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NEWS     MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014     NEWS

Ukraine Prime Minister Vows To Punish People Behind Fliers Ordering Jews To Register
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said Sunday he’s going to find and punish “the bastards” distributing leaflets ordering Jews in eastern Ukraine to register with pro-Russian separatists. “I made a clear statement and urged Ukrainian military and security forces and Ukrainian Department of Homeland Security urgently to find these bastards and to bring them to justice,” Yatsenyuk told NBC’s “Meet the Press.” The leaflets have been distributed recently in the eastern city of Donetsk and also told Jews to pay a fee and declare all property holdings. Russian separatists in Ukraine have denied responsibility, suggesting the documents were spread as a ploy to vilify his side in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Fox News
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Obama Attends Easter Services At Personally Important Baptist Church
President Barack Obama attended Easter services at the 19th Street Baptist Church on Sunday, a house of worship that he visited the Sunday before he was first inaugurated President in 2009. There were a number of similarities between Obama’s 2009 and 2014 appearances at the historic Baptist church, including the Reverend Dr. Derrick Harkins, who oversaw both services. "Let me just say, to the first family, to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, to the first lady of the United States, and Miss Malia and Sasha, we welcome you," Harkins said on Sunday, according to a pool reporter at the service. Harkins instructed worshipers to welcome the opportunity to "surround” the Obama family with "prayers ... [they] certainly deserve." CNN

Former U.S. Soldier Says His Friendly-Fire Shots Might Have Killed Tillman
A former U.S. Army Ranger who was in the same platoon as ex-NFL player Pat Tillman has stated in a television interview that he believes he might have fired the shots that killed Tillman in a 2004 friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan. Steven Elliott, 33, told ESPN program "Outside the Lines" in an interview scheduled to air on Sunday that he regrets joining other soldiers in firing on the spot where Tillman had taken position during a chaotic incident in a mountainous area. "It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him," Elliott said. Tillman gave up a multimillion dollar career as a defensive back with the Arizona Cardinals football team to enlist in the military in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks and served in the U.S. Army's 75th Ranger Regiment, becoming one of the U.S. military's most high-profile service members. Reuters

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Senators: We Should Not Wait To Help Ukraine
Following Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk exclusive interview with NBC News' David Gregory on Meet The Press Sunday, U.S. senators said America should not wait for Russia to make more threats before sending more security aid. "Certainly we should beef up our security relationships with Ukraine," said Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn. "I think the time is now to ratchet up our sanctions," said Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn. Corker agreed, saying, "I think we need to step on out and do the things that we've threatened." MSNBC

Ted Cruz Thanks Obama For Denying Visas To Terrorists
Sen. Ted Cruz wrote President Obama a thank you letter in this week’s Politico magazine for the president’s support behind S. 2195, which gives him the authority to deny visas to United Nations ambassadors who are known terrorists. The Texas Republican was specifically referring to Iran’s recent nominee Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage after seizing the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979. The president signed S. 2195 into law on Friday after it unanimously passed both the Senate and House. Mr. Cruz called the law an “unequivocal, bipartisan message that we will not tolerate the ongoing campaign of insult and antagonism from the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Washington Times

Deadly Easter Shootout Shatters Truce In Ukraine
Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead. The Ukrainian Security Service, however, said the attack was staged by provocateurs from outside the country. And the presented evidence - particularly a pristine business card said to have been left behind by the attackers - was met with widespread ridicule in Ukraine, where it soon had its own Twitter hashtag. The armed clash near the city of Slovyansk appears to be the first since an international agreement was reached last week in Geneva to ease tensions in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian supporters have seized government buildings in at least 10 cities. CBS

Are Evangelicals Out Of Touch With Mainstream Views?
Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC’s “This Week.” As a part of a special Easter week discussion on religion, Graham told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that gays could go to heaven if they repent. “Maybe gays that are watching want to know, ‘Can God forgive me? Or can I go to heaven as a gay person?’ Absolutely. But the same for any of us. We have to repent of our sins in turn. A person cannot stay in adultery and be accepted by God. You’ll have to repent,” said Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. ABC

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Pfizer Made $101 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca
Pfizer Inc. (PFE) approached AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) about acquiring the U.K. drugmaker in a deal that would value the company at more than 60 billion pounds ($101 billion), according to a media report. The talks were reported by the London-based Sunday Times, citing bankers and industry sources it did not name. The conversations were described by the paper as informal and no longer continuing. “As a normal course of business, we continually explore opportunities to enhance shareholder value,” Joan Campion, a spokeswoman for New York-based Pfizer, said in an e-mail. “We don’t comment on market speculation or rumors.” Bloomberg

Ex-Justice Says Politics Can Be Factor On Retiring
John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire. Here's what the former justice tells ABC's "This Week"— "I think certainly it's natural and an appropriate thing to think about your successor." Stevens was nominated by Republican President Gerald Ford. He joined the court in 1975 and retired in 2010, at 90. Stevens was asked about speculation that 81-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is resisting calls from some liberals to retire while Barack Obama is president and Democrats control the Senate — which must OK nominees. Las Vegas Sun

