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at 12:52 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Soldier who gave classified documents to WikiLeaks granted name change from Bradley to Chelsea

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - A Kansas judge granted a request Wednesday to formally change the name of the soldier convicted of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks from Bradley Edward Manning to Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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at 12:48 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

SKorea ferry toll hits 156 as search gets tougher; divers break cabin walls to reach victims

JINDO, South Korea - As the 156th body was pulled from waters where the ferry Sewol sank a week ago, relatives of the nearly 150 still missing pressed the government Wednesday to finish the grim task of recovery soon. But the work was reaching a new, more complicated phase, with an official saying divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

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at 12:06 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Cairo bombing kills senior Egyptian police officer, another dies in raid in northern city

CAIRO - A senior Egyptian police officer was killed by a bomb placed under his car in a western Cairo suburb Wednesday, the latest in a series of targeted attacks on police and the military as Islamic militant groups keep up a campaign of violence since last summer's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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at 11:58 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Spacewalking astronauts complete urgent repair job at space station, replace dead computer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Spacewalking astronauts easily replaced a dead computer outside the International Space Station on Wednesday and got their orbiting home back up to full strength.

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at 09:55 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Prosecutors: No immunity for pop star Chris Brown's bodyguard in US assault case

WASHINGTON - Prosecutors say they won't grant Chris Brown's bodyguard immunity to testify for the singer, a potential hurdle in starting his trial on an assault charge.

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at 08:22 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Dozens of Sherpas leave Everest following deadly avalanche; some expeditions cancel climbs

KATMANDU, Nepal - Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the avalanche deaths of 16 of their colleagues exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay, treatment and benefits.

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at 11:29 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Justin Bieber apologizes for visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine, says he was misled

TOKYO - Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting a Japanese war shrine, saying he thought it was a beautiful site and only a place of prayer.

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at 11:28 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Palestinian official: Israeli airstrike misses target in Gaza, wounding 3 bystanders

The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on Wednesday agreed to form a unity government and hold new elections, making a new attempt to overcome a seven-year split that has left them divided between two governments.

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at 11:05 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Obama begins Asia-Pacific trip in Japan; dispute with Russia over Ukraine casts shadow

TOKYO - President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

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at 10:26 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

FM Lavrov says Russia will respond if its citizens or interests are attacked in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine - Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday promised a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine — a vow that came after Ukraine announced a renewal of its "anti-terror" campaign against those occupying buildings in its troubled east.

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at 09:49 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Google's 'Street View' maps add digital time capsules for visual retrospectives

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Trips down memory lane are now available on Google's digital maps.

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at 09:21 on April 23, 2014, EDT.

Lupita Nyong'o named by People magazine as 'World's Most Beautiful' for 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y. - People magazine has named Lupita Nyong'o as the "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014.

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