• Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks

    Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and EU each achieved initial satisfaction on some issues in Geneva talks.

    Associated Press
  • Nigerians search dangerous forest for 100 abducted girls

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • Old-timey car pitched to replace NYC's horse-drawn carriages

    An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea. ...

    Associated Press
  • Wikipedia beats Google in helping researchers track flu season

    By monitoring the number of times people look for flu information on Wikipedia, researchers may be better able to estimate the severity of a flu season, according to a new study. Researchers created a new data-analysis system that looks at visits to Wikipedia articles, and found the system was able to estimate flu levels in the United States up to two weeks sooner than the flu data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were released. The new system examined visits to Wikipedia articles that included terms related to flulike illnesses, whereas Google Flu Trends looks at searches typed into Google. The research team wanted to use a database that is accessible to everyone and create a system that could be more accurate than Google Flu Trends, which has flaws.

    LiveScience.com
  • Judge in gay marriage case asks pointed questions

    DENVER (AP) — A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    Associated Press
  • On Politics: Democrats hark back to the politics of race

    So now it's out there. After five years of studied reticence, Democratic leaders in Washington finally went public last week with what they really think is motivating Republican opposition to Barack Obama. As Steve Israel, one of the top Democrats in Congress said the Republican base, "to a significant extent," is "animated by racism."

  • Space first: NASA finds 'Earth cousin' that may sustain life

    For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. "One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com.

    SPACE.com
  • Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.

    Associated Press
  • Obama on health law: 'This thing is working'

    New enrollment figures beat expectations, boost Democrats defending law ahead of midterms.

    Associated Press
  • Two reasons why Iran is moving fast to comply with nuclear deal

    With little fanfare, Iran has taken faster steps than required to comply with an interim nuclear deal that substantially limits its capacity to make a nuclear weapon. Today, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium – the material that is a few technical steps from bomb-grade – and is ahead of schedule to completely dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July. Iran has two incentives to move quickly on the terms of the deal, which took force on Jan. 20. It is eager to show it can abide by all its nuclear commitments, as Iran and world powers begin drafting a comprehensive nuclear deal after three rounds of talks, with a fourth due to begin on May 13.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Tiny antenna, big debate: Tech firm takes fight to the Supreme Court

    Aereo founder Chet Kanojia tells his company's story to Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric.

  • Comfort dogs return to Boston for marathon weekend

    The golden retrievers, which gained attention after the Newtown massacre, are headed to Boston to distract those still coping with memories of the 2013 marathon bombings.

  • Kerry on Ukraine talks: 'Good days work'

    Diplomats from Russia, U.S., EU and Ukraine agree to steps aimed at de-escalating violence.

    Associated Press
  • Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

    Crew member says responders focused on stabilizing the vessel, delaying passenger evacuation.

    Associated Press
  • Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.

    Associated Press
  • Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

    Obama administration says talks aren’t expected to stifle new U.S. penalties for Russia.

    Associated Press
  • Deal reached to calm Ukraine tensions

    The U.S., European Union, Ukraine and Russia will work to ensure that people's rights are protected.

    Associated Press
  • Man's tweets gave world front-row view of Boston Marathon firefight

    It wasn’t until an explosion occurred a few minutes into the firefight that Andrew Kitzenberg realized he was witnessing the beginning of the end in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.

  • Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

    By Arshad Mohammed and Alexei Anishchuk GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union called after crisis talks on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. President Barack Obama said the meeting in Geneva between Russia and western powers was promising but that the United States and its allies were prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking in Moscow, accused Ukraine's leaders of committing a "grave crime" by using the army to try to quell unrest in the east of the country, and did not rule out sending in Russian troops.

    Reuters
  • Hundreds still missing in Korea ferry accident

    Rescuers fought rising winds and strong waves as they searched for 287 missing passengers.

    Reuters