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GM posts lower profit after recall; outlook for rest of year trimmed

The sign to a Chevrolet automobile dealership is seen down the street from General Motors World Headquarters on Jefferson Avenue in DetroitBy Ben Klayman and Bernie Woodall DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co's first-quarter profit tumbled 88 percent on Thursday due to the massive recall for defective ignition switches, and shares fell 1.3 percent after the company said expectations for the rest of the year must be trimmed. While the company's results topped expectations on strong pricing for its redesigned pickup trucks in North America, it did not raise its full-year outlook by a corresponding amount. GM said in January its 2014 earnings would finish slightly higher. While leaving the outlook for the full year unchanged on Thursday, Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens said the stronger first quarter means the outlook for the rest of the year will have to come down.



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Residents of Wyoming town allowed to return home

This image provided by Rachel Anderson shows officials at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo. Officials said there are no reports of injuries and the residents of Opal have been evacuated to an area about 3 miles outside the town as a precaution. Opal has about 95 residents and is about 100 miles northeast of Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rachel Anderson)OPAL, Wyo. (AP) — Residents of a small town in southwestern Wyoming are being allowed to return home nearly 22 hours after an explosion at a natural gas processing plant forced their evacuation.



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Israel suspends peace talks after Palestinian unity bid

File picture of Palestinian President Abbas during a meeting with Palestinian leaders in the West Bank city of RamallahBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Thursday suspended U.S.-sponsored peace talks with the Palestinians in response to President Mahmoud Abbas's unexpected unity pact with the rival Islamist Hamas group. The negotiations had appeared to be heading nowhere even before Wednesday's reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian groups plunged them deeper into crisis. The United States had been struggling to extend the talks beyond an original April 29 deadline for a peace accord. "The government of Israel will not hold negotiations with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, a terror organization that calls for Israel's destruction," an official statement said after a six-hour meeting.



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Management, safety cited for radiation release

This April 2, 2014, image provided by the U.S. Department of Energy shows workers underground inside the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant facility in Carlsbad, N.M., for the first time since the Feb. 14 radiological release. The operators of this federal government's troubled nuclear waste dump are bracing for a scathing report Wednesday, April 23, 2014, on their response to a radiation release that contaminated 21 workers and shuttered the southeastern New Mexico facility two months ago. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A radiation release from the federal government's underground nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico was the result of a slow erosion of the safety culture at the 15-year-old site, which was evident in the bungled response to the emergency, federal investigators said in a report released Thursday.



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Officials: Camilla’s brother’s death an accident

FILE - A June 24, 2010 photo from files showing Mark Shand, left, brother of The Duchess of Cornwall showing her an elephant sculpture titled Mr. Cameron as she is escorted around the Elephant Parade exhibition at Chelsea Hospital Gardens. Royal officials in Britain say that the brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after sustaining a serious head injury following a fall in New York. Clarence House said that the 62-year-old Mark Shand died in the hospital Wednesday, April 23, 2014, after falling late Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ian Nicholson, Pool, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The death of the Prince of Wales' brother-in-law in New York City has been ruled an accident.



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Kim Jong Un’s secretive childhood

CNN’s Elise Labott reports on the new baby pictures of Kim Jong Un released by North Korean state media.


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‘Guns everywhere’ law packs dangers

Norcross, Georgia, Chief of Police Warren Summers says the new state law that allows guns in bars, churches and schools will have unintended consequences that don’t make anybody safe.


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P.M.: Radar of MH370 didn’t alarm

In a CNN Exclusive, the Malaysian Prime Minister is asked how his country responded the night Flight 370 disappeared.


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‘Bachelorette’ contestant dies of injuries

Eric Hill, who was a contestant in the upcoming season of “The Bachelorette,” died this week from injuries suffered in a paragliding accident.


