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Days after shooting, 'Virunga' premiers at Tribeca

Journalist Melanie Gouby, left, and filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel pose before their interview about the film "Virunga," Thursday April 17, 2014 in New York. The film about Virunga National Park in eastern Congo debuts at the Tribeca Film festival on Thursday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)NEW YORK (AP) — Days after the director of Africa's oldest national park was shot by gunmen, a documentary about those who protect Virunga National Park from armed poachers and encroaching oil interests premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Judge asks pointed questions in gay marriage case

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban Sharon Baldwin, left, and her partner Mary Bishop leave court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The appeal of a lower court's January ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay marriage ban is the second time the issue has reached appellate courts since the U.S. Supreme Court shook up the legal landscape last year by finding the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


Fraternity shuts Ole Miss branch after noose tyingJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A national fraternity group has closed its University of Mississippi chapter after three members were accused of tying a noose around the neck of a statue of the first black student to enroll in the Southern college that was all-white at the time.10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

10ThingstoSeeSports - Bubba Watson's caddie Ted Scott, right, and spectators celebrate as Bubba Watson wins the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports.


Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

File photo of Garcia Marquez standing outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico CityBy Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City. Known affectionately to friends and fans as "Gabo," Garcia Marquez was Latin America's best-known and most beloved author and his books have sold in the tens of millions.


Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

ALTERNATIVE CROP OF XLAT301 - FILE - This undated file photo of Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez is seen in an unknown location. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. (AP Photo/Hamilton, File)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.


Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

Minnesota State, Mankato defensive back Sam Thompson left, shakes hands with coach Todd Hoffner, as athletic director Kevin Buisman watches on Thursday April 17, 2014, in Mankato , Minn. Players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone. (AP Photo/Star Tribune, Jerry Holt) ST. PAUL OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV OUT MAGS OUTMANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.


Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika arrives on a wheelchair to vote in the presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. President Bouteflika has ruled this nation for the past 15 years and, despite suffering from a stroke, is running for a fourth term on a platform of stability. (AP Photo/Sidali Djarboub)ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced.


The life of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia MarquezColombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87. * Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, a town near Colombia's Caribbean coast. * He spent almost two years writing "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the novel that made him famous. It helped him win the 1982 Nobel Prize for Literature.U.N. inquiry chief wants North Korea hauled before international court

Kirby Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea gestures during a news conference at the United Nations in GenevaBy Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into human rights abuses in North Korea appealed to the U.N. Security Council on Thursday to refer the situation in the reclusive Asian state to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. "In a week of many grave human rights matters occupying the attention of the members of this council, we dare say that the case of human rights in the DPRK (Democratic People Republic of Korea) exceeds all others in duration, intensity and horror," Michael Kirby told an informal meeting of the 15-member council. A year-long U.N. inquiry, led by Kirby, concluded in a February 17 report that North Korean security chiefs and possibly even Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un himself should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and killings comparable to Nazi-era atrocities.


UN Security Council meets on rights in North KoreaUNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.Guatemalan Catholics set sawdust carpet record

People walk in Guatemala City on April 17, 2014 beside a 2,012 meter-long carpet of flowers and colored sawdust, setting a new Guinness World recordThousands of Guatemalan Catholics broke their own Guinness record for the world's longest sawdust carpet Thursday with a multi-colored masterpiece stretching down the main avenue of the capital's historic center. Completed in anticipation of Easter, it was more than 2,000 meters long (6,600 feet) and constructed of dyed sawdust and flowers. They used 54,400 kilos (120,000 pounds) of sawdust. "Thanks to all who have made possible the longest sawdust carpet in the world," said Archbishop Oscar Vian, who joined a procession in which youth volunteers carrying two images of Jesus passed over the multi-colored surface.


911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

File - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Authorities are releasing 911 calls made after a FedEx struck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students last week, killing 10 people. The crash is under investigation by state and federal officials who are trying to determine why the truck driver careened across an Interstate-5 median and struck the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest he tried to brake. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett, File)ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.


Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

In a photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb appears in a photo at jail. McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year. Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning. McNabb was arrested Dec. 15 on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. He pleaded guilty on March 27 and nine days of his sentence was suspended. (AP Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was released Thursday from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.


