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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pope Francis on Thursday evening traveled to a Church-run rehabilitation center on Rome's outskirts for a service where he washed, dried and kissed the feet of 12 sick and disabled people at a traditional Holy Thursday ceremony. Holy Thursday commemorates the day Jesus founded the priesthood at the Last Supper with his apostles before he was betrayed and arrested on the night before his crucifixion. The foot washing service honors Jesus' gesture of humility towards his apostles on the night before he died. The 12 ranged in age from 16 to 86 and included four women. Among them were 75-year-old Muslim man, Hamed, a Libyan businessman who suffered severe brain damage in a car accident and Giordana, 27, from Ethiopia who suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Previous popes always held the ceremony either in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican or Rome's Basilica of Saint John Lateran and only included 12 Catholic men
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The Ubinas volcano in southwestern Peru has authorities raising the alert level from yellow to orange, prompting evacuations and other necessary precautionary measures. Jose Machare of Peru's Institute of Geophyics says activity this week is ranging from small to a level three. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF PERU'S INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS, JOSE MACHARE, SAYING: "Level three means much bigger eruptive columns and an emission of much bigger ash and lava fragments that can reach surrounding villages. There is a very low probability, although it has not been discarded, of an unusual eruption that could be very big." So far, the ash has affected over 10 villages and farmland in the region all within a 20 kilometer radius. After being dormant for several years, the Ubinas volcano has become increasingly active since September 2013.
Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant, But That's Not Slowing Down Her Work Schedule! She's Announced She's Open To Running For Office!
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Pregnant women get the WACKIEST cravings! But not all bun-packed ovens are the same! We've learned that America's recently impregnated sweetheart, Chelsea Clinton, has a hankering for something other than weird pregnancy food! Bill and Hillary's beautiful daughter may in fact be craving a run for office! In the new issue of Fast Company, the 34-year-old soon-to-be mommy announced that it wasn't out of the realm of possibility.
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A sign of common cause in Geneva. Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and EU agree to an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine -- where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes the move. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation." He told White House reporters it will take a few days to see if Russia embraces the agreement. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "The question now becomes: will, in fact, they use the influence they've exerted in a disruptive way to restore some order so that Ukrainians can carry out an election and move forward with the decentralization reforms that they've proposed?" And he has reservations. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING: "My hope is that we actually do see follow through over the nex
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author who put magical realism on the literary map, has died. A source close to his family said the Nobel Laureate passed away Thursday at his home in Mexico City. The novelist had just returned home from the hospital last week after what doctors said was a bout of pneumonia. Garcia Marquez was Latin America's best-known author. His book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" was an instant success and was dubbed "Latin America's Don Quixote" by late Mexican author Carlos Fuentes. Garcia Marquez was 87 years old.
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At least eight people are killed as a car bomb explodes in Baghdad. More than 26 others were wounded in the attack in Sadr City Wednesday-- a mostly Shi'ite neighborhood. Now destroyed cars line the streets. Violence is becoming all to familiar. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) UMM MOHAMMED , RESIDENT OF AREA, SAYING : "What can I tell you. You can see by your eyes. The Prime Minister has servants and guards and they are leading a comfortable life -- and we are the victims." In March alone close to 600 Iraqis were killed in acts of violence according to the UN. This comes ahead of parliamentary elections April 30th with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki seeking a third term .
