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  • Angry South Korea Families Confront President Over Ferry Tragedy

    South Korean President Park Geun Hye was met with angry shouts, shrieks and wailing from the relatives of hundreds of missing students when she visited a site near where a ferry sank this week.

  • Park Visits Ferry Accident Site With 287 Still Missing

    South Korean President Park Geun Hye was met with angry shouts, shrieks and wailing from the relatives of hundreds of missing students when she visited a site near where a ferry sank yesterday.

  • Cancer Doctors Plan to Compare Value of Expensive Drugs

    The world’s largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

  • S. Korea Says 290 Missing After Ferry Sinks

    South Korea’s government said 290 people are missing after a ferry carrying hundreds of high school students sank en route to the resort island of Jeju, in what may be the nation’s worst ferry accident in two decades.

  • Pedophiles Lured by Avatar in Tech Industry Porn Fight

    Sweetie looks much like other unfortunate young Filipinas. Just 10 years old, her user profile shows, she spends her days online fielding requests from men who offer her money to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam. When she logs on, invitations pour in -- “Are you a working girl?” or “I’m into girls your age” -- from strangers keen to get her into a private show via Skype or Yahoo! Messenger.

  • Coal's Best Hope is Costly Power Plant in Mississippi

    Rising from the scrub pines of central Mississippi is a $5.2 billion construction project that may determine the future of coal in the age of global warming.

  • Japan Atomic Power’s Role Supported in Basic Energy Plan

    Japan’s cabinet approved the first national energy strategy since the Fukushima nuclear accident more than three years ago, designating nuclear as an important source of electricity for the resource-poor nation.

  • EPA Consulted With Hundreds of Groups On Carbon Rule for Existing Power Plants

    Bloomberg BNA — Senior Environmental Protection Agency officials consulted with at least 210 separate groups representing a broad range of interests in the Washington, D.C., area and held more than 100 meetings and events with additional organizations across regional offices as the agency prepared its carbon pollution regulation for existing power plants.

  • In Silicon Valley, a New Investment: Eviction

    Virginia Valencia earns $12 an hour working the morning shift at Tesla Motors Inc. headquarters in Palo Alto, California, where she serves food and drinks to the staff and billionaire co-founder Elon Musk.

  • A Landscape of Fire Rises Over North Dakota’s Gas Fields

    Towering flames atop oil wells break the inky darkness in the badlands on North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The flares of natural gas set grass fires on the prairie where Theodora Bird Bear’s ancestors hunted buffalo and create a driving hazard on rural roads.

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