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  • US vice president heads to Ukraine after fragile truce shattered
  • Pro-Russian protesters stand in front of a barricade outisde the occupied Regional State Administration building in Donetsk on April 20, 2014Slavyansk (Ukraine) (AFP) - US Vice President Joe Biden will begin a two-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, hours after a fragile Easter truce was shattered and pro-Kremlin rebels in the country's east appealed for help from Russian "peacekeepers". Biden's arrival in Kiev comes after a deadly gunfight gunfight killed at least two pro-Russian militants, an incident which sparked "outrage" in Moscow. But the Western-backed authorities in Kiev claimed the violence was a set-up by Russia to create a pretext for it to send in troops. The attack, near the flashpoint town of Slavyansk, undermined an accord worked out in Geneva between Russia, Ukraine and Western powers on Thursday under which "illegal armed groups" were to surrender their weapons.



  • Joss Whedon releasing film for digital download
  • FILE - This Jan. 21, 2014 file photo shows American film producer and director Joss Whedon at the screening of "Much Ado About Nothing" in Paris. Whedon will release a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution. In a video announcement Sunday following the premiere of the supernatural romance ?In Your Eyes? at the Tribeca Film Festival, Whedon said that the film will immediately be released online worldwide via Vimeo On Demand. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? Joss Whedon is releasing a film he wrote as a $5 digital download, bypassing the normal channels of independent film distribution.



  • Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93
  • Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3), center, drives to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, and forward Carlos Boozer (5) during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)CHICAGO (AP) ? Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this.



  • Prosecutor says 4 ferry crewmembers detained
  • Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)MOKPO, South Korea (AP) ? A South Korean prosecutor says four more crewmembers from a sunken ferry have been detained on allegations of failing to protect passengers.



  • Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado
  • Partygoers listen to live music and smoke pot on the second of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Sunday April 20, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) ? Tens of thousands of revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday, a once-underground celebration that stepped into the mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.



  • GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House
  • FILE - This March 14, 2013 file photo shows House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and House Democratic leaders speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The House Republicans? campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party?s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee?s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. From left to right are Democratic Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra, D-Calif. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.



  • Red Sox rally for 6-5 win over O's
  • Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz (34) and Mike Napoli, left, celebrate after scoring a on a three-run home run by Jonny Gomes, center, in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Boston, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) ? Dustin Pedroia scored from third on left fielder David Lough's throwing error with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 comback win over Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night.



  • S. Korea transcript fuels anger over ferry disaster
  • Relatives of victims of the South Korean ferry 'Sewol' sit before the sea at Jindo harbour on April 20, 2014Jindo (South Korea) (AFP) - Anger flared in South Korea on Monday over fresh indications that the evacuation of a capsized ferry was delayed by panic and indecision, as the death toll from the disaster pushed past 60 with hundreds still missing. "Precious minutes just wasted," ran the front page headline in the Dong-A Ilbo newspaper, in response to a communications transcript released Sunday revealing the confusion as the crew and marine traffic control debated evacuating the sinking vessel.



  • Nigerians mark Easter amid mourning and fear
  • Catholics attend a Mass to celebrate Good Friday in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday, April 18, 2014. Nigerian Catholics joined Christians around the world in celebrating Holy Week ahead of Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) ? With little to celebrate, Nigerians marked Easter Sunday with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of at least 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 85 abducted schoolgirls.



  • Grim work for families as more bodies discovered
  • Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) ? There are no names listed as relatives huddle around signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry. Just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth.



  • Captain of ill-fated Korean ferry praised safety in promotional video
  • Family members of missing passengers who were on the South Korean passenger ferry Sewol which sank in the sea off Jindo, look towards the sea at a port in JindoBy Ju-min Park JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The captain of a ferry that sank off South Korea's southwestern tip with hundreds feared dead said in a promotional video four years ago that the journey was safe - as long as passengers followed the instructions of the crew. Captain Lee Joon-seok, 69, and other crew members have been arrested. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were children and teachers on a high school outing. Lee made a promotional video in 2010 in which he highlighted the safety of the journey from the port city of Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju.



  • Malaysia, Flight 370 relatives talk financial help
  • PERTH, Australia (AP) ? As the search continued off the coast of Australia for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the airline announced another plane bound for India was forced to make an emergency landing early Monday after one of its tires burst on takeoff.

  • Struggling Nadal seeks homeground solution
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand return to his compatriot David Ferrer during their Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament match, in Monaco, on April 18, 2014World number one Rafael Nadal targets a ninth Barcelona Open title this week desperate to prove his shock Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final exit is not a sign of decline. The 13-time Grand Slam champion failed to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters for the first time since he was 16 as he was defeated in straight sets by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. It was his earliest loss in the principality since 2003 and came 12 months after his eight-year winning streak at the event was ended in the final by Novak Djokovic. "I just have to keep working to try to find the solutions in Barcelona.



  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? The Discovery Network is canceling a daredevil's planned jump off the summit of Mount Everest in a wing suit next month following the avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Friday.

