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Air strike kills 10 al Qaeda militants, three civilians in Yemen: Saba

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:48 | Reuters
By Mohamed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - An air strike killed 10 al Qaeda militants in central Yemen on Saturday after an intelligence report said they were planning attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, the state news agency Saba said. Saba quoted an official source in the High Security Committee as saying that the strike hit the militants, described as "among the dangerous and leading elements of al Qaeda", in a car as they were on their way to the central province. Ten al Qaeda militants were killed and one was wounded, the source said, while three civilians were also killed and five were wounded because they happened to be in a nearby vehicle. "This happened after security bodies received confirmed intelligence information about the presence of a car with 11 terrorist elements on board who were planning to target vital civil and military institutions in al-Bayda province," Saba cited the source as saying.

Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:47 | Associated Press

Egypt's former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, shakes hands with Coptic Pope Tawadros II at Cairo’s St. Mark’s Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 19, 2014. El-Sissi on Monday took the final formal step to run in next month's presidential election, submitting to the election commission eight times the number of signatures required. He is widely expected to win. (AP Photo/Girgis Mahboub, Office of the Coptic Pope)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency.

'Touched by an Angel' producer back in series TV

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:44 | Associated Press

This photo provided by Hallmark Channel shows, from left, Geoff Gustafson (“Norman Dorman”), Crystal Lowe (“Rita Haywith”), Eric Mabius (“Oliver O’Toole) and Kristin Booth (“Shane McInerny”), on the set of the TV series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered." The writer-producer Martha Williamson, who produced “Touched by an Angel,” returns to TV with the new Hallmark Channel show, debuting Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Hallmark Channel, Katie Yu) **MANDATORY CREDIT**LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. A new golden age has brought more daring shows, from "Mad Men" to "House of Cards" to "Breaking Bad," and more ways to see them.

Documents detail another delayed GM recall

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:41 | Associated Press

This Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006 photo shows unsold 2006 Ion coupes outside a Saturn dealership in the south Denver suburb of Highlands Ranch, Colo. According to government documents released Saturday, April 19, 2014, General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 small cars for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government’s auto safety watchdog, didn’t seek a recall of the Saturn Ion compact car from the 2004 through 2007 model years even though it opened an investigation more than two years ago, and even though it found 12 crashes and two injuries caused by the problem. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday.

At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:39 | Associated Press

Masked pro-Russian activists guard a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused Friday to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises.

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:37 | Associated Press

In this photo made from video, two of the four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer, Didier Francois, foreground, and Edouard Elias, right, leave a local hospital after a medical check, in Akcakale, Turkey, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer were found blindfolded and cuffed in Turkey's southeast Sanliurfa province late Friday, according to a private Turkish news agency. Dogan News Agency (DHA) said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were found by Turkish soldiers on routine patrol after the journalists were dropped off near the Turkey-Syria border by an unknown group. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUT TV OUTPARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war.

Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:29 | Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too.

Islamic militants claim this week's Nigeria blast

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:25 | Associated Press

Damaged buses are seen at the scene of an explosion at a bus park in Abuja, Nigeria, Monday, April. 14, 2014. Suspected Islamic militants struck at the heart of Nigeria with a massive rush-hour explosion at a bus station Monday that killed 71, with the toll expected to rise in the deadliest attack yet on the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba)LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists Saturday claimed responsibility for the massive rush-hour explosion earlier this week that ripped through a busy bus station in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, killing at least 75 people and wounding 141.

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Brooklyn

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:21 | Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of Raptors fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs.

Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:16 | Associated Press

FILE - This Sept. 13, 2013 aerial file photo shows tailings produced by informal mining in Peru's Madre de Dios region. A study of mercury contamination from rampant informal gold mining in Peru's Amazon says indigenous people who get their protein mostly from fish are the most affected, particularly their children. The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners who had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region of southeastern Peru where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. The government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations.

Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:16 | Associated Press

In this Wednesday April 16, 2014 photo, Charlotte van den Berg poses for a portrait outside the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam’s city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps. Van den Berg waged a lonely fight against Amsterdam’s modern bureaucracy to have the travesty publicly recognized. Now, largely due to her efforts, Amsterdam officials are considering compensating Holocaust survivors for the taxes and possibly other obligations, including gas bills, they were forced to pay for homes that were occupied by Nazis or collaborators while the rightful owners were in hiding or awaiting death in the camps. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:12 | Reuters

People sing Ukranian national anthem as they attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in LuhanskBy Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow. Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev's U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

Carriage horse foes picket Liam Neeson's NYC home

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:07 | Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Animal rights activists protesting outside Liam Neeson's home say they don't agree with him that New York's carriage horses should keep working.

Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:03 | Associated Press

FILE - In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Floribeth Mora stands by her shrine to Pope John Paul II inside the entrance to her home in La Union de Cartago, Costa Rica. Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared in May of 2011 in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint. Mora will attend the ceremony at the Vatican on April 27, 2014 as a guest of honor. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez, File)TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper.

