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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A powerful earthquake struck Mexico on Friday (April 18), shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, although there were no early reports of major damage. The magnitude 7.2 quake was centered in the southwestern state of Guerrero, close to the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. Some residents of the capital ran outdoors in their pajamas after the quake. Electricity was cut off in parts of the city and some residents said paintings fell off the walls and small parts of masonry crumbled inside apartment buildings. The Mexican government's emergency services said there were no immediate reports of damage and the U.S. Pacific Warning Center said it did not expect the quake to trigger a destructive tsunami. Nevertheless, residents of the capital were shaken by the quake, one of the biggest to hit Mexico in several years. The USGS said the quake w
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This temporary shelter in Jindo, South Korea, is where desperate parents wait for news of their missing children. Nearly 270 ferry passengers, almost all of them students from a single high school, are missing after their boat sank on Wednesday. Hope is fading that any of them will be found alive. The wait for news - good or bad - is almost unbearable. The missing are presumed trapped inside the sunken ferry. Families urge authorities to speed up the search and rescue. The father and sister of one missing passenger refusing to believe the worst. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 47-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF MISSING PASSENGER, KIM CHANG-GOO SAYING: "They have to hurry to rescue survivors (from the ferry) but the divers are not going in. The number of survivors will reach its limit after today." (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) 22-YEAR-OLD SISTER OF MISSING PASSENGER, KIM HA-NA, SAYING: "We hear survivors (inside the ship) are dying." At Danwon High Scho
It might be spring cleaning, or just the urge to destroy something after finishing your taxes, but Marketwatch's Chuck Jaffe says be diligent about protecting your online documents and passwords. Photo: AP. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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While you count down the hours until the Easter Bunny drops off your candy, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday. "I am really special." [Bunny]"What are you doing?" [Man]"See" [Bunny]Easter is coming, and, if you’re like many people around the US, you’re anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Easter Bunny – and several pounds of chocolate and candy.While you count down the hours, check out these 10 uncommon facts about the holiday.Number 10. Most Americans agree on how to eat a chocolate bunny. 76 percent say the proper way to do it is ears first. Number 9. Some world traditions are incredibly elaborate. In Guatemala, for example, carpets stretching up to a mile-long are made from flowers and sawdust during the weeks before Easter. On the day of the holiday, people walk on it on their way to church. Number 8. There’s an Easter egg worth over 8 million dollars. Described as a cross between a Faberge and the Damien Hirst skull, the ornament is covered with over a thousand diamonds. Nested inside is a gold egg with a rock crystal dove inside that. Number 7. The Easter Bunny has a mysterious past. Details of its emergence as a symbol of the holiday are sketchy, but according to history.com, it traveled to America with the Germans in the 1700’s. The country has long told stories about an egg-laying hare. "We'd like to apologize for the Easter Bunny." [YouTube]Number 6. The holiday brings out some people’s inner jokester. Perhaps giddy because it’s springtime, manufacturers make all sorts of goofy merchandise for Easter. Notable among the stuff is a card that features terrified eggs, a dish of colored liquid, and the caption ‘Where Eggs Come To Dye’. Number 5. Egg decorating goes back hundreds of years. History.com says that the tradition dates back to the 13th century. At the time, eggs were a mandatory Lenten sacrifice, so in preparation for the day they could once again be enjoyed, people made them extra special by embellishing them. Number 4. In Australia they have an Easter Bilby instead of a bunny. Well, at least some people are trying to make that the case. "Bilbys can be found only in Australia. They are endemic to this country. There's nothing like them anywhere else in the world." [ABC Radio Australia]Number 3. The annual White House Easter Egg Roll used to be held at the U.S. Capitol. Concerns for the preservation of the terraced lawn led to the signing of a bill that outlawed the use of the location. Number 2. A seriously large amount of candy is sold for the holiday. Annually, about 2 billion dollars worth of sweet stuff ends up in the hands, baskets, and stomachs of American consumers. Number 1. The largest egg hunt in history was held at Cypress Gardens in 2007. The Florida theme park hid over half a million eggs. Nearly 10 thousand children and their parents scoured the grounds looking for them.
