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Park Young-Chul-Donga Daily via Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The search resumed Thursday for 287 people still missing after a ferry sank off the coast of South Korea the day before. Nine passengers are confirmed dead with 179 having been rescued.

Many of those unaccounted for are teenagers who were on a school trip.

Volunteers from all over the country, including scuba divers and ex-Marines, are joining in on the search. But rescue efforts are being hampered by poor weather conditions, strong underwater currents and a total lack of organization.

Investigators still don’t know what caused the ferry with 475 on board to suddenly tilt to one side Wednesday and go down although speculation is that the vessel might have hit a reef. Some experts say the captain may have tried a sudden turn, causing cargo to lean to one side.

The ferry, identified as the Sewol, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call as it began leaning.

Three cranes that will be used to lift the ship are expected to arrive on Friday.

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berean/Thinkstock(KIEV, Ukraine) — Three militants were killed, 13 wounded and over 60 arrested when they attacked a military base in Ukraine overnight, the country’s interior minister said. The incident happened in the coastal town of Mariupol in the southeast part of the country.

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in a statement Thursday that a crowd of around 300 men, armed with Molotov cocktails, attacked the base late Wednesday but were repelled by the National Guard and police forces.

Soldiers fired warning shots as militants attacked, the minister said, then fired on the attackers. He again accused Russia of being behind the attack.

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Nugget of Knowldege

State Department photo/ Public Domain(GENEVA) — Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, have already spent at least 10 hours together in the past month, not to mention almost daily phone calls, trying to find a diplomatic solution to the Russian incursion in Ukraine.

During that period, the region of Crimea has essentially been lost to Russia and pro-Russian militants have spread throughout the eastern part of the country, with little meaningful resistance from the Ukrainians.

So what good can come from one more set of meetings Thursday in Geneva?

First and foremost, officials say, it’s the first time Russians and Ukrainians will sit together along with the United States and European Union since anti-Russian protests began in Kiev in February.

“The idea here is to try to provide a space where the U.S. and the E.U. can squat with Russia and Ukraine and look first and foremost for ways to de-escalate the security situation which has gotten significantly more perilous over the last ten days,” a senior State Department official told reporters during Kerry’s flight to Geneva.

The Ukrainians have some concrete ideas for de-escalation, the official said, including amnesty to anyone who lays down their weapons and the setup of formal negotiating forums. And the United States will offer additional proposals Thursday, the official said, without elaborating.

But experts inside and outside the government are keeping expectations for the talks low, given that Russia has shown no signs of backing off its claim that it’s getting involved in Ukraine simply to defend a pro-Russian minority.

“We’re going to have these conversations, but I wouldn’t look at this as the end-all, be-all necessarily,” State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said on Wednesday.

It’s more about the optics of Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andreii Deschytsia’s meeting together along with Kerry and E.U. High Representative Catherine Ashton, said former State Department official Heather Conley, director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Europe Program.

“It’s very difficult to move a process forward, even a nascent process that these talks represent, without there being some commonality of what’s going on on the ground,” Conley said.

Even if they can’t agree on facts on the ground, the talks at least present an opportunity for all sides to discuss some of the other upcoming milestones in the region, namely the drafting of a new Ukrainian constitution as well as presidential elections on May 25.

Some of Russia’s demands will be on the table, the senior State Department official said, including the idea of shifting power from the central Ukrainian government to individual regions, as well as protections for Russian speakers and other minorities.

But Deschytsia, the Ukrainian foreign minister, will make the point that these issues are best resolved through the constitutional process, not Russian-style aggression.

Russia should also be prepared for a discussion on European energy independence, the official added — one of the most significant long-term ways for the west to cut its financial ties with Russia, on whom it now largely depends for oil.

Conley underscored that even the most optimistic forecast for Thursday’s meeting doesn’t go beyond the parties agreeing on what exactly is happening in eastern Ukraine.

But that could — and should — lead to additional changes, including tougher U.S. and E.U. sanctions on Russia and, in the long term, a wholesale shift in how Russia is treated on the world stage.

“For 25 years, Europe and the U.S. have worked towards trying to integrate Russia into the international system and the west,” Conley said. “That policy has now come to a dramatic end.”

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) — Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit a double down the right field line to score two runs and give the Boston Red Sox a 6-4 lead in the top of the 14th inning against the White Sox on Wednesday night. Chicago ran out of pitchers in the game and was forced to send infielder Leury Garcia to the hill in the 14th.

Boston (6-9) took a lead in the first when Xander Bogaerts singled to drive in Dustin Pedroia for the first run of the game. The White Sox scored the next three runs, taking a 3-1 lead on Alexi Ramirez’s two-run homer in the sixth. Ramirez went 1-for-6 and tied a franchise record for consecutive games with a hit to start the season at 15. That looked to be enough even after the Red Sox added a run on AJ Peirzynski’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eight.

