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  • Mediator heads to east Ukraine, seeking surrenders

    By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK (Reuters) - A mediator from Europe's OSCE security body headed to eastern Ukraine on Saturday seeking the surrender of pro-Russian separatists as the Kiev government declared an Easter truce following a peace accord with Moscow. Gunmen occupying public buildings in Donetsk and other Russian-speaking border towns refuse to recognize an accord in Geneva on Thursday by which Russia, Ukraine and Kiev's U.S. and EU allies agreed that the OSCE should oversee the disarmament of militants and the evacuation of occupied facilities and streets.

  • Why Kids Are Eating Fewer School Meals and Wasting More

    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times revealed that students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are wasting $100,000 in food a day, approximately 10 percent of the district's food costs. David Binkle, the director of food services, cites the new United States Department of Agriculture guidelines that require students to take three of the meal requirements offered -- including one serving of a fruit or vegetable -- as the cause. Many school food advocates, including the School Nutrition Association, think the new requirement is too strict, and that we shouldn't make students take food they aren't going to eat. Another issue creating frustration with the new guidelines is an almost 2 percent decrease in the number of students eating school lunch once the guidelines were implemented.

  • Putin welcomes new NATO head, says better ties with West possible

    Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed NATO's selection of former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as its new head, saying on Saturday the pair had "very good relations" but that it was up to the West to improve ties. Relations between Russia and the NATO military alliance are at their worst since the Cold War following Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, a move Putin said on Thursday was partly influenced by NATO's expansion into eastern Europe. In a sign of his strained ties with current NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Putin repeated an accusation that the former Danish prime minister had secretly taped and leaked a private conversation between them, a charge Rasmussen has denied. Putin said there was no reason why relations between Russia and the West can not improve, but that it was up to the West to make that happen.

  • Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'
    Kim Novak hits back at post-Oscar 'bullies'

    Veteran actress Kim Novak has lashed out at the "bullies" who mocked and criticized her appearance at the Academy Awards last month. The 81-year-old, star of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo," said she was too humiliated to leave her house after the wave of ridicule and jokes made about her slow speech and rigid appearance while presenting an award alongside young actor Matthew McConaughey. "However, I will no longer hold myself back from speaking out against bullies. Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room," she added in the posting: "Years ago, I walked away from Hollywood partially because I didn’t stand up to the bullies.

  • 5 Unanswered Questions About Jesus
    5 Unanswered Questions About Jesus

    As Christians worldwide gather for Easter to celebrate their belief in the death and rebirth of Jesus, researchers continue to delve into the mysteries that surround the man. The following are five questions about Jesus that, for now, at least, remain unanswered. In 2008, astronomer Dave Reneke argued that the Star of Bethlehem (a celestial event long associated with Jesus' birth) may have been Venus and Jupiter coming together to form a bright light in the sky. Other researchers have claimed that a similar conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter occurred in October of 7 B.C. Still others have claimed that Jesus was born in the spring, based on stories about shepherds watching over their flocks in fields on the night of Jesus' birth — something they would have done in the spring, not the winter.

  • Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles
    Ancient Puppy Paw Prints Found on Roman Tiles

    The paw prints and hoof prints of a few meddlesome animals have been preserved for posterity on ancient Roman tiles recently discovered by archaeologists in England. "They are beautiful finds, as they represent a snapshot, a single moment in history," said Nick Daffern, a senior project manager with Wardell Armstrong Archaeology. Wardell Armstrong Archaeology was brought in to dig at a site where a construction company plans to build student housing. At least one of the tiles is tainted with dog paw prints, and one is marked with the hoof prints of a sheep or a goat that trampled on the clay before it was dry.

  • FDA Warns Against Hysterectomy Technique That May Spread Cancer
    FDA Warns Against Hysterectomy Technique That May Spread Cancer

    FDA Highlights Cancer Risk with Surgical Procedure

  • Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground
    Kroger manager fired after he slams a knife-wielding shoplifter to the ground

    The incident was caught on cellphone video by a customer in the parking lot.

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