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  1. SOUTH KOREA Ferry Captain Had No Experince Kim Kyung Hoon/Reuters

    1. Ferry Captain Had No Experince

    The captain of a South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday was arrested Friday after leaving a 26-year-old third with no experience in the treacherous waterway to steer the ship. A crew member who was aboard the ferry told The Wall Street Journal that the 60-year-old captain, Lee Jun-Seok, was one of the first to abandon the ship as it started to go down. Authorities are investigating why the ferry made a “radical right turn” before it sank. The death count continues to rise as bodies are found, reaching 28 so far. On Wednesday, 179 people were rescued but 268 passengers are still missing. One of the rescued passengers, the vice principal of the high school that 325 of the students on the ferry attended, was found hanged Friday in an apparent suicide.

    April 19, 2014 9:00 AM


    2. Ukraine Calls ‘Easter Truce’

    The Ukrainian government said Saturday it would not attack the pro-Russian separatists who have flooded Eastern Ukraine, occupying government buildings in several cities. The government said it would not oppose the separatists during the Easter weekend, but that “more concrete actions” could come next week if they don’t surrender to international peace monitors. The armed separatists, especially in Donetsk and Slovyansk, have refused to budge despite an “anti-terrorism operation” by the Ukrainian government last weekend that seemed to have little effect. The government is short of effective forces to oppose the separatists.

    April 19, 2014 10:21 AM

  3. TRAGEDY Mt. Everest Landslide Kills 12 Gopal Chitrakar/Reuters

    3. Mt. Everest Landslide Kills 12

    At least 12 Nepalese guides are dead and three are missing after an avalanche descended on a climbing path on Mount Everest early Friday morning. The Sherpa guides went to set up the ropes for other climbers early in the morning. At 6:30 a.m., an avalanche hit them. Twelve bodes were found under snow and ice, while two injured guides were taken by helicopter to hospitals. The base camp of Mt. Everest has begun swelling with climbers, guides, and support crews these past few weeks as they prepare for the good weather conditions that come in May before trying to climb the 29,035-foot mountain.

    April 18, 2014 6:33 AM

  4. BACK OFF Snowden Rips Critics of Putin Call Vincent Kessler/Reuters

    4. Snowden Rips Critics of Putin Call

    Edward Snowden says he was just asking questions of Vladimir Putin on state-run television Thursday, not covering for the man who essentially granted him asylum. Writing in The Guardian, Snowden said "I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticize the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive." Snowden said Putin denied and dodged his question about whether Russia engages in mass surveillance, but that his question and Putin's non-answer lifted a de facto ban on the subject in Russia.

    April 18, 2014 7:04 AM

  5. HATE DOWN SOUTH Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

    5. Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

    Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina has been under fire the past few days after getting rid of the town’s lesbian police chief Crystal Moore. Many have contended that Moore was canned for her sexuality, especially after one council member produced an audio recording of the mayor at a special city council meeting addressing the firing. "I would much rather have ... and I will say this to anybody's face ... somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody whose lifestyle is questionable around children,” he is heard saying. “I'm not going to let two women stand up there and hold hands and let my child be aware of it. And I'm not going to see them do it with two men neither,” he continues. Before her firing, Moore had not received a single reprimand in 20 years on the job.

    April 18, 2014 1:58 PM

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  7. SUICIDE MISSION NASA Robot Crashes Into Moon NASA/Getty

    6. NASA Robot Crashes Into Moon

    While NASA does not yet know the precise location, its LADEE robotic moon explorer has successfully crashed into the back side of the moon—just as NASA intended. Traveling at 5,800 kpm, the team believes it likely vaporized immediately upon impact. LADEE, which stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, was launched in September 2013 to accumulate data on the lunar atmosphere.  

    April 18, 2014 11:37 AM

  8. FIRST DO NO HARM? CIA Doctor: Torture Worked John Moore/Getty

    7. CIA Doctor: Torture Worked

    Dr. James Elmer Mitchell, the psychologist behind the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation program, spoke out for the first time Friday. "I'm just a guy who got asked to do something for his country by people at the highest level of government, and I did the best that I could,” he claimed. Mitchell is singled out in the soon-to-be-released Senate investigation into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, which reports that torture did not gain useful intelligence. Mitchell says that’s not true. “In the fairyland they live in, all you have to do is give somebody some tea and a cookie, and everything will be OK,” he told The Guardian. He says people have no idea what the methods look like, and that “people who have this Jack Bauer mentality, I think, don't understand how intel networks work … I think this idea that you tape a guy's hands to the steering wheel and break his thumbs and he tells you where the bomb is and you go get it is a fantasy.”

    April 18, 2014 12:01 PM

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    8. 7.2 Earthquake Hits Mexico

    An 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Friday in the southwestern state of Guerrero, near Acapulco. Early reports indicate that there has not been major damage, and the U.S. Pacific Warning Center says it does not expect a tsunami to be triggered. Guerrero is frequently hit by seismic activity. In 1985, a 8.1-magnitude earthquake left thousands dead after it struck Mexico City.

