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News Budget for Thursday, April 24, 2014


Published on NewsOK Modified: April 24, 2014 at 3:07 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

News Budget for Thursday, April 24, 2014


Updated at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 UTC)


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^Lots of pomp but no trade deal in Obama's visit to Japan<


Obama isn't leaving here with a long-sought agreement on opening up Asia to trade with the United States, but he heads Friday to South Korea with a measure of support from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who repeatedly called him "Barack" during a joint news conference. (The president countered with just one mention of "Shinzo," otherwise sticking with "Prime Minister Abe.")

"The United States is and always will be a Pacific nation," said Obama, who was born in Hawaii and spent part of his childhood in Indonesia. "America's security and prosperity is inseparable from the future of this region, and that's why I've made it a priority to renew American leadership in the Asia Pacific."

He toasted what he said was a strengthened alliance with Japan at a formal state dinner at the Imperial Palace, complete with a dessert course of ice cream in the iconic image of Mount Fuji.

The president's efforts to convince U.S. allies in Asia that the United States is sincere in its efforts to focus on the region have been complicated in part by other foreign entanglements, including Ukraine, and Obama pledged Thursday to impose new sanctions against Russia if it fails to live up to an agreement to quell violence in embattled Ukraine.

1300 (with trims) by Lesley Clark in Tokyo. MOVED


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^OBAMA-ASIA:TBW_<650 by Christi Parsons in Tokyo. MOVED

^Next stop: South Korea<


Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is so unpopular he ties with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Korea's assessment of the worst leader in Asia.

By Barbara Demick and Christi Parsons.

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^Obama hopeful U.S.-Japan trade deal can be done<


In Washington, opponents celebrated the lack of a final agreement of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, Obama's effort to broker the largest trade deal in U.S. history. "TPP should be ready for burial," said the director of Public Citizens Global Trade Watch.

U.S. business groups, who have lobbied for the trade pact for four years, vowed to press on. "The talks are alive and well, with more to be done, and they will be done," said the president of the Emergency Committee for American Trade.

More talks are expected in May.

By Rob Hotakainen in Washington.

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^Afghan officer kills 3 U.S. doctors<


The shooting occurred at Cure International Hospital of Kabul, a 100-bed hospital that specializes in surgery and maternal and child health and treats 37,000 patients annually, the vast majority of them Afghans. The facility is run by Cure, a Christian medical charity that runs hospitals and health programs in 29 countries.

"With great sadness we confirm that three Americans were killed in the attack on Cure Hospital," the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said in a Twitter statement. "No other information will be released at this time."

Security officials said that a police officer working at the checkpoint closest to the hospital came into the facility through a visitor's entrance at about 9:30 a.m. and fired on an American doctor who was welcoming three colleagues for a meeting.

The shooter was also wounded in the incident and he's under treatment inside the hospital, said the Kabul police chief, Gen. Mohammad Zahir.

350 by Hashmat Baktash in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Shashank Bengali in Mumbai, India. MOVED


^'Our hearts are broken,' friend says of Chicago doctor shot in Afghanistan<


"We have lost a dear friend," James Brooks, chief ministry officer for the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago told reporters. "Our hearts are broken. Please pray for us."

Dr. Bruce Rowell, the chief clinical officer, said Umanos was "for many of us on staff, the pediatrician for our very own children."

600 by Michael Muskal. MOVED


^Ukraine official urges West to impose broader sanctions on Russia<


Danylo Lubkivsky, Ukraine's deputy foreign minister, said the United States and Europe need to move beyond sanctions on individuals to the more far-reaching "sectoral" sanctions because Russia "has already crossed the red line."

With Russia sending more troops to its region bordering Ukraine, "we have to do it right now," he said in an appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. "We have to do everything possible to stop the aggression."

400 by Paul Richter in Washington. MOVED

^Holder cancels speech in Oklahoma City amid conservative protests<

HOLDER:TBW _ Eric H. Holder Jr. is a traveling attorney general, with a penchant for trips around the country and the world to give speeches or inspect offices.

But Thursday he canceled a planned speech in Oklahoma City at the 130th Police Academy graduation ceremony, after local Republicans announced that they planned to bring out "hundreds" of protesters.

