• Hillary Clinton Struggles to Define Diplomatic Legacy Still in Progress

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    c.2014 New York Times News Service WASHINGTON — It was a simple question to someone accustomed to much tougher ones: What was her proudest achievement as secretary of state? But for a moment, Hillary Rodham Clinton, appearing recently before a friendly audience at a women’s forum in Manhattan, seemed flustered. Clinton played an energetic role in virtually every foreign policy issue of President Barack Obama’s first term, advocating generally hawkish views internally while using her celebrity to try to restore America’s global standing after the hit it took during the George W. Bush administration.

  • Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

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    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act Wednesday. Three years ago, the city drained a 7.5-million-gallon reservoir at the same Mount Tabor location in southeast Portland. The open reservoirs hold water that's already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers. The urine poses little risk — animals routinely deposit waste without creating a public health crisis — but Shaff said he doesn't want to serve water that was deliberately tainted.

  • Obama administration's 'pivot' to Asia falls short

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    (c) 2014, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's bid to focus U.S. attention on Asia has failed to meet the lofty expectations he set three years ago in a grand pronouncement that the new emphasis would become a pillar of his foreign policy. The result, as Obama prepares to travel to the region next week, has been a loss of confidence among some U.S. allies about the administration's commitment at a time of escalating regional tensions. Relations between Japan and South Korea are at a low point not seen since World War II, and China has provoked both with aggressive maritime actions despite a personal plea to Beijing from Vice President Joe Biden in December.

  • Chelsea Clinton: I might run for office someday

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    NEW YORK (AP) — Chelsea Clinton says she's happy right now with her elected representatives — but might come for their jobs if that changes. Clinton, 34, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, told Fast Company that she has always denied any interest in running for office. "The answer was just a visceral no," she said. "Not because I had made any conscientious, deliberate decision, but since people had been asking for as long as literally I could remember, it was no." Besides, said Clinton, a Manhattan resident, "I live in a city and a state and a country where I support my elected representatives.

  • Death toll in Washington mudslide hits 39

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    EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — The death toll from the massive mudslide that hit the Washington town of Oso last month has risen to 39, officials said Wednesday. The Snohomish County medical examiner's office said it was identifying the three bodies most recently discovered and notifying families. The sheriff's office said it has removed one name from the missing list, which previously stood at seven. Officials didn't say whether one of the most recently recovered bodies led to the change in the missing list. One body was found Monday and two were found Tuesday in the southeast corner of the debris field where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has erected a berm in the past week, said Koshare Eagle, a spokeswoman for the incide

  • Ukraine’s Push Against Rebels Grinds to a Halt

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    c.2014 New York Times News Service SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — A military operation that the Ukrainian government said would confront pro-Russian militants in the east of the country unraveled in disarray Wednesday with the entire contingent of 21 armored vehicles that had separated into two columns surrendering or pulling back before nightfall. It was a glaring humiliation for the new government in Kiev. Though gunshots were fired throughout the day, and continued sporadically through the evening in this town that is occupied by pro-Russian militants, it was unclear whether anybody had been wounded.

  • Talks a Chance for Russia To Show Hand on Crisis

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    c.2014 New York Times News Service GENEVA — The high-level talks on Ukraine that are set to begin here Thursday have emerged as a pivotal test of Russia’s intentions in the region before the United States and European nations decide whether to impose additional economic sanctions on Moscow, U.S. officials said Wednesday. “The idea here is that they would stop aiding and abetting and supporting these separatists and that they would pull their troops back from the border,” said a senior State Department official, referring to Western charges that Russia is behind the separatist protests in eastern Ukraine. “If Russia does not take this opportunity to de-escalate, the costs are going to go up,” the official sai

  • U.S. doesn't expect much from Ukraine talks

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    (c) 2014, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signaled little optimism ahead of diplomatic meetings Thursday with Russia and Ukraine over the escalating conflict in Eastern Europe and prepared to enact new economic sanctions designed to punish Moscow. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva on Wednesday for direct talks with his counterparts, kicking off another round of high-level engagement by U.S. officials aimed at pressuring Russian President Vladimir Putin to reduce tensions in the region. President Barack Obama will call European leaders in the coming days, and Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Ukraine next week to express solidarity with the Western-leaning temporary g

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    (MCT) McClatchy-Tribune News Service Business Budget for Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Updated at 9 p.m.

  • Study examines deaths of trout that eat alewife

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    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Subtle immune system changes may explain why some Great Lakes trout and salmon die from the lack of an essential vitamin after eating alewife, an important forage species, according to a scientific report released Wednesday. Death from deficiency of thiamine, or Vitamin B1, is a primary obstacle to restoring lake trout, which were decimated by parasitic sea lamprey in the mid-1900s. It also hampers the stocking of chinook and coho salmon, popular sport fish native to the Pacific that were introduced into the Great Lakes in the 1960s. Thiamine is needed for cell energy production and nerve function and is an antioxidant, meaning it can delay or prevent some types of cell damage.

