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Ukraine crisis: Dozens killed in Odessa fire amid clashes
At least 31 people have been killed in a fire in an official building amid violence in Odessa in south-west Ukraine, the interior ministry says.
The deaths came as pro-Russian protesters clashed with Ukrainian government supporters in the city.
Officials said some people were overwhelmed by smoke and others died after they jumped from the building.
Earlier President Oleksandr Turchynov said many separatists had been killed in a government offensive in Sloviansk.
BBC:US confirms first case of Mers coronavirus
US confirms first case of Mers coronavirus
Health officials have reported the first case of Mers coronavirus in the US after a man fell ill following travel to Saudi Arabia.
The unidentified patient has been hospitalised in Indiana with the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers).
Saudi Arabia says more than 100 people infected with Mers have died since an outbreak began in 2012.
Mers, unusually lethal and found in camels, causes symptoms including fever, pneumonia and kidney failure.
BBC:Afghanistan landslide 'kills at least 350'
Afghanistan landslide 'kills at least 350'
At least 350 people have been killed and many more are missing, the UN says, after a landslide hit the north-east Afghan province of Badakhshan.
Hundreds of homes were buried under mud and rocks when a section of a mountain collapsed following torrential rain.
Rescuers have reached the area and are searching for survivors.
Much of north and east Afghanistan has been hit by heavy rain in recent days, and some 150 people have died in flooding.
BBC:Obama and Merkel: US and Germany still at odds over spying
Obama and Merkel: US and Germany still at odds over spying
At a joint White House news conference, the two leaders said they were committed to an ongoing dialogue.
And Mr Obama sought to assure the German people they were not subject to "continual surveillance".
US-German relations have been strained by revelations US intelligence agencies had spied on Ms Merkel's mobile phone.
BBC:US President Obama calls for death penalty review
US President Obama calls for death penalty review
US President Barack Obama plans to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate problems surrounding the application of the death penalty.
The US leader's announcement comes just days after a botched execution in Oklahoma drew widespread attention.
Mr Obama called inmate Clayton Lockett's prolonged death earlier this week from an improperly delivered lethal injection "deeply troubling".
The president said he has conflicting feelings regarding the death penalty.
BBC:North Korea military official Choe Ryong-hae replaced
North Korea military official Choe Ryong-hae replaced
Top North Korean military official Choe Ryong-hae has been replaced, the KCNA state news agency reports, fuelling speculation he has fallen out of favour with the country's leadership.
Hwang Pyong-so, previously a top party official, was named as the director of the army's political bureau on Friday.
It is considered to be the second-highest military role after that of the state's supreme commander Kim Jong-un.
The move comes amid concerns Pyongyang may be preparing for a nuclear test.
Reuters:First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed: CDC
First U.S. case of deadly MERS virus confirmed: CDC
(Reuters) - A healthcare worker who had traveled to Saudi Arabia was confirmed as the first U.S. case of Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS), an often fatal illness, raising new concerns about the rapid spread of such diseases, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.
The male patient traveled via a British Airways flight on April 24 from Riyadh to London, where he changed flights at Heathrow airport to fly to the United States. He landed in Chicago and took a bus to an undisclosed city in Indiana.
On April 27, he experienced respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough and shortness of breath. According to the Indiana State Department of Health, the man visited the emergency department at Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana, on April 28 and was admitted that same day.
Because of his travel history, Indiana health officials tested him for MERS, and sent the samples to the CDC, which confirmed the presence of the virus on Friday.
Reuters:Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have 'club sandwich' layers of ocean
Jupiter's moon Ganymede may have 'club sandwich' layers of ocean
(Reuters) - As club sandwiches go, this undoubtedly is the biggest one in the solar system.
Scientists said on Friday that Jupiter's moon Ganymede may possess ice and liquid oceans stacked up in several layers much like the popular multilayered sandwich. They added that this arrangement may raise the chances that this distant icy world harbors life.
