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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. CONVENIENT Ukraine Calls ‘Easter Truce’ Baz Ratner/Reuters

    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. Kick the Can Obama Delays Keystone Decision Lane Hickenbottom/Reuters

    3. Obama Delays Keystone Decision

    The Obama administration announced late Friday that it will delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, a controversial project that would link Canada's oil sands to the Gulf of Mexico, and has produced sharp conflicts between environmental groups and labor activists who want the construction jobs. The move drew sharp criticism from supporters, including Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat and the chairman of the Senate energy committee, who called it "irresponsible" and "nothing short of an indefinite delay." A spokesman for Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper complained the "politics" were getting in the way of the project. Opponents, including some major Democratic financiers, emphasize that the pipeline will be terrible for the environment.

    April 19, 2014 10:31 AM

  4. WTF

    4. Russian Pol Urges Journalist Rape

    A far-right Russian lawmaker known for his outrageous speeches exploded during a televised press conference Friday and urged an aide to rape a pregnant female journalist who had asked him a question. The journalist asked Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the deputy speaker of the Russian Duma (lower house), about recent Ukrainian moves to crack down on Russian men entering the country. Bizarrely and incomprehsibly, Zhirinovsky blamed the Ukraine unrest on "uterine frenzy," then said to his aide, "OK, I'll say it and then you run up and start raping her hard." Then he started shouting "Christ is risen!" and pushed the aide toward the journalist, who happened to be pregnant. "Go kiss her! Go kiss her!"  

    April 19, 2014 2:30 PM

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

    5. 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. Everest's base camp has begun swelling with climbers, guides, and support crews in recent weeks as they prepare to climb the 29,035-foot mountain when the good weather conditions arrive in May.

    April 19, 2014 6:33 AM

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  7. ACTUAL MALICE Scalia: Libel Ruling Was Wrong © Brendan McDermid / Reuters

    7. Scalia: Libel Ruling Was Wrong

    Justice Antonin Scalia thinks the Supreme Court’s most significant decision on freedom of the press “was wrong.” During a joint appearance with Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the National Press Club Thursday evening, Scalia said “I think the Framers would have been appalled,” at the ruling in New York Times vs. Sullivan, the landmark case which turns 50 this spring. “It was revising the Constitution.” In 1964, the Supreme Court threw out a libel suit by a Montgomery, Ala., police commissioner against The New York Times, claiming he was defamed by an ad in the paper, though it did not name him. The ruling established that in order to sue a media outlet for libel, public officials must prove that a statement presented as fact was not only false but published with “actual malice” or “reckless disregard” for the truth. 

    April 19, 2014 11:09 AM

  8. HATE DOWN SOUTH Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

    8. 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

  9. LOCO

    9. 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. Guest Star Pharrell to Curate Art Show Frazer Harrison/Getty

    10. Pharrell to Curate Art Show

    Dedicated to “strong, free women,” an upcoming exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin’s third Parisian outpost has enlisted a very happy guest curator—singer Pharrell Williams. After successfully organizing last year’s This Is Not a Toy exhibition at the Design Exchange in Canada, Williams—who has also designed furniture, collaborated with artist Takashi Murakami, and is an avid collector of art—will present a group of 32 artists, half of whom are women. Borrowing its name from Williams’s recently released album, Girl, the show's artists will include Cindy Sherman, Tracey Emin, Guerrilla Girls, and Marina Abramovic and will run from May 27-June 25.

    April 19, 2014 9:19 AM