Ukrainian helicopters take off after delivering troops to an airbase in Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

Ukraine launches 'special operation' against protesters

KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine -Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.  Full Article 

China economic growth slows to 18-month low in first quarter 15 Apr 2014

BEIJING - China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months in the first quarter of 2014, official data showed on Wednesday, with signs of waning momentum already prompting limited government action to steady the world's second-largest economy.

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Walking, 'talking' drill rigs aim to update fracking

WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania - The backbreaking life of a roughneck, the iconic worker bees of oilfield drilling rigs, is getting a little easier.  Video | Full Article 

Crew aboard the Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin-21 autonomous underwater vehicle into position for deployment in the southern Indian Ocean, April 14, 2014 in this handout picture released by the U.S. Navy. REUTERS/U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Handout via Reuters

Pace slows in undersea hunt for jet

SYDNEY/PERTH, Australia - An underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner in the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour the area where the plane is believed to have sunk.  Full Article 

Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Director Adam Szubin and his staff meet at the U.S. Treasury Department in Washington March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Treasury's sanctions team faces new concerns

WASHINGTON: The powerful sanctions unit within the Treasury has the ability to interrupt dollar transactions worldwide, but faces criticism that it often imposes penalties without sharing key evidence to support its actions.   Full Article 

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Drone maker a sky-high platform for Google

Tech giant Google has acquired solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace as part of its strategy to deliver wireless Internet access to remote parts of the world.  Video | Full Article 

Google Glass for sale

April 15 - Google Glass goes on sale to the public for the first time Tuesday, but for just one day. Analysts say the one-day availability fits into Google's strategy of trying to correct past missteps as it prepares for a widespread launch. Lily Jamali reports.

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