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Did a German shepherd get called to jury duty?
 
2014-04-16: BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — Could this prospective juror take a bite out of crime?
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Western U.N. envoys blast Russian 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine
 
2014-04-16: By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western ambassadors on the U.N. Security Council demanded an end to what they said was Russia's false propaganda and 'fantasy narrative' on the escalating crisis in Ukraine, warning that such distortions could inflame the volatile situation. 'The systematic and targeted propaganda war against Ukraine and its provisional leadership, is an extremely dangerous game,' Lithuania's U.N. Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaite, who requested Wednesday's special meeting, told the 15-nation council. 'As we have seen time and again, including in Central African Republic, it is much too easy to release the arms-wielding genie of incitement and hate, but so much more difficult to contain it afterwards,' she added. The council voted last week to send U.N. peacekeepers to the Central African Republic where the United Nations has warned that the sectarian violence could spiral into genocide.
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MLS to spread wings in Atlanta
 
2014-04-16: Major League Soccer is set to take flight in Atlanta, the city the NFL's Falcons and NBA's Hawks already call home. In fact, the expansion club awarded to Atlanta on Wednesday -- which will be the 22nd MLS franchise -- will be owned by Falcons owner Arthur Blank and will play in a state-of-the-art retractable roof stadium that will be shared with the NFL team. 'We are thrilled to welcome Atlanta to Major League Soccer as our 22nd team,' MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement announcing the awarding of the Atlanta franchise.
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Hero's welcome for pro-Russian forces as Ukrainians decamp
 
2014-04-16: Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - It's a welcome more suited for rock stars and matinee idols, not necessarily black-masked soldiers in camouflage here to protect a rebellion. "You're our heroes! We love you!" the crowd clamours, smartphones in hand to capture history in this eastern Ukrainian town of Slavyansk with a population of 140,000, pro-Moscow Russian speakers in their vast majority. Slavyansk is now part of a Kiev-ruled Ukraine in name only. Ukraine vowed to take the town back, and on Sunday deployed a significant loyalist force to do so.
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GM creates streamlined order system for recall-related repairs
 
2014-04-16: (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Wednesday that it has set up a new fast-track ordering system to accelerate the shipment of parts needed to fix an ignition switch defect that has forced the automaker to recall 2.6 million of its compact cars. Dealers can now order all the parts they need to make the repair, and have them shipped in a single kit, by submitting the car's vehicle identification number to GM, which will automatically recognize the order as recall-related and give it priority status, spokesman Jim McCain told Reuters. Normally, the company's parts ordering process requires dealers to go through several more steps before their requests are given priority status and even then the parts can often be shipped separately. Dealers were informed of the new procedure during a Web conference GM hosted Wednesday to update them on the recall, Cain said.
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Sales of homes for more than $10 million increase
 
2014-04-16: NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.
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Players Championship adopts three-hole playoff
 
2014-04-16: Ponte Vedra Beach (United States) (AFP) - The Players Championship is abandoning its sudden-death playoff and switching to a three-hole aggregate playoff in a move that further separates the elite event from other US PGA Tour stops. The plan will go into effect for this year's tournament at TPC Sawgrass in May. Should the final round come down to a playoff, it will take place at holes 16, 17 and 18. "Holes 16, 17 and 18 of The Players Stadium Course are perhaps the most dramatic closing holes in professional golf from a risk-reward standpoint, as they test all facets of a player's physical and mental game while under the pressure of trying to win such a significant championship," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement on Wednesday. "Given the fact that winning The Players means you have defeated the strongest field in golf, we felt an aggregate playoff that incorporated these three holes was a more appropriate way to determine the champion."
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Obama: Russia faces consequences for destabilizing Ukraine - CBS
 
2014-04-16: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Russia can expect further sanctions if it steps up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. 'What I have said consistently is that each time Russia takes these kinds of steps that are designed to destabilize Ukraine and violate their sovereignty, that there are going to be consequences,' he said in an interview with CBS. (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Chris Reese)
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'Paul Robeson' playwright Phillip Hayes Dean dies
 
2014-04-16: NEW YORK (AP) — Phillip Hayes Dean, a playwright, director and theater actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. He was 83.
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Yahoo nominates co-founder, 2 others to join board
 
2014-04-16: SUNNYVALE, Calif. (AP) — Yahoo co-founder David Filo is vying to rejoin the Internet company's board after an 18-year absence.
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Crisis hit Co-op set to unveil loss of up to 2.5 billion pounds
 
2014-04-16: Britain's Co-operative Group will report a loss of more than 2 billion pounds on Thursday, laying bare the full damage done by disastrous acquisitions, a drugs scandal and an exodus of executives that have put its future as a mutual into doubt. But fierce resistance to change from some members of the group's board, which is elected from regional and local co-operative societies, resulted in both of them quitting.
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Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever
 
