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Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.

NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.

"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in ...

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Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.

Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

"We worked hard and we worked ...

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Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low

Thursday, April 17, 2014

There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday.

The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before ...

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Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.

The exchange between ...

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No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster

Thursday, April 17, 2014

This post will be updated as news comes in.

A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized ...

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Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the explosions near the finish line of last year's race.

District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see ...

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Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

9:45 a.m. ET, April 17: The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain.

Our post from April 16:

Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military ...

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43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.

Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the ...

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In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.

According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to ...

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Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This post is being updated as news comes in.

Unsuccessful in their attempts to find the missing in a sunken ferry off the southern coast of South Korea overnight, rescue divers resumed their search at day break Thursday, Jason Strother reports from Seoul.

A day after the boat began to ...

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Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.

Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last ...

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Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.

As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after

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An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This post was updated at 11:45 a.m. ET.

The 73-year-old man accused of killing three people Sunday in a hate-fueled attack at Jewish centers in Overland Park, Kan., awaits a date in court later today. He's to be charged with one count of capital murder and one count ...

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Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.

The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, NPR's Ari Shapiro said ...

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Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.

As the Los Angeles Times adds, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the ...

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Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea

Monday, April 14, 2014

The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.

Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and ...

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Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages

Monday, April 14, 2014

The state of Ohio was told by a federal judge Monday that it must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, Ohio Public Radio and TV's Jo Ingles reports.

The decision follows similar rulings by federal judges in other states and was not a surprise. Judge Timothy ...

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Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer

Monday, April 14, 2014

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday that it expects the federal deficit will be about $22 billion less this fiscal year than previously thought, and about $9 billion less than had been anticipated next year.

"But if current laws do not change," CBO warned, "the period of ...

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Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed

Monday, April 14, 2014

On Day 38, the latest developments in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.

-- Search Goes Below. "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (The Sydney ...

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Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria

Monday, April 14, 2014

A rush-hour bomb blast Monday at a bus station near Nigeria's capital and other explosions that followed are thought to have killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120.

An Islamist group that believes Western education is sinful and takes other extremist stands is being blamed.

"Fingers are ...

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