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  • Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    PHOENIX (AP) — A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. More »Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

  • Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria declared on Wednesday that it is looking ahead to the dismantling of the international mission overseeing the destruction of the conflict-torn country's chemical arsenal, though Western officials say they want the team to keep working. The statement came after Sigrid Kaag, head of the joint mission of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), told the Security Council that the Syrian government should be able to meet an April 27 deadline to hand over all declared chemical agents. But inside the council chamber, U.S. and European delegations told Kaag that they are concerned about fresh allegations that Syria's government has deployed chlorine gas and expressed their view that a full investigation was necessary, diplomats said. After the closed-door session, which Kaag participated in via video link, Syria's U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja'afari was asked what should happen to the U.N.-OPCW mission once declared materials linked to the Syrian chemical weapons were shipped out of the country and all installations were shut down. More »Syria eyes end of chemical arms monitoring mission; West disagrees

  • GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (Reuters) - General Electric Co is in talks to buy French turbine and train maker Alstom SA for about $13 billion, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. It said the deal would give GE control of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and rail-signal technology and that the move had the support of Bouygues , Alstom's biggest shareholder with a 29 percent stake. An Alstom spokeswoman denied the report, saying "these are totally unfounded rumours". Alstom has been hit hard by a drop in orders for power equipment from utilities, which are suffering in turn from weak electricity prices. More »GE in talks to buy France's Alstom - Bloomberg

  • Hillary Clinton daring women to compete

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016. More »Hillary Clinton daring women to compete

  • Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Parents whose children were killed in a Colorado theater shooting on Wednesday demanded a conservative group stop running ads featuring an image of Democratic Sen. Mark Udall visiting a hospital where other victims were recovering. More »Conservative group drops image of Obama from ad

  • Contestant of ABC TV's 'The Bachelorette' dies in Utah accident

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    A contestant on the upcoming season of ABC's reality TV show "The Bachelorette" has died, the program's producers said on Wednesday. Eric Hill had been in a coma after suffering injuries in a paragliding accident in Utah on Sunday, according to People magazine, citing Hill's family. "We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic passing of our friend, Eric Hill," Warner Bros. Television, which produces the show for Walt Disney's ABC network, said in a statement. The upcoming season of "The Bachelorette," in which a woman chooses a possible husband from a group of 25 men, is set to air next month. More »Contestant of ABC TV's 'The Bachelorette' dies in Utah accident

  • Colombia ICRC says peace may solve mystery of disappeared

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Julia Symmes Cobb BOGOTA (Reuters) - A government peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels may help solve the mystery behind tens of thousands of Colombians who disappeared during 50 years of war, a Red Cross official said on Wednesday. Negotiations between the FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the government are in their 17th month in Cuba. More than 20,000 people are known to have disappeared after being violently taken from their homes by rebels, right-wing paramilitaries or armed forces, according to government estimates. The International Committee of the Red Cross finds or identifies about three missing people every few months, said Jordi Raich, the head of its Colombia delegation. More »Colombia ICRC says peace may solve mystery of disappeared

  • Hillary Clinton dares women to compete

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is daring women to compete, but not saying whether she will herself in 2016. More »Hillary Clinton dares women to compete

  • US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican senator from Arkansas remains hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing unexpected heart surgery a day earlier for a tear in his aorta. More »US Sen. Boozman recovering from heart surgery

  • Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Tom Perry CAIRO (Reuters) - A senior police officer was killed near Cairo on Wednesday in a bomb attack claimed by a militant group, while security forces stormed a hideout used by another Islamist organisation near Alexandria in a raid that left an officer and a militant dead. Militant violence has spiralled since last July, when the army toppled elected head of state Mohamed Mursi and the authorities launched a fierce crackdown on his supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist sympathisers. The attacks underline lingering instability in Egypt ahead of a presidential election in May that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who deposed Mursi, is expected to win. The police officer killed near Cairo was named as Brigadier General Ahmed Zaki. More »Two policemen, militant killed in Egypt

  • Boxing-Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will take his time and "be smart" when he faces Marcos Maidana of Argentina for their welterweight title unification in Las Vegas next week. Mayweather, who has a 45-0 record with 26 knockouts, is widely regarded as one of the best defensive fighters of all time while slugger Maidana is known for his all-round skill and blistering power. "Maidana deserves the opportunity," Mayweather told reporters at his boxing club in Las Vegas while preparing for the May 3 bout at the nearby MGM Grand Garden Arena. I'm coming straight ahead." Mayweather, who outboxed Saul Canelo Alvarez in his most recent bout in September to take the Mexican's WBA and WBC super welterweight titles, praised Maidana for his skills in the ring while cautioning his opponent that his best was yet to come. More »Boxing-Mayweather preaches patience ahead of Maidana bout

  • UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United Nations mission in South Sudan accused the government Wednesday of spreading false claims that the U.N. camp near the scene of a massacre refused to shelter victims. More »UN says it sheltered thousands from Sudan killings

  • Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San Jose stowaway ... More »Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

  • 5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Tavern on the Green, closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens Thursday under new management. Here are five things to know about the once-grand restaurant in Central Park: More »5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green

  • Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial before canonisation

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Vandals daubed paint across a stone memorial commemorating the late Pope John Paul II in his home region of southern Poland on Wednesday, days before he is to be made a saint. John Paul, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005, will be canonised on Sunday and remains for many Catholics a towering model of faith and commitment. More »Vandals deface Pope John Paul II memorial before canonisation

  • Britain's Camilla 'devastated' by brother's death in fall

    AFP - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Camilla, wife of Britain's Prince Charles, was on Wednesday left "utterly devastated" after her brother died in an accident during a night out in New York, Clarence House said. More »Britain's Camilla 'devastated' by brother's death in fall

  • Tributes for Camilla's brother

    Press Association - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The Duchess of Cornwall was left "utterly devastated" after her brother died from a s erious head injury sustained in a fall in New York. More »Tributes for Camilla's brother

  • Car bomb kills four in Kenyan capital

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI (Reuters) - Four people killed when a car bomb exploded outside a police station in a poor neighbourhood of the Kenyan capital Nairobi on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said. Police officers had earlier stopped the saloon car at traffic lights and were taking the occupants for questioning when the bomb exploded, the ministry said. Kenya's security forces are struggling to contain a surge in bomb and gun attacks that the authorities blame on the Somali Islamist militants who killed at least 67 people when they laid siege to Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in September. Kenyans are increasingly alarmed at the relative ease at which the militants and radicalised youths are able to carry out deadly strikes in the heart of Kenya, east Africa's biggest economy. More »Car bomb kills four in Kenyan capital

  • 'Big Easy' Els returns to a favoured PGA Tour haunt

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    (Reuters) - Four-times major winner Ernie Els returns this week to one of his favourite cities, where he shares the alluring nickname of 'The Big Easy,' to make his eighth career start at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. At a PGA Tour event where he has always enjoyed a "good vibe," the smooth-swinging South African lost out to American Jason Dufner in a playoff for the title in 2012, then tied for 15th last year at the TPC Louisiana. "At the forefront of my mind right now is making sure I put all my efforts into trying to produce a better performance at this week's Zurich Classic," Els wrote on his blog. "Pete Dye has always been one of my favourite designers and courses like TPC Louisiana just seem to fit my eye." Els, a 19-times winner on the PGA Tour, will aim to feed off those positive memories in front of supportive fans as he seeks his first victory on the U.S. circuit since the 2012 British Open. More »'Big Easy' Els returns to a favoured PGA Tour haunt

  • U.S. new home sales hint at prolonged housing weakness

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes tumbled to their lowest level in eight months in March, dashing hopes for a quick turnaround for a sector that fell into a soft patch last summer. More »U.S. new home sales hint at prolonged housing weakness

  • Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Esteban Israel SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff praised the United States on Wednesday for its decision to ease control over the Internet and called for a more democratic, transparent network following the U.S. National Security Agency spying scandal. Rousseff spoke at a global conference that she convened on how to govern a safer, less U.S.-centered Internet after revelations that she and other world leaders had been spied upon by the NSA. Rousseff hailed President Barack Obama's decision to hand off control of ICANN, a California-based non-profit in charge of assigning Internet domains or addresses, to an international oversight body that has yet to be decided on. Revelations last year by former NSA analyst Edward Snowden that the United States spied on Internet users with secret programs prompted worldwide calls for reducing U.S. control of the network now connecting one-third of the world's population. More »Brazil's Rousseff praises U.S. for relaxing grip on Internet

  • Guam woman charged with fatally stabbing husband

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A 33-year-old mother is being held on $500,000 bond after police say she fatally stabbed her common-law husband in their Toto apartment. More »Guam woman charged with fatally stabbing husband

  • Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

    Associated Press - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    CAIRO (AP) — A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. More »Bomb, shooting in Egypt kills 2 police officers

  • Samuel L. Jackson Supports Fundraising Campaign to Raise Awareness of Male Cancer

    IB Times - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Samuel L Jackson has leant his support to a new fundraising campaign to raise awareness of male cancer. The Captain America star has backed the One For The Boys campaign urging men to "get themselves checked out." More »Samuel L. Jackson Supports Fundraising Campaign to Raise Awareness of Male Cancer

  • Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

    Reuters - Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel. "This is the good news we tell our people: the era of division is over," Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said to loud applause at a Palestinian news conference also attended by representatives of the PLO. Israel said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace, and cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem. More »Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

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