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Biden: Russia must 'stop talking and start acting' to reduce Ukraine tensions

Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.

Vegas’ water drying up

Deep beneath Lake Mead, a 23-foot-tall tunnel-boring machine grinds through stubborn bedrock in a billion-dollar effort to make sure water continues flowing to this thirsty resort city. Read more »

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Grieving borrowers told to repay student loan

Some student loan borrowers who had a parent or grandparent co-sign the note are finding that they must immediately pay the loan in full if the relative dies. Read more »

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Utah bank confirms that Ghanaian mining company used mystery plane seen in Iran

A Utah bank confirmed Tuesday that an airplane registered to the bank was used by a Ghana mining company to take Ghanaian businessmen to Iran last week. Read more »

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In Internet TV case, justices show concern

Supreme Court justices are weighing whether they can side with broadcasters in a copyright challenge to an Internet startup company without threatening the burgeoning world of cloud computing. Read more »

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Globe had 4th hottest March; US cooler than normal

Federal forecasters calculated that for most of the Earth, last month was one of the hottest Marchs on record — except in the United States. Read more »

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Activity at North Korea site hints at nuke test preps

Commercial satellite imagery shows increased activity at North Korea's nuclear test site but not enough to indicate an underground atomic explosion is imminent, a U.S. research institute said Tuesday. Read more »

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Obama to survey deadly Washington mudslide damage

President Barack Obama braced to share sorrows once again as he visited Washington state Tuesday to meet with victims of the mudslide that killed more than three dozen people. Read more »

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'Wicked' composer, others fight sheet music piracy

By now, some young musical theater fans have received an email from Stephen Schwartz asking them to stop illegally downloading sheet music from any of his shows. Or anyone's show, for that matter. Read more »

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Most Sherpas decide to leave Everest for season

Most Sherpa mountain climbers have decided to leave Mount Everest, a guide said Tuesday, confirming a walkout certain to disrupt a climbing season that was already marked by grief over the 16 lives... Read more »

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Obama administration tightens grip on intelligence by limiting interactions with media

The Obama administration has tightened its control over intelligence — including unclassified information — by setting limits on officials' interactions with the media. Read more »

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US reviewing plans for fewer troops in Afghanistan

A U.S. official says the White House is reviewing a new series of options that would leave fewer than 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year. Read more »

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Report: Some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests not reported

An inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday some admissions of crimes by spy agency workers during lie detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies... Read more »

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Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City's horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches... Read more »

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US troops head to exercises in Eastern Europe

U.S. Army troops are arriving in Poland to begin what will be a series of military exercises in four countries across Eastern Europe in a move to bolster allies in the wake of Russia's annexation... Read more »

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Year after Texas plant blast, no new safety laws

It has been a year since a fire caused a huge explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, yet companies in the state can still store hazardous chemicals in flammable wooden... Read more »

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Apolo Ohno training to compete at Ironman

The most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history is taking on a new athletic challenge: an Ironman triathlon. Apolo Ohno plans to compete at the world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in... Read more »

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Zoo launches 'endangered song' to help save tigers

Indie rock band Portugal. The Man and the Smithsonian's National Zoo released an "endangered song" Tuesday for Earth Day to demonstrate the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the... Read more »

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Russian opposition leader's conviction sends a chilling message

A Moscow justice of the peace did not just fine Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny $8,400 on Tuesday for slandering a lawmaker, she left the door open to locking up the Kremlin's most vocal... Read more »

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Profiles of some of South Korean ferry's dead, missing

A bicycle, never ridden. A lipstick prank pulled off by old friends. Mother-daughter conversations that now burn in the memory, laden with regret. Read more »

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Acceptance rates at elite U.S. colleges decline

Throughout the college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson’s wish list. So when the Long Beach, Calif., high school senior received a rejection from the... Read more »

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Cries of anguish as SKorea ferry toll tops 100

For a moment there is silence in the tent where bodies from the ferry disaster are brought for identification. Then the anguished cries begin. Read more »

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Lawsuit challenging Ga. gay marriage ban filed

A gay rights group on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit in Atlanta challenging the state of Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Read more »

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'Piles and piles' of bodies in South Sudan ethnic slaughter

Gunmen in South Sudan who targeted civilians including children and the elderly left "piles and piles" of bodies, many of them in a mosque and a hospital, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official in... Read more »

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In Ukraine's east, mayor held hostage by insurgent

When armed men seized the police station in this eastern Ukrainian city, mayor Nelya Shtepa declared she was on their side. She changed her story a few days later. Then she disappeared — the... Read more »

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NJ eyes nearly 700 homes for post-Sandy buyouts

New Jersey has identified nearly 700 homes it plans to buy and demolish as part of an effort to move people out of flood prone areas. Read more »

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