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Sina suspends book site after pornography reportedBEIJING (AP) — Chinese web giant Sina.com temporarily closed its literature site Friday after reports it would lose two crucial publication licenses for hosting pornography.NBC taps Seth Meyers as next Emmys host

FILE - Seth Meyers attends the NBC Network 2013 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall, in this May 13, 2013 file photo taken in New York. NBC, home to Meyers in his long stint on “Saturday Night Live” and his new late-night talk show, announced late Thursday April 24, 2014 that he’ll host the 66th edition of the Emmys set to air on the network August 25. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seth Meyers will take his late-night act to prime time as the next host of the Emmy Awards.


Number of military suicides dropped last year

FILE - Col. Elspeth Ritchie, a doctor in the Office of the Army Surgeon General, discusses efforts to study and understand suicide among American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, in this May 29, 2008 file photo, during a news conference at the Pentagon. The Pentagon plans to release a report Friday April 25, 2014on military suicides. But those numbers differ a bit from the totals provided by the services because of complicated accounting changes in how the department counts suicides by reservists. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives.


Obama visit to South Korea tinged by mourning

U.S. President Barack Obama waves upon his arrival for two-day visit at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Barack Obama is sitting down with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, whose attention is unavoidably split between her economic agenda with Obama and the unfolding aftermath of a tragic ferry disaster.


Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking: Indonesia air force

Jakarta (AFP) - A passenger plane landed at Bali airport on Friday after a suspected hijacking, an Indonesian air force spokesman said.


Northwestern players vote on union question

FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows former Northwestern University football quarterback Kain Colter, right, and Ramogi Huma, founder and president of the National College Players Association arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington. The United Steelworkers union and college football players may seem like an unlikely pairing. Yet the sprawling union is locked in a high-stakes standoff with Northwestern University over whether student athletes on scholarships should be allowed to unionize, engage in collective bargaining and even strike. At first glance, it may seem like a big reach on the part of the union. But it’s been a long time since the Steelworkers Union just represented workers at steel mills and in other jobs directly related to steel. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern football players will file into an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium to cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes.


Russia's Lavrov accuses Washington of distorting Geneva accord on Ukraine

Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov delivers speech during Caspian Sea littoral states conference in MoscowMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday accused Washington of distorting an international agreement on Ukraine by making additional demands on Moscow. "Russia will firmly contribute to the de-escalation of the conflict based on the compromise approach agreed in Geneva...there can be no one-sided demands," Lavrov told a meeting with young diplomats in Moscow. "And we are being presented them - first of all I mean the United States of America who have an outstanding ability to turn everything on its head. ...


Ukraine says no let-up in 'anti-terrorist' operationUkraine is pressing on with its operation against pro-Russian rebels in the east and has ample military resources to keep up the offensive round the clock, the interior minister said on Friday. Arsen Avakov dismissed talk that Kiev suspended its "anti-terrorist operation" (ATO) in the face of threats from Moscow after Ukrainian troops closed in on the rebel stronghold. "There has been no suspension of the ATO in connection to the threat of invasion by Russia's armed forces," he wrote on his Facebook page.12 hurt, 3 critical in California school bus crash

Firefighters extricate the driver from the front of a school bus that crashed, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the injured, the driver and two of the children, were taken to hospitals in critical condition after the crash, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. The other nine students had minor injuries, and most of them were released to their parents. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no immediate word on the cause. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A fast-moving school bus carrying middle school students jumped a curb, plowed into trees and a lamp post, and came to rest tilting sideways, leaving 12 people injured, three of them critically, authorities said.


Phelps tries sprinting in 2nd event of comeback

Michael Phelps competes in the 100-meter butterfly final during the Arena Grand Prix, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Mesa, Ariz. Ryan Lochte won, and Phelps finished in second place. He was competing for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. (AP Photo/Matt York)MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Phelps is going short, really short, in the second event of his comeback.


Martin's course record gives him Zurich lead

Ben Martin chips onto the green for the birdie on the 17th hole during the opening round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Thursday, April 24, 2014. Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ben Martin made his way through most of the TPC Louisiana course with the type of sparse gallery one would expect for a player who had missed seven cuts in his previous nine starts on the PGA Tour.


