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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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The world at 6 p.m. Times are EDT.

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NEW AND DEVELOPING

— OBAMA — President arrives in Seoul about 11:30 p.m.

— ARGENTINA-POPE-DIVORCE — Vatican says Pope isn't hinting at new divorce policy by encouraging Argentine woman's communion. SENT: 600 words, photo.

— GAS-DRILLING-FRACK-CHEMICALS — Major oil & gas supplier to disclose all drilling chemicals used in fracking fluids. SENT: 730 words.

— TECH JOBS-SETTLEMENT— Google, Apple, Intel, Adobe settle class-action alleging they formed cartel to retain workers. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6:30 p.m.

— MANUFACTURING BRIGHT OUTLOOK — In good sign for jobs, industrial companies finally see growth in spending on big-ticket items. SENT: 770 words, photos.

— SOLDIER'S-DAUGHTER-KILLED — Federal jury finds ex-Hawaii soldier guilty of murder in beating death of 5-year-old daughter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m.

— COLORADO-POT-TAXES-5 THINGS-TO-KNOW — 5 Things to Know about Colorado's tax revenue from marijuana since recreational sales started. SENT: 300 words, photo.

— NJ FOREST FIRES — Crews battling 2 large wind-whipped forest fires in New Jersey; 40 to 50 homes evacuated. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m., photos; updates on merits.

— ATTICA RIOT-DOCUMENTS — New York judge agrees to partial release of report on 1971 deadly Attica prison riot. SENT: 610 words.

— PAP SMEAR-DNA TEST — FDA approves Roche genetic test as an alternative to Pap smear for cervical cancer screening. SENT: 840 words.

TOP STORIES

AFGHANISTAN

KABUL, Afghanistan — American doctors are gunned down at a hospital by a government security guard, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan that has rattled aid workers, diplomats and journalists. As foreign troops withdraw, civilians increasingly fear they are being targeted by the Taliban and others, and some are rethinking whether they will stay. By Kay Johnson. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

— AFGHANISTAN VICTIMS — A Chicago pediatrician is among three Americans killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital. SENT: 130 words, photos. SENT: 700 words, photos, video.

UKRAINE

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces launch an operation to drive pro-Russia insurgents out of occupied buildings in the country's tumultuous east, prompting new threats from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Within hours of the Ukrainian operation, Russia's defense minister announced new military exercises for troops massed near Ukraine's border. SENT: 1,150 words, photos, video.

— EASTERN PARTNERSHIP — Amid Ukraine's deepening crisis, the presidents of post-Soviet republics and EU member states are gathering in Prague to save a project to boost their ties. SENT: 370 words, photos.

ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government cuts off Mideast peace talks and threatens to impose new sanctions against the Palestinians in response to a unity agreement between rival Palestinian factions. The Israeli move pushes an embattled U.S. peace initiative to the brink of collapse. By Josef Federman. SENT: 940 words, photo.

— KERRY-MIDEAST — Secretary of State John Kerry's ambitious but quixotic hope of breaking through a decades-long impasse to bring peace to the Mideast flames out as Israel ends negotiations. With diplomatic crises to confront across the world, Kerry still has a full agenda but dwindling credibility. SENT: 400 words.

FDA-ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES

WASHINGTON — The FDA's move to regulate e-cigarettes is a leap into the unknown. Most everyone agrees a ban on selling them to kids is a step forward. But health and public policy experts can't say for certain whether electronic smokes are a good thing or a bad thing overall, whether they help smokers kick the habit or are a gateway to ordinary paper-and-tobacco cigarettes. By Michael Felberbaum. SENT: 800 words, photos. SENT: 880 words, photos, video.

OBAMA

TOKYO — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea Friday, he will be thrust once again into the role of consoler-in-chief in times of crisis, a responsibility he has become accustomed to in the United States. South Korea and its president have been consumed by a ferry disaster that may have resulted in more than 300 deaths, a tragedy that is expected to cloud Obama's security and economic agenda during his meetings in Seoul. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace. SENT: 830 words, photos, video, audio.

— SKOREA-SHIP SINKING — Angry relatives of some of the more than 130 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surround the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week. SENT: 930 words, photos, video.

TOP VIDEO — SKOREA_TENSION — Angry relatives of those still missing in ferry disaster confront senior officials.

GMO LABELING-VERMONT

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont lawmakers pass the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods, despite the opposition of powerful lobbyists for the U.S. food industry. Americans overwhelmingly favor such requirements, but the food industry fears a burdensome patchwork of state policies. The Vermont bill says genetically modified foods "potentially pose risks to health, safety, agriculture, and the environment." By Lisa Rathke and Wilson Ring. SENT: 660 words, photos.

WASHINGTON

DHS-INSPECTOR GENERAL

WASHINGTON — The former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and sometimes improperly rewrote, delayed or reclassified critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, a new Senate report says. By Alicia A. Caldwell. SENT: 910 words, photo.

SENATE-FOREIGN POLICY

WASHINGTON — Fresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky stand on either side of the growing divide in the GOP, pitting those who favor more robust U.S. engagement overseas against an isolationist's deficit-driven concerns about the cost of foreign entanglements. By Donna Cassata. Sent: 1,120 words, photos.

DEMOCRATS-ENERGY POLITICS

FRANKFORT, Ky.— Alison Lundergan Grimes is the latest Democratic Senate candidate to call for extending the Keystone oil pipeline, but the Kentucky secretary of state's move doesn't seem to have cost her support among environmental groups. It's evidence that campaign wrangling over Keystone is about more than the project itself; it's also about the larger partisan struggle for control of the Senate. By Adam Beam and Bill Barrow. SENT: 140 words. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6:30 p.m., photos.