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Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement.

S Korea ferry: Bad weather hampers search for survivors

Emergency services say 25 people are confirmed dead and 271 missing after the ship carrying 475 passengers and crew capsized on Wednesday.

GM to stick with marketing plan despite recall

General Motors, under siege for the recall of 2.6 million small cars with defective ignition switches, will not change the strategy for selling its current lineup of new cars and trucks.

Avalanche sweeps Everest; 6 killed, 9 missing

An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine more missing, officials said.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir to carry on tradition of Handel's 'Messiah'

Although “Messiah” performances are most common during the Christmas season, Handel’s work was originally created for an Easter benefit concert. Now, nearly 275 years after that first performance, music groups around the globe continue to celebrate the life of Jesus Christ through the songs of “Messiah.”

LDS
LDS youth enjoy dancing and socializing at ‘Simply Prom’

Twinkling lights hung from the ceiling and loud music echoed through the building as local teens joined with many others in the Houston area to dance at “Simply Prom,” a special no-cost formal dance focused on creating a positive environment for youth ages 16 and up.

National
Sen. Reid calls supporters of Nevada rancher Bundy 'domestic terrorists'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he believes the supporters who rallied around Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government are “domestic terrorists” and Bundy does not respect his country.

Wal-Mart to start a new store-to-store money transfer service

Wal-Mart’s decision to start a new money transfer service could put pressure on Dallas-based money transfer company MoneyGram International, which already provides similar services for the world’s largest retailer.

Obama, Republicans openly feud over immigration legislation

Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday as President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced.

World
Obama Rules Out Military Option in Ukraine

President Barack Obama has expressed hope that a plan to de-escalate tensions in Ukraine, reached Thursday in Geneva, will lead to restoration of peace and security for all citizens of Ukraine. Obama told reporters in Washington that if Russia fails to take steps to defuse the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the United States and Europe will respond with tough measures, but he ruled out a military intervention.

One-Fifth of China’s Farmland Is Polluted, State Study Finds

The Chinese government released a report on Thursday that said nearly one-fifth of its arable land was polluted, a finding certain to raise questions about the toxic results of China’s rapid industrialization, its lack of regulations over commercial interests and the consequences for the national food chain.

Culture
U.S. music labels sue Pandora over royalties for golden oldies

Several major U.S. music companies sued Pandora Media Inc on Thursday, accusing the online streaming service of cheating them out of royalties by playing thousands of pre-1972 recordings without paying royalties.

Science
Newly discovered Earth-like planet holds 'possibility'

Scientists have discovered the most Earth-like planet ever found in another solar system, which may potentially hold liquid water. The rocky planet is named Kepler 186f and is part of a five-planet system nestled in the Milky Way.

Honda's new ASIMO robot, more human-like than ever

It walks and runs, even up and down stairs. It can open a bottle and serve a drink, and politely tries to shake hands with a stranger. Meet the latest ASIMO, Honda's humanoid robot.

Opinion
Top 5 Reasons Why 'The Customer Is Always Right' Is Wrong

The phrase "The customer is always right" was originally coined in 1909 by Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge's department store in London, and is typically used by businesses to convince customers that they will get good service at this company and convince employees to give customers good service.

The world's dumbest idea: Taxing solar energy

In a setback for the renewable energy movement, the state House in Oklahoma this week passed a bill that would levy a new fee on those who generate their own energy through solar equipment or wind turbines on their property. The measure, which sailed to passage on a near unanimous vote after no debate, is likely to be signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin.

Economy
Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skills

Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. The Telegraph brings us word that the U.K.-based Association of Teachers and Lecturers is claiming that children who spend too much time using tablets are unable to play with standard blocks or write with pens and paper.