Egypt tries to save money on wheat subsidies

FILE - In this Monday, May 13, 2013 file photo, Rida Ibrahim, a 62-year-old Egyptian farmer, harvests wheat on his farm, in Qalubiyah, north Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's farmers have begun the annual wheat harvest. This year, it comes as the government is trying to rein in its decades-old policy of subsidizing bread with a new electronic smart-card system. The minister of supply says that the new system will save the government money and better target the country's poorest. He also says that Egypt, the world's largest importer of wheat, will continue to rely on foreign sources for the staple crop. Unrest in Ukraine has pushed up wheat prices worldwide in recent months. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt will try to save half the money it spends on wheat subsidies by issuing a new smart card system to ensure that the cheap bread goes to only the neediest.


Web conference in Brazil calls for multistakeholder approach

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the "NETmundial – Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance", on April 23, 2014 in Sao Paulo, BrazilDelegates to an international conference on how the Internet should be governed called for a transparent, multi-stakeholder approach. The participants at the gathering in Brazil called NetMundial also warned against what they called massive and arbitrary surveillance of the Internet in the wake of revelations in documents leaked by Edward Snowden of widespread US spying on the Web. The gathering was attended by delegates from more than 80 countries including the US, as well as the United Nations, NGOs, tech companies and academics. For historic reasons, the United States is home to the main organizations that administer issues such as Internet domains and protocols, and for years now this has irked other countries.


Pacers on the ropes after another loss to Hawks

Indiana Pacers forward Luis Scola, left, argues with an official in the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA (AP) — The Indiana Pacers are questioning their toughness and dealing with speculation about a lineup change.


Obama wraps up Japan visit after security pledge but no trade deal

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One as he departs Haneda International Airport in TokyoBy Linda Sieg and Matt Spetalnick TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama wrapped up a state visit to Japan on Friday during which he assured America's ally that Washington would come to its defense, but failed to clinch a trade deal key to his "pivot" to Asia and to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reforms. Obama and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been seeking to display the alliance was strong in the face of a rising China, but their success in putting recent strains behind them was partly marred by a failure to reach a trade deal seen as crucial to a broader regional pact. Obama and Abe had ordered their top aides to make a final push to reach a trade agreement after the leaders met on Thursday, but Economy Minister Akira Amari told reporters that gaps remained despite recent progress.


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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) dribbles between Los Angeles Clippers' Matt Barnes (22) and Blake Griffin (32) during the second half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Los Angeles won 98-96. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide


Tornado shelters face dilemma with pet lovers

Jerry Starr is pictured with Tobi, his four-year-old shih tzu-yorkie mix dog at a park in Del City, Okla., Thursday, April 17, 2014. Starr was not allowed to take the dog into a shelter during the May 20, 2013 tornado and opted to stay outside the shelter in his car with his dog. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jerry Starr thought he was taking the safe approach when a twister was reported heading toward his suburban neighborhood outside Oklahoma City last May. He grabbed his teenage daughter Dyonna and his dog and drove to the local City Hall, which serves as a public storm shelter.


Ukraine, Slovakia, EU to talk on gas flows in Kiev on FridayUkraine, Slovakia and representatives of the European Union will continue talks on reverse gas flows on Friday in Kiev, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian energy ministry said. Ukrainian and Slovak ministers met European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Thursday in Bratislava as Ukraine is trying to start gas shipments from the EU in a bid to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Ministers said that Ukraine could sign a deal on Monday allowing the shipment of up to 10 billion cubic meters (bcm) of gas a year from Slovakia.Yurok Tribe to release condors in California

FILE - This July 21, 2012, file photo, provided by the Ventana Wildlife Society shows a condor in flight in Big Sur, Calif. The Yurok Tribe has signed agreements leading to the first release of captive-bred condors into the northern half of their historic range _ the sparsely populated Redwood Coast of Northern California. The tribe based at the mouth of the Klamath River has been working the past five years under a federal grant to establish whether the rare birds can survive in a place they have not lived for a century. (AP Photo/Ventana Wildlife Society, Tim Huntington, File)Yurok tribal tradition holds the California condor as sacred, with ancient stories saying the giant birds fly closest to the sun and are the best messengers to carry prayers.