2014-04-16: Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot. Resembling a tiny astronaut, ASIMO -- decked out in a white suit and helmet -- stands 4 feet three inches (1.3 meters) tall and weighs in at 110 lbs (50 kg). ASIMO -- short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility -- was designed to help people, potentially in cases of reduced mobility. The latest demonstration highlighted the robot's increased flexibility and balance -- ASIMO can now jump -- as well as sign language abilities.
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US readies sanctions, demands concessions from Russia
 
2014-04-16: The United States warned Wednesday it was "actively preparing" new sanctions to hit Russia if critical Ukraine talks do not produce concessions from Moscow. US officials privately signaled they had little hope that the Geneva talks between Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and Washington would make significant progress. They also revealed that the toughest available sanctions -- those targeting key sectors of the Russian economy -- would only come into force in the event of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Ex-official leaves huge debt for California city
 
2014-04-16: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former city official who became a symbol of municipal greed was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison — less than half the time it will take the nearly bankrupt Los Angeles suburb of Bell to dig itself out of the estimated $150 million in debt he left behind.
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Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work
 
2014-04-16: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.
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Tanaka fans 10 in Yankees win over Cubs
 
2014-04-16: Japanese pitching ace Masahiro Tanaka delivered a dazzling 10 strikeouts and allowed just two bunt singles Wednesday in the New York Yankees' 3-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Tanaka, unfazed by unseasonably chilly weather at Yankee Stadium -- where snow fell overnight -- walked just one for the second time in three starts this season. He lowered his earned-run-average from 3.21 to 2.05, drawing praise from Yankees manager Joe Girardi for his smooth transition to America's major leagues. Tanaka had retired 15 straight Cubs batters before Anthony Rizzo's bunt single against the infield shift to begin the seventh inning.
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Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine
 
2014-04-16: SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome.
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Hopes high Negro League stadium will make comeback
 
2014-04-16: PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.
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Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title
 
2014-04-16: VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title.
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Schoolchild on sinking South Korean ferry sends text message to father
 
2014-04-16: People are still alive in a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the schoolchildren trapped inside the upturned ship told Reuters on Thursday as families headed out to the disaster scene. Writing by David Chance;
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Home sales of $10 million rise in Connecticut town
 
2014-04-16: NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.
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uFly fires flight simulator who appeared on CNN
 
2014-04-16: TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and 'shamed Canadians' by dressing like a teenager.
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Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry sinking
 
2014-04-16: By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - South Korean coastguard and navy divers resumed searching on Thursday for about 290 people still missing, many of them students from the same high school, after a ferry capsized in sight of land. Grieving family members gathered on the quay of the coastal city of Jindo, huddled in blankets against the spring cold as efforts to locate the missing went into a second day. One parent, Park Yung-suk, told Reuters she had seen the body of her teenage daughter's teacher brought ashore earlier in the morning. As coastguard officials arrived at Jindo on Thursday, waiting relatives jeered at them, shouting: 'The weather's nice, why aren't you starting the rescue.' It is not known why the 6,586 metric ton vessel, built in Japan 20 years ago, sank.
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Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation
 
2014-04-16: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced.
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Putin risks upstaging talks on defusing Ukraine crisis
 
2014-04-16: GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry: father
 
2014-04-16: JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday.
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NYC police rolling back some counterterror efforts
 
2014-04-16: NEW YORK (AP) — The move by New York City's new police commissioner to disband a unit that spied on the everyday activities of Muslims could be just the first step in a dismantling of some of the huge post-9/11 intelligence-gathering machinery built by his predecessor.
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Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million
 
2014-04-16: Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. The Bucks have struggled on the court this season, and will finish the 2013-14 campaign on Wednesday with the worst record in the league. But at least their new owners won't be taking them to a more lucrative market, since Kohl was insistent that he wanted them to stay in Milwaukee.
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U.S. does not expect breakthrough at Geneva meeting with Russia
 
2014-04-16: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington does not anticipate a breakthrough with Russia over the Ukraine crisis at a meeting in Geneva on Thursday of foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The officials said it was reasonable to assume that more sanctions would be imposed against Russia if there was no progress at the meeting. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials said they believed Russian President Vladimir Putin envisioned a federalist Ukraine that would allow Moscow to veto its decisions. ...
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US: Russia facing diplomacy or new sanctions
 
2014-04-16: GENEVA (AP) — A senior U.S. official says high-stakes diplomatic meetings in Geneva on Thursday to try to ease burgeoning violence in eastern Ukraine will mark Kiev's final attempt to engage with Russia before the West hits Moscow with additional economic sanctions.

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