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Nasdaq not yet subpoenaed in N.Y. high frequency trading probe: CEO

Scaffolding is seen outside the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) – Nasdaq OMX Group Inc has not to date received a subpoena from the New York attorney general as part of its industrywide probe into allegedly unfair technological advantages on Wall Street, Nasdaq Chief Executive Officer Robert Greifeld said on Thursday. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking information on the relationships that exchanges and off-exchange platforms, known as dark pools, have with high-frequency trading firms, and has issued subpoenas to at least half-dozen firms, Reuters reported last week. (Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)



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Chicago doctor among those killed in Afghanistan

Chicago Doctor Shot And Killed In AfghanistanCHICAGO (AP) — One of the three American doctors killed when an Afghan security guard opened fire Thursday at a Kabul hospital was a pediatrician from Chicago, a family member said.



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FCC pushes back against criticism over Internet traffic plan

Attendees surf the internet at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly HillsThe U.S. communications regulator on Thursday sought to tame an outcry over "net neutrality" rules it is developing, saying the agency would make sure broadband providers which "unreasonably" discriminate against Web traffic are punished. New rules proposed by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler would ban broadband providers from blocking Web content, but would allow deals with content providers to deliver Internet traffic to users faster, as long as such agreements are "commercially reasonable." Consumer advocates sharply criticized Wheeler's draft after details leaked out on Wednesday, as he prepared to share his proposal with other FCC commissioners. That may mean that some traffic, from content providers who do not pay, may be comparatively slower, discouraging users from visiting those sites. In a May 15 vote, the five-member FCC is expected to formally seek public comment on proposed new "open Internet" rules aimed at making sure Internet providers do not restrict consumers' access to online sites and applications.



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Ukraine gives Russia 48 hours to explain exercises

Ukraine has asked Moscow, under European OSCE security arrangements, to explain and give details of its military exercises near the border within 48 hours, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. In a statement in response to remarks by the Russian defense minister earlier in the day announcing exercises linked to tension in Ukraine, the ministry said Russia was trying to influence Kiev’s efforts to fight militants in the east. It said that under the Vienna Document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) it was entitled to an account of the goals and other details of the exercises within 48 hours of its request – namely noon GMT on Saturday.
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A look at deeds and words of John Paul II

A picture of late Pope John Paul II is displayed inside St. Sprit in Sassia church during a mass in Rome, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hundred thousands of pilgrims and faithful are expected to reach Rome to attend the scheduled April 27 ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)VATICAN CITY (AP) — The most-traveled pope in history, John Paul II left his mark on the Catholic Church and non-believers worldwide. Here are some milestones along his path to sainthood:



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Google social networking boss Gundotra leaving company

Senior VP of Engineering at Google Vic Gundotra before a Google event in San FranciscoSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc's head of social networking services, Vic Gundotra, announced on Thursday that he is leaving the Internet search company. Gundotra, who has worked at Google for eight years, did not say where he was going in a message he posted on the Google+ social network announcing the move. In 2011, Gundotra oversaw the launch of the Google+ social network as the Internet search giant sought to catch up with Facebook Inc in the fast-growing social networking market. (Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic; Editing by Jan Paschal)



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It will be out next week, PM tells CNN

Facing anger from families of passengers, the prime minister told CNN the preliminary report on the plane’s disappearance will be released.


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Chicago violence spurs calls for action

More than 40 people were shot last weekend in Chicago, with nine deaths. But the police chief says the city’s homicide rate is still trending downward.


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Families of ferry’s lost confront S. Korea officials

Choi Sang-hwan, South Korean Coast Guard police officer, is surround by relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast as they demand for faster rescue operation, at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Thursday, April 24, 2014. Divers made their way deeper Thursday into the submerged wreck of a ferry that sank more than a week ago as the death toll continues to rise and relatives of the missing passengers pressed the government to finish the grim task of recovery soon. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)JINDO, South Korea (AP) — Angry relatives of some of the more than 120 people still missing from the sinking of the ferry Sewol surrounded the fisheries minister and the coast guard chief Thursday, preventing them from leaving the area where families have been waiting for word of their loved ones for more than a week.



