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Proposed US rules leave open Internet fast lanes
12:41 PM, 04.24.2014

A woman uses her smartphone in a starbucks in Silver Spring, Maryland, on May 9, 2012Internet fast lanes that defy the ideal of "net neutrality" would be allowed under rules proposed by US regulators eager to keep broadband service providers from abusing their power. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday laid out a proposal to make sure Internet service providers don't discriminate when it comes to data coursing through online pipes. The rules wouldn't prevent Internet service providers (ISPs) from letting technology titans such as Netflix or Google pay for faster data speeds but would require competing traffic move at "reasonable" speeds. The "open Internet notice of proposed rule making" sent from FCC chief Tom Wheeler to the full commission was pounced on by critics as a betrayal of the goal of keeping the Internet "neutral" by preventing some online traffic from getting priority over other content.


 
Family of slain TSA agent files claim for $25M
12:41 PM, 04.24.2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A law firm has filed a $25 million claim against the city of Los Angeles on behalf of the wife and two children of a security screener killed in an attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year.

 
US unwilling to give up Mideast peace process yet
12:42 PM, 04.24.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Thursday it is not ready to write off Mideast peace negotiations as failed, even after Israel broke off talks with Palestinian leaders who are trying to create a coalition government with the Hamas group.

 
Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive
12:35 PM, 04.24.2014

CLEVELAND (AP) — Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter's guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland.

 
Oregon panel recommends moving to federal exchange
12:35 PM, 04.24.2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An advisory panel has recommended that Oregon drop its trouble-plagued online health exchange for private policies and have Oregonians shop for them instead on the federal online marketplace.

 
Study links California drought to global warming
12:34 PM, 04.24.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) —     While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it's not done in real time. Now a study is asserting a link between climate change and both the intensifying California drought and the polar vortex blamed for a harsh winter that mercifully has just ended in many places.

 
Tea time again in London as Unilever brews up a drinks revival
12:34 PM, 04.24.2014

A woman pours tea in a T2 shop in LondonBy Martinne Geller LONDON (Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Unilever opened its first European tea shop in London on Thursday, aiming to cash in on the growing appeal of unusual and luxury cuppas and ignite fresh enthusiasm for the national drink. A new generation of Britons drink more coffee than tea since the arrival of the mighty Starbucks, and a host of imitators that now crowd high streets. But with Starbucks opening a tea bar in New York last October and talking about a $90 billion (53.5 billion pounds) global market, the tide may be turning. Unilever, whose Lipton brand is the world's top-selling tea, bought Australia's T2 tea chain - where the menu ranges from a 5.75 pound box of English Breakfast to Japanese Gyokuro teas costing upwards of 25 pounds a tin - in September and hopes to appeal to the same consumers interested in upscale coffee that fuelled the last drinks boom.


 
'Chosen One' banner removed after Moyes sacking
12:33 PM, 04.24.2014

"The Chosen One" banner hangs at the Stretford End during the English Premier League football match in Manchester, northwest England, on March 29, 2014The last visible evidence of David Moyes' miserable reign at Manchester United was removed on Thursday as the infamous 'The Chosen One' banner was taken down from the Stretford End at Old Trafford. Moyes was sacked on Tuesday after just 10 months in charge of United and the much-maligned Scot is quickly being erased from the club's history. After being hand-picked by his predecessor Alex Ferguson to take over at United, Moyes was hailed by supporters as the chosen one, a reference to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's self-styled nickname 'the Special One'.


 
Camilla's brother dies in New York of head injury
12:30 PM, 04.24.2014

FILE - A June 24, 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture titled Mr. Cameron as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after falling late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Prince of Wales and his wife, Camilla, are "utterly devastated" by the death of her brother, who fell outside a Manhattan hotel bar and suffered a head injury, British royal officials said.


 
Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home
12:25 PM, 04.24.2014

This image provided by Rachel Anderson shows officials at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo. Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rachel Anderson)OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents were allowed to return home Thursday, nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant forced the evacuation of their small southwestern Wyoming town.


 
London school says students abused by US teacher
12:23 PM, 04.24.2014

An outside view of the Southbank International School in central London where suspected child molester William James Vahey taught for a four-year term, Thursday, April 24, 2014. British police is helping with a FBI global investigation to identify and trace victims of a suspected pedophile teacher, William James Vahey, who killed himself in March in Luverne Minnesota. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)LONDON (AP) — A British private school said Thursday that images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month.


 
Nevada rancher condemned for racist remarks
12:21 PM, 04.24.2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who has become a conservative folk hero for resisting the federal government's attempts to round up his cattle faced sharp criticism Thursday for racist comments published in a New York Times article.