NASA's Galileo spacecraft flew by Ganymede in the 1990s and confirmed the presence of an interior ocean, also finding evidence for salty water perhaps from the salt known as magnesium sulfate.
Ganymede, which with its diameter of about 3,300 miles (5,300 km), is the largest moon in the solar system and is bigger than the planet Mercury.
Reuters:New York attorney general eyes exchanges in high frequency probe: sources
New York attorney general eyes exchanges in high frequency probe: sources
(Reuters) - The New York Attorney General's office is seeking information from exchanges and alternative trading platforms about their relationships with high frequency trading firms, as part of its probe into allegedly unfair trading practices on Wall Street, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is expected to send subpoenas within days to exchanges, one of the sources said on Thursday. The subpoenas will likely focus on how high frequency traders may receive information before other market participants.
Another source said major banks that operate dark pools, or platforms where trades take place out of sight of the rest of the market, have been sent letters asking for information.
The sources spoke this week on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
Reuters:France to ban pigs and byproducts from North America, Japan over virus
France to ban pigs and byproducts from North America, Japan over virus
(Reuters) - France will ban imports of live pigs, pork-based byproducts and pig sperm from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to protect against a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia, a farm ministry official said on Friday.
The ban, which is due to be introduced on Saturday and does not include pork meat for human consumption, aims to ward off Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), which has killed around 7 million young pigs since first identified in the United States almost a year ago.
The disease has reduced hog supplies in the United States and sent retail pork prices to record highs.
"This disease worries us because the economic consequences would be dramatic if it hit our farms, in Europe and notably in France," Jean-Luc Angot, deputy director general and chief veterinary officer at the French farm ministry, told Reuters.
Reuters:U.S. seeks another extension for Okada payments probe
U.S. seeks another extension for Okada payments probe
(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors are seeking to put a civil lawsuit between Wynn Resorts Ltd (WYNN.O) and Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada on hold for another six months to continue a criminal investigation into Okada and his companies regarding payments in the Philippines, according to a motion filed to a Nevada court.
The motion marks the third time U.S. prosecutors have sought a six-month "stay on discovery" in the civil suit in which Wynn accused Okada of breach of fiduciary duty and other offences in relation to payments made to foreign gaming regulators.
Okada, the founder of Japanese gaming machine maker Universal Entertainment Corp (6425.T), was a director of Wynn Resorts when the suit was launched in 2012. Okada has denied the allegations and is contesting the claims in court.
U.S. prosecutors first secured a stay on discovery in April of last year. The subsequent extension, granted by Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzales in October, is due to expire on May 5.
Reuters:Brazil's Rousseff lowers taxes for workers as popularity drops
Brazil's Rousseff lowers taxes for workers as popularity drops
(Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday announced lower taxes for workers and a hike in stipends for the poor as her popularity ebbs five months before elections.
In a speech broadcast on the eve of Labor Day, Rousseff said she signed a decree to lower the income tax burden on workers and a 10 percent increase in the value of the Bolsa Familia family stipend program for millions of Brazilians.
"This will be an important indirect salary gain and more money in the pockets of workers," Rousseff said. "I also vow to continue with policies that increase the minimum wage, which has brought so many benefits for millions of workers."
Concerns about high inflation and a scandal surrounding Brazil's oil company have hurt support for Rousseff, increasing the chances her rivals can force a runoff in the October 5 elections.
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If Steve Jobs Were Alive, He Could Have Been In Jail
If Steve Jobs Were Alive, He Could Have Been In Jail
Steve Jobs was well liked in Silicon Valley and admired by many others. "Genius" is not a word thrown around often, but it is when Jobs is the topic. He was a brilliant creative and a ruthlessly competitive businessman.
Perhaps too ruthless, according to some.
If Jobs were alive today, he might be in jail for his alleged attempts to prevent competitors from poaching employees, according to James B. Stewart at The New York Times.
Herbert Hovenkamp, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Law and an expert in antitrust law, told The New York Times Jobs' practices were illegal.