  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

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    NEW YORK (AP) — In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting. Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research also confirms earlier reports of drastic declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations. The drop is mainly attributed to better screening, medicines and care. The improvements came even as the number of U.S. adults with diabetes more than tripled in those 20 years. "It is great news," said Dr. John Buse, a University of North Carolina diabetes specialist, of the drop in rates.

  • Sacramento mayor to lead national mayoral group

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was sworn in Wednesday as the new leader of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, a platform that raises the national political profile of the NBA All-Star. Johnson rises to fill a vacancy left by Scott Smith of Mesa, Ariz., who resigned to run for governor of that state. In a Sacramento luncheon honoring his appointment, Johnson praised city leaders as the ones who find solutions and blasted politics in the nation's capital. "We don't want to wait on Washington to solve our problems," he said. "We don't have time to deal with bickering that goes back and forth between Democrats and Republicans.

  • Troopers issue report on fatal Fla. day care crash

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — When a car crashed into a central Florida day care last week, it slammed through the playroom where it hit three children — killing one of them and seriously injuring two others — and left 10 more people injured by flying debris, the Florida Highway Patrol reported Wednesday. The driver of a Toyota Solara convertible was preparing to turn right onto the private drive of a KinderCare in Winter Park the afternoon of April 9 when a Dodge Durango driven by Robert Corchado, 28, rear-ended the car, the report stated. The impact propelled the car over a curb, through the KinderCare parking lot and into the building.

  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records show Will Arnett has filed for divorce from Amy Poehler more than 18 months after the comedians announced their separation. Arnett filed a divorce petition in Los Angeles Superior Court on April 8 citing irreconcilable differences. His filing seeks joint custody of the pair's two sons, who are ages 3 and 5. The actors announced they were separating in September 2012 after nine years of marriage. They were married in 2003 and have maintained successful careers, with Poehler starring in NBC's "Parks and Recreation" and Arnett starring in CBS' series "The Millers." The court filing was first reported Wednesday by People magazine.

  • Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

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    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. Earhart became the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1932. She was trying to become the first female to circle the globe when she and her navigator disappeared somewhere in the South Pacific in 1937. The mystery of what happened to Earhart and the twin-engine Lockheed Electra she was piloting holds a continuing fascination for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) of Pennsylvania and its executive director, Richard E. Gillespie.

  • Hopes high Negro League stadium will make comeback

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    PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium. Though silent for decades, the former home of several Negro League teams is getting another chance at bat as baseball's first National Historic Landmark. Historians, volunteers, activists and a former Negro League player who has pushed for decades to save the stadium say the place is more than worthy of the designation, formally recognized with a plaque and dedication ceremony Wednesday.

  • Pro-Russian gunmen make inroads in eastern Ukraine

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    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — The well-armed, Moscow-backed insurgency sowing chaos in eastern Ukraine scored a new victory Wednesday, seizing armored vehicles and weapons from underequipped government forces, then rolling through two cities to a hero's welcome. Responding to what it sees as Russia's aggression, NATO announced it was increasing its military presence along its eastern border, closest to Russia and Ukraine. And the Obama administration moved to ratchet up its response, preparing new sanctions on Russia and boosted assistance for the struggling Ukrainian military.

  • West slams Russia 'fantasy narrative' on Ukraine

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    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia's "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there. Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned the council that the violence in eastern Ukraine risks "seriously destabilizing the country as a whole." The meeting came a day before the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union hold high-level talks in Geneva on an increasingly chaotic situation in which pro-Russian insurgents have seized police stations and government buildings in at least nine cities in the region. Russia has 40,000 troops massed on its bor

  • Washington Post front page

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    Copyright 2014 WP Bloomberg The Washington Post first-edition Page 1 for Thursday, April 17: Top of the page: Col 1: As Obama prepares to travel to Asia next week, some allies doubt the administration's commitment at a time of escalating regional tensions, but aides say they are confident that Obama will re-energize his Asian strategy. (OBAMA-ASIA, upcoming) Cols 2-4: Washington Post illustration of the U.S. Capitol with scaffolding, with key to inside standalone graphic CAPITOL (moved) and teaser to online version. Cols 5-6: The credibility of Ukraine's government is on the line as officials trie to persuade residents in the country's eastern region that their future lies with Ukraine rather than Russia.

  • uFly fires flight instructor who appeared on CNN

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    TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian flight simulator business fired an instructor who figured prominently in CNN's coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, saying he showed up late to his regular job and "shamed Canadians" by dressing like a teenager. uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians "look very bad all over the world." Casado's relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN's constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN's Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company's office in near the Toronto airport, which has a sim