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world Oregon may abandon broken healthcare system for federal exchange

After spending more than $100m during botched rollout, Oregon's government investigates and suggests new system Continue reading...

8 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup

Vladimir Putin gave his clearest signal yet that he aims to break up the global nature of the internet when he branded the network a "CIA project" on Thursday. The Russian president told a media conference in St Petersburg that America's overseas espionage agency had originally …

10 minutes ago // Newsvine

world Three children detained at Children's Day celebrations after Berkin protest - RIGHTS

Three children were detained by police for shouting the slogan “Berkin Elvan is immortal” in honor of a 15-year-old who was killed by officers during the Gezi Park revolt, at an official celebration for April 23 Children’s Day in Istanbul’s Haliç ne …

11 minutes ago // Newsvine

world 'Amen,' says Armenian Patriarchate over PMs 1915 message

Turkey’s Armenian Patriarchate has welcomed Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoan’s message on the Armenian issue, saying “amen” to his wish of condolences to the descendants of the Armenians.In a statement, the patriarchate said the message from the prime …

13 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Study Links California Drought to Global Warming

While researchers have sometimes connected weather extremes to man-made global warming, usually it's not done in real time.

13 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Demand For Its Cars Helping GM Rebound From Black Eye Of Recalls

A billion here, a billion there and, sooner or later, it adds up to real money, according to an adage once popular in Washington, and something that General Motors shouldnt ignore after its poor first-quarter earnings report, a net profit of barely $125 million.Writing off a whopping $1.

14 minutes ago // Mercury News

world Afghanistan shooting leaves Chicago doctor, two other Americans dead

From Chicago to Afghanistan, Dr. Jerry Umanos dedicated his service to poor children. The pediatrician was among three Americans killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital. He was volunteering in Afghanistan to train young doctors, periodically returning to Chicago to work in a Christian clinic on the city's southwest side.

21 minutes ago // BBC

world Ukraine raids spark war of words

Russia and the US accuse each other of failing to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine, following raids by Kiev on pro-Russian separatists in the east.

21 minutes ago // ABC

world Hagel Says Russian Military Exercises up Tensions

Hagel says new Russian military exercises increase tensions, counter diplomatic agreements

21 minutes ago // Reuters

world Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure

WASHINGTON Reuters - The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed nations on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

21 minutes ago // CBS

world Teen stowaway was homesick for Africa, had no clue he was in Maui

15-year-old who survived flight from California to Hawaii tucked in a jetliner's wheel well was disoriented after ordeal, officials say

21 minutes ago // Fox News

world Hagel says new Russian military exercises increase tensions, counter diplomatic agreements

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says Russian military exercises on its border with Ukraine increase tensions and run counter to a diplomatic agreement it signed just last week.

27 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Foreign Climbers Abandon Everest as Sherpas' Concerns Persist

More Expeditions Leave Base Camp Despite Nepal Government Efforts to Quell Post-Avalanche Disquiet Among Sherpa Guides

27 minutes ago // NPR

world Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention

Critics have blamed General Motors' delayed recall of a defective ignition switch on its dysfunctional culture. But there is already a shift underway to prioritize customers and communication.

28 minutes ago // VOA

world Detained American Provides Glimpse Into Chinese Forced Labor Practices

An American Fulbright Scholar who was arrested in China for stealing spent eight months in a detention center assembling Christmas lights. In this report by Yang Chen and narrated by VOA's Colin Lovett, the man's story offers a glimpse into forced labor in China.

28 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Digital Art From Andy Warhol Rediscovered on Floppy Disks

Several lost works from Andy Warhol have been rediscovered... on a set of Amiga floppy disks dating from 1985. They may look pretty humble today, but back then, these pieces were marvels of modernity.

28 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Two in Custody After Report of Gunman on California Naval Base

A portion of the base was ordered to shelter in place as naval security forces and NCIS looked into the report.

31 minutes ago // The Washington Post

world Iran to increase gasoline prices, testing patience of public awaiting economic recovery

TEHRAN Gasoline prices in Iran have risen steadily and significantly in recent years, but at 22cents per liter, they are some of the cheapest in the world. Although Iranians have traditionally adjusted quickly to higher costs without noticeably changing their consumption habits, an increase scheduled for this week will test the patience of a public that has been waiting nearly a year for an economic recovery promised by President Hassan Rouhani when he was elected in June.

