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  • LeBron still No. 1 with NBA's most-popular jersey
    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James still has the NBA's best-selling jersey.
  • Three dead in east Ukraine, Putin warns of 'abyss'
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/bloodshed-eastern-ukraine-heightens-fear-talks-start-072422940--sector.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/GAxKjSZ1Hk.T668GUJ5Lyw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/Reuters/2014-04-17T113924Z_3_CBREA3G0T6Q00_RTROPTP_2_CNEWS-US-UKRAINE-CRISIS.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Pro-Russian protester seats at barricades at the police headquarters in Slaviansk" align="left" title="Pro-Russian protester seats at barricades at the police headquarters in Slaviansk" border="0" /></a>By Aleksandar Vasovic and Alexei Anishchuk MARIUPOL, Ukraine/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Separatists attacked a Ukrainian national guard base overnight and Kiev said three of them were killed, the worst bloodshed yet in a 10-day pro-Russian uprising, accompanied by tough words from Vladimir Putin that overshadowed crisis talks. Ukrainian, Russian and Western diplomats held an emergency meeting in Geneva, seeking to resolve a confrontation that has seen pro-Russian fighters seize swathes of Ukraine while Moscow masses tens of thousands of troops on the frontier. The United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union were working on a joint statement on the crisis but had not reached agreement and talks were continuing, a Western official said. Seeking to put pressure on Moscow, NATO announced it was sending naval ships to the Baltic.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Zynga seeks new harvest with mobile FarmVille game
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/zynga-seeks-harvest-mobile-farmville-game-161547311.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/H5m4NoroKRqY1svmn8rPpA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/7e159a5d25946c8120a65f4ae4bc580b79b26dbb.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A pedestrian walks by the Zynga headquarters on July 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California" align="left" title="A pedestrian walks by the Zynga headquarters on July 25, 2013 in San Francisco, California" border="0" /></a>Social games pioneer Zynga on Thursday released a version of the hit &quot;FarmVille&quot; tailored for smartphones and tablets in the hope of reaping a bumper crop of players. The San Francisco-based game maker set on its heels by a shift away from desktop computers is out to regain momentum with the mobile-format &quot;Farmville 2: Country Escape&quot; for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. &quot;Just as the original &#039;FarmVille&#039; created a global phenomena when it launched, we expect the same from &#039;Country Escape,&#039;&quot; game general manager Jamie Davies told AFP while providing an early glimpse at the title. The original &quot;FarmVille&quot; will mark its fifth anniversary in June.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Ukraine local boss puts price on head of Russian 'saboteurs'
    By Pavel Polityuk and Alastair Macdonald KIEV (Reuters) - A billionaire regional governor in eastern Ukraine put a $10,000 bounty on the head of any Russian "saboteur" on Thursday and pledged a reward for the Ukrainian troops who shot protesters at their base overnight. Aides to banking and energy tycoon Igor Kolomoisky, who was appointed last month by the new government in Kiev to run the industrial region of Dnipropetrovsk, also offered payments for weapons handed in to the local authorities and a reward of $200,000 for anyone who "liberated" an occupied public building. It was the latest in a cascade of piecemeal initiatives from Ukrainian leaders since pro-Russian militants - backed, Kiev says, by special forces sent by Moscow - seized facilities in the nearby regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. It also highlighted the role of wealthy business "oligarchs" in Ukraine's politics - and in its relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Stocks edge lower after Google, IBM earnings
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/stocks-edge-lower-google-ibm-earnings-161442392--finance.html"><img src="http://l1.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/hYU2PXsq_jN7BF5CQ7NyJw--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/aff49cf0148d9f0f510f6a706700e58d.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Sabre Corp. President &amp; CEO Tom Klein, right, and company CFO Rick Simonson, center, are joined by Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld as they wait for Sabre&#039;s IPO to begin trading, at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)" align="left" title="Sabre Corp. President &amp; CEO Tom Klein, right, and company CFO Rick Simonson, center, are joined by Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld as they wait for Sabre&#039;s IPO to begin trading, at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)" border="0" /></a>Stocks edged lower in midday trading on Thursday as investors digested a crop of mixed company earnings. Among the stocks weighing down the market were Google, IBM and insurers UnitedHealth and WellPoint. The decline came after three days of broad market gains.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/spate-mideast-virus-infections-raises-concerns-161438821.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/xt6PcmDOlDu_u7XQJGKkXQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/4a96cafb14b1a00f510f6a706700c4b5.