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California farmers to get more water
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:07:02 -0400

Cattle graze in the Sites Valley, the location of a proposed reservoir, near Maxwell, Calif. Democratic Rep. John Garamendi and Republican Rep. Doug LaMalfa have proposed legislation for a federal study of the costs of building the Sites Reservoir in the valley that is about an hour's drive north of Sacramento. California's drought has sparked a new push by federal lawmakers to create or expand a handful of reservoirs around the state.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Allotments increased from zero to 5 percent of what districts have requested.



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Autopsies completed on 7 babies found in Utah garage
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:27:42 -0400

In this April 13, 2014, photo, Pleasant Grove Police police tape is shown in front of the scene where seven infant bodies were discovered and packaged in separate containers at a home in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) ? The Utah State Medical Examiner's Office has completed autopsies of seven infants found in cardboard boxes in a woman's garage, but it is unclear when the results will be released.



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Provocative study finds popular opinion has near-zero influence in D.C.
Wed, 31 Dec 1969 19:00:00 -0500



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Support pours in for man who avoided jail due to clerical error
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:36 -0400

In this photo provided by attorney Patrick Megaro is his client, Cornealious ?Mike? Anderson, with a birthday cake. Anderson, who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years, said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public. Meanwhile, the Missouri attorney general signaled that he would look for a way to take Anderson's many years of clean living into account in attempting to resolve the "difficult situation." (AP Photo/Courtesy Patrick Megaro)ST. LOUIS (AP) ? A Missouri man who avoided prison because of a clerical error and led a law-abiding life for 13 years said he is overwhelmed by the support he's received since the story of his incarceration became public.



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South Korean media reports ferry captain's arrest
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:20:28 -0400

Rescue workers carry the body of a passenger aboard The Sewol ferry which sank in the water off the southern coast, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 18, 2014. Fresh questions arose about whether quicker action by the captain of a doomed ferry could have saved lives, even as rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTLee Joon-Seok and two of his crew were taken into police custody in the early hours of the morning, charged with negligence and failing to secure the safety of passengers in violation of maritime law.



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SpaceX launches long overdue supplies to space station
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:46:05 -0400

FILE - This Jan. 12, 2013 photo provided by NASA shows the SpaceX Dragon vehicle inside a processing hangar at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX has scheduled another launch attempt Friday, April 18, 2014 to the International Space Station. NASA confirmed the launch date Wednesday, April 16, 2014, two days after a last-minute rocket leak delayed the delivery mission. Stormy weather, however, is forecast Friday. Saturday is the backup launch date. (AP Photo/NASA, Kim Shiflett)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ? The SpaceX company returned to orbit Friday, launching fresh supplies to the International Space Station after more than a month's delay.



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State Dept. delays review of Keystone pipeline
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:32 -0400

A TransCanada Keystone Pipeline pump station operates outside Steele City, NebraskaMove could push decision about controversial oil pipeline until after midterm elections.



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Public skepticism surges in Nigeria after false military report
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:27:21 -0400

FILE- In this Thursday, May, 30 2013 file photo, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, Nigeria's top military spokesman speaks during an interview in Abuja, Nigeria, The fate of 115 female students abducted by Islamic extremists was thrown into uncertainty Thursday, April 17, 2014 when their school principal denied the Nigerian military's report that almost all the pupils had been freed. The principal directly contradicted Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, the Defense Ministry spokesman. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell, File)As he waited outside a hospital on Wednesday for the body of one of his friends to be released for burial, Basiru Youseff, a young toy salesman, was bitter about government claims that they crushing the insurgency. Violence in Nigeria reached new heights this week, with the biggest attack on the capital in the city?s history, gun battles in the countryside, and the abduction of at least 129 girls from their schoolhouse by militants.  It is not known who perpetrated these attacks, though Boko Haram insurgents are widely blamed. While the military may make such comments in an effort to keep up morale, it feeds public frustration with a military that seems incapable of stemming what appears to be a widening conflict. ?The skepticism in the public mind is increasing, perhaps even about the government?s culpability with the security concerns that Nigerians have,? says Clement Nwankwo, who heads the Policy and Legal Advocacy Center in Abuja.



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Fender Stratocaster turns 60
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:43:25 -0400
Fender Stratocaster turns 60An original 1954 Fender Stratocaster head stock, left, is shown next to a 2014 model, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 at a studio in Scottsdale, Ariz. April 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the very first Stratocaster ever sold. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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Emotions, questions mount as S. Korea ferry rescue efforts continue
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:46:24 -0400

Warrant Issued for Captain of Sunken Ferry, and MoreAs rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead, officials say the investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster is focusing on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and whether a quicker evacuation order could have saved lives.



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12 killed, 3 missing in Everest avalanche
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:21:06 -0400

FILE - In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, April 18, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. (AP Photo/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger, File) MANDATORY CREDIT, EDITORIAL USE ONLYAll the victims are Nepalese guides in the worst disaster on the world's highest peak.



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Clock ticks for states to start health exchanges
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:12:10 -0400

Michelle Decker, left, an employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to Virginia and Jose Sotelo, who signed up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday, March. 31, 2014. Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment. As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)Chance for hundreds of millions in aid is set is to expire, but issue remains election-year risk.



