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  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • Man who disrupted Supreme Court gets time served Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    After Tuesday's hearing, a Supreme Court policeman served Newkirk with a piece of paper that Newkirk said notified him he is also barred from the court for a year. After video of his protest was posted online, the Supreme Court, which forbids cameras and all other electronic devices, tightened its security screening.

  • ISTANBUL, April 15- An annual meeting of Turkey's central bank on Thursday will be closely watched for signs that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, strongly opposed to high interest rates, is trying to boost its influence over monetary policy.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • Berlusconi given community service for tax fraud Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    His support is also crucial for a constitutional reform to abolish the Senate sought by Premier Matteo Renzi. He was, however, booted from the Senate and given a two-year ban on running for elected office.

  • *Sonia Gandhi takes centre stage with appeal to avert Congress election defeat. NEW DELHI, April 15- Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling Congress party, has issued a rare direct appeal to the nation not to return an opposition she said was motivated by "hatred and falsehood" in the country's general election.

  • VANCOUVER/ CALGARY, April 14- Opponents of Canada's Northern Gateway pipeline, bolstered by a coastal town's vote against the project, said on Monday they will now push harder for a provincial referendum they hope would kill Enbridge Inc's plan to move oil sands crude to Asian markets.

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6 percent a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday in a report the White House trumpeted as proof its healthcare reform was working.

  • Seattle group files measure for $15 minimum wage Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A group seeking a $15 an hour minimum wage filed paperwork Monday for a voter measure that would amend the Seattle charter, a move aiming to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass an increase without exemptions or delays. The group is pursuing a city charter amendment so it could not be changed by the City Council at a later time.

  • SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

  • Hillary, Boeing cozy up Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 10:49 AM ET
    As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton speaks on commercial development at the Boeing Maintenance Facility at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, May 23, 2010.

    Here's what the potential presidential candidate's relationship with the aerospace giant may mean for her prospects in 2016.

  • SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Pro-Russian separatists on Monday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine while another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters as a threatened military offensive by government forces failed to materialise.

  • Where are nervous Dems seeking votes? Not here Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    A newly formed super PAC will try to attract votes this election cycle from underrepresented Americans living abroad.

  • *Fears of further confrontation with Russia. SLAVIANSK/ KIEV, April 14- Ukraine's president on Monday threatened military action after pro-Russian separatists occupying government buildings in the east ignored an ultimatum to leave and another group of rebels attacked a police headquarters in the troubled region.

  • Medical pot measure could boost Fla. Democrats Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:16 AM ET

    Party operatives are pushing a constitutional amendment that would make Florida the first state in the South to legalize some pot use. The political world likely will be focused on Florida in November for clues about the turnout potential among young voters of pot on the ballot.

  • India's grain export drive seen election-proof Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, April 14- India's main opposition party said it would push on with the country's drive to expand its grain exports if it forms the next government after elections that kicked off last week.

  • UK wages poised to pass recovery milestone Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    *Would bolster Britain's economic recovery. LONDON, April 14- Britain's recovery from its deepest recession in decades looks set to pass a milestone this week when a six-year run of declining living standards is expected to show a turnaround.

  • NEW YORK, April 14- When Goldman Sachs Group Inc filed its shareholder proxy earlier this month, it was free of a proposal that has become increasingly popular among corporate governance activists: a demand for more disclosure about lobbying.

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