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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 — 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.
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.
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.
SAVAR, Bangladesh — One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work. Like many survivors, she suffers from depression and has flashbacks of the catastrophe that killed more than 1,100 people. Despite efforts by Western brands to improve safety at Bangladeshi factories, Shefali fears nothing good will trickle down to the poorest of the poor. By Julhas Alam. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
TIMBUKTU, Mali — Roofs are torn off, mud bricks are strewn about and low walls barely rise above the desert dunes where Timbuktu's storied mausoleums stand in ruins. Masons worry about the coming rains as they work to restore the tombs, which were wrecked by Islamic radicals as totems of idolatry. By Baba Ahmed. SENT: 810 words, photos.
ROME — Inside a chapel on the edges of Rome, a nun uses a key to open a wooden wall panel, revealing a hidden niche. Behind glass and stitched loosely to supporting backing hangs a relic of holy suffering: the bullet-pocked, bloodstained undershirt that John Paul II was wearing when a gunman shot him in the stomach in St. Peter's Square. It's one of the most remarkable of the endlessly surfacing relics of John Paul, who will be declared a saint on April 27 in the very same square where a Turkish would-be assassin shot him on May 13, 1981. By Frances D'Emilio. SENT: 1,290 words, photos.
— VATICAN-RELICS IN HISTORY — Saint's chin, liquefying blood: Religious relics tempt and fascinate throughout the ages. SENT: 580 words, photo.
INDIANAPOLIS — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country. Advocates say the effort would eliminate a patchwork of state-specific regulations that lead to carriers unwittingly violating the law when traveling. By Charlie Wilson. SENT: 880 words, photos.
POSTAL WORKER PROTEST
CONCORD, N.H. — Thousands of postal workers picket outside Staples stores nationwide to protest a pilot program that allows the office supply chain to handle U.S. mail. The American Postal Workers Union fears layoffs and post office closings and says that unlike retail workers, postal workers "have taken an oath to protect the sanctity of the mail." By Rik Stevens. SENT: 880 words, photos.
HOMELESS IN DISNEY'S SHADOW
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — When they moved from Georgia to central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries still fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment. The Johnsons are among a growing number of families living in hotels in this Florida tourist corridor because they can't afford anything else and because their county has no shelters for the estimated 1,216 homeless households with children. The problem shines a light on the gap among those who work and live in this county that sits in the shadow of Walt Disney World, and the big-spending tourists who flock here. By Mike Schneider. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.
LOS ANGELES — Proposed new open Internet rules would allow content companies to pay for faster delivery over the so-called "last mile" connection to people's homes, but enhance scrutiny of such deals so they don't harm competition or limit free speech. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler presents the proposed rules to the other commissioners. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 800 words.
NEW YORK — John Oliver, the former "Daily Show" featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series, "Last Week Tonight," on Sunday, is intensely loyal to Jon Stewart, recognizes Stewart's role in giving him the opportunity to get ahead and sought the Comedy Central host's blessing to move to HBO. By Television Writer David Bauder. SENT: 800 words, photos.
PITCHING WITH PINE TAR
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is not the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using a foreign substance such as pine tar. And he won't be the last. He just got caught. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m.
— PINEDA-PINE TAR — New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is suspended for 10 games after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty. SENT: 440 words.
CHICAGO — After weeks of campaigning by pro- and anti-union forces, Northwestern football players are to vote Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes. The secret vote comes a month after a federal labor official likened the players to employees who have a right to unionize. By Michael Tarm. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.
AP PHOTOS — 10 THINGS TO SEE — This week's collection includes President Barack Obama acting out a scene from the book "Where the Wild Things Are." SENT: 290 words, photos.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
— EXECUTION DRUGS-OKLAHOMA — Oklahoma's governor says two death row inmates will be executed on the same day — the state's first double execution since 1937 — after state supreme court ruling on lethal injection drugs. SENT: 610 words, photo.
— CHRISTIE-TOWN HALL — Christie says he would have stopped lane closings in New Jersey if told of the plan in advance. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— NUKE REPOSITORY RADIATION — Report being released Thursday shows an underground New Mexico nuclear waste dump failed to meet basic safety standards, putting workers at risk during truck fire and radiation leak this year. By Jeri Clausing. SENT: 770 words, photos.
— CAPTURED SOLDIER — The effort to free the only American soldier held captive in Afghanistan has been fraught with disorganization and confusion, say two members of Congress and people involved in the process. SENT: 950 words.
— AMAZON-PRIME PANTRY — Amazon introduces grocery service for Prime members at flat $5.99 rate. SENT: 300 words.
— PEOPLE-JAMES FRANCO — James Franco on bedroom selfies: "It's not like I'm exposing myself." SENT: 400 words, photos, video.
— PHELPS COMEBACK — Michael Phelps ends his nearly two-year retirement swimming the 100-meter butterfly at the Arena Grand Prix. SENT: 570 words, photos, video, audio.