• Nadal's claycourt winning run ended by bold Ferrer

    (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal's 30-match winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was upset 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals. Sixth seed Ferrer, who had beaten Nadal on clay only once 10 years ago and was brushed aside by the muscular…

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    • Vice-principal of S.Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

      By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO South Korea (Reuters) - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol, carrying…

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      • Obama looks to salvage Asia 'pivot' as allies fret about China

        By Matt Spetalnick and Manuel Mogato WASHINGTON/MANILA (Reuters) - When a Philippine government ship evaded a Chinese blockade in disputed waters of the South China Sea last month, a U.S. Navy plane swooped in to witness the dramatic encounter. The flyover was a vivid illustration of the expanding…

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        • Gaga's un-retouched images cause uproar

          Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are said to be upset that un-retouched images they took of Lady Gaga for her Versace campaign were leaked.

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          • Centipede Bursts from Snake's Stomach

            A group of researchers stumbled upon a grisly scene during a field study in Macedonia last year: a dead nose-horned viper with a centipede's head sticking out of its ruptured abdomen. "All of us were astonished, as nobody has ever seen something like this," Ljiljana Tomovi?, a herpetologist at the…

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            • Study: sleeping positions reflect quality of relationships

              Whether a couple sleeps face to face or back to back, with or without physical contact, is a good indicator of relationship health, according to a study presented at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, which is taking place in the Scottish city through April 20. Couples who sleep closer…

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              • Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

                KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

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                • That Nap Could Be Leading You to an Early Death

                  We all know how important it is to get enough sleep—but a new study suggests that daytime napping may actually increase your risk of an early death. Researchers looked at more than 16,000 British adults over a 13-year period, and found that those who sle

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                  • Are Tom Cruise & Laura Prepon Dating?

                    Is Tom Cruise secretly dating Laura Prepon?

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                    • Ukraine insurgents reject call to quit buildings

                      DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Dashing hopes of progress raised by a diplomatic deal in Geneva, pro-Russian insurgents who have occupied government buildings in more than 10 Ukrainian cities said Friday they will not leave them until the country's interim government resigns.

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                      • Why Portland Reservoir Was Flushed After Teen Peed in It

                        Officials in Portland, Ore., are flushing 38 million gallons of public drinking water after a 19-year-old was caught on camera urinating into an open reservoir on Wednesday (April 16). As expected, the sample came back clean, Jaymee Cuti, a spokeswoman for the Portland Water Bureau, told Live…

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                        • The sleeping giant awakes

                          Napoleon Bonaparte was said to have warned of the “Sleeping Giant,” China, which now is fully awake and appears to be wrecking havoc among its neighbors in Southeast Asia. What he meant is that China, which had lain dormant for many years, is a potential world power and because of many domestic…

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                          • Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking S. Korea ferry

                            Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry, added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school trip to a holiday island -- are still…

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                            • 10 Natural Cough Remedies

                              The next time you have an annoying cough, take your grandmother's advice and try one of these natural remedies.

                              Healthy Living
                              • 4 Tricks to Fall Asleep Faster

                                Tossing and turning when all you want is to snooze? Here's how to shut off your mind fast.

                                Healthy Living
                                • Maggie Gyllenhaal: Sex scene was cool

                                  Maggie Gyllenhaal insists she is nowhere near as "wild" in real life as she is on screen.

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                                  • Arrest warrant sought for S. Korea ferry captain

                                    South Korean prosecutors sought arrest warrants Friday for the captain and two crew members of the ferry that capsized two days before with hundreds of children on board, a coastguard official said. The captain and most of his 28 crew managed to escape the ferry, and have been criticised for…

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                                    • Heat playoff run could decide James' future in Miami

                                      The Miami Heat may not be entering the playoffs as the top seed but they are still very much the team to beat, and anything less than a third consecutive NBA title could lead to the breakup of their Big Three. No club has won three straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s,…

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                                      • This origami-like lightbulb may be the world’s most energy efficient

                                        How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Three, it turns out.

                                        Tech in Asia
                                        • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows

                                          The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

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