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  • U.S. billionaire brothers Charles G. Koch, left, and David Koch are under fire from Democrats for their political activity and campaign funding. Mike Burley Topeka Capital Journal AP, Brendan McDermid ReutersThe Koch brothers: Who are they and why do Democrats hate them? - 2014-04-23 5:00 AM

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is leading the charge by Democrats against America's richest brothers, Charles and David Koch, accusing them of trying to "buy democracy" through their generous funding of political campaigns. Reid calls them "oil baron bullies" and he's on a mission to discredit them.

  • A Nepalese porter walks with his load from Everest base camp in May 2011. Porters walk for weeks to supply climbers, sometimes carrying loads heavier than their own body weight. Laurence Tan ReutersEverest avalanche: How a Sherpa strike will affect Nepal's tourist industry - 2014-04-23 5:00 AM

    A walkout by Sherpa mountain climbers following the tragic deaths of 16 guides on Mount Everest will certainly have an impact on the Nepalese economy. High-altitude mountaineering and the industry that supports it are crucial parts of the area's tourism.

  • Ukrainians pray during a rally for a united Ukraine in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Ukraine's highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow. Olga Ivashchenko APUkraine crisis: Harper to send up to 500 election monitors - 2014-04-23 4:10 AM

    Canada will send up to 500 people to monitor Ukraine's presidential election next month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says.

  • In this file photo, originally released by HBO in 2007, Edie Falco portrays Carmela Soprano and James Gandolfini is Tony Soprano in a scene from one of the last episodes of the hit HBO dramatic series The Sopranos. Amazon is teaming up with HBO, the first such streaming arrangement agreed to by the cable network, in a deal that will make available to Amazon Prime members some classic TV like The Sopranos and The Wire. Craig Blankenhorn HBO Associated PressAmazon snares classic HBO shows in deal - 2014-04-23 12:54 PM

    Fans of classic HBO shows like The Sopranos and The Wire will soon have access to those series and more through Amazon's Prime service in the first online streaming deal signed by the cable network.

  • A New York City police officer swings a baton at Occupy Wall Street activists on May 1, 2012. This photo is among the many put on Twitter in response to the NYPD's request for Twitter users to share pictures of themselves posing with police officers. It likely wasn't what organizers of the social media campaign were expecting. Mary Altaffer The Associated PressNew York police face backlash for #myNYPD photo campaign - 2014-04-23 10:38 AM

    A public outreach campaign by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its call-out to Twitter users to share pictures of themselves interacting with police officers using the hashtag #myNYPD brought in a flood of photos of police brutality instead of the friendlier images the department was hoping for.

  • South Korean rescue workers operate near floats where capsized passenger ship Sewol sank on Wednesday, in the sea off Jindo April 22, 2014. The crew of the South Korean ferry that sank with hundreds of people on board repeatedly asked officers on the bridge whether or not to give the order to abandon ship, but there was no response, a crew member has said. The Sewol ferry sank last Wednesday on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the sub-tropical holiday island of Jeju. Kim Kyung-Hoon ReutersSouth Korea ferry: Was steering gear failure to blame? - 2014-04-23 9:45 AM

    A maritime professor who spoke with the third mate who was steering the South Korean ferry before it sank says that he suspects there was a problem with the steering gear.

  • In this photo taken on Sunday, April 13, 2014, a reporter Simon Ostrovsky, right, stands next to a Pro-Russian gunman at a seized police station in the eastern Ukraine town of Slovyansk. Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine say they are holding an American journalist captive. Ostrovsky, a journalist for Vice News, has not been seen since early Tuesday. Efrem Lukatsky The Associated PressUkraine: Pro-Russia insurgents hold U.S. journalist captive - 2014-04-23 7:14 AM

    Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine admitted on Wednesday that they are holding an American journalist, saying he was suspected of unspecified "bad activities."

  • Police and soldiers are seen in front of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir square in Cairo April 19, 2014. Picture taken April 19, 2014. Asmaa Waguih ReutersCairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer - 2014-04-23 6:46 AM

    Egyptian security officials say a senior police officer has died after an explosive device placed under his car went off in a western Cairo suburb.

