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Palestinians meet in Gaza for reconciliation talks

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:19 AM

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah.

Moussa Abu Marzouk is meeting Hamas leaders in Gaza on Monday ahead of a visit by Fatah officials on Tuesday. Hamas freed 10 Fatah prisoners before the meetings as a good-will gesture.


Boston race makes room for those affected by bombs

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 07:00 AM

BOSTON (AP) — "I need to run."

The messages started arriving just hours after the bombings, pleading for an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon. For months the calls and emails continued, runners begging for an opportunity to cross the finish line on Boylston Street and convinced it would ease at least some of their grief.


10 Things to Know for Today

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 05:34 AM

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WHO HAS HARSH WORDS FOR SOUTH KOREA FERRY CREW

President Park Geun-hye says the captain and some crew members of the sunken ship committed "unforgivable, murderous acts," leaving more than 300 dead or missing.

2. BOSTON READY FOR SECOND-LARGEST RACE

Amid tight security, 36,000 runners will take part in the city's marathon one year after a terrorist attack turned this sporting event into a tragedy.


Dozens denied Navy base access due to past crimes

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 04:03 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Dozens of transportation workers have been denied access to Navy bases on the East Coast because of their criminal histories since more stringent rules were put in place following a fatal shooting aboard a destroyer in Virginia, according to figures provided by the Navy.


Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 04:02 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration's conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.


APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 04:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.


US justices hear arguments in Argentina debt case

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:48 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Monday in Argentina's decade-long battle with holders of its defaulted bonds.

The question now before the court is relatively narrow, focusing on whether a sovereign nation can be forced to reveal its assets around the world so plaintiffs can collect on U.S. court judgments.


How the AP-GfK poll was conducted

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:45 AM

The Associated Press-GfK poll on confidence in scientific concepts was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications March 20-24. It is based on online interviews of 1,012 adults who are members of GfK's nationally representative KnowledgePanel.


Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:44 AM

HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

"Doesn't even remember the flight," FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night. "It's amazing he survived that."

The boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport Sunday morning with no identification, Simon said.


Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

POSTED BY: Associated Press
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 03:40 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.

Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago.


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