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Hedge Funds Cut Gold Bets In Longest Slide Of 2014
Hedge funds lowered bullish bets on gold for a fourth week, the longest streak this year. The net-long position contracted to the lowest since mid-February as speculators sold bullion on signs of accelerating U.S. economic growth. The investors more than doubled bets on lower prices in the past month while reducing wagers on a rally in six of the past seven weeks. Prices fell 7.1 percent since reaching a six-month high in March after tension in Ukraine eased and U.S. equities rallied to a record. The number of Americans filing for unemployment insurance payments held last week near the lowest level in almost seven years and retail sales in March increased more than economists forecast. Bullion plunged 28 percent in 2013 as some investors lost their faith in the metal as a store of value. Bloomberg

Giant Lasers Could Control The Weather
Zeus, God of the Sky, may be out of work, as scientists at the University of Central Florida believe they've developed a technique -- which involves pointing a high powered laser at the sky -- to induce clouds to drop rain and hurl thunderbolts. Scientists have known that water condensation and lightning activity in storm clouds are associated with large amounts of static charged particles. In theory, stimulating those particles with a laser is the key to harnessing Zeus-like powers. The hard part, scientists say, is creating a laser beam with the right combination of range, precision and strength. "When a laser beam becomes intense enough, it behaves differently than usual -- it collapses inward on itself," explained Matthew Mills, a graduate student in the UCF Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers. "The collapse becomes so intense that electrons in the air’s oxygen and nitrogen are ripped off creating plasma -- basically a soup of electrons." UPI

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Healthcare.Gov Users Told To Change Passwords Due To Heartbleed Risk
Users of the federal heath care exchange site have been advised to change their passwords this weekend after the Obama administration reviewed the government's vulnerability to the Heartbleed Internet security bug. Senior administration officials told the Associated Press that there was no indication that the HealthCare.gov site had been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular WhiteHouse.gov petitions page. Fox News

Another Governor Carter In Georgia?
Republicans are looking to make gains coast to coast this midterm election year, while Democrats are largely on defense. But Georgia – yes Georgia – is one unlikely source of guarded Democratic optimism - in part because of two famous names on the ballot. A crowded Republican Senate primary field could potentially help Democrat Michelle Nunn. And GOP Gov. Nathan Deal took a hit in the polls after a disastrous response to a big snow storm last year which leaves an opening for state Sen. Jason Carter. CNN

Marijuana Fans Pack 4/20 Events In Colorado, Washington State
Thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered in Colorado and Washington state over the weekend for an annual celebration of cannabis culture with rallies, concerts and trade shows in the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana. Voters in the two Western states in 2012 approved the legalization of possession and use of weed by adults on private property, although public consumption is still illegal. In January the first retail pot shops opened in Colorado, and stores in Washington are set to follow suit later this year. In Denver's Civic Center Park near the state capitol, revelers on Sunday gathered to hear music and listened to speakers in what organizers billed as the "world's largest 4/20 rally." Reuters

For Many Americans, 'Temp' Work Becomes Permanent Way Of Life
For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route. With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans. “It seems to be the new norm in the working world,” said Kelly Sibla, 54. The computer systems engineer has been looking for a full-time job for four years now, but the Amherst, Ohio, resident said she has to take whatever she can find. MSNBC

Ebola Death Toll In Guinea Reduced To 61
Guinea's Health Ministry reduced the number of people killed by the deadly Ebola virus outbreak from 122 to 61.
The government had initially said 122 were confirmed dead from the hemorrhagic fever, but a closer look at figures and testing proved the number is exactly half of that. “The death toll reduction is due to the cleaning of figures because there had been a lot of confusion,” said Sakoba Keita, head of epidemic prevention at the ministry. “Some deaths were recorded three times.” The virus kills up to 90 percent of people who contract it. The unique strain causing an outbreak in West Africa has also killed 13 people in Liberia. UPI

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Probe Could Complicate Rick Perry’s Prospects
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the long-serving governor known for his Texas swagger is now the focus of a grand jury investigation that could cause more difficulty than any adversary has. What should have been a political victory lap for Perry could now wind up in a final tussle that has implications for his political future. Washington Times

Pope Francis, Massive Crowd Celebrate Easter At The Vatican
Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians. More than 150,000 tourists - Romans and pilgrims, young and old - had turned out for the Mass he celebrated at an altar set up under a canopy on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica. So many came that they overflowed the huge square, which was bedecked with row after row of potted daffodils, sprays of blue hyacinths and bunches of white roses. CBS