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="FILE- In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014, file photo, passengers walk past the medical quarantine area showing information sheets for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus at the arrival section of Manila&#039;s International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila. One expert says recent outbreaks of MERS in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that led to more than 20 infections, many among health-care workers, “have put us into uncharted territory.” (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)" align="left" title="FILE- In this Wednesday, April 16, 2014, file photo, passengers walk past the medical quarantine area showing information sheets for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus at the arrival section of Manila&#039;s International Airport in Paranaque, south of Manila. One expert says recent outbreaks of MERS in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that led to more than 20 infections, many among health-care workers, “have put us into uncharted territory.” (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)" border="0" /></a>DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/pope-washes-feet-elderly-disabled-rite-161243285.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/ECYqzqZvWi38mQBivzSQIA--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/ap_webfeeds/b363c2111318980f510f6a7067008283.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Pope Francis holds the holy gospel book as he celebrates the Chrism Mass in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 17, 2014. During the mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments throughout the year. The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)" align="left" title="Pope Francis holds the holy gospel book as he celebrates the Chrism Mass in St. Peter&#039;s Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 17, 2014. During the mass the Pontiff blesses a token amount of oil that will be used to administer the sacraments throughout the year. The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)" border="0" /></a>ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve like a &quot;slave.&quot;</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Sina Weibo shares jump more than 10% after IPO
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/weibo-ipo-below-expectations-raises-285-6-mn-034336602.html"><img src="http://l2.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/qAaYVD8fOXGaf4jubtzCtg--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/f102c7b3eea44b3bf9b0f5fef60712d53cc8645f.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China&#039;s version of Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014" align="left" title="A man walks past the office entrance of Sina Weibo, widely known as China&#039;s version of Twitter, in Beijing on April 16, 2014" border="0" /></a>New York (AFP) - Shares of Sina Weibo, China&#039;s answer to Twitter, jumped more than 10 percent in initial trade Thursday after an undersubscribed initial public offering.</p><br clear="all"/>
  • Ukraine restricts Russians' entry, Moscow threatens retaliation
    KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Thursday it will impose stricter border controls on Russian men trying to enter the country, where separatist rebellions have broken out, prompting Moscow to threaten retaliation. The Kiev government, which has accused Moscow of stirring up trouble in the largely Russian-speaking east, said it would target checks on "men of an active age" due to "possible provocations". However, any restrictions on movements between the neighboring states - which share close cross-border family and business ties - risk aggravating a crisis which erupted when pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was ousted in February and Russian troops seized control in Crimea. Russian airline S7 said three passengers on flights from Moscow to the Ukrainian city of Odessa had been turned back, the Interfax news agency reported.
  • Portugal says it will return to mainstream bond market
    <p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/portugal-says-return-mainstream-bond-market-161008355.html"><img src="http://l3.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/JwyriDidItBDJfD6wpK9fQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTg2O3E9NzU7dz0xMzA-/http://media.zenfs.com/en_us/News/afp.com/88b5ab2604f448db3e07dde344c16cc76cfaf34d.jpg" width="130" height="86" alt="Brokers work in a bank&#039;s market room in Lisbon on February 11, 2014 during the auction of Portuguese Treasury Bills" align="left" title="Brokers work in a bank&#039;s market room in Lisbon on February 11, 2014 during the auction of Portuguese Treasury Bills" border="0" /></a>Portugal on Thursday said it plans to make its first pre-announced government bond auction since April 2011, ahead of exiting its bailout programme next month. The national debt management agency IGCP said it would make a regular, long-term bond issue on Wednesday aiming to raise 500-750 million euros ($690-1.0 billion) with a 10-year term. The issue is Lisbon&#039;s latest step towards returning to full market financing after it was forced to seek a rescue package from the EU and IMF three years ago. Some economists say that, with its economy no longer in recession and investor confidence in the country improving, Lisbon may follow Ireland and make a clean exit from its bailout on May 17.</p><br clear="all"/>

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