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On Wednesday the State Department described the U.S. relationship with Russia as "complicated." Russian President Vladimir Putin has a harsher assessment, saying trust is gone. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT Vladimir PUTIN, SAYING: "To a large extent the trust in U.S. ties is lost. Why is this happening? We believe we are not to blame. Why? Because those double standard approaches always disappoint us." In his annual televised phone-in he says the problems predate the crisis in Ukraine. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (SPEAKING ABOUT "RESET" POLICY WITH UNITED STATES): "It is not that it ended now because of Crimea. I think it ended before that, it ended immediately after events in Libya. Dmitry Medvedev who was the president supported our western partners, supported the resolution on Libya. What was that resolution about? It was about creating no-fly zones. But what did it lead to in reality? To air strikes, t
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Obama said "I don't think we can count on anything" after U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU together called for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held emergency talks in Geneva seeking to resolve a confrontation that has seen pro-Russian fighters seize official buildings across eastern Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. "All sides must refrain from any violence, intimidation or provocative actions," a joint statement issued after the Geneva talks said. "All illegal armed groups must be disarmed; all illegally seized buildings must be returned to legitimate owners; all illegally occupied streets, squares and other public places in Ukrainian cities and towns must be vacated," it added. Obama said it will not be clear for a few days whether those agreements are honored.
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Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. court. The lawsuit alleges the producer and director used his influence as a Hollywood insider, as well as a range of drugs and alcohol, to force sex on the boy. Reps for Singer have denied the claims, which have been made just weeks before the release of his upcoming film, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Robert De Niro hit the red carpet for the opening of the Tribeca Film Festival. Now in its 13th year, the festival opened with the Nas documentary "Time is Illmatic." Tribeca will run from April 16-27 and will screen more than 85 feature films and documentaries. Organizers of the 67th Cannes Film Festival revealed the official festival poster - a sepia-toned portrait of the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. The official line-up has was also announced. This year's festival will feature 49 long-form films, 18 of which will c
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Chinese social network Weibo has been accused of being a Twitter clone. So far, it’s not Twitter-like, but Weibo is making a nice pop, over 13% in the first fifteen minutes after it debuted on the NASDAQ. With 130 million monthly active users, Weibo generated $188 million in revenue in 2013, up from $66 million the year prior. Most of its revenue comes from advertising, with additional sales via games and other services. Walmart is blurring the line between banking and shopping as it adds yet another financial service to its stores across the country. The retailer announced this morning that customers can transfer money to and from any of its 4,000 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Financial services offerings aren’t new at Walmart. These days shoppers can head to the retail giant to pick up beauty and household supplies, cash checks, pay bills, reload prepaid debit cards, and now, transfer money across the country. China’s Weibo Corporation has announced that its initial public offering has raised just $286 million, substantially lower than anticipated. The social media company sold fewer shares than expected – just 16.8 million – at the price of $17, right at the bottom of the projected range. There are a number of factors behind this, from suspicion that the company may at some point be taken over by e-commerce firm Alibaba to concerns about the social media business in general. But there’s another reason, which the company warns about in its SEC filing : that the censorship rules imposed by the Chinese government could adversely affect its business. Leading manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles, Harley-Davidson is scheduled to announce its first quarter earnings on April 22nd. The company is expected to gain from growth in developing markets and stabilizing European markets. In addition, sales in the U.S. are expected to grow, carrying momentum from the second half of last year. Harley sells around two-thirds of its motorcycles in the U.S. itself.
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Holy Thursday at the Vatican. It's marks the day Jesus founded the priesthood at the Last Supper with his apostles on the night before he died. Pope Francis, who since his election last year, has urged priests not to seek out material comforts or climb clerical career ladders, leads a solemn service starting four packed days of events culminating in Easter Sunday. He says the church must always be a refuge for the poor. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) POPE FRANCIS SAYING: "The availability of her priests makes the Church a house with open doors, a refuge for sinners, a home for people living on the streets, a place of loving care for the sick, a camp for the young, a classroom for teaching children about how to make their First Communion. Wherever God's people have desires or needs, there is the priest, who knows how to listen and feels a loving mandate from Christ who sends him to relieve that need with mercy or to encourage those good desires with resourceful char
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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. It's been the hardest thing that most of us will ever face in our lives, said John Crowder, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in West. Crowder was one of dozens of residents whose home was flattened by the April 17, 2013, blast. But we've made remarkable progress.