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Rights group urges UN to help free abducted girls

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian rights group is urging the United Nations to help secure the release of some 230 schoolgirls abducted by extremists 10 days ago.
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London school says students abused by US teacher

An outside view of the Southbank International School in central London where suspected child molester William James Vahey taught for a four-year term, Thursday, April 24, 2014. British police is helping with a FBI global investigation to identify and trace victims of a suspected pedophile teacher, William James Vahey, who killed himself in March in Luverne Minnesota. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)LONDON (AP) — A British private school says images of between 50 and 60 of its students were found on the computer drive of an American suspected child predator who killed himself last month.



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Chicago health center confirms doctor killed in Afghanistan

A Chicago pediatrician was among those killed in an attack on a Kabul hospital funded by the U.S. Christian charity Cure International on Thursday, a clinic where the doctor worked in Chicago said. “For nearly a decade, Dr. Jerry Umanos volunteered in Afghanistan to train medical residents and to see pediatric patients,” said Dr. Bruce Rowell, a medical director of clinical quality at Chicago’s Lawndale Christian Health Center.
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Three Americans killed in Kabul hospital attack

Afghan policemen stand at the gate of Cure Hospital after three foreigners were killed in KabulThree Americans were killed on Thursday when a security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital funded by a U.S. Christian charity, the latest in a spate of attacks on foreign civilians in Afghanistan. A fourth American was wounded, the Afghan Health Ministry said. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for similar attacks this year, but made no comment about Thursday's shooting. Those killed included a doctor, and a father and son visiting the hospital, Health Minister Suriya Dalil said.



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Bronze statue of Roger Ebert unveiled at Ebertfest

This April 22, 2013 photo provided by Thompson-McClellan shows a bronze statue of Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert giving his famous 'thumbs up" sign in Champaign, Ill. The statue will be unveiled Thursday, April 24, 2014, outside the Virginia Theatre in Champaign where Ebert held his annual film festival. Ebert died in April 2013. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Thomspon.McClellan)CHICAGO (AP) — Roger Ebert's final blog posting last April ended with his hopeful sign-off: "I'll see you at the movies." The award-winning film critic died two days later.



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After court drama, Oklahoma to have 2 executions

This photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner. Lockett and Warner, two death-row inmates who want to know the source of drugs that will be used to execute them, have placed Oklahoma’s two highest courts at odds and prompted aggravated members of the Legislature to call for the impeachment of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two condemned inmates at the center of Oklahoma's now-resolved legal confusion will be put to death Tuesday, the state's first double execution since 1937.



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NRA seeks universal gun law at national meeting

Guy Relford, an attorney specializing in gun rightsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — With concealed weapons now legal in all 50 states, the National Rifle Association's focus at this week's annual meeting is less about enacting additional state protections than on making sure the permits already issued still apply when the gun owners travel across the country.



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New date for first lady’s Kansas graduation speech

First lady Michelle Obama answers questions during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day," Thursday, April 24, 2014, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kansas, in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends. She had accepted the district’s invitation to speak May 17 at the combined ceremony to mark that day’s 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing school segregation. The case originated in Topeka. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)TOKYO (AP) — Michelle Obama is rearranging plans for a speech before graduating high school seniors in Kansas in the face of protests that her appearance at a combined graduation ceremony for five schools would limit seating for families and friends.



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Rebels kill 7 after voting in Indian elections

An Indian man displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote in Mumbai India, Thursday, April 24, 2014. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament expected on May 16. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states.



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London’s Gherkin skyscraper enters receivership

London’s landmark Gherkin office tower has been placed into receivership by its creditors, accountancy firm and joint receivers Deloitte said on Thursday, paving the way for a possible partial sale of the skyscraper. Germany’s IVG Immobilien, which co-owns the 40-storey Gherkin with Evans Randall Ltd, filed for insolvency last year after years of cost overruns and mounting debt. One of Germany’s best known property firms, IVG sought protection last year from its creditors after failing to reach an agreement over the restructuring of its debt. Co-owner Evans Randall said on Thursday it was ready to invest further equity into the building but the company had been unable to agree on a new financial structure with IVG due to the German partner’s financial situation.
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