    April 18, 2014 12:46 PM

  10. NEVER FORGET Judge OKs Ford, IBM Apartheid Suit Stan Honda/AFP/Getty

    9. Judge OKs Ford, IBM Apartheid Suit

    Decades-old lawsuits against IBM and Ford accusing them of supporting apartheid can continue, a federal judge ruled Thursday. The lawsuits accuse the companies of using subsidiaries to sell computers and cars to the South African government, which the plaintiffs argue make the companies responsible for the race-based crimes enacted by the former all-white regime before it was disbanded 20 years ago. The alleged crimes include rape, torture, and murder. The plaintiffs are suing under the 1789 Alien Tort Statute. 

    April 18, 2014 6:54 AM

  11. CAUTION FDA Wary of Gynecology Machine Boris Horvat/AFP/Getty

    10. FDA Wary of Gynecology Machine

    The FDA on Thursday issued a statement discouraging the use of a machine that removes uteruses because it “poses a risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissue, notably uterine sarcomas, beyond the uterus.” The procedure known as “laparoscopic power morcellation” removes uteruses and uterine fibroids through incisions. The FDA warning came after a Philadelphia couple campaigned against the device. Anesthesiologist Amy Reed found she had stage-four leiomyosarcoma, which was discovered soon after having a hysterectomy using the device.

    April 18, 2014 6:56 AM

  12. LEGEND Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies Edgard Garrido/Reuters

    11. Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

    Acclaimed Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died at age 87 on Thursday, according to his family. "[T]he world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers—and one of my favorites from the time I was young," President Obama said in a statement. The Nobel Prize winner was in delicate health in the past few days due to pneumonia, and had recently been hospitalized for dehydration and an infection. Garcia Marquez's masterful books, notably One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, propelled him to the highest literary echelons, and outsold all other Spanish-language works apart from the Bible.

    April 17, 2014 7:08 PM

  13. ROAD RAGE KC Highway Shooting Suspect Caught Reuters

    12. KC Highway Shooting Suspect Caught

    After weeks of extra-alert driving in the Kansas City area, police have arrested a suspect in the shootings on area highways. The man is allegedly behind 12 shootings that left three injured, which began on March 8 and appeared to have stopped on April 6. “We want to make sure the residents and those who travel through Kansas City know that they are safe,” said Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté.

    April 18, 2014 6:59 AM

  14. PEACEMAKERS? U.S., Ukraine, Russia Sign Pact Jim Bourg/Reuters

    13. U.S., Ukraine, Russia Sign Pact

    This must have been a fun party. The United States, Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union entered into a pact in Geneva on Thursday to de-escalate a tense situation in eastern Ukraine. Described by Secretary of State John Kerry as way to avert "a complete and total implosion," it outlines plans to pull pro-Russian groups out of the area but does not call for removal of Russian troops on the border. "It's our belief...that Russia's hand is in the disruptions and chaos we've seen in Eastern Ukraine," President Obama said at a White House press conference, expressing skepticism that Russia would follow-through on the agreement. "I don't think given past performance that we can count on that," he said, noting that without improvement, the U.S. will impose sanctions. "This whole exercise by the Russians is not good for Russia either."

    April 17, 2014 3:14 PM

  15. COVERED Young Push Obamacare Past 8M Larry Downing/Reuters

    14. Young Push Obamacare Past 8M

    Kids these days are signing up for health care. President Obama touted the Affordable Care Act's numbers at a press conference on Thursday, noting that of the 8 million signed up, 35 percent are under the age of 35. Obama noted that premiums have come in at 15 percent lower than predicted, and the incoming cash to the economy will lower the country's deficit by $100 billion. Opponents still say the law will lead to an increase in costs and decrease in quality of health coverage. "It's well past time to move on as a country," he said to critics.

    April 17, 2014 6:06 PM

  16. KISSING BABIES Chelsea Clinton: I’m Pregnant Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

    15. Chelsea Clinton: I’m Pregnant

    The Clinton dynasty continues. Chelsea Clinton announced on Thursday that she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. Clinton appeared with her mom at an event in New York to talk about opportunities for women and girls. "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me," she said. Hillary Clinton told the crowd she was "really excited" to be expecting her first grandchild.

    April 17, 2014 4:26 PM

  17. GOODBYE Sebelius Won’t Run for Senate Larry Downing/Reuters

    16. Sebelius Won’t Run for Senate

    Despite a controversial tenure as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, rumors circulated earlier this week that Kathleen Sebelius was going to challenge Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas for his Senate seat. Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, was reportedly considering the challenge, however she announced Thursday that she’s not interested. Sebelius became the face for some of the administration’s biggest scandals, including the disastrous rollout of, as well as controversial mandates regarding contraception.

    April 18, 2014 6:38 AM