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at 05:32 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Putin says he hopes he won't have to send troops into Ukraine

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin says he hopes he won't have to send Russian troops into Ukraine.

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at 05:28 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

UN report says Iran has neutralized half of its uranium stock closest to nuke-arms grade.

VIENNA - The U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon.

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at 05:26 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Nigerian principal denies military report that 100+ students kidnapped by extremists are free

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria - The principal of a northeastern Nigerian school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.

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at 02:44 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Possible explosive prompts evacuations in California town

SOLVANG, Calif. - Hundreds of homes and businesses in the Central California town of Solvang have been evacuated following discovery of a potentially explosive device.

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at 04:44 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Aiming to de-escalate military tensions with Russia, US and Ukraine try carrot-stick approach

GENEVA - Ukraine is hoping to placate Russia and calm hostilities with its neighbour even as the U.S. prepares a new round of sanctions to punish Moscow for what it regards as fomenting unrest.

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at 04:42 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Jacques Servier, founder of famed French lab ensnared in drug scandal, dies at 92

PARIS - Jacques Servier, the founder of France's second-largest pharmaceutical group who became ensnared in a scandal over a diabetes drug widely used for weight loss, has died.

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at 04:26 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Ukraine says 3 dead, 13 injured in clashes at Black Sea military base

KYIV, Ukraine - Three pro-Russian militants died and 13 were wounded when Ukrainian troops repelled an attack on a national guard base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol, Ukraine's Interior Ministry said Thursday.

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at 04:24 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Hoping to stabilize ferry, officers didn't order immediate evacuation, lost time, says crew

MOKPO, South Korea - An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with about 290 people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list, a crew member said Thursday.

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at 04:19 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

India struggles to cope with deadly Maoist rebel attacks during weekslong general election

RAJNANDGAON, India - Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

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at 04:19 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Robot sub finishes 1st full search of seabed in hunt for Malaysian plane; data being analyzed

PERTH, Australia - A robotic submarine completed its first successful scan of the seabed Thursday in the hunt for the missing Malaysian plane, and investigators were analyzing the sub's data while also trying to identify the origins of a nearby oil slick.

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at 03:11 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Oklahoma gay-marriage case goes before federal appeals court that took up Utah case last week

OKLAHOMA CITY - Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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at 02:39 on April 17, 2014, EDT.

Firetruck answering call slams into LA-area restaurant; 15 injured

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. - Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

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