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Kabul siege ends after Afghan soldiers storm tower block -
Afghan soldiers stormed a half-built tower block after heavy dawn fighting and killed six Taliban fighters, ending a brazen assault which heralded the start of their spring offensive.
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Mitt Romney raises more campaign cash in Michigan than President Barack Obama

Detroit Free Press -
By Todd Spangler WASHINGTON -- Despite the credit President Barack Obama gets for helping turn around Michigan's signature auto industry, he trails the man he's likely to face in November -- Michigan-born Mitt Romney -- in campaign fund-raising in the ...

Storm aftermath: 'Remarkable' more lives are not lost, governor says

By Chelsea J. Carter, CNN A house is left damaged after an aparent tornado hit on Saturday, April 14, in Thurman, Iowa. The National Weather Service received more than 88 reports by late Saturday of possible tornado touchdowns in Oklahoma, Kansas, ...

Norway killer Breivik refuses to recognize court

Reuters -
By Balazs Koranyi and Walter Gibbs | OSLO (Reuters) - The Norwegian anti-Islamic militant who massacred 77 people last summer arrived at an Oslo courthouse under armed guard on Monday, clenching his fist in a far-right salute and saying he did not ...

Long political fights ahead over dueling tax plans

The Associated Press -
By ALAN FRAM, AP - 1 minute ago WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are forcing votes in Congress this coming week on competing tax plans that affect millionaires and smaller businesses, and they know the proposals are doomed from the start.

Bunds Rise as Spanish Minister Seeks Greater ECB Effort

BusinessWeek -
By Emma Charlton and Lukanyo Mnyanda on April 16, 2012 German 10-year bonds rose for a second day before auctions this week of Spanish government debt as a minister from the Iberian nation called on the European Central Bank to do more to stem the ...
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100 years later, Titanic's sinking affects many

Wall Street Journal -
AP ABOARD MS BALMORAL - In ships on the Atlantic Ocean, at a gathering in Northern Ireland's capital Belfast, and at services around the world, people are commemorating the sinking of the Titanic.

UN Truce Observers Arrive in Syria as Shelling Continues

New York Times -
BEIRUT, Lebanon - With an initial team of six United Nations military observers arriving in Syria to monitor compliance with the fragile, four-day-old cease-fire negotiated by the special envoy Kofi Annan, government shellfire continued to rake central ...

'Preventing flytilla not necessarily best for Israel'

Ynetnews -
Israel's efforts to stop the pro-Palestinian 'flytilla' have been ruled successful, but there is still a difference of opinion among Israeli officials as to whether the "stopgap solution" was effective, or did it actually do Israeli PR more harm than ...

young leader breaks the mold

CNN International -
By Stan Grant, CNN Kim also acknowledged the suffering of many N. Koreans, vowed never to let them starve again Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) -- For just a moment we can hardly believe what is happening.

Midwest residents regroup to begin salvage, clean up from tornadoes

Alexandria Town Talk -
Gary Gladwin looks over his wrecked property Sunday where he stored a 1937 Chevy in Thurman, Iowa. Most of the town in the western part of the state was destroyed Saturday night, possibly by a tornado, but no one was injured or killed.

Coast Guard ends search for 4 missing yacht racers

Fox News -
April 15, 2012: One of three crew members from the yacht Low Speed Chase is rescued from the Farallon Islands west of San Francisco.

US economy in better shape to handle high gas prices-Geithner

Reuters -
| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US economy is in a better position to deal with high gasoline prices, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday, adding that unseasonably warm winter had lowered overall energy costs for consumers.

China yuan-band move prompts yawns from analysts

MarketWatch -
By Chris Oliver, MarketWatch HONG KONG (MarketWatch) - China's plans to allow greater daily movement for its currency was met with skepticism among some analysts, who questioned whether the announcement was even newsworthy, as the yuan rarely tested ...

Brent falls below $120 on China data, euro zone worries

Reuters India -
By Jessica Jaganathan | SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude fell below $120 on Monday as growing worries about the global economy from Europe to China, the world's No.

