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Climate panel warns emissions rising, blurs reason
Written by KARL RITTER, Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:26

BERLIN (AP) — The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change on Sunday highlighted the disconnect between international goals to fight global warming and what is being done to attain them.

Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must drop by 40-70 percent by 2050 to keep the global temperature rise below the 2-degree C (3.6-degree F) cap set in U.N. climate talks, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said.

The opposite is happening now. On average global emissions rose by 1 gigaton a year between 2000 and 2010, outpacing growth in previous decades to reach "unprecedented levels" despite some efforts to contain them, the IPCC said.

"There is a clear message from science: To avoid dangerous interference with the climate system, we need to move away from business as usual," said Ottmar Edenhofer, one of three co-chairs of the IPCC working group looking at ways to fight climate change.

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Officials identify two killed when truck topples
Written by Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:06

BOURNE, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts men working on high-tension power lines are dead after their bucket truck tipped over while they were in the basket more than 100 feet in the air.

Utility NStar says Joseph L. Boyd III, of Fall River, and John Loughran, of Quincy, had been contracted for an NStar project in Bourne, on Cape Cod.

Police Chief Dennis Woodside told the newspaper the two men were both in the bucket when the truck toppled over. He said they were killed instantly.

Woodside said it was not particularly windy at the time of the accident and the ground under the truck appeared to be solid.

The Office of Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.


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Ukraine officer killed in gunbattle in east
Written by PETER LEONARD, Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 05:57

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's interior minister says one security officer has been killed and five others have been wounded in a gunfight with pro-Russian militia.

Arsen Avakov said in a Facebook post Sunday the Security Service officer was killed in Slovyansk where a police station was seized by camouflaged armed men.

An Associated Press reporter on the ground didn't see any unrest there when he arrived.

The unrest in Slovyansk and the nearby major industrial city Donetsk were the latest signs of spiraling anger in eastern Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population.


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NTSB examines claim truck was on fire before crash
Written by FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press JOAN LOWY, Associated Press   
Sunday, 13 April 2014 06:04

RED BLUFF, Calif. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into a driver's claim that a FedEx tractor-trailer was already on fire when it careened out-of-control across a freeway median and slammed into a bus taking high school students on a college tour, killing 10 people in a fiery wreck.

The investigators are looking for more witnesses who could corroborate the driver's claim, and planned to examine crash scene evidence for clues of a fire before the vehicles exploded into towering flames on a Northern California highway, National Transportation Safety Board member Mark Rosekind said Saturday.

He said the truck left no skid marks, on either the roadway or the median, as it veered into oncoming traffic, sideswiping a Nissan Altima before crashing into the bus. Five students, three adult chaperones and both drivers died in Thursday's collision on a stretch of Interstate 5 in Orland, a small city about 100 miles north of Sacramento.

Some of the victims were thrown from the bus, Rosekind said.

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Outkast reunite, headline Coachella festival
Written by MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer   
Saturday, 12 April 2014 09:12
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Andre 3000, left, and Big Boi of hip hop group Outkast perform behind a screen during their headlining set on the first day of the 2014 Coachella Music and Arts Festival on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Outkast reunited onstage after a near decadelong hiatus with a jam-packed set at the Coachella music festival, their first of many performances planned this year.

The rap duo headlined the first night of the music festival Friday in Indio, Calif., performing well-known hits such as "Hey Ya!," ''Ms. Jackson," ''The Way You Move," ''Elevators (Me & You)," and "So Fresh, So Clean."

The Grammy winners performed two dozen tracks — seen via its livestream on YouTube — as they celebrated 20 years in music since the release of their 1994 debut, "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik."

"Hey Coachella, are y'all alive?" Andre 3000 asked the crowd at the top of their set. "Are y'all alive? Are y'all alive?"

"I really appreciate y'all coming out," he said at the end of the performance, more than 90 minutes later. "I know it's kind of weird 20 years later."

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