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292 missing, 4 dead in South Korea ferry disaster

South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats try to rescue passengers of a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, April 16, 2014. Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 459, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast. AP

A multi-story ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast today, leaving nearly 300 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by ships and helicopters. More

Man charged with Boston Marathon hoax due in court

A member of the bomb squad inspects an object after a controlled detonation at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston, April 15, 2014. Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line on Tuesday. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them. Michael Dwyer / AP

Boston — A man who authorities say was taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker on the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. More

Classes to resume at Pennsylvania school after mass stabbing

Murrysville, Pa. — Students planned to gather in prayer and in support of one another on the football field of a Pittsburgh-area high school where classes were scheduled to resume Wednesday, a week after a mass stabbing. More

Combat vehicles in east Ukraine fly Russian flag

A masked gunman guards combat vehicles with Russian and Donetsk insurgency army flags and gunmen on top, parked in downtown of Slovyansk on April 16, 2014. The troops on those vehicles wore green camouflage uniforms, had automatic weapons and grenade launchers and at least one had the St. George ribbon attached to his uniform, which has become a symbol of the pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Efrem Lukatsky / AP

Slovyansk, Ukraine — A column of armored vehicles flying Russian flags drove into a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russia demonstrators Wednesday, dampening the central government's hopes to re-establish control over restive eastern Ukraine. More

Sub makes second dive to search for Malaysian plane

Operators aboard the Australian defense vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment to search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. MC1 Peter D. Blair / AP

Perth, Australia — As a robotic submarine dove into the ocean to look for lost Flight 370, angry Chinese relatives stormed out of a teleconference meeting Wednesday to protest the Malaysian government for not addressing them in person. More

Pope Francis gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis kisses two boys who are mounted on the Popemobile as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on April 16, 2014, at the Vatican. Vincenzo Pinto / Getty Images

Vatican City — Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square. More

Oscar Pistorius' defense team tries to build case in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius looks straight ahead as he listens to evidence being given in court in Pretoria, South Africa, April 16, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. Gianluigi Guercia / AP

Pretoria, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense. More

Calgary cop's son charged in fatal stabbings

University of Calgary staff member Saima Jamal cries during a University memorial service for victims of the multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta on April 15, 2014. Calgary police say the son of one of their own is a suspect in the worst mass murder in the city's history, a bloody and baffling attack on a group of university students at a house party. Larry MacDougal / AP

Calgary, Alberta — The son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party that the law enforcement officials called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city's history. More

Nebraska toddler gets stuck inside claw crane machine

Lincoln, Neb. — Authorities say a toddler has been reunited with his mother after employees found him playing inside a claw crane machine at a Nebraska bowling alley. More

Man charged with hoax near Boston Marathon finish line

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Police say a man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line had a rice cooker in his backpack and is being charged with possession of a hoax device. More

Solemn, brief tributes mark marathon bombing anniversary

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick walks with his wife, Diane, and members of the victims families during a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Mass. Jared Wickerham / Getty Images

Vice President Joe Biden says the courage shown by Boston Marathon survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy. More

White supremacist appears in court on murder charges

In this April 13, 2014 image from video provided by KCTV-5, Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Frazier Glenn Miller, is escorted by police in an elementary school parking lot in Overland Park, Kan. Cross, 73, accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City, is a known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. AP

Overland Park, Kan. — The white supremacist charged in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City made his first court appearance Tuesday. More

Male cop dresses as Amish woman to stop flasher

In this undated photo provided by Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police, Adams is seen dressed as an Amish woman. AP//Courtesy of Chad Adams

Pittsburgh — A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children. More

Car accident killed South Dakota girls missing since 1971

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Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday. More

First women move to Army platoon artillery jobs

1st Lt. Kelly Requa speaks with Spc. Michael Cantrell of Bravo Battery, 321st Field Artillery at a fires direction center during certification at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Gerry Broome / AP

Under a canopy of trees on the edge of a large field, soldiers from Bravo Battery are lying in a circle as they pore over targeting charts. Nearby, others are preparing the howitzer cannons as helicopters swoop overhead. More

Robot sub returns to water after first try cut short

This map provided on April 15, 2014, by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre details are presented in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the southern Indian Ocean. The search area for the missing Malaysian jet has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and the all-important black boxes, authorities said. AP