 
Philadelphia newspaper guild won't bid for company
12:21 PM, 04.24.2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Workers at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers won't be able to mount a bid for their troubled company, after a wealthy potential backer balked at the projected $77 million opening price.

 
Senate report criticizes former DHS watchdog
12:21 PM, 04.24.2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate subcommittee says the Homeland Security Department's former acting inspector general was too cozy with the White House appointees whose activities he was supposed to oversee.

 
John XXIII's brief papacy made big mark for church
12:17 PM, 04.24.2014

A woman takes pictures of the tomb of Pope John XXIII in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Hundred thousands of pilgrims and faithful are expected to reach Rome to attend the scheduled April 27 ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope John XXIII left his imprint on humanity and the Catholic Church he led for fewer than five years, helping propel him to sainthood on Sunday. Here are some highlights, in deeds and words:


 
South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit
12:15 PM, 04.24.2014

U.S. President Barack Obama stands in front of a large model of the Earth as he attends a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, known as the Miraikan, in Tokyo on Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.


 
Company stopped from accepting abortion waste
12:11 PM, 04.24.2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Marion County commissioners have given final approval to an order to stop a company from receiving medical waste until procedures are in place to prevent the burning of fetal material to generate power.

 
Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs
12:10 PM, 04.24.2014

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 file photo a General Electric logo is seen on a kitchen stove at a Lowe's store in Framingham, Mass. Industrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar, which make expensive equipment that other companies need to buy in order to grow, have been posting strong results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Big companies are finally starting to spend money, and that could mean a better economy and more jobs are on the way.


 
Russia's Putin calls the Internet a 'CIA project'
12:10 PM, 04.24.2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a media meeting organized by the Russian People's Front in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia’s interest in the online industry. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia's biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company's shares plummeting.


 
France to send four Rafale fighter jets on Baltic security duty
12:06 PM, 04.24.2014

France will send four Rafale fighter jets to Poland next week as part of a show of NATO commitment to Central Europe and the Baltic states, which have been rattled by the escalation of tensions between Russia and Ukraine. The four warplanes will be sent to Malbork in northern Poland on April 28 on a double mission: to train the Polish air force and stand ready for air patrols over the Baltic states under NATO command, the French defense ministry said. NATO said last week it would send more ships, planes and troops to eastern Europe to reassure allies worried by Russia's annexation of Crimea and its massing of troops on the border with eastern Ukraine.

 
Ukraine launches operation against insurgents
12:06 PM, 04.24.2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian forces launched an operation Thursday to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 
Officials: Camilla's brother's death an accident
12:05 PM, 04.24.2014

FILE - A June 24, 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture titled Mr. Cameron as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after falling late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The death of the Prince of Wales' brother-in-law in New York City has been ruled an accident.


 
Timbuktu's storied mausoleums to rise from ruins
12:03 PM, 04.24.2014

TIMBUKTU, Mali (AP) — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and walls barely rise from the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums once stood and are now in ruins. Islamic radicals swept in and tore them apart as totems of idolatry, along with other symbols of the fabled city.

 
GM posts lower profit after recall; outlook for rest of year trimmed
12:02 PM, 04.24.2014

The sign to a Chevrolet automobile dealership is seen down the street from General Motors World Headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in DetroitBy Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co's first-quarter profit tumbled 88 percent on Thursday due to the massive recall for defective ignition switches, and shares fell 1.3 percent after the company said expectations for the rest of the year must be trimmed. While the company's results topped expectations on strong pricing for its redesigned pickup trucks in North America, it did not raise its full-year outlook by a corresponding amount. GM said in January its 2014 earnings would finish slightly higher. While leaving the outlook for the full year unchanged on Thursday, Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said the stronger first quarter means the outlook for the rest of the year will have to come down.


 
Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian unity bid
12:02 PM, 04.24.2014

File picture of Palestinian President Abbas during a meeting with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank city of RamallahBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group. The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29 deadline for a peace accord. "The government of Israel will not hold negotiations with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, a terror organization that calls for Israel's destruction," an official statement said after a six-hour meeting.


 
Management, safety cited for radiation release
12:01 PM, 04.24.2014

This April 2, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Department of Energy shows workers underground inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility in Carlsbad, N.M., for the first time since the Feb. 14 radiological release. The operators of this federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump are bracing for a scathing report Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on their response to a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the southeastern New Mexico facility two months ago. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of the safety culture at the 15-year-old site, which was evident in the bungled response to the emergency, federal investigators said in a report released Thursday.