150 by Timothy M. Phelps in Washington. MOVED

^Consumer groups laud e-cigarette rule<


Health officials are expected to discuss the new rule Thursday afternoon.

By Lalita Clozel in Washington.

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^DHS official under fire<


By Brian Bennett in Washington.

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^Housing's growth cools, belying analysts' projections<

REAL-HOUSING:WA _ A spate of new reports makes it clear that a speedier recovery of the moribund housing market appears not in the cards for 2014. Housing experts are dialing back their rosier projections and hunkering down for another ho-hum year for the troubled sector.

900 by Kevin G. Hall in Washington. (Moving as a business story.)

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^US non-profit suffers first casualties in Afghanistan shootings<


800 by Amy Worden in Philadelphia.

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^Oregon votes Friday on health-care exchange<


Oregon's online effort, which launched to good reviews, failed spectacularly, running through an estimated $200 million in federal funding and having to resort to signing up would-be insurance customers using paper and pen. The state has fired two technology companies _ Oracle and Deloitte _ in recent weeks. So few Beaver State residents have signed up under Cover Oregon that the agency is in a budget crisis. The debacle has cost several high-level health officials their jobs and become a major political issue as Gov. John Kitzhaber runs for re-election.

By Maeve Reston in Durham, Ore.

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^Cliven Bundy's 'better off as slaves' remark about blacks draws fire<

NEVADA-RANGEWARS:LA _ Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's battle against the federal government over land rights took an unexpected detour after a newspaper quoted the 67-year-old grandfather suggesting African-Americans were "better off as slaves" because slavery taught work skills and enhanced family life.

Bundy, who has waged a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management, insisting he has a right to graze hundreds of head of cattle on public lands without paying fees, has been surrounded by citizen militias that have converged on his ranch in rural Bunkerville after armed federal officials moved in to remove Bundy's cattle.

The BLM called off the roundup and released the cattle, but says the matter is not over. Bundy and his supporters are awaiting the government's next move.

Over the weekend, Bundy spoke to supporters about general issues involved in the standoff. Suddenly, he took a turn and began discoursing on African-Americans and public welfare.

600 by John M. Glionna in Las Vegas. MOVED

^Navy: Ex-Blue Angels leader may have 'encouraged' sexual misconduct<

NAVY-BLUEANGELS:LA _ The Navy this week revealed details about the former commanding officer of the famed Blue Angels aerial demonstration team who was relieved of duty, saying in a statement that not only did he allow sexually inappropriate misconduct, he may have also encouraged it.

Last week the Navy announced that Capt. Gregory McWherter had been relieved of duty as executive officer of Naval Base Coronado because of initial findings of an investigation into misconduct during his tours as commander and flight leader of the Blue Angels

250 by Tony Perry in San Diego. MOVED

^Does the Rick Perry grand jury lean Democratic?<


But four members of the 12-member panel have no party primary voting history and two others don't appear to be registered voters.

Travis County voting records examined by The Austin American-Statesman show that three, and possibly four, members of the racially diverse grand jury have voted in Democratic primaries. Only one _ or maybe two _ of the grand jurors have voted in Republican primaries.

750 (with trims) by Tim Eaton in Austin, Texas. MOVED

^Jewish centers murder suspect was once caught with black male prostitute, former prosecutor says<


"It was a male prostitute in a vehicle, and it was a Raleigh Police Department incident report," said McCullough, now a judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He told The Kansas City Star that the details in the report were "salacious" and that the male prostitute was known to police.

450 by Judy L. Thomas in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Judge releases audiotape of 'Squeaky' Fromme's mental exam after Ford assassination attempt<


"What are you charged with, Lynette?" psychiatrist James R. Richmond asks politely.

"Attempted assassination of the president of the United States," Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme replies evenly.

Nearly 39 years after the former Manson "family" member leveled a Colt .45-caliber pistol at President Gerald R. Ford in Sacramento's Capitol Park, one of the last and most intriguing pieces of evidence from the case has been made available to the public: the audiotape of Fromme's pretrial psychiatric examination while she was being held in jail.