Laughing Makes Your Brain Work Better
Ever have trouble remembering where you just left your keys? Just laugh it off. New research suggests that humor can improve short-term memory in older adults. In a recent small study conducted at Loma Linda University in Southern California, 20 normal, healthy, older adults watched a funny video distraction-free for 20 minutes, while a control group sat calmly with no video. Afterwards, they performed memory tests and had saliva samples analyzed for stress hormones. You guessed it; those who got to laugh the 20 minutes away with the funny video scored better on short-term memory tests, researchers said. And salivary levels of the stress hormone cortisol -- a memory enemy of sorts -- were significantly decreased in the humor group. ABC

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US Proposed No New Ideas To Salvage Peace Talks In Last Meeting
US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday. According to the report, the unnamed source confirmed reports that the Palestinian Authority had warned Israel that the Ramallah-based, self-government body may dissolve itself if so-called "Israeli intransigence" continues. The official reportedly said Palestinian negotiators warned Indyk during Friday's meeting that the PA could be dismantled if Israel continued to refuse to carry out a promised fourth release of Palestinian prisoners and freeze settlement building. Jerusalem Post

France Has 'Information' Syrian Regime Still Using Chemical Weapons
French President Francois Hollande said Sunday that his country had "information" that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad has continued using chemical weapons, although Paris lacked proof, AFP reported. "We have a few elements of information but I do not have the proof," AFP quoted Hollande as telling the Europe 1 radio station. Asked about recent reports that the Damascus regime was still using chemical weapons in the embattled country, Hollande said: "What I do know is what we have seen from this regime is the horrific methods it is capable of using and the rejection of any political transition". Jerusalem Post

US Proposed No New Ideas To Salvage Peace Talks In Last Meeting
US envoy to the Middle East peace process Martin Indyk did not present any new proposals on how to salvage the currently stalemated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks during a meeting on Friday, a Palestinian official told AFP on Sunday. According to the report, the unnamed source confirmed reports that the Palestinian Authority had warned Israel that the Ramallah-based, self-government body may dissolve itself if so-called "Israeli intransigence" continues. The official reportedly said Palestinian negotiators warned Indyk during Friday's meeting that the PA could be dismantled if Israel continued to refuse to carry out a promised fourth release of Palestinian prisoners and freeze settlement building. Jerusalem Post

Iran President Rouhani Urges Equal Rights For Women
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has urged equal opportunities and rights for men and women, and condemned sexual discrimination. In a speech marking Women's Day, Mr Rouhani criticised "those who consider women's presence society as a threat" and said Iran still had "a long way to go" to ensure gender equality. Mr Rouhani, a religious moderate, was elected to office in June 2013. Foreign activist groups argue that Iran's laws discriminate against women. Speaking on Sunday at the National Forum on Women Shaping Economy and Culture in Tehran, Mr Rouhani said: "We will not accept the culture of sexual discrimination." BBC

Ukraine Shootout Threatens To Bury Geneva Peace Deal
An international agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine was all but shredded on Sunday after a shootout in the separatist town of Slavyansk. Three days after the Geneva deal brought modest hopes for a resolution to the gravest east-west stand-off since the end of the cold war, the midnight incident at a checkpoint – in which reports said as many as five people were killed – unleashed a torrent of accusations and counter-accusations that bodes ill for international peacemakers. Guardian

Ukraine PM Asks US For 'Real Support' To Prevent Further Russian Hostility
The prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has urged the US to provide greater support against Russian aggression amid signs that a peace deal reached in Geneva last week is already under strain. Speaking on Sunday in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, Yatsenyuk called on the west to honour promises to protect the territorial integrity of Ukraine and appeared to suggest he did not think Moscow would relent in its attempts to grow influence in the east of his country. Asked what he would be pressing the Obama administration for during a visit to Kiev by vice-president Joe Biden this week, Yatsenyuk replied: “We need a strong and solid state. We need financial and economic support. We need to overhaul the Ukrainian military. We need to modernise our security and military forces. We need real support.” Guardian

Afghan Poll Risks Grow As Abdullah Abdullah Strengthens Lead in Preliminary Results
Abdullah Abdullah, the leading opposition candidate, retained his advantage in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai, after the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced partial results with about half of all votes counted. Abdullah, a former foreign minister, garnered 44 percent of about 3.5 million ballots, putting him in first position, Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the commission’s chairman. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former World Bank official, was in second place with 33 percent, Nuristani said. "The lead we were expecting, it didn't come as a surprise, but perhaps we were expecting a bigger lead," Abdullah told Reuters in an interview at his home in Kabul. "We are still hoping the elections will be completed in the first round." Telegraph

Afghan Poll Risks Grow As Abdullah Abdullah Strengthens Lead In Preliminary Results
Abdullah Abdullah, the leading opposition candidate, retained his advantage in the race to succeed Hamid Karzai, after the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan announced partial results with about half of all votes counted. Abdullah, a former foreign minister, garnered 44 percent of about 3.5 million ballots, putting him in first position, Ahmad Yusuf Nuristani, the commission’s chairman. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, a former World Bank official, was in second place with 33 percent, Nuristani said. Telegraph

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