Honda's profit doubles on weak yen, strong salesTOKYO (AP) — Honda's profit for the fiscal fourth quarter zoomed to more than double the previous year's as the benefits of a weak yen added to strong sales.Grizzlies beat Thunder to take 2-1 series lead

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder drives past Tony Allen (R) of the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Tennessee on April 24, 2014Mike Conley tallied 20 points, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen had 16 points apiece and the Memphis Grizzlies held on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their playoff series. Randolph also added 10 rebounds and a half dozen assists for the Grizzlies, who never trailed in the second half of the first-round playoff contest. Some shots I wish we could have back," said Thunder forward Kevin Durant. In the other Western Conference opening-round contest Thursday, the Los Angeles Clippers took a 2-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors behind a superb 32-point performance from Blake Griffin.


Scientists want to breed fish to be better biters

This undated photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows the Oregon Hatchery Research Center near Alsea, Ore. The center has agreed to do an experiment on whether hatchery-produced steelhead can be bred to be better biters. A growing body of evidence indicates that hatchery fish bite anglers' hooks less frequently than wild fish. Oregon spends $25 million a year on producing salmon and steelhead for anglers to catch. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)In a lifetime of fishing for winter steelhead on Oregon's Alsea River, Stan Steele has seen it get harder and harder to hook into hatchery-bred fish. Instead, he has found he is more likely to hook the wild variety, whose numbers have declined.


S&P cuts Russia's credit ratingMOSCOW (AP) — The Standard & Poor's credit agency on Friday cut Russia's credit rating for the first time in more than five years, citing the capital flight and risk to investment in the wake of the Ukraine crisis.Clippers beat Warriors 98-96 for 2-1 series lead

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Jordan (6) after Griffin drew a fragrant foul during the second half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Los Angeles won 98-96. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Paul pounded his chest and shouted toward the Golden State Warriors' bench. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan high-fived, and the Los Angeles Clippers soaked in the silence of the once-roaring, gold-shirt wearing crowd as they walked off the court together.


Germans wary of Merkel's tough line on RussiaBy Christopher Alessi and Monica Raymunt BERLIN (Reuters) - In Berlin's immaculate Treptow Park, a towering statue of a Soviet solder holding a German child on his arm and stamping on a Nazi swastika reminds Germans of the debt they owe Russians. Willie Kern, a pensioner visiting the poignant memorial to the 80,000 Red Army soldiers killed in the battle of Berlin in 1945, looks at the well-tended gardens there and says he views Russian President Vladimir Putin as a dictator. Yet Germany should hold back in punishing Russia too harshly for its annexation of Crimea and for the increasingly violent crisis in eastern Ukraine, he says. "The aggression against Russia always comes from the West, Germany should exercise restraint," said Kern, adding Germany's place is between the United States and Russia.LA Kings avoid elimination in 6-3 win over Sharks

Los Angeles Kings right wing Justin Williams, right, celebrates his goal past San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi during the second period in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Los Angeles, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Brown figured his Los Angeles Kings had climbed too many postseason obstacles over the past two seasons to end their current playoff run without even a single victory.


Analysis: Beyond Kerry, seeking new Mideast ideas

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2013 file photo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict. Although a formula may yet be found to somehow prolong the talks past an end-of-April deadline, they are on the brink of collapse and the search is already on for new ideas. (AP Photo/Mohamad Torokman, Pool, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict. Although a formula may yet be found to somehow prolong the talks past an end-of-April deadline, they are on the brink of collapse and the search is already on for new ideas.


Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal

Japanese State Minister in charge of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Akira Amari (C) is surrounded by reporters after he met with US trade representative Michael Froman at Amari's office in Tokyo on April 24, 2014Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks after a bilateral summit. There had been hopes that Tokyo and Washington might break an impasse in the stalled talks during US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo. Speaking hours before Obama's departure, however, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari said what had been achieved was "not a basic accord although there was progress".


Fed, OCC differ in enforcing leveraged lending guidelines

A view shows the Federal Reserve building in WashingtonBanking and regulatory sources with direct knowledge of the situation said the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) appear to be taking different approaches to implementing a set of guidelines on leveraged loans, even though they issued them jointly in March last year. The OCC, a division of the U.S. Treasury Department, is zealously implementing them, while the Fed is more relaxed about it, the sources said. While all major Wall Street banks are regulated by the Fed, the OCC oversees only those with national bank charters, which allow a bank to build a nationwide branch network.