  • A family member a Sherpa climber is comforted by her relatives during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu on Monday. Navesh Chitrakar ReutersMount Everest expeditions cancelled due to Sherpa walkout - 2014-04-23 2:27 AM

    Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a news conference after the meeting of foreign ministers from Caspian countries, in Moscow, Russia, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  AP Photo Ivan Sekretarev  Ivan Sekretarev Associated PressUkraine crisis: Lavrov vows response if Russians attacked in Ukraine - 2014-04-23 4:10 AM

    Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

  • A family member a Sherpa climber is comforted by her relatives during a funeral rally of Nepali Sherpa climbers in Kathmandu on Monday. Navesh Chitrakar ReutersMount Everest avalanche: Sherpas hold walkout at base camp - 2014-04-23 2:27 AM

    Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

  • Shane Red Hawk of the Sioux Tribe from South Dakota, center, rides a horse with other Native Americans, farmers, ranchers and cowboys during the 'Reject and Protect' rally to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on Tuesday. Manuel Balce Ceneta Associated PressKeystone XL pipeline protesters gather in Washington - 2014-04-22 6:41 PM

    Anti-pipeline "Reject and Protect" protesters are gathering in Washington, D.C., this week to pound the Obama administration with a visual demonstration of their opposition to Keystone XL.

  • A father whose son was aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, cries as he asks a question during a briefing given by Malaysian representatives at Lido Hotel in Beijing on Monday. Jason Lee ReutersMalaysia Airlines MH370: Material on Australian shore examined - 2014-04-23 1:29 AM

    Unidentified material that washed ashore in southwestern Australia and is being examined for any link to the lost Malaysian plane is unlikely to have come from the jet, an official says.

  • Creation Museum head Ken Ham, right, speaks during a debate on evolution with TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye, at the Creation Museum Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Petersburg, Ky. Ham believes the Earth was created 6,000 years ago by God and is told strictly through the Bible. Nye says he is worried the U.S. will not move forward if creationism is taught to children.  AP Photo The Courier-Journal, Matt Stone  NO SALES; MAGS OUT; NO ARCHIVE; MANDATORY CREDIT Matt Stone The Courier-Journal Associated PressBig Bang, evolution, climate change widely doubted in U.S., poll suggests - 2014-04-22 3:25 PM

    Half of Americans lack confidence in the Big Bang and 4 in 10 similarly lack confidence in scientific findings about global warming and evolution, a new poll by the Associated Press shows.

  • Shakespeare lived during a remarkable period of discovery – a period that we now look back on as the first phase of the Scientific Revolution.Shakespeare at 450: How science may have influenced his work - 2014-04-23 5:00 AM

    We don’t usually talk about Shakespeare and science in the same breath, but the playwright lived during a remarkable period of discovery, writes Dan Falk on the Bard of Avon's 450th birthday.

  • A mourner weeps as he pays tribute to the victims of the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast at a gymnasium, in Ansan, South Korea, Wednesday. Korea Pool Associated PressSouth Korea ferry: Identified deaths climb to 146 - 2014-04-22 11:56 PM

    The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

  • Masked pro-Russia protesters stand guard outside a regional government building in Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine April 22, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose. Marko Djurica ReutersUkraine: Acting president orders new 'anti-terror' operation - 2014-04-22 2:18 AM

    Ukraine's acting president ordered security forces to resume "anti-terror" operations in the country's east Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire.

  • A South Sudanese government soldier stands with others near their vehicles in the provincial capital of Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. UN human rights investigators say hundreds of civilians were killed last week because of their ethnicity after rebel forces seized the city. The ethnic killings in the world's newest country echo the 1994 genocide of Rwanda, which marks its 20th anniversary this month. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin Associated PressSouth Sudan conflict: Children, elderly killed in latest slaughter - 2014-04-22 11:14 AM

    Gunmen who targeted both children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies — many of those in a mosque — in a provincial capital in South Sudan, the top United Nations top humanitarian official in the country said Tuesday.

  • The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 has covered around 80 per cent of the seabed search zone off Australia's west coast. The country's defence minister says powerful towed side-scan commercial sonar would be deployed soon. Peter D. Blair Reuters, handoutMalaysia Airlines MH370: Australia to deploy powerful sonar in search - 2014-04-23 1:29 AM

    Australia may use more powerful sonar equipment that can delve deeper beneath the Indian Ocean in the hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as the prime minister said Wednesday that failure to find any clue in the most likely crash site would not spell the end of the search.

  • Canadian PressGabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel-winning author, hailed - 2014-04-22 6:40 AM

    Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez.



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