1000 (with trims) by Sam Stanton and Denny Walsh in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED

^Fire rages at Wyoming natural gas plant; town's evacuation lifted<

WYOMING-EXPLOSION:LA _ Soaring flames kept a major natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming closed Thursday, affecting fuel supplies across the West.

The fire followed an explosion Wednesday afternoon at one of the five natural gas processing units at a Williams Cos. plant near the town of Opal. About 40 workers immediately left the plant, shutting off incoming and outgoing pipes on the way out. No one was injured. The entire 88-acre town was evacuated Wednesday and some 60 residents who spent the night in hotels were allowed back into their homes at about noon Thursday, Opal Mayor Mary Hall told the Los Angeles Times.

500 by Paresh Dave. MOVED

^Adrianne Wadewitz, scholar who helped diversify Wikipedia, dies at 37<

WADEWITZ-OBIT:LA _ When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.

Wadewitz, who trained scores of people, particularly women, to participate in Wikipedia as editors, died April 8 in Palm Springs days after sustaining head injuries in a fall while rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, said her partner Peter B. James. She was 37.

1000 (with trims) by Elaine Woo in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Ukrainian forces report killings, ouster of separatist gunmen<

UKRAINE:LA _ Ukrainian government troops killed at least two pro-Russia separatist gunmen in Slovyansk on Thursday and drove away others occupying key public buildings in the city of Mariupol in an operation the Kremlin condemned as the Kiev government attacking "its own people."

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the actions in eastern Ukraine and the deployment of NATO forces in member states bordering Russia to the west had "forced" the Kremlin to order more military drills of its troops amassed on Ukraine's border.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said that "up to five" separatists had been killed in Kiev's "anti-terrorist operation" targeting armed checkpoints set up by the Russian-speaking militants in Slovyansk.

650 by Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams in Slovyansk, Ukraine. MOVED

^Peace talks suspended over possibility Hamas will join Palestinian government<

MIDEAST-1ST-LEDE:WA _ Responding to a unity accord among Palestinian factions, the Israeli government said Thursday that it was suspending negotiations with the Palestinians, breaking off nine months of talks brokered by Secretary of State John Kerry.

Mark Regev, a spokesman for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the talks were "suspended now," because of pending moves by the Palestinians to establish a unity government that would be backed by the militant Islamist group Hamas as well as the more moderate Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

700 (with trims) by Joel Greenberg in Jerusalem. MOVED


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MIDEAST:LA _ 550 by Batsheva Sobelman in Jerusalem. MOVED

^Climbers pack up as Sherpas say they won't go up Everest<

NEPAL-EVEREST:LA _ Scores of mountaineers were departing Mount Everest on Thursday after Nepalese officials failed to break an impasse with anguished Sherpa guides who want to halt climbing following last week's devastating avalanche.

A meeting at Everest base camp between Sherpas and Nepalese government officials ended with no change in the Sherpas' position: Most don't want to scale the mountain this year out of respect for the 16 guides who were buried under the snow and ice Friday, and because of fears of more avalanches.

800 by Shashank Bengali in Mumbai, India. MOVED



^Early tests in on 2 new drugs aimed at preventing migraines<

MED-MIGRAINES:LA _ Two drugs given to people who suffer migraines reduced the frequency of their headaches in early trials, scientists said.

The test results "may potentially represent a new era in preventive therapy for migraine," Dr. Peter Goadsby, an author on studies of both drugs, said in a statement. One of the researchers called migraine headaches the third most common medical disorder in the world.

Both drugs must undergo larger trials to confirm the results.

500 by Mary MacVean in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Fresno ranks No. 1 on California pollution list<

ENV-POLLUTION-FRESNO:LA _ California's new effort to map the areas most at risk from pollution features hot spots up and down California.

But nowhere are there more of the worst-afflicted areas than in Fresno _ in particular a 3,000-person tract of the city's west side where diesel exhaust, tainted water, pesticides and poverty conspire to make it No. 1 on California's toxic hit list.

"I'm looking at this map, and all I see is red. We're right here," Daisy Perez, a social worker at the Cecil C. Hinton Community Center, said as she located the center of the red areas that represented the top 10 percent most-polluted census tracts in California. "It's so sad. Good people live here."

900 (with trims) by Diana Marcum in Fresno, Calif. MOVED



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