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Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

President Barack Obama is seeking to reassure Japanese leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges to Asia even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

No injuries were reported in the explosion Wednesday in Opal, a town of about 95 people about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. All of Opal was evacuated.

Vermont leading U.S. in GMO labeling campaign

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Twenty-nine other states this year and last have proposed bills to require genetically modified organism – or GMO – labeling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Two other New England states have passed laws to require GMO labeling, but the legislation takes effect only when neighboring states also approve the requirement. They are Maine and Connecticut; neither neighbor Vermont.

Four states ask feds to delay protection of endangered bat

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

Wisconsin and three other Great Lakes states have asked federal authorities to delay plans to protect an imperiled bat species because the proposed restrictions could have a “crippling effect” on the forest industry and harm owners of private and public land.

GOP gains in South hinder Democratic majority

| |Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014

From the high plains of West Texas to the Atlantic coast of Georgia, white voters opposed Obama’s re-election in overwhelming numbers. In many counties, 90 percent of white voters chose Mitt Romney, nearly the reverse of the margin by which black voters supported Obama.

First lady announces job site for vets

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

First lady Michelle Obama announced the new Veterans Employment Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a special veterans’ jobs summit, which comes as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Unemployment among veterans who have served since September 2001 stood at 9 percent in 2013, about 1.6 percentage points higher than the overall civilian population.

Images released of shipwreck in San Francisco Bay

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

The first images of the newly discovered wreckage of a steamship that sank in San Francisco Bay in 1888, killing 16 people, were released Wednesday by federal ocean scientists.

25 years ago in Tiananmen, one man defied a tank

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

He captured the photograph that immortalized the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989: a lone man in a white shirt standing before a row of tanks, seemingly fearless after the Chinese military has unleashed a bloody assault on pro-democracy protesters.

South Korea ferry toll hits 159 as relatives wait

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll neared 160 and relatives of the more than 140 still missing pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon.

UN considering sanctions over South Sudan massacre

| |Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014

The U.N. has said hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity state. The top U.N. aid official in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, has said “piles and piles” of bodies were left behind.