Man suing 'X-Men' director says he reported abuse

Plaintiff Michael Egan takes questions from to the media during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, April 17, 2014. A sex abuse lawsuit by Egan, a former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii. Singer's attorney, Marty Singer, said in a statement that the claims are absurd and defamatory. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who claims he was sexually abused by "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer said Thursday that he reported the molestation to authorities at the time, and does not know why charges were never pursued.


Kuchar builds on Masters momentum

Scott Langley hits off the ninth tee during the first round of the RBC Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — There were no major letdowns for Masters contenders Matt Kuchar and Jordan Spieth at the RBC Heritage on Thursday.


PepsiCo's profit rises on snack sales, price hikes

FILE - This Oct. 10, 2011 file photo shows cans of Pepsi, posed in Philadelphia. PepsiCo Thursday April 17, 2014 reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit as the company slashed costs and sold more snacks around the world. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit as the company sold more snacks around the world and hiked prices, including on its drinks.


Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudlyNEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is delving deeper into financial services at its stores and shaking up the money transfer business.Man said to be homesick for prison gets 3½ years

FILE - This Feb. 9, 2013 file surveillance photo provided by the FBI shows 73-year-old Walter Unbehaun, an ex-convict from Rock Hill., S.C., during a bank robbery in Niles, Ill. Unbehaun allegedly told investigators he intended to get caught so he could live his final years behind bars. On Thursday, April 17, 2014, Unbehaun is scheduled to be sentenced in Chicago. In 50 years, he has spent just six out from behind bars. His case highlights a wider societal dilemma about what to do with an increasingly elderly ex-cons, many of whom spent so much of their lives inside prison that they, like Unbehaun, can't cope with life on the outside. (AP Photo/FBI, File)CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-con who spent most of his adult life in behind bars on Thursday got what he said he wanted for robbing a suburban Chicago bank. The 74-year-old gets to go back to the place he called home — prison.


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

FILE - In a Dec. 9, 2013, file photo Chelsea Clinton speaks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year. The daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced at a Clinton Foundation event in New York that she and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are "very excited" to be having their first child later this year. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, file)WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.


World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

FILE - In This Nov. 18, 2008, file photo, Colombian Nobel Literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Nicarguan author and former Vice President Sergio Ramirez, attend a round table discussion on Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes' work at the UNAM national university in Mexico City. Garcia Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)Reaction to death of writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez:


Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

FILE- In this Feb. 9, 2011 file photo, Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky attend amfAR's annual New York Gala at Cipriani Wall Street, in New York. Clinton announced that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child on Thursday, April 17, 2014, while co-hosting “Girls: A No Ceilings Conversation,” a Clinton Foundation event in New York. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton co-hosted the event with her. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby.


Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's deathEL CAJON, California (AP) — A jury convicted an Iraqi immigrant Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that was initially considered a hate crime.Texas seizes polygamist group's secluded ranchELDORADO, Texas (AP) — State agents have seized a polygamous group's Texas ranch where hundreds of children were removed during a 2008 FBI raid prompted by child sex abuse allegations.Police: Student ate more pot than recommendedDENVER (AP) — A Wyoming college student who jumped to his death at a Denver hotel had eaten more of a marijuana cookie than was recommended by a seller, police records show — a finding that comes amid increased concern about the strength of popular pot edibles after Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana.U.S. special forces struggle with record suicides: admiral

A U.S. Navy SEAL who is a member of the Navy parachute team 'Leap Frogs', takes part in a demonstration of combat skills at the National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum in Fort PierceBy Warren Strobel TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Suicides among U.S. special operations forces, including elite Navy SEALs and Army Rangers, are at record levels, a U.S. military official said on Thursday, citing the effects of more than a decade of "hard combat." The number of special operations forces committing suicide has held at record highs for the past two years, said Admiral William McRaven, who leads the Special Operations Command. It's that simple." It may take a year or more, he said, to assess the effects of sustained combat on special operations units, whose missions range from strikes on militants such as the 2011 SEAL raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden to assisting in humanitarian disasters. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations commands comprise about 59,000 people, according to Pentagon documents.


US tells jury Egyptian imam pursued global terror

FILE - In this March 28, 2003 file photo, radical Muslim cleric Mustafa Kamel Mustafa prays in a street outside his Mosque in north London. Mustafa faces charges he conspired to support al-Qaida by trying in 1999 to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Ore., and by helping abduct two American tourists and 14 others in Yemen in 1998. Jury selection for his terrorism trial begins in New York on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday before a defense attorney promised that the defendant will explain himself during the trial.