32 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Draghi: ECB Is Open to Asset Purchases

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the institution is open to broad-based purchases of assets if consumer-price growth weakens to the point of threatening the euro zone's fledgling recovery.

34 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Putin calls internet a 'CIA project' renewing fears of web breakup

Russian president's remark fans idea that has gained ground in Germany, Brazil and elsewhere after Edward Snowden's revelations Continue reading...

35 minutes ago // Reuters

world Panama presidential candidates battle for top spot in final polls

PANAMA CITY Reuters - Panamanians can expect a tight finish when they go to the polls to elect their next president, according to two polls published on Thursday, the last allowed before next week's vote.

35 minutes ago // Fox News

world Despite UN Security Council demands, Syria humanitarian plight worse than ever, report says

Two months after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution urging all sides in the civil war in Syriaincluding the brutal government of President Bashar al-Assadto allow humanitarian supplies to reach millions of civilians, the situation is as bad as ever, according to a report that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will present to the council next week.

37 minutes ago // CNN

world Obama backs Japan over islands row

The United States stands by its security agreement with Japan in its dispute with China over a group of islands, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

38 minutes ago // Reuters

world Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia Reuters - U krainian 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.

39 minutes ago // Time

world Israel-Palestine Peace Talks Mired in Uncertainty

Analysts say Netanyahu's announcement that Israel was suspending negotiations with the Palestinians could simply be a tactical move

41 minutes ago // Wall Street Journal

world Photos of the Day: April 24

In photos picked Thursday by Wall Street Journal editors, a woman mourns on the anniversary of a garment-factory collapse in Bangladesh, a South Korean coast guard official is surrounded, an Indian police official reacts after an attack, and more.

43 minutes ago // The Guardian

world Miami judge to hear new evidence in Briton's 1987 murder conviction

Krishna Maharaj convicted of double murder at Miami hotel Defence lawyers blame Colombian drug traffickers for crime Continue reading...

43 minutes ago // BBC

world Miliband in Scotland to make UK case

Scottish independence would leave working people north and south of the border worse off, Ed Miliband claims.

44 minutes ago // MSNBC

world Vaping 101: How Do E-Cigarettes Work?

The FDA proposed new regulations on e-cigarettes on Thursday, including rules that would make them off-limits to children under 18 years old. Electronic cigarettes have become big business over the last year, with sales reaching an estimated $2 billion in 2013.

45 minutes ago // ABC

world Report: Iran to Cut Portion of Gasoline Subsidies

Report: Iran to cut portion of gasoline subsidies starting Friday, move delayed since 2012

46 minutes ago // CBS

world New York's purrrfect new cafe

Pop-up "cat cafe" opens in New York City for limited time only

50 minutes ago // ABC

world Watch: Day in Pictures: 4/24/14

Images from across the globe: Kerry Brings Dog to Work, Simon Ostrovsky Freed, Kenyan Bomb Inspector, Philly Postal Workers Protest

50 minutes ago // VOA

world Church Leaders Hope John Paul Sainthood Will Help Stem Secularization in Poland

On Sunday, the late Pope John Paul II will be canonized in a ceremony at the Vatican along with an earlier pope, John XXIII. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky reports from Krakow, Poland, on the excitement among Polish Catholics and the hope that the new Polish saint will help the prevent the country from following a Western European-style path toward secularization.

53 minutes ago // BBC

world VIDEO: Bernie Ecclestone denies bribery

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has appeared in court at the start of a trial on bribery charges in Munich.

53 minutes ago // BBC

world Amazon profits thin as expenses jump

Internet retailer Amazon reports a 32% jump in profit to $108m in the first quarter, but investors worry over increasing expenses.

54 minutes ago // NPR

world Postal Workers Protest At Staples Over Shift In Jobs

U.S. Postal Service workers picketed in front of Staples stores on Thursday. They were protesting USPS plans to provide mail services inside Staples stores, using non-union Staples employees.