  • Syria's Assad pays Easter visit to recaptured Christian town
  • Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits Maaloula townBy Firas Makdesi MAALOULA, Syria (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday visited an ancient Christian town recaptured from rebels last week, state media said, as he seeks to persuade minorities that the government is their best protection against hardline Islamists. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula - a rare appearance outside central Damascus - also highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. Islamist fighters, including some from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, had taken over part of Maaloula in December and held several nuns captive until releasing them in March in a prisoner-exchange deal.



  • Japan logs record $134B trade deficit in FY 2013
  • TOKYO (AP) ? Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.

  • More bodies from ship; transcript reveals wavering
  • Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol sit near the sea at a port in Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 20, 2014. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry off South Korea's southern shore, discovering more than a dozen bodies inside the ship and pushing the confirmed death toll to over four dozens, officials said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JINDO, South Korea (AP) ? Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, securing a new entryway into the wreck, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.



  • At Mt. Gox bitcoin hub, 'geek' CEO sought both control and escape
  • Mark Karpeles, chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in TokyoBy Sophie Knight TOKYO (Reuters) - In June 2011, when customers of now-bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox agitated for proof that the Tokyo-based firm was still solvent after a hacking attack, CEO Mark Karpeles turned to the comedy science fiction novel "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". During an online chat, Karpeles moved the equivalent of $170 million in bitcoin at today's market rates - the virtual equivalent of a bank manager flashing a wad of cash in a wallet to establish credit. The gesture - with a sly wink to the "geek" culture Karpeles believed he shared with many of his 50,000 customers at the time, including an interest in coding, Japanese manga comics and science fiction - succeeded. By moving 424,242 bitcoins, Karpeles, then 26, evoked the random number, 42, described as the "meaning of life" in Douglas Adams' sci-fi novel.



  • Bitcoin boss Karpeles easily led, not dishonest: mother
  • By Lionel Laurent PARIS (Reuters) - Mark Karpeles, CEO of failed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was a bright child, but a poor student, a lousy communicator and "too conciliatory", allowing others to take advantage of him, his mother Anne said in a telephone interview. Speaking from her home in Switzerland last week, Anne, 57, said Karpeles was a "terrible" student, but was admitted to Mensa, a global society of those with a high IQ, as a teenager. Mt. Gox, at one point last year the world's biggest exchange for the bitcoin digital currency, filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan in late February, blaming hacking of its computer system for the loss of bitcoins worth more than $450 million at today's rates. Recalling Karpeles' early days in Dijon in the Burgundy region of France, his mother said: "Difficult, never.

  • Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation
  • JINDO, South Korea (AP) ? Divers continued the grim work of recovering bodies from inside a sunken South Korean ferry Monday, as a newly released transcript showed the ship was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing. The transcript suggests that the chaos may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

  • Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76
  • FILE - In this June 8, 2001 file photo, former middleweight boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, left, is escorted by an unidentified security guard into the venue where Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will box each other in Verona, NY. Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto, Sunday, April 20, 2014, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters.



  • 10 Things to Know for Monday
  • An Egyptian supporter of ousted former President Hosni Mubarak celebrates an appeal granted by a court, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. A court granted Hosni Mubarak's appeal of his life sentence in a Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 hearing, ordering a retrial of the ousted Egyptian president on charges that he failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of protesters during the uprising that toppled his regime nearly two years ago. The ruling came one day after a prosecutor placed a new detention order on Mubarak over gifts worth millions of Egyptian pounds (hundreds of thousands of US dollars) he and other regime officials allegedly received from Egypt's top newspaper as a show of loyalty while he was in power. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:



  • Vice President Biden to meet Ukraine president, prime minister in Kiev
  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, and Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a visit to Kiev on Tuesday, the White House said on Sunday. Biden arrives in Kiev on Monday afternoon local time. He will meet with members of Ukraine's Rada parliament from different political parties and regions as well as representatives from non-governmental organizations during his two-day stay, the White House said in a statement.

  • Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates
  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider, left, takes down Milwaukee Brewers' Carlos Gomez during a skirmish between the teams during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 20, 2014. Gomez and Snider were ejected from the game. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) ? Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good.



  • James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1
  • Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker (15) and Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) eye a loose ball during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI (AP) ? Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark.



  • Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett
  • Miguel A. Jimenez kites a cigar after wining the Greater Gwinnett Championship golf tournament of the Champions Tour, Sunday, April 20, 2014 in Duluth, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)DULUTH, Ga. (AP) ? Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event.



  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • LeBron James of the Miami Heat looks on during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena on April 20, 2014 in Miami, FloridaLeBron James and Dwyane Wade combined for 50 points on Sunday to lead two-time defending NBA champions Miami to a 99-88 victory over Charlotte in their post-season opener. James made four of the Heat's 11 three-pointers and finished with 27 points and nine rebounds as the Heat seized the advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. Wade added 23 points and five assists for the Heat, who are trying to become the first club to win three straight NBA titles since the Los Angeles Lakers did it 2000, 2001 and 2002.



  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia
  • People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)WASHINGTON (AP) ? Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.