Mariners' Choi hit with 50-game doping ban

Choi Ji-Man of the Seattle Mariners poses for a portrait during spring training photo day on February 20, 2014 in Peoria, ArizonaSeattle Mariners first baseman Choi Ji-Man was suspended for 50 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Thursday after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance. Choi was added to the Mariners' 40-man roster in November but has started this season with Seattle's top developmental club, the Tacoma Rainiers, based near the Mariners in Washington state. In 10 games this season, Incheon-born Choi batted .394 with one home run and five runs batted in while walking seven times and striking out six in 33 plate appearances. The Mariners fell to 7-8 this season with an 8-6 loss Thursday at Texas, their third loss in a row to the Rangers.


IRS audits less than 1 percent of big partnershipsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service audits fewer than 1 percent of large business partnerships, according to a government report released Tuesday.Judge wants Detroit mayor to back bankruptcy plan

FILE- In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder delivers his third annual State of the State address to a joint session of the state Legislature in the Capitol in Lansing, Mich. The city of Detroit reached tentative agreements to preserve pensions for retired police office and firefighters but cut monthly payments for other former employees, officials said Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)DETROIT (AP) — Looking years ahead, the judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he wants assurances from the mayor and other elected leaders that they'll follow a final plan that likely cuts pensions, sheds debt and plows millions into better services.


Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

FILE - In this June 13, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) passes between San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw (33), of France, and Manu Ginobili (20), of Argentina, during the second half at Game 4 of the NBA Finals, in San Antonio. A rematch of last year's thrilling NBA Finals finish is possible, but the Spurs and Heat would have to get through tough paths to get there. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.


Obama shows skepticism on Russia in Ukraine

President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 17, 2014. The president spoke about health care overhaul and the situation in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama conveyed skepticism Thursday about Russian promises to de-escalate a volatile situation in Ukraine, and said the United State and its allies are ready to impose fresh sanctions if Moscow doesn't make good on its commitments.


Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Colombian Nobel Prize for Literature 1982 Gabriel Garcia Marquez (R) leans out of the window of the train upon arrival at his hometown Aracataca, Colombia on May 30, 2007Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" became one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil. The journalist was a colorful character who befriended Cuban leader Fidel Castro, got punched by fellow Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and joked that he wrote to make his friends love him. "One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time," Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter.


Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

FILE - In this March 16, 2014 file photo, Duke's Jabari Parker (1) tries to shoot over Virginia's Darion Atkins during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone, File)Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.


Whoopi Goldberg writes Denver Post cannabis columnDENVER (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg says she's in love with her marijuana-vaporizing pen.Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gives a press conference in Geneva on April 17, 2014Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal Thursday aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. While not spelt out explicitly, that was a likely reference to pro-Kremlin separatists who have taken over parts of Ukraine's restive southeast. The deal appeared to mark a sharp change from the tone taken by Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier in the day, when he left the door open for armed intervention in Ukraine. At the same time, Obama said he was coordinating with leaders in Europe about further sanctions against Moscow if progress was not evident within days.


Judge in gay marriage case asks pointed questions

Plaintiffs challenging Oklahoma's gay marriage ban arrive in court following a hearing at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Thursday, April 17, 2014. They are, left to right, Dr. Gay Phillips, her partner Sue Barton, Sharon Baldwin and her partner Mary Bishop. The court is to decide whether to overturn a federal judge's decision to strike down. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.


Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

FILE - This undated file photo shows Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez at an undisclosed location. Marquez died Thursday April 17, 2014 at his home in Mexico City. (AP Photo)Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism.


Williams in talks to reprise 'Mrs. Doubtfire' role

FILE - In this April 28, 2012 file photo, Robin Williams appears onstage at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. Fox 2000 is developing a sequel to the 1993 hit “Mrs. Doubtfire” with “Elf” writer David Berenbaum attached to pen the script for the comedy, confirmed the studio on Thursday, April 17, 2014. While there are no deals in place, insiders say that Chris Columbus is back on board to direct and Williams will reprise his starring role. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox 2000 is developing the sequel to the 1993 hit comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire," which starred Robin Williams.


Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deathsTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced Thursday.

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