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Nearly 300 missing in South Korea ferry sinkingAt Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry SinksAt least three people are confirmed dead and 55 injured after a ferry carrying 459 sinks.


In this photo taken March 29, 2014, amputee marathon runners Jeff Glasbrenner, left, Chris Madison, center, and Andre Slay go through an exercise where they remove their running legs and adjust fittings in Little Rock, Ark. the runners must stop periodically in a race and try to loose as little time as possible. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.


Army: Jordan air force strikes cars near SyriaBoston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

A Syrian man carrying a child makes his way amid rubble following reported air strikes by government forces in the Aleppo district of Ansari, in the southwest of the city, on April 15, 2014Jordan's air force on Wednesday attacked cars at the kingdom's border with Syria, army officials said.


Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.


Calgary stabbing suspect is policeman's sonPistorius trial: Judge sets 2-week adjournment

Police remove a body from the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)A fatal stabbing at a house party in Calgary, Canada, on Tuesday left five people dead and has been deemed the worst mass slaying in the city's history.


Oscar Pistorius, center, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The judge in the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius ruled Wednesday that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after Thursday and resume again on May 5.


Man charged with hoax near marathon finish lineMLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Boston Marathon's finish line on TuesdayBOSTON (AP) — A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.


FILE - In this June 30, 1971, file photo, Jackie Robinson poses at his home in Stamford, Conn. Baseball holds tributes across the country on Jackie Robinson Day, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, the 67th anniversary marking the end of the game's racial barrier. (AP Photo/File)NEW YORK (AP) — Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past two decades.


292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disasterA look at the NBA playoff picture

South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least four people were confirmed dead and 55 injured.


Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, tries to keep the ball away from the defense of Atlanta Hawks forward Cartier Martin (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 98-85. (AP Photo/John Amis)A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season:




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    Ukraine: Not What It Seems

    After tense days of fighting this week, people in Ukraine are mourning the dead and celebrating the removal of President Victor Yanukovych from power. The final struggle that began on February 18, was the bloodiest endured by the protesters of Euromaidan. By February 22 the fighting was over. Representatives from Germany, France, Poland and Russia came to Kyiv to work out a final deal that would put an end to the fighting. The opposition insisted that Yanukovych step down as president and early elections be held. When Yanukovych chose to flee Kyiv instead, the parliament voted to impeach him and set new elections for May 25.

    Religious Freedom Bill - Protecting The Faithful or Legalized Discrimination?

    After a much heated national debate, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial bill that would have allowed people and businesses in the state to refuse services to LBGT people based on their religious belief.

    Tech Savvy Politics

    Recently the Republicans launched several new websites to build up their technology advantage in the upcoming election.

    The Nuclear Option

    The Democrats in the United States Senate put an end to Republican obstruction last week when they voted 52 to 48 to end the filibuster. Called the nuclear option, the change to Senate rules allows for executive and judicial nominees to be approved with a simple majority vote. The minority party can no longer filibuster these nominees and require a majority of 60 votes.

    Coup Or Civil War In Egypt

    The day after new protests erupted in Egypt the military in a show of support presented an ultimatum to Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood-led government. Morsi was to step down from power and meet all of the demands of the Egyptian people, or face being removed by the military on Wednesday. As the ultimatum deadline draws closer in Egypt, Morsi refuses to leave, insisting that parliamentary elections are needed before he should be removed, and that he doesn't have permission from the United States to remove himself from power. Most recently he stated he will pay with his life to preserve the sanctity of the ballot box.

    The Legacy of Citizens United and the IRS

    Recently acting IRS commissioner Lerner resigned from office after the discovery that it appears the Cincinnati office had been targeting certain groups applying for 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) status. The news erupted into scandal in the wake of a week of apparent scandals piling on top of President Obama. At first the problem looked as if the IRS was targeting only tea party groups for audits, while no other social welfare group received the same scrutiny. Was this really the case?

    The Defense of Marriage Act and the Supreme Court

    On Tuesday and Wednesday last week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry, the case that will decide the fate of Proposition 8 and United States v. Windsor, the Defense of Marriage Act. Both laws being challenged prohibit same sex couples from getting married.

     
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