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The line-up for this year's Cannes film festival was announced on Thursday April 17th in Paris by its director Thierry Fremaux ahead of the opening night on May 14th. SOUNDBITE: Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux, saying (English): "You can find in the official selection a lot of what we can call 'big names' but also meeting with young new directors. And it's also one of the missions of a festival like Cannes, it's to introduce and to put new names in the map." The festival will officially open with 'Grace of Monaco' about Princess Grace's life in the principality not far from Cannes, and Nicole Kidman will be the first star to walk up the famous steps. Among other attendees are Oscar winning actresses Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank who will be acting in "The Homesman", directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones. Another actor turned film maker is Ryan Gosling who will be taking his directorial debut "Lost River" to Cannes. New work will also be seen
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Putting your 2013 taxes behind you, if you’re a founder, entrepreneur, owner or CEO of a privately-held business, now’s the time to start thinking long-term and seriously about taxes, ownership structure (yes, that includes an exit strategy) and how to turbocharge productivity and growth in your business.You can improve your standing in all three areas by adopting an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or ESOP,
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Russian President Vladimir Putin takes to the airwaves Thursday in his annual televised phone saying that Ukraine faces an abyss and the only way out is through talk. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "I hope that it will be possible to realise which hole and which abyss the current authorities are moving towards and dragging the whole country with them. And in this regard, I think the start of today's talks in Geneva is very important. I think it is very important today to think about how to get out of this situation, to offer people a real, not ostentatious, but real dialogue." As Russia meets with Ukraine the U.S. and EU in Switzerland, Putin underscores the need for diplomacy. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "Only through the dialogue, through democratic procedures, and not through using armed forces, tanks and aviation, one can restore order in the country." Putin accused Ukraine's le
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All too often, people make a critical mistake when it comes to managing their 401(k) savings: They cash out prematurely. Recent data compiled by Fidelity notes that one in three 401(k) participants has cashed out of his or her plan, often when changing jobs.
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With Ukraine's colors on full display, hundreds are protesting in Geneva against what they're calling Russian aggression. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER IDINA SAYING: "We are suffering now from the violence and from the terror that Russia is exporting to Ukraine at the moment." The protest comes as the U.S., Russia, Ukraine and the European Union meet in Geneva to find a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis. Tensions escalated overnight after Kiev announced that three pro-Russian separatists had been killed when they attacked a Ukrainian National Guard base. Elsewhere, pro-Russian activists are occupying government buildings in Ukraine's east. They're demanding referendums on joining Russia. Kiev is accusing Moscow of stirring the unrest. Back in Geneva, posters pointed fingers at Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. Another protester said she didn't want to see Ukraine dismembered. (SO
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Google Inc's disappointing first-quarter results left Wall Street unfazed about the internet giant's ability to come to grips with a shift to the fast-growing mobile advertising market. Google shares were down 2 percent in premarket trading on Thursday and at least 12 brokerages cut their target price on the stock. But most analysts kept their "buy" rating on the stock. RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney, who kept his "outperform" rating on the stock, said in a note to clients, "Despite an expectations-miss quarter, Google remains one of the best-positioned stocks for many of the secular growth drivers in the Internet space." Walmart has unveiled a new store-to-store money transfer service launching later this month, aimed at helping its customers send cash to loved ones and directly competing with outfits like Western Union. ‘Walmart-2-Walmart’ will be operated by Ria Financial Services, a subsidiary of long-established electronic payments company Euronet. “Walmart-2-Walmart offers a clear fee structure with just two pricing tiers: customers can transfer up to $50 for $4.50 and up to $900 for $9.50,” said Daniel Eckert, senior vice president of services for Walmart, on a call to investors, analysts and press on Thursday morning. Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages fell this week for the second straight week as the spring home-buying season begins. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate for the 30-year loan fell to 4.27 percent from 4.34 percent last week. Mortgage rates have risen about a full percentage point since hitting record lows about a year ago. Many analysts have been expecting an improving economy to lift the housing market, which has been recovering over the past two years.