth above the Moon's limb Earth Day turns 44 on Tuesday, and it's more popular than ever. One might suspect the holiday was created by eco-warriors in tie-dyed shirts and leather-fringe vests. Not so. Read on for a collection of facts you (probably) didn't know about Earth Day.


The face of hemp in Washington

Yahoo News spends a day with Ben Droz, Capitol Hill's hemp lobbyist.

Orchestra set for another swing through China

If it's spring, the Philadelphia Orchestra must be headed for China. In the third year of its five-year agreement with the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the orchestra opens its 21/2-week tour there on May 21, travels on to Shanghai, then plunges into less-well-charted cities - and formats - before ending with traditional concerts in Tokyo and Taipei, Taiwan, concluding June ...

Music Review: Kelis remains versatile on 'Food'

This CD cover image released by Ninja Tune shows "Food," the latest release by Kelis. (AP Photo/Ninja Tune) Kelis, "Food" (Ninja Tune)


Music Review: Iggy Azalea's debut shows promise

This CD cover image released by Island Def-Jam shows "The New Classic," by Iggy Azalea. (AP Photo/Island Def-Jam) Iggy Azalea, "The New Classic" (Def Jam/Grand Hustle)


Music Review: G. Love keeps grooving on 'Sugar'

This CD cover image released by Universal Republic shows "Sugar," the latest release by G. Love & Special Sauce. (AP Photo/Universal Republic) G. Love & Special Sauce, "Sugar" (Brushfire Records)


Audio-Enriching HARMAN Clari-Fi Technology to Premiere in the All-New Lexus NX

HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today that the all-new 2015 Lexus NX will be the first vehicle to incorporate HARMAN’s innovative Clari-Fi™ technology, which automatically analyzes and improves the audio quality of all types of compressed, digitalized music sources.

Geely and Chang’An Motors Choose HARMAN for Advanced Infotainment in New Vehicles

HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today that it has finalized agreements with two leading domestic automakers in China to feature the Company’s infotainment systems.

HARMAN Named Finalist for Five 2014 Telematics Update Awards

HARMAN, the premium global audio and infotainment group , is a finalist in five categories of the 2014 Telematics Update Awards. Driven by its leadership in navigation, c

HARMAN and Tsinghua University Establish Joint Research Lab for Automotive Innovation

Harman International Industries, Inc. , the premium global audio and infotainment group, announced today it has entered into an agreement with China’s Tsinghua University

HARMAN to Establish New Global Development Center in Suzhou, China

Harman International Industries, Inc. , the global premium audio and infotainment group, said today that it will open a new global research and development center in Suzhou, China in mid 2015, initially adding about 200 new employees at the site.

Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43

This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday April 19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43. (AP Photo/Sue Veldkamp) FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.


Canada's Kiesza grabs top spot in British music charts with debut

Female Canadian singer-songwriter Kiesza grabbed the top spot in Britain's music charts on Sunday with her debut single "Hideaway", which sold more than 136,000 copies, the Official Charts Company said. Calgary-born Kiesza is a classically-trained ballerina and a former codebreaker in the Royal Canadian Navy where she says she began writing songs. In the albums chart, Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini snatched the top spot with his new album "Caustic Love", the fastest-selling album of the year so far. The Official Charts Company said the release, Nutini's third studio album, had sold more than 109,000 copies over the last seven days and was the 27-year-old's second UK number one album.
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