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  • Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

    Thursday, 11:59 PM

    U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he departs Haneda International Airport in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key to his "pivot" to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms. Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been seeking to display the alliance was strong in the face of a rising China, but their success in putting recent strains behind them was partly marred by a failure to reach a trade deal seen as crucial to a broader regional pact. Obama and Abe had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement after the leaders met on Thursday, but Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters that gaps remained despite recent progress.


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  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

    Thursday, 11:17 PM

    Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint in the village of Malinivka, east of SlavianskBy Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade. The Ukrainian offensive amounts to the first time Kiev's troops have used lethal force to recapture territory from the fighters, who have seized swaths of eastern Ukraine since April 6 and proclaimed an independent "People's Republic of Donetsk". Ukraine's acting president accused Moscow of supporting "terrorism at the state level" against his country for backing the rebels, whom the government blames for kidnapping and torturing a politician found dead on Saturday. "The window to change course is closing," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned in a hastily arranged appearance in the State Department, where he cited President Barack Obama's comments earlier on Thursday that Washington was ready to impose new sanctions if Moscow did not alter its policy.


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  • Russia's Lavrov accuses Washington of distorting Geneva accord on Ukraine

    Friday, 12:26 AM

    Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov delivers speech during Caspian Sea littoral states conference in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused Washington of distorting an international agreement on Ukraine by making additional demands on Moscow. "Russia will firmly contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict based on the compromise approach agreed in Geneva...there can be no one-sided demands," Lavrov told a meeting with young diplomats in Moscow. "And we are being presented them - first of all I mean the United States of America who have an outstanding ability to turn everything on its head. ...


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  • Northwestern players vote on union question

    Friday, 12:29 AM

    FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows former Northwestern University football quarterback Kain Colter, right, and Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington. The United Steelworkers union and college football players may seem like an unlikely pairing. Yet the sprawling union is locked in a high-stakes standoff with Northwestern University over whether student athletes on scholarships should be allowed to unionize, engage in collective bargaining and even strike. At first glance, it may seem like a big reach on the part of the union. But it’s been a long time since the Steelworkers Union just represented workers at steel mills and in other jobs directly related to steel. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern football players will file into an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium to cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes.


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  • 12 hurt, 3 critical in California school bus crash

    Friday, 12:14 AM

    Firefighters extricate the driver from the front of a school bus that crashed, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the injured, the driver and two of the children, were taken to hospitals in critical condition after the crash, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. The other nine students had minor injuries, and most of them were released to their parents. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no immediate word on the cause. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving school bus carrying middle school students jumped a curb, plowed into trees and a lamp post, and came to rest tilting sideways, leaving 12 people injured, three of them critically, authorities said.


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  • Court hears Fla. case on tracking suspect phones

    Friday, 12:01 AM

    MIAMI (AP) — A federal appeals court in South Florida is considering whether investigators are required to obtain a warrant before obtaining cellphone records detailing a suspect's movements... read more

  • Sina suspends book site after pornography reported

    Friday, 12:14 AM

    BEIJING (AP) — Sina.com says it has temporarily closed its literature site after the Chinese web giant was alleged to be hosting pornography.... read more

  • Asian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety

    Thursday, 11:49 PM

    Man looks at an electronic board displaying Japan's Nikkei average and various countries' stock indices outside a brokerage in TokyoBy Lisa Twaronite TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks stumbled on Friday and the dollar languished against a basket of currencies, as fears of an escalating Ukraine crisis eclipsed upbeat U.S. economic data and robust U.S. tech shares. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine. President Barack Obama was expected to speak to European leaders on Friday to try to nudge the European Union towards fresh sanctions against Russia, sources familiar with the matter said. Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Russia separatists on Thursday and Russia conducted army drills near the border, raising fears its troops would invade.


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  • Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong sales

    Thursday, 11:42 PM

    TOKYO (AP) — Honda's profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales.... read more

  • Novartis lung drug not inferior to GSK's Seretide, study shows

    Thursday, 10:55 PM

    Logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in BaselZURICH (Reuters) - Patients taking Novartis' inhaled medicine Onbrez Breezhaler for chronic lung disease had benefits similar to those taking GlaxoSmithKline's Seretide, the Swiss drugmaker said on Friday, citing a late stage study. Also known as QVA149, Onbrez Breezhaler belongs to a new type of dual-action treatments that are expected by analysts to become major sellers. ...


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  • Fewer communities risk running out of water in California drought

    Thursday, 6:16 PM

    Irrigation pipe is seen on a farm near Cantua CreekA moderate dose of winter rainfall hasn't ended California's historic drought, but it has dropped just enough moisture on the beleaguered state to help 14 communities that had risked running out of water. In January, public health officials in the most populous U.S. state said that 17 communities were at risk of running out of water in 60 to 90 days. But now just three small communities were at risk, one in the central part of the state and two in the north, Department of Public Health spokeswoman Anita Gore said on Thursday. In the town of Willits, for example, a grant from the state helped to pay for a backup water treatment plant constructed within weeks of the drought's declaration by Governor Jerry Brown in January.


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  • California school bus crash injures driver, 11 children

    Thursday, 6:09 PM

    Eleven middle school students and a bus driver were injured on Thursday, three critically, when their bus veered off a Southern California road, authorities said. The bus driver and two of the students from El Rancho Charter School in Anaheim, California, were listed in critical condition at a local hospital, said Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department.... read more