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April 18, 2014

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS

Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP

Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.

3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK

An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history.

4. WHAT'S IN THE NEW OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PRIVACY POLICY

It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.

5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS

New numbers on "Obamacare" enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.

6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE

Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.

7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED

Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.

8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED

The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL

Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver's pot dispensaries.

10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN' THE BLUES

St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.

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  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it. Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners' associations. Though a few HOAs have wi

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  • Central American leaders convening at White House WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at

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    July 25, 2014

  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, but the agency can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarke

    July 24, 2014

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S.

    July 24, 2014

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p

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  • Man run over by own truck during road rage GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida. The

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  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over th

    July 24, 2014

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