Perth, Australia — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet began its second mission Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said. More

Ukraine military clashes with pro-Russia forces

A protester holds a shield showing a Kalshnikov gun and reading 'Must to be in every home' during a rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on April 15, 2014, during a session as they demand from the authorities actions against separatism on the eastern part of the country. Sergei Supinsky / Getty Images

In the first Ukrainian military action against a pro-Russian uprising in the east, government forces said they repelled an attack Tuesday by about 30 gunmen at a small airport. More

Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 37

Everett, Wash. — One more victim has been recovered from the mudslide that hit the town of Oso, raising the death toll to 37, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office said Tuesday. The person's name has not been released. More

Police say 5 dead in stabbings near University of Calgary

Calgary, Alberta — Five people are dead and a suspect is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party near the University of Calgary in Alberta. More

Minister: Death toll rises to 75 in blast at Nigerian bus station

A woman walks past burnt out buses at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, April. 15, 2014, with 75 dead as the blast destroyed more than 30 vehicles and caused secondary explosions as their fuel tanks exploded and burned. Sunday Alamba / AP

Abuja, Nigeria — Nigeria's health minister says three wounded victims have died, raising the toll to 75 dead in the massive blast at a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital. More

Storm topples up to 30 RVs near Mississippi's Gulf coast

Campers at Santa Maria RV Park on Martin Bluff Road in Gautier, Miss., were flipped from possible straight line winds April 14, 2014, as storms rolled over the Coast. As many as 30 campers were damaged from the storm. Tim Isbell / AP

Gautier, Miss. — A storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, leaving about a dozen damaged or destroyed RV trailers at one campground Tuesday amid downed trees and power lines. More

St. Louis-area man accused of sexual torture over several years

St. Louis — A St. Louis-area man is accused of sexually torturing women in his apartment over several years. More

India's top court recognizes third gender category

Indian eunuchs dance after Supreme Court's verdict recognizing third gender category, in Nagpur, India, April 15, 2014. India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. AP

New Delhi — India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents. More

Security Council sees grim images of Syrian dead

United Nations — The bodies of the young men in the photographs are emaciated, their bones protruding. Starvation was only one form of torture they endured. Some bear the marks of strangulation. Others have vivid bruises and welts from being beaten. More

Prosecutor ends cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, April 15, 2014. Pistorius, who is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine's Day in 2013, was questioned by the chief prosecutor, who says the athlete's statement that he killed Steenkamp by mistake is a lie. Themba Hadebe / AP

Pretoria, South Africa — Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that the Olympic runner intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued before dawn o More

Italy's ex-PM Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered to do a year of community service following his conviction for tax fraud, Italian media reported. Filippo Monteforte / Getty Images

Milan — Former Premier Silvio Berlusconi must spend at least four hours a week in the service of the elderly to repay society for his tax fraud conviction, the first sentence against him ever confirmed by Italy's highest court. More

Police: GPS devices help link parolees accused of rapes, deaths in California

Steven Dean Gordon, 45, left, and Franc Cano, 27, who were arrested on April 11, 2014, on suspicion of killing four women in Orange County, Calif. Anaheim police said detectives in Santa Ana and Anaheim launched a joint investigation after the naked body of Jarrae Nykkole Estepp, 21, was found in the conveyor belt of a recycling plant last month. AP

Anaheim, Calif. — Two convicted sex offenders dutifully checked in with police every month and wore their GPS trackers around the clock — the rules of parole that are designed to tip off authorities if a freed felon backslides. More

Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson wins Pulitzer Prize

Henderson Kathleen Galligan / AP

Detroit Free Press columnist Stephen Henderson, who has been willing to criticize powerful interests to defend average citizens of the troubled city, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the city's financial crisis, it was announced Monday. More

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader identified as Kansas shootings suspect; Feds to probe as hate crime

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass briefs the media on the shootings that occurred at the Jewish Community Center. Michael Kaste, FBI, (second from left) and Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach (right) were also on hand for the briefing. Tammy Ljungblad / MCT

The man accused of killing three people in attacks at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City is a well-known white supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. More

Study: Snack may help avoid fights

— A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. It could prevent major fights between husbands and wives, at least if a new study that used voodoo dolls is right. More

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