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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:18:27 -0400

People stand along a street after evacuating a hospital following an earthquake in PueblaThe U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.



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No marathon run for Boston chief
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:02:55 -0400

In this Oct. 13, 2013 photo, Boston Police Superintendent William Evans walks down the chute at the finish of the Boston Athletic Association half marathon in Boston. Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times, and finished in 2013 before the bombings occurred. This time he will be there as police commissioner, supervising increased security. "It weighs heavy on my mind, that I want this to go off well," he says. "I don?t want anyone hurt. I don?t ever want a repeat of the tragedy we saw that day." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)William Evans has run the Boston Marathon 18 times. This year, he's opted out of the race.



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Captain wasn?t at helm when ferry capsized
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:48:49 -0400

Coast Guard and Navy divers search for the missing passengers from a capsized ferry at sea, some 20 kilometres off the South Korean island of Byungpoong, on April 17, 2014Investigators say the third officer was in command at the time of the deadly accident.



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Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:04:58 -0400
WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.
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Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:30:33 -0400

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Anders Lindback (39), of Sweden, stops a breakaway by Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) during the first period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series on Friday, April 18, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) ? Rene Bourque had two goals and David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher also scored Friday night, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.



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Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:44:36 -0400

Lee Joon-seok, center, the captain of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, leaves a court which issued his arrest warrant in Mokpo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 19, 2014. The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270 people still missing and feared dead. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTMOKPO, South Korea (AP) ? The captain of a sunken South Korean ferry was arrested Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need, as investigators looked into whether his evacuation order came too late to save lives. Two crew members were also arrested, a prosecutor said.



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Diplomacy doesn't move insurgents in Ukraine
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:17:12 -0400

A masked pro-Russian activist guard looks through a window of the regional administration building seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 18, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine?s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) ? Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev.



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US puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:27:06 -0400

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 18, 2014, where he presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team. The Obama administration is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.



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From Clinton to Obama, many parallels
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:50:10 -0400

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund benefit concert at Carnegie Hall on Thursday, April 17, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.



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APNewsBreak: Vengeful note left in 2 boys' murder
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:09:28 -0400

FILE - This file photo released by the Connecticut State Police Feb. 26, 2013, during an Amber Alert shows Alton Perry, left, 2, and Ashton Perry, right, 6 months old, who were taken from their daycare by their grandmother. Debra Denison, 47, who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children. The letter described in a police report suggests a vengeful motive for the shootings by Denison. The report was obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police, File)HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ? A woman who shot and killed her two young grandsons before committing suicide last year left a note to the boys' parents saying they did not deserve to have the children, according to a police report.



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5 features an Amazon phone might offer
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:45:56 -0400

FILE - This Sept. 28, 2011 file photo shows the Amazon logo on display at a news conference in New York. Rumors of an Amazon smartphone reached a fever pitch this week, with several tech blogs speculating that the device could be due out this year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? A report this week in The Wall Street Journal that Amazon is planning to release a smartphone has prompted industry analysts and technology blogs to muse about what the device might offer.



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SpaceX making Easter delivery of station supplies
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:51:57 -0400

This Friday, April 18, 2014 image made from video shows the aft of the SpaceX Dragon capsule as it separates from the second stage rocket into orbit on its own. The Dragon cargo ship is scheduled to reach the orbiting lab on Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter morning. (AP Photo/NASA)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ? A SpaceX supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station on Friday, setting the stage for an Easter morning delivery and urgent spacewalking repairs later in the week.



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Wyatt Earp gun sells for $225,000 at auction
Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:43:50 -0400

This undated photo provided by Olson Communications shows a Colt .45 revolver believed to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone, Ariz. The gun sold at an auction of of numerous items related to Earp and his family Thursday, April 17, 2014 for $225,000 in Scotsdale, Az. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Olson Communications, Josh Skalniak).SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) ? A gun thought to have been carried by Wyatt Earp during the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone has sold at auction for $225,000.



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Nigerians search dangerous forest for 100 abducted girls
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:25:09 -0400

Security men stand guard in front of a bus conveying All progressives Congress opposition governors after visiting victims of at the Accident and Emergency unit of Asokoro hospital where injured people from Monday's explosion at a bus station are receiving treatment in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Scores of peopledied in the the blast that destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. The Monday attack just miles from Nigeria's seat of government increases doubts about the military's ability to contain an Islamic uprising that is dividing the country on religious lines as never before. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) ? Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.



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Old-timey car pitched to replace NYC's horse-drawn carriages
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:26:00 -0400

A prototype of an electric carriage is displayed at the New York International Auto Show in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. ...



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Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:55:03 -0400

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014. Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbor even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest. (AP Photo)Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU each achieved initial satisfaction on some issues in Geneva talks.



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Wikipedia beats Google in helping researchers track flu season
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:50:29 -0400

A flu vaccine rests on a table with a bandage during the Flu + You clinic sponsored by the National Council on Aging and Sanofi Pasteur on Friday, September, 6, 2013 at the Williams YMCA in Jacksonville, Fl. The goal of the Flu + You program is to educate older adults about influenza and prevention as well as provide vaccines. (Rick Wilson/AP Images for Flu + You)By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches typed into Google. The research team wanted to use a database that is accessible to everyone and create a system that could be more accurate than Google Flu Trends, which has flaws.



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