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at 03:12 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

South Korea says 295 still missing hours after ferry sinks; 2 dead

SEOUL, South Korea - Nearly 300 people were still missing Wednesday several hours after a ferry carrying 477, most of them high school students, sank in cold waters off South Korea's southern coast, killing at least two and injuring seven, officials said.

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at 03:09 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Prince William, wife Kate and baby George arrive in Sydney to kick off Down Under tour

SYDNEY - Britain's Prince William, his wife, Kate, and their baby son, George, arrived in sunny Sydney on Wednesday to the cheers of thousands of fans as they kicked off their tour of Australia.

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at 02:16 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Muslim groups, civil liberties advocates applaud end of NYPD Muslim surveillance program

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place.

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at 02:05 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Boston Marathon bombing suspect seeks dismissal of some charges, easing of prison restrictions

BOSTON - Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect are headed to court to ask a judge to dismiss some of the charges against him and to ease restrictions on him in prison.

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at 01:40 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Leader of Australia's most populous state quits over failure to declare gift of $2,800 wine

CANBERRA, Australia - The leader of Australia's most populous state quit as premier on Wednesday in the face of mounting evidence that he failed to declare a 3,000 Australian dollar ($2,800) bottle of wine that arrived as a gift on his Sydney doorstep.

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at 01:04 on April 16, 2014, EDT.

Police: Man who dropped backpack near Boston Marathon charged with hoax, disorderly conduct

BOSTON - A man taken into custody near the Boston Marathon finish line late Tuesday, the anniversary of the deadly pressure cooker bombings, had a rice cooker in his backpack and was being charged with possession of a hoax device, police said.

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