Online peer-to-peer lender LendingClub raised $115 million in equity and debt, giving it a valuation of $3.8 billion as it eyes an IPO. Peter Renton, co-founder of the Lenit Conference and CEO of Lend Academy, discusses on MoneyBeat. Photo: Getty Images. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
What's News: South Korea issues arrest warrant for captain of sunken ferry. Mount Everest avalanche kills at least 12 people. Chelsea Clinton announces she and her husband are expecting their first child. Sara Murray reports. Photo: AP/Yonhap Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Despite an agreement in Geneva to de-escalate tensions, pro-Russian activists continue to occupy government buildings in Ukraine, Facebook is paying outsiders to find security flaws in its system, and more. Photo: Getty. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Scientists have documented a new genus of insect in which the 4 species that comprise it have reversed sex organs. Scientists have documented a new genus of insect in which the 4 species that comprise it have reversed sex organs. In other words, the females have penises and the males have vaginas. The discovery came about in two phases – the study of dead specimens and the observations of live ones. Dissecting deceased examples of the insects revealed the unique distribution of sex organs.The female’s internal genitalia extends during copulation, and the male has a pouch like vagina housing a sperm duct.Like a straw, the female uses her organ to receive the sperm, not disperse it. Observations of the actual mating process showed that the insects spend quite a lot of time copulating. This surprised scientists, as it makes the insects frequently vulnerable to predators. Frequent mating does hold a distinct advantage for the females, however. The males’ sperm also provides a significant amount of nutrition. The researchers feel this could be a large motivating factor for the frequency of encounters. It could also be why that once the female starts, she’s reluctant to let go.Once mating has begun, attempts to break the female’s grasp can result in a loss of body parts for the male.
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, working along with the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency sent a spacecraft called the Cassini-Huygens mission to capture images of the ringed planet Saturn. One picture, taken 1 point 3 million miles away from Saturn with a scale of 75 miles per pixel shows the effects of the notoriously strong winds that blow on the gas giant. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, working along with the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency undertook the Cassini-Huygens mission to capture images of the ringed planet Saturn.One picture, taken 1 point 3 million miles away from Saturn with a scale of 75 miles per pixel shows the effects of the notoriously strong winds that blow on the gas giant. According to NASA’s website, the strongest winds occur at the equator of Saturn and can sometimes exceed one thousand miles per hour, compared to the strongest winds on Earth, which have reportedly reached up to 246 miles an hour. Showing the sunny side of Saturn, the image was taken on December 27th of 2013, from about 51 degrees above the ring plane using a spectral filter that captures certain wavelengths of near-infrared light centered at 752 nanometers. The picture shows the bands and different zones that are caused by the high speed winds, including the hexagon visible at the north pole, which was first discovered by NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 back in 1980 and ‘81. The Voyager photos showed the clouds moving in an enclosed jet stream inside the hexagon dragged by winds measuring around 250 miles per hour.
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As we celebrate Passover and Easter, what is the religious sentiment in the U.S.? How has the power of religion changed over time? Fordham University theology department chair Patrick Hornbeck discusses. Photo: Getty. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
After one day of negotiations in Geneva, the U.S., E.U., and Russia agreed on a set of principles to deescalate the crisis in Ukraine.
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Pro-Russian activists in eastern Ukraine said Friday they had no plans to vacate the government buildings they have occupied, despite the compromise agreement calling for that. Paul Sonne reports. Photo: Getty. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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Facebook says a unique program that pays outsiders to spot security flaws in its internal systems has proved useful for mitigating cybersecurity threats. Michael Hickins reports. Photo: Getty. Copyright 2014, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
The acclaimed author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" passed away Thursday at the age of 87.