Members from the South Korean Navy's SSU (Ship Salvage Unit) work on a buoy to mark the capsized passenger ship "Sewol" during a rescue operation at the sea off Jindo April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

School official commits suicide after ferry disaster

MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea - The vice principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of his pupils on what turned out to be a disastrous ferry trip has committed suicide.  Full Article 

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings 12:05pm EDT

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage.

An armed man, who is wearing black and orange ribbons of St. George - a symbol widely associated with pro-Russian protests in Ukraine, stands guard in front of barricades outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 18, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine separatists reject deal to disarm

Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they have seized until the Kiev government stepped down.  Full Article | Video 

Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind with Everest base camp seen in the background, in this May 3, 2011 file photograph. REUTERS/Laurence Tan/Files

At least 12 killed in Everest avalanche

KATHMANDU - An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides at the beginning of the main climbing season, a tourism ministry official said.  Full Article 

Colombian Nobel Prize laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez gestures as he attends a dinner in U.S. President Barack Obama's honor at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City in this April 16, 2009 file photo.  REUTERS/Eliana Aponte/Files

Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies at 87

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday.  Video | Full Article 

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama argues healthcare law is working

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama mounted a vigorous effort to show his signature healthcare law is working and dismissed Republican critics who are using flaws in Obamacare to campaign for ousting Democrats from the Congress in November.  Full Article 

A fluorescent microscope image shows human embryonic stem cells in this photo taken at Stanford University and released by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, March 9, 2009.  REUTERS/Michael Longaker/Stanford University School of Medicine/California Institute for Regenerative Medicine/Handout

Scientists clone stem cells from adults

NEW YORK - Scientists have moved closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men.  Full Article 

Inquiry focuses on ferry crew

April 18 - Investigators say captain of capsized ferry may not have been at the helm when it happened. Paul Chapman reports

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