BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS
May. 04, 2014
INCHEON, South Korea — The doomed ferry Sewol exceeded its cargo limit on 246 trips — nearly every voyage it made in which it reported cargo — in the 13 months before it sank, according to documents that reveal the regulatory failures that allowed passengers by the hundreds to set off on an unsafe vessel. And it may have been more overloaded than ever on its final journey. One private, industry-connected entity recorded the weights. Another set the weight limit. Neither appears to have had any idea what the other was doing. And they are but two parts of a maritime system that failed passengers April 16 when the ferry sank, leaving more than 300 people missing or dead. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 1,460 words, photos.
BEIJING — A stone arch bridge under illegal construction in a village in southern China has collapsed, killing 11 people and injuring several others, state media and an official say. SENT: 200 words.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE:
LOS ANGELES — Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features. The panel also concluded that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents in creating the iPhone 4 and 5. By Alex Veiga. SENT: 620 words, photos.
U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL:
MOSCOW — European military observers who were held more than a week by insurgents in eastern Ukraine walk free, and Kiev and Moscow interpret the release wildly differently - either as proof that Russia is fomenting unrest in Ukraine, or that the insurgents are courageous humanists. Hundreds of miles away, dozens of protesters are dead in Odessa after being trapped in a horrifying fire. A Kremlin spokesman says the deaths show Ukraine's acting leaders are "are up to their elbows in blood," while Kiev blames pro-Russia provocateurs. The dissonant reactions to the events highlight the intractability of Ukraine's crisis. By Jim Heintz and Peter Leonard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
—UNITED STATES-UKRAINE — Even while traveling in Africa, Kerry is dogged by Ukraine crisis, presses Russia to stop backing separatists. SENT: 450 words.
NAIROBI, Kenya — At least three people are killed in a grenade blast in one of two explosions along the coast of Kenya, an east African country working to crack down on a recent wave of terrorist attacks. By Tom Odula. SENT: 420 words, photos.
— KERRY-AFRICA — Kerry says U.S. ready to help increase ties with Africa, but African countries must take stronger steps to ensure security, democracy for their people. SENT: 500 words.
NORTHERN IRELAND-ADAMS ARRESTED
BELFAST, Northern Ireland —Northern Ireland police are casting a wider net in their efforts to prove that Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams once commanded the outlawed Irish Republican Army and ordered the 1972 killing of a Belfast mother of 10, according to party colleagues and retired militants. Details of an expanding trawl for evidence emerged as detectives spent a fourth day questioning Adams about the IRA's abduction, killing and secret burial of Jean McConville 42 years ago — an investigation that has infuriated his IRA-linked party. By Shawn Pogatchnik. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
DALLAS — A bungled execution in Oklahoma in which the condemned prisoner writhed and moaned as he received a lethal injection has outraged death penalty opponents, invited court challenges and attracted worldwide attention. But the inmate's agony almost certainly won't persuade states to abandon capital punishment. Lawmakers in the nation's most active death-penalty states said there is little political will to move against the death penalty — and that a single execution gone wrong would not change that. Defense attorneys for death-row inmates hope Tuesday's spectacle provides new evidence to argue that lethal injections are inhumane and illegal. However, in the states that perform the greatest number of executions — Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio — no elected officials in either party are talking seriously about measures to end the death penalty. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 920 words, photos.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby by 1 3/4 lengths. In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky's bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world's most famous race with their one-horse stable. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— KENTUCKY DERBY-PHOTO GALLERY — Wild hats and fast horses meet at Churchill Downs. SENT: 75 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — Go to any wedding celebration this nuptial season, whether in a ballroom or backyard or church basement, and it's a good bet you can trace the big day back to the same beginning. If a man is marrying a woman somewhere in America, odds are HE proposed to HER. That may seem obvious, but consider this: Three-fourths of Americans now say it would be fine for the woman to do the proposing, at least in theory. In practice, only about 5 percent of married people say the woman proposed, including among those wed within the last 10 years. Attitudes actually seem to be trending the other way, an Associated Press-WE tv poll shows. By Connie Cass. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama joked about Russian President Vladimir Putin and issues much closer to home as he headlined the White House Correspondents' Association dinner Saturday night. The annual tradition has the president mocking others and himself as celebrities mingle with journalists and politicians. SENT: 410 words, photos, video.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — British royals Prince William and Prince Harry toured the home of the King — Elvis, that is — and then went to a friend's wedding during their trip to Tennessee. By Stuart Settles. SENT: 320 words, photos, video.
GAY MARRIAGE-ARKANSAS-ATTORNEY GENERAL
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he supports allowing same-sex couples to wed but will continue defending his state's 2004 ban on gay marriages in court. McDaniel, a Democrat serving his final year as the state's top attorney, became the first statewide official in Arkansas to back same-sex marriage. SENT: 650 words, photos.
TEL AVIV, Israel — Among those vying to become Israel's next president are a former defense minister, a former foreign minister, a former finance minister, a respected long-serving lawmaker and a Nobel Prize winner. Amazingly, the man they all seek to replace has held all of those titles and more during a legendary 65-year political career. Shimon Peres, the indomitable 90-year-old elder statesman of Israeli politics, concludes his seven-year term as the country's ceremonial head of state this summer. While the group of potential successors is locked in a heated battle over the lofty post, whoever emerges victorious likely faces an even tougher task of breaking out of Peres' enormous shadow. By Aron Heller. SENT: 950 words, photos.
TAI NATIONAL PARK, Ivory Coast — Before dawn in the thick rainforest of western Ivory Coast, the air was filled with the sounds of male chimpanzees screaming, hooting and banging on trees. They were enjoying breakfast provided by park rangers. Soon 16 chimps walked off into the depths of Tai National Park. Chimpanzees normally resent humans, but scientists in the park have spent decades "habituating" them so they could be studied. Two years ago, Disney got up close for the movie "Chimpanzee." Now, conservationists and the Ivorian government hope to launch an eco-tourism project in a bid to stem the population's precipitous decline. By Marc-Andre Boisvert. SENT: 700 words, photo.
RAMALLAH FASHION-PHOTO GALLERY — Fashion show sweeps into West Bank, featuring Palestinian designs and glamour. SENT: 170 words, photos.
ALSO GETTING ATTENTION
— VATICAN-CHURCH ABUSE — Pope's sex abuse panel to develop protocols to hold bishops accountable for negligence. SENT: 670 words.
— NYC SUBWAY DERAILMENT — Transit officials say the subway rail that snapped, causing a train to derail and leading to injuries, was installed just weeks ago. SENT: 330 words, photos, video. SENT: 400 words.
— OBIT-ZIMBALIST — Efrem Zimbalist Jr., handsome star of TV series '77 Sunset Strip' and 'The FBI,' dies at 95. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.
— RUTGERS-CONDOLEEZZA RICE — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has backed out of delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. SENT: 350 words, photo.
— EGYPT-AL-JAZEERA — One of the Al-Jazeera English journalists held in Egypt makes a rare appeal outside of the defendants' cage, as the judge trying him and his colleagues wished them a "happy" World Press Freedom Day before ordering them back to jail. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— GENERAL MOTORS-RECALL — GM recalling 51,640 Buick, Chevrolet and GMC SUVs for defective fuel gauges. SENT: 130 words.
— TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII — The 15-year-old boy who survived a 5½-hour flight from California to Hawaii in a jet's wheel well has left the state, but his exact whereabouts are unclear. SENT: 400 words.
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