  • Kuchar rallies, chips in for RBC Heritage win
  • Matt Kuchar watches his drive off the third tee during the final round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) ? Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker.



  • Moyes clings to positives after United loss
  • Everton's Belgian striker Kevin Mirallas celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park in Liverpool on April 20, 2014Manchester United manager David Moyes maintains that there are positives for the club's fans to cling to despite them being out of contention for the Champions League. Last season's champions suffered an 11th Premier League defeat of the season when they lost 2-0 at Everton on Sunday. United were already guaranteed their worst points tally since the start of the Premier League era in 1992 and the result at Goodison Park means that it is no longer possible for them to finish in the top four. "At Everton there were things that were not that good, but there were things that were good.



  • Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners
  • NEW YORK (AP) ? Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese.

  • Sleeping girl killed after car drives into home
  • This image provided by Tony Cheval shows the scene of an accident Sunday April 20, 2014 where an alleged drunk driver ran into the home killing a 16-year-old girl in Palmdale, Calif. A Sheriff's Department spokesman said that 20-year-old Roberto Rodriguez of Palmdale allegedly crashed his Nissan Pathfinder into the corner of an apartment building at 3:50 a.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived they found the SUV embedded in the building and the girl dead inside. (AP Photo/Tony Cheval)PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) ? Officials say a 16-year-old Southern California girl asleep in her bed has died after a driver accused of being drunk crashed his SUV into her home.



  • Country music singer Kevin Sharp dies at age 43
  • This image provided by Sue Veldkamp shows a book cover of Kevin Sharp. Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday April 19, 2014 in Fair Oaks, Calif. He was 43. (AP Photo/Sue Veldkamp)FAIR OAKS, Calif. (AP) ? Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded multiple chart-topping songs and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, has died. He was 43.



  • Wrongfully imprisoned US boxer 'Hurricane' Carter dies
  • US Rubin Carter (R) lands a punch on Fabio Bettini of Italy during their international middleweight match in Paris, on February 22, 1965Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the prizefighter whose racially tinged wrongful murder conviction made him a symbol of injustice and a pop culture cause, died on Sunday at the age of 76. Carter, who was convicted twice and imprisoned for 19 years before he was exonerated in 1985, died on Sunday at his home in Toronto, the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC) confirmed. From 1993 to 2005, Carter served as the executive director of the Canadian organization, which said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of "a truly courageous man who fought tirelessly to free others who had suffered the same fate."



  • On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security
  • Wellesley College student Tiffany Liao, of San Marino, Calif., center, serves a pasta dish during a Boston Marathon pre-race dinner at Boston City Hall, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Boston. With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year's bombings the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors to the area. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) ? In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston.



  • Celebrating Easter _ and creativity _ in New York
  • Dressed for the occasion, Paul Nagle, left, poses for photographs as he takes take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue, Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)NEW YORK (AP) ? Some wore their Sunday best in New York's annual Easter Parade on Fifth Avenue, but others simply spruced up their St. Patrick's Day or Halloween outfits.



  • Protesters fight police, burn Maduro puppets in Venezuela
  • Police operating a water cannon advance towards anti-government protesters during riots in CaracasBy Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS (Reuters) - Masked youths battled police, protesters burned and hung from lamp-posts effigies of President Nicolas Maduro and marchers demanded the "resurrection" of democracy on a volatile Easter Sunday in Venezuela. Though millions of Venezuelans have headed for Caribbean beaches and family gatherings over the Easter period, student demonstrators have sought to keep a nearly three-month protest movement going with religious-themed demonstrations. "We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22, told Reuters in a square where protesters displayed dozens of used gas canisters and bullets as symbols of repression. "This is the time to stand firm." Later, several hundred hooded protesters, many wearing Guy Fawkes masks, set up barricades in the eastern Chacao district of Caracas that has been a near-daily battleground during recent unrest in Venezuela since mid-February.



  • Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'
  • San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, left, argues a call during the first quarter of Game 1 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) ? Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice."



  • In Colorado, a pot holiday tries to go mainstream
  • With the Colorado state capitol building visible in the background, partygoers dance and smoke pot on the first of two days at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver, Saturday April 19, 2014. The annual event is the first 420 marijuana celebration since retail marijuana stores began selling in January 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) ? Once the province of activists and stoners, the traditional pot holiday of April 20 has gone mainstream in the first state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana.



  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs passes the ball while being defended by Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks at the AT&T Center on April 20, 2014 in San Antonio, TexasThe San Antonio Spurs, led by Tim Duncan's 27 points, rallied for a 90-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday to open their NBA playoff series. The Spurs, trying to get back to the NBA finals after falling to the Miami Heat in last year's championship series, trailed 81-71 with 7:45 left to play, but closed the game on a 19-4 scoring run to secure the win. They host game two of the best-of-seven Western Conference set on Wednesday. Duncan added seven rebounds for the Spurs, whose All-Star point guard Tony Parker added 21 points, six assists and four rebounds as San Antonio notched their 10th straight victory over their intra-state rivals.