Today's Horoscope

What's special today for you

Your birth on the 19th day of the month adds a tone of independence and extra energy to your Life Path, but poses a number of obstacles to overcome before you are able to be as independent as you would like. The number 1 energy suggests more executive ability and leadership qualities than your path may have indicated. A birthday on the 19th of any month gives greater will power and self-confidence, and very often a rather original approach. Did you know that Bismarch ,Alexander the Great, Annie Besant , Captain Cook and Ferdinand De Lesseps were born under the number 1?
Even if you have a lot in common with cats, you don`t have nearly as many lives to gamble away. Observe all the factors in play, and make your decisions carefully. Let others go ahead if you think that there`s something to be learned from their victories and mistakes. There`s a reason for this caution. Frustration may cloud your brain if you move too quickly in any direction. Unless your territory is being actively invaded, there`s no need to defend it. Most people who see what you`re trying to do would rather leave you alone than interfere.

If the Stars could predict your local weather, they`d say something like, `Clear blue skies with a chance of manna from heaven.` Yes, you`re right -- things are looking up. Good fortune is raining on you. The first thing that would occur to some people is monetary gain, but you know that it goes well beyond money. Friendly gestures from complete strangers count for a lot. Then there`s always the possibility of a cosmic revelation. Best of all, your most valued possession may be something that you already have. At least you won`t have to spend quality time looking for it.
You`re working in a challenging environment. You`re stirring up more dust than a wagon train. An Air Sign is rarely a bull in a china shop. Instead, you`re more like a wind in a house of cards. Is it time to take a step back? The first thing to do is fall silent. Next, carefully assess the situation. If you have to be here at all, a rational mind and a steady hand will be your best allies. Get this project through the day intact, and you`ll have at least a week of the favorable conditions that always lead you to success.

Why go on the freeway when you could take the back roads? The day is long, and you have territory to explore and things to discover. If your detour leads you out of town, bring along a loved one or two. This is definitely something that could be shared. If you end up wandering the hidden byways of your own mind, spend quality time with your imaginary friends. Your internal monologue is the stuff of personal memoirs and film scripts. If experience is the most satisfying way to feed your memory, it will be a long time before you`re hungry again.
What is it with you and authority, anyway? People that claim to have power over you are interfering with your life at every level. It`s as if they expect you to perform to a certain standard. If you didn`t sign up for this, you`re certainly not buying into it now. You`ll go where you want to go. Unlimited access appeals to you. Your proud spirit is actively rebelling. Still, you might want to leave the raving and ranting to others who don`t have as much to lose. Sit quietly in the corner and spend time with your art.

The elements are in a strange, dynamic balance. You feel poised between impossible things, unsure of which way to go. Change looks a lot like chaos while it`s in progress. Your situation might not require any action at all. On the other hand, you might have to improvise. The best way out is recognizing that you`re not alone. When your own good ideas fail, turn to someone else. Everyone has his or her moment of greatness, and maybe it`s your turn to witness another person`s finest hour. Don`t be jealous. You might be the recipient of some good fortune without having to do any work.
Your love story seems to be stuck in a less romantic chapter than you`d like. If you have nobody at all or the wrong person altogether, forget about yourself and do a good deed for a friend or stranger. It makes your day to help someone else find and strengthen his or her own romance. A general atmosphere of harmony can only improve things around here, anyway. And for all you can tell, the details of your current location can be as fascinating as those of your preferred destination. Stay a little longer and see what happens next.

For a Water Sign, you`re full of fire. You`re a volcano of imagination and creativity. Where is this coming from? In certain ways your ideas are completely original, but in other ways your eruptions spout from the deep-lying magma of common experience that warms every human heart. When you`re like this, it`s always the right day for art or romance. Some people work hard to make an impression. In your case, though, you`re not trying to be. You just are. This means that you`re indisputably correct if passion leads to argument. But it probably won`t, because you`re more interested in love than conflict.
Urgent thoughts fill your head. You remind yourself of birds flying in formation, suddenly scattered by some noise or aerial disturbance, moving everywhere at once. Maybe you want to be a driving force, but you`re not off to such a great start if you can`t even remember where you parked the car. Be gentle with yourself. Family members are wonderfully patient with you even when you`re struggling. They understand that this isn`t you at your best. Once you can read this story with your own eyes, things become much easier.

You have a definite interest in different thoughts and cultures. You`re living close enough to the edge that you like pondering what lies beyond it. This isn`t necessarily about something otherworldly, either. There`s plenty of diversity among the humans of this world, some of which may even be reflected in your own community. Compared to many people, the unknown is your area of expertise. Use your deep-seated creativity to your advantage as you consider other ways to communicate. One day soon, you`re going to bring back the single piece of information that everyone can use.
Somewhere out in the Universe, there`s a shift. The incoming cosmic riddle makes you sit up and take notice. Often you`re content to take things at face value, but this time you need to know what`s going on. Pause to assess your charge card balances. Revisit recent conversations with your friends for clues about their true identities. Maybe your own system of values is up for review. As long as you`re considering your spiritual options, think about what brought this whole moment to your attention. The things in which you put your faith these days may have changed since last time.

Look in the mirror early and often. The view is worth the effort. That really is you staring back -- wonderful, mythical creature that you are. Before you take this self-appreciation into a different realm, understand that the Universe is giving you this confidence and joy for something bigger. As soon as you can tear yourself away from yourself, you`ll find that you have the unusual power and initiative to change the world. Idealism and reality are running on the same track. Vision and know-how jog happily along, side by side, en route to helping you create the next big thing.