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April 17, 2014
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First Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting habitable zone of another star confirmed
2014-04-17 - - U.S. astronomers have confirmed the first Earth-sized exoplanet orbiting in a habitable zone of another star. The exoplanet is called Kepler-186f residing in the Kepler-186 system, about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.

Military ordnance prompts evacuation in CA city
2014-04-17 - - A thousand homes and businesses in Solvang, Santa Barbara County, California were evacuated Wednesday after an unexploded military ordnance was found in the city's downtown.

Hazmat teams take out 4,000 containers of chemicals from Seattle home
2014-04-17 - - Hazardous material teams completed removing about 4,000 containers of hazardous chemicals from a Seattle home Wednesday, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Amazon Fresh's expansion, no-can soup shelf add thrill to online food shopping
2014-04-17 - - Amazon's plan to deliver fresh groceries to more cities and offering of soups in appealing pouches are seen to make grocery shopping the "next star performer of online retailing."

Video of al Qaeda affiliate gathering posted on jihadist websites
2014-04-16 - - A video showing a gathering of members of the al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the desert is circulating in jihadist websites, a major media outlet reported Wednesday.

Death toll from WA town mudslide rises to 39
2014-04-16 - - The latest death count from the March 22 mudslide in an outskirts of Oso, Washington reached 39, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office revealed Wednesday.

Ferry sinks off South Korea, 284 people believed trapped inside
2014-04-16 - - A ferry carrying mostly students sank off South Korea's southern coast Wednesday killing four people and prompting about 200 Navy special forces and divers to search for 284 who are missing and believed trapped inside the vessel.

U.S. Airways wrongly tweets naked woman, apologizes
2014-04-15 - - U.S. Airways wrongly tweeted to its followers a link that shows the image of a naked woman on Monday and apologized after realizing the mistake.

Missing plane's co-pilot made phone call, underwater searcher deployed
2014-04-14 - - A telecommunications tower picked up a mobile phone signal from the co-pilot of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 on the day the plane disappeared from radars, according to a report by a Malaysian newspaper.

Moon to appear red in lunar eclipse
2014-04-14 - - The moon will appear red during a total lunar eclipse on Tuesday morning as red light from the sun is bent around the earth and strikes the moon, according to an astronomer.

Police arrest woman after 6 dead babies found in Utah home
2014-04-14 - - Police in Pleasant Grove, Utah arrested Sunday a 39-year-old woman suspected of killing six babies, whose bodies were found inside cardboard boxes at the garage of her ex-husband's home.

Fire in Chilean port city of Valparaiso kills dozen, destroys 500 homes
2014-04-14 - - A massive fire in Chile's port city of Valparaiso killed at least 11 people and destroyed 500 homes on Sunday.

UConn fans get massive burrito discounts for wins
2014-04-11 - - UConn basketball fans were able to avail of burritos priced at only a dollar each after both of their men's and women's teams won NCAA championships. In the "If UConn wins, you win" promotion, Moe's Southwest Grill restaurants gave away nearly $435,000 in business.

Hillary Clinton dodges shoe thrown at her during speech in Las Vegas
2014-04-10 - - Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton dodged a shoe thrown at her by an unidentified woman while she was speaking at a recycling convention in Las Vegas. Clinton was not hurt and security personnel escorted the shoe-thrower out of the convention.

FBI rescues kidnapped prosecutor's dad, charges 5 kidnappers
2014-04-10 - - A kidnapped father of a North Carolina prosecutor was rescued Wednesday in Atlanta and his five kidnappers were charged with kidnapping, the FBI announced on Thursday.

Philippines taps mobile technology to address prevalence of HIV
2014-04-10 - - A Philippine health advocacy group has launched a text messaging campaign about HIV and AIDS to curb the rising incidence of the disease in the country.

Ship detects new underwater signals that may be from missing airliner
2014-04-09 - - The Australian ship that detects pings from a plane's black box has heard new signals beneath an area of the southern Indian Ocean where the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 is ongoing.

PA high school student attacks students, guard with knives; 19 injured
2014-04-09 - - A 16-year-old sophomore went on a stabbing spree inside the Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania on Wednesday injuring 19 people before he was subdued and arrested.

Marine shoots dead fellow Marine at NC base
2014-04-09 - - A Marine shot dead a fellow Marine at the main gate of Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina Tuesday afternoon.

Louisiana congressman, staff in kissing scandal
2014-04-08 - - U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister (R-Swartz) and his staff were videoed embracing and kissing in the congressman's office last year and a scandal broke out Monday when the video was leaked to the press.

Brooklyn Man Walks Out of Court, Cleared of Murder After 24 Years in Prison
2014-04-08 - UNITED STATES - In a hearing that lasted less than 15 minutes, Jonathan Fleming's more than 24 years in prison came to an end. The'90 murder conviction was expunged from his record, leaving his family jubilant in a packed Brooklyn courtroom.

U.S. prisoner in Cuba on hunger strike
2014-04-08 - - An American jailed in Cuba since 2009 for "crimes against the state" is on his sixth day of hunger strike on Tuesday to press U.S. and Cuban authorities to release him.

Washington mudslide death toll rises to 33
2014-04-07 - - The number of people killed in the mudslide that hit a community east of the rural town of Oso in Washington state rose to 33 as more bodies were recovered from the site.

NY police, firemen brawl in charity hockey match
2014-04-07 - - New York City policemen and firemen not only fought with sticks but with fists during their annual charity hockey match at Uniondale, Long Island's Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

Cavs' Kyrie Irving, Browns' Josh Gordon trade barbs
2014-04-07 - - Two of Cleveland biggest names in sports are on a collision course as Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Browns wide receiver exchanged barbs recently. The exchange started from Gordon's visit to ESPN on March 27, when he appeared on several shows and did a few interviews.

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