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Organized Crime, Gangs Make Latin America Most Violent Region

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:40pm
For more than half a century, Latin America has ruled the world as the most violent place on earth.In 2013, nearly one in every three murders that occurred globally took place in the streets of Latin America – where just 8 percent of the world's people live.






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Openings Begin in New York Terror Trial of British Imam

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:40pm

The imam of a London mosque used his influential position in the late 1990s to train and aid terrorists and used the cover of his religion to hide in plain sight, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement Thursday.








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Easter Pilgrimage: Christian Faithful Follow Jesus' Footsteps

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:09pm

Pilgrims from around the globe flock to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre ahead of Easter.








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So Your Child Is College-Bound. Now, How Do You Pay for It?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 2:09pm

Many parents may be overwhelmed by the cost of college, but you don't have to pay for the whole thing, there are various funding options








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Report: Users of White Power Website Have Committed Nearly 100 Murders

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:54pm
Registered users of the Internet’s largest white supremacist forum – dubbed “a magnet for the deadly and deranged” -- have carried out nearly 100 murders in the past five years, a group that tracks “hate groups” reported Thursday.






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Russia and Ukraine Agree on Steps to End Crisis

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:39pm
Russia and Ukraine struck a deal Thursday to end unrest in eastern Ukraine stoked by pro-Russian militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said.The militants must refrain from violence, lay down their illegal weapons and return seized buildings to their rightful owners, Kerry said.






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Slain Teen's Parents Pick Redemption Not Revenge

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:23pm

Instead of participating in the execution of their son's murderer, the slain man's parents publicly spare the killer in northern Iran.








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Holy Guacamole! Chipotle to Raise Prices as Costs Soar

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:23pm
Grocery shoppers aren't the only ones seeing a surge in food prices.Chipotle's feeling the pinch, too, and plans to pass along some of its increased costs to customers soon for the first time in three years.






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Apps I Live By: Re/code Editor Kara Swisher

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:52pm
When the internet went mainstream in the 1990s, Kara Swisher was one of the first journalists to report on the massive cultural and technological revolution underway.






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West, Texas, Marks One Year Since Devastating Explosion

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:52pm
A year after a fertilizer plant explosion rocked the tight-knit city of West, Texas, a lot of the physical damage is cleaned up, but the emotional scars still run deep.






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South Korean Ferry Text Messages Convey Teens' Fear

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:52pm
Heartbreaking text messages from high school students on board the sinking ferry off South Korea painted a picture of terror and tragedy on board as the hunt for survivors continued Thursday.






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Real-Life 'Jaws': Australians Track 16-Foot 'Joan of Shark'

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:05pm
A massive great white shark has been spotted swimming close to an Australian beach, scaring the locals and forcing the beach to close, according to news reports.The female shark, nicknamed "Joan of Shark"by local fisherman, is more than 16 feet (5 meters) long and weighs about 1.8 tons (1.






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A Biden Running in 2016: Beau Biden Plans Gov Run

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:05pm
At least one member of the Biden family is running in 2016.Beau Biden, the attorney general of Delaware and the son of Vice President Joe Biden, won't seek reelection to his AG post and will instead run for governor in 2016, he announced Thursday.






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Landfill on the High Seas: Why's the Ocean Full of Trash?

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:05pm
The search for flight MH370 that has now entered its second month and covered tremendous swaths of ocean has brought attention to a pressing environmental issue: the tons of trash floating in the sea.Searchers have found hundreds of objects floating in the remote waters.






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Pick Up Your Pencils: Get A Sneak Peek of the New SAT

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:50am

The College Board released the sample test questions, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam will look when it rolls out.








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Sluggish Home Prices Leave Millions Underwater

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:19am
For millions of Americans still stuck in homes with mortgages bigger that the house is worth, the long slog back to dry land is getting longer.






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Meet the Wal-Mart of Money Transfer Services. It's Inside Wal-Mart.

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:19am
Wal-Mart Stores said Thursday it will partner with Ria Money Transfer to launch Walmart-2-Walmart Money Transfer Service, a program that will allow customers to transfer money to and from more than 4,000 of its stores.Through the service, customers can transfer as much as $50 for $4.






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Tornado-Ravaged Moore, Oklahoma Toughens Building Codes

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:48am
It's been almost a year since a massive tornado hit Moore, Okla., killing 24 people and injuring almost 400.Thursday, the city became the first in the country to adopt rules specifically to prevent extensive tornado damage with tough new residential building codes.






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Pistorius Trial a Battle of Bigwig Lawyers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:48am

As the trial of Oscar Pistorius continues, prosecutor Gerrie Nel, also known as “The Pitbull,” and lead defense lawyer Barry Roux, one of South Africa’s most expensive attorneys, are the focus of public attention. NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.








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America Must Rev Up to Stay Ahead of China: Commentary

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 10:48am
In real terms, the U.S. economy expanded by a total of $290 billion dollars in 2013. With some minor adjustments, that's essentially the amount of extra income created by the nation as a whole. It also represents the increase in the purchasing power of its residents.






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