Cover Oregon board to decide exchange's futureDURHAM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is set to make a final decision on whether to become the first state in the nation to drop its problem-plagued online health exchange and link up with the federal website.S&P cuts Russia rating a notch to BBB-, outlook negative

Standard and Poor's on Friday cut Russia's rating a notch to BBB- and kept its outlook negative, citing a risk of increased capital flight amid the Ukraine crisisMoscow (AFP) - Standard and Poor's on Friday cut Russia's rating a notch to BBB- and kept its outlook negative, citing a risk of increased capital flight amid the Ukraine crisis.


Britain's young royal family end Australian tour

Britain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, with son Prince George, stand atop of the stairs and wave good bye as they board their flight in Canberra, Australia, Friday, April 25, 2014. The Duke and Duchess concluded their three week state visit by attending the Anzac Day dawn service and parade, laying a wreath and planting a Lone Pine tree before departing for London with son Prince George.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith)CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Britain's Prince William and his wife, Kate, ended their 10-day tour of Australia on Friday with veterans' day commemorations in the national capital.


Streep, Fey among readers at poetry gala

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2013, file photo, Meryl Streep appears at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Empty seats were rare Thursday night, April 24, 2014, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in New York, for “Poetry & the Creative Mind,” an all-star celebration presented by the Academy of American Poets. Streep recited works on parenting by Sylvia Plath and Richard Wilbur, while Tina Fey was at her comic best reading James Tate’s “The List of Famous Hats,” and Patrick Stewart chose Carl Sandburg’s “Jaws” and a personal favorite, Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “God’s World.” (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Sir Patrick Stewart wasn't about to miss the chance to appear on the same stage with Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Kevin Kline.


Britain's Ejiofor connects to Nigerian roots with civil war film

Oscar-nominee British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor speaks at a press conference for "Half of a Yellow Sun" in Lagos on April 11, 2014For Oscar-nominated British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, starring in a film about Nigeria's civil war was "incredibly personal", as the conflict both affected close relatives and determined the country where he was born. His own grandfather had lived through the nightmare played out in "Half of a Yellow Sun", which premiers in Nigeria on Friday, and spent long hours years later recounting the painful memories to Ejiofor. The movie -- now showing in Britain and Australia and opening soon in the US and other countries -- is based on the best-selling novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about the 1967-1970 Biafra War, which began after the eastern region tried to secede from newly independent Nigeria. "The Biafra War was a seminal part of my upbringing and my family history," said Ejiofor, 36, the first black actor from Britain nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.


Fury, cargo questions surround sunken SKorea ferry

A relative of a passenger aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast, prays after releasing a paper boat with messages to wish for safe return of his missing loved one written to it, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Friday, April 25, 2014. Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry staged a marathon confrontation with the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief, surrounding the senior officials in a standoff that lasted overnight and into Friday morning as they vented their rage at the pace of search efforts. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Frustrated relatives of the scores of people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol held the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief overnight, angry about the pace of divers who have recovered 183 bodies so far but may have nearly 120 left to find in the dark rooms of the submerged vessel.


Wild even series at 2 with 2-1 win vs. Avalanche

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter (20), center Mikko Koivu (9), of Finland, center Charlie Coyle, center, right wing Jason Pominville (29) and left wing Zach Parise (11) celebrate Coyle's goal off Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, April 24, 2014. The Wild won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov emptied the net with 2:39 left, and a penalty on Minnesota 25 seconds later gave Colorado a two-man advantage.


Iran cuts portion of gasoline subsidiesTEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices at the pump as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012.11 kids, driver hurt in Calif. school bus crash

Firefighters extricate the driver from the front of a school bus that crashed, Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Three of the injured, the driver and two of the children, were taken to hospitals in critical condition after the crash, Anaheim police Lt. Bob Dunn said. The other nine students had minor injuries, and most of them were released to their parents. Police say no other vehicles were involved in the crash and there is no immediate word on the cause. (AP Photo/Kevin Warn)ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eleven middle school students and their driver were injured when a school bus jumped a curb Thursday and rammed into trees in Southern California, authorities said.


Swim star Phelps beaten in first final of comeback

Michael Phelps competes in the 100m butterfly final at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Arizona on April 24, 2014Mesa (United States) (AFP) - Michael Phelps settled for second place in his first final in 20 months, but the swimming superstar showed just how serious his comeback bid is. Phelps, whose record 22 Olympic medals include an astonishing 18 golds, was beaten in the 100m butterfly final at the Mesa Grand Prix by old foe Ryan Lochte.


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