GDF agrees $11 bln deal to buy rest of Intl Power

Reuters -
* Offer values IPR at 22.8 bln stg, or 418p per share * Approach values the 30 pct GDF doesn't own at 6.8 bln stg * IPR shareholders to retain 6.6 euro cents final dividend * Deal will give GDF further access to fast-growing markets * GDF sees deal ...

Asia Stocks Drop on Rising Spanish Default Swaps, U.S. Sentiment

San Francisco Chronicle -
April 16 (Bloomberg) -- Asian stocks fell, with a regional benchmark index headed for its biggest drop in almost two weeks, after the cost of insuring against a Spanish default climbed and US consumer confidence dropped, clouding the earnings outlook ...

Weather, lack of opponent dwindle caucus turnout -
Democrats statewide got their chance to participate in precinct caucuses Sunday - a day after Republican voters and supporters did - fanning out to about 30 sites in Thurston County to elect delegates and alternates and pass resolutions to advance to ...

Kansas governor, lawmakers may hit impasse over school funding

Kansas City Star -
By JOHN HANNA AP TOPEKA -- Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas legislators appear headed toward a stalemate over spending on public schools that could block any significant increase in aid or change in how dollars are distributed.

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

The Guardian -
The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Google fined by FCC over Street View

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The Guardian -
Google has been fined $25000 for impeding a US investigation into its collection of wireless network data for its Street View project, which allows users to see street level images when they map a location.

Samsung “Next Galaxy” unveil on May 3 in London

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Samsung's Galaxy S III is almost upon us, with the first press invites for the company's May 3 launch event in London, UK, turning up in inboxes.

'Hunger Games' earns $21.5M to slap down 'Stooges' - Entertainment Now

San Francisco Luxury News -
AP, Los Angeles | Mon, 04/16/2012 7:02 AM Movie fans have chosen real violence over the slapstick variety as “The Hunger Games” held off “The Three Stooges” to remain the No.

Game of Thrones Recap: Alliances Under Attack—Plus, Has Cersei Finally Met Her ...

E! Online -
Last week looked like a walk in the park compared to the bloodbath that was this week's Game of Thrones. But it wasn't all swords through the jugular; we met new kick-ass women and said goodbye to some loyal friends.

'Peter and the Starcatcher,' With Christian Borle

New York Times -
They're surfing the clouds at the Brooks Atkinson Theater, where “Peter and the Starcatcher” opened on Sunday night. And even inveterate fearers of flying are likely to find themselves following the folks onstage into altitudes where eagles get ...

Yankees power past Angels

Chicago Tribune -
Bronx, NY - Derek Jeter and Raul Ibanez each homered and drove in three runs to lead the Yankees over the Angels, 11-5, in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Yankees' Rivera the perfect man to keep Robinson's memory alive

New York Post -
By KEN DAVIDOFF Reggie Jackson knows drama and picture-perfect moments as well as pretty much anyone in this solar system. So when he offered a vision early yesterday evening, one involving Mariano Rivera, you paid attention.

A bloody good win for Flyers

Philadelphia Daily News -
By FRANK SERAVALLI Wayne Simmonds leaps into the arms of Braydon Coburn after scoring second-period power-play goal. LAST TUESDAY, when Peter Laviolette's eyes finally hurt too much from hours of video to stay open any longer, he climbed into the bed ...

NBA results, April 15

San Francisco Chronicle -
Andrew Bynum had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Pau Gasol made back-to-back three-pointers in overtime, and the Lakers won their fourth straight game without Kobe Bryant, 112-108 over the Mavericks at Staples Center on Sunday.

Kings capitalize on breaks as Canucks flounder in critical Game 3 -
Dustin Brown hit a third-period goal to lift the Kings over the Canucks 1-0 and take a 3-0 series lead. Dustin Brown knocked in what became the game-winning goal for the Kings.

Space shuttle Discovery placed atop jumbo jet for its last ride -
NASA mounted the space shuttle Discovery on a jumbo jet on Sunday in preparation for the retired orbiter's delivery to the Smithsonian.

Inside the 'battery-powered' brain

Editor's note: "Battery-powered brain," a report by CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, premieres on CNN Presents, Sunday, April 15, at 8 pm ET.


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