 
After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions
11:59 AM, 04.24.2014

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to hold its first double execution in nearly 80 years, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday.


 
Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels
11:59 AM, 04.24.2014

A pro-Russian armed man stands guard near the state security service building in SlavianskSlavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - Russia ordered new military exercises on the border of Ukraine Thursday and warned of "consequences" after Kiev launched a deadly assault against pro-Kremlin rebels occupying the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, in an escalation of the crisis. But Ukraine's president vowed to see through the military operation, telling Russia to "stop interfering" in the former Soviet republic, and declaring that Kiev would not yield to "the terrorist threat". The rocketing tensions sent oil prices up, as US President Barack Obama, who has deployed troops to boost NATO's defences in eastern European states, accused Russia of reneging on an agreement to defuse the crisis.


 
First lady gets resume from girl with jobless dad
11:58 AM, 04.24.2014

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad's resume during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The girl in the front row at Thursday’s event told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand Mrs. Obama her dad’s resume saying “My dad’s been out of a job for three years and I wanted to give you his resume.” (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume.


 
Nasdaq not yet subpoenaed in N.Y. high frequency trading probe: CEO
11:55 AM, 04.24.2014

Scaffolding is seen outside the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX Group Inc has not to date received a subpoena from the New York attorney general as part of its industrywide probe into allegedly unfair technological advantages on Wall Street, Nasdaq Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said on Thursday. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking information on the relationships that exchanges and off-exchange platforms, known as dark pools, have with high-frequency trading firms, and has issued subpoenas to at least half-dozen firms, Reuters reported last week. (Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)


 
Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan
11:54 AM, 04.24.2014

Chicago Doctor Shot And Killed In AfghanistanCHICAGO (AP) — One of the three American doctors killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital was a pediatrician from Chicago, a family member said.


 
Ukraine gives Russia 48 hours to explain exercises
11:52 AM, 04.24.2014

Ukraine has asked Moscow, under European OSCE security arrangements, to explain and give details of its military exercises near the border within 48 hours, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. In a statement in response to remarks by the Russian defense minister earlier in the day announcing exercises linked to tension in Ukraine, the ministry said Russia was trying to influence Kiev's efforts to fight militants in the east. It said that under the Vienna Document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) it was entitled to an account of the goals and other details of the exercises within 48 hours of its request - namely noon GMT on Saturday.

 
A look at deeds and words of John Paul II
11:50 AM, 04.24.2014

A picture of late Pope John Paul II is displayed inside St. Sprit in Sassia church during a mass in Rome, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hundred thousands of pilgrims and faithful are expected to reach Rome to attend the scheduled April 27 ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:


 
Families of ferry's lost confront S. Korea officials
11:45 AM, 04.24.2014

Choi Sang-hwan, South Korean Coast Guard police officer, is surround by relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast as they demand for faster rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll continues to rise and relatives of the missing passengers pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.


 
Rights group urges UN to help free abducted girls
11:42 AM, 04.24.2014

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian rights group is urging the United Nations to help secure the release of some 230 schoolgirls abducted by extremists 10 days ago.

 
Chicago health center confirms doctor killed in Afghanistan
11:41 AM, 04.24.2014

A Chicago pediatrician was among those killed in an attack on a Kabul hospital funded by the U.S. Christian charity Cure International on Thursday, a clinic where the doctor worked in Chicago said. "For nearly a decade, Dr. Jerry Umanos volunteered in Afghanistan to train medical residents and to see pediatric patients," said Dr. Bruce Rowell, a medical director of clinical quality at Chicago's Lawndale Christian Health Center.

 
Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack
11:41 AM, 04.24.2014

Afghan policemen stand at the gate of Cure Hospital after three foreigners were killed in KabulThree Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. A fourth American was wounded, the Afghan Health Ministry said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar attacks this year, but made no comment about Thursday's shooting. Those killed included a doctor, and a father and son visiting the hospital, Health Minister Suriya Dalil said.


 
Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest
11:40 AM, 04.24.2014

This April 22, 2013 photo provided by Thompson-McClellan shows a bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert giving his famous 'thumbs up" sign in Champaign, Ill. The statue will be unveiled Thursday, April 24, 2014, outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Thomspon.McClellan)CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later.


 
NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting
11:39 AM, 04.24.2014

Guy Relford, an attorney specializing in gun rightsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.


 
New date for first lady's Kansas graduation speech
11:38 AM, 04.24.2014

First lady Michelle Obama answers questions during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kansas, in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends. She had accepted the district’s invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day’s 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)TOKYO (AP) — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends.


 
 
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