However, Maikel Cleto walked the first two batters he faced in the top of the ninth before being relieved by Matt Lindstrom who promptly got David Ortiz to fly out. After a Johnny Gomes infield single loaded the bases, Grady Sizemore hit a sacrifice fly to tie things up and help force extra innings.

Chicago (8-7) rallied in extras after Gomes’ sac fly gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th inning. Travis Flowers singled off reliever Edward Mujica to plate Jor Danks and ensure that the contest would continue. Garcia took the mound in the top of the 14th, retiring the first two batters he faced. Boston then worked two walks before Bradley recorded his first hit of the game to break the tie.

Chris Capuano (1-0) got the win going two and two-thirds innings in relief as Burke Badenhop got the final out of the game, replacing Capuano in the bottom of the 14th, for his first save of the year. Garcia (0-1) took the loss as White Sox pitchers walked 15 batters in the game.

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Pet of the Week

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — American Idol’s top seven took the stage Wednesday night to sing “competitors’ picks.” Each singer performed a tune he or she selected from a pool of suggestions made by the other contestants.
It was the first time in American Idol history that this theme was used for a performance show.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban were there to critique all of the contestants. In addition, former X Factor judge Demi Lovato, who recently wrapped up her U.S. tour, dropped by to say hi and offer some comments on the duets. She played coy when Ryan Seacrest asked her if she’ll announce more U.S. dates in the near future.

Here’s what happened on the two-hour show:

Caleb Johnson went along with a suggestion from Alex Preston: “Family Tree,” by Kings Of Leon. Keith called him a “consistent and dynamic performer.” J-Lo said he was pretty amazing, adding that Caleb would be a tough act to follow for the other contestants. Harry liked the way he changed the melody, saying that it would fit right in on a Caleb Johnson album.

Jessica Meuse tackled Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder & Lead,” which was Sam Woolf’s idea. J-Lo said for the first time this season Jessica was a little off with her vocals. Harry suggested that Jessica listen to rhythmic music in her hotel and dance along to it in front of a mirror, so she can learn how to stay in sync with pyrotechnics and other potential stage distractions. Keith told Jessica that she needs to better channel the emotions of the lyrics she sings.

Once again, the contestants paired up for duets. Sam and Alex performed the first duet of the night, a cover of Passenger’s “Let Her Go.” Harry thought it was “saccharine” and just OK. Ryan asked Demi what she thought; she agreed with Harry, though she noted it had good energy.

C.J. Harris played John Mayer’s “Gravity,” as suggested by Caleb. Keith enjoyed it, but would have liked to have heard more of an “arc.” Jennifer asked him to look for the moments that will lift the crowd. Harry said C.J. has the ability to connect with the crowd, and that he delivered his best performance to date.

Dexter Roberts performed Luke Bryan’s “Muckalee Creek Water,” suggested by C.J. Jennifer said he did a good job, but she reiterated that the contestants need to be spectacular from this point forward in the competition. Harry said Dexter’s vocals on the song weren’t that different from the original.

Caleb and Jena Irene teamed up for a duet of The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Demi thought they both nailed it.

Alex took on Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team,” which was Dexter’s idea. J-Lo said it was the perfect song choice. Keith said Alex responds to the music in such a way that he turns it into his own.

Jessica picked David Gray’s “Sail Away” for Sam. Harry called him a “work in progress,” but in a good way. He thought the song fit Sam well. Keith noticed that Sam is getting more comfortable onstage. Jennifer said she could feel Sam trying to connect with the song.

Jessica, C.J. and Dexter joined forces on Lady Antebellum’s “Compass.” Harry didn’t mince words: he said it wasn’t very good. Demi thought they were much better when they sang individually.

Jena ended the night with a Caleb choice: Radiohead’s first hit, “Creep.” Keith loved the way she owned the song. Jennifer said it was beautiful. Harry said Jessica sings with humility and intrigue, and that it was the best performance of the night.

One of these finalists will be eliminated on Thursday night’s results show, airing on Fox at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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2014 First American Bank - Our Business

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl announced on Wednesday an agreement to sell the team to investors Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry for approximately $550 million. A condition of the sale was for the buyers to keep the franchise in Milwaukee.

Kohl originally purchased the team in 1985 for $18 million and had been searching for new owners that would not move the Bucks from its longtime home. A U.S. senator from 1989-2013, Kohl is reported to still maintain ownership of a significant percentage of the team.

The Bucks were hopeful for a playoff appearance this season but fell way short of expectations, finishing with the league’s worst record at 15-67. Milwaukee was valued by Forbes magazine at $405 million in January, which was dead last of the NBA’s 30 teams.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told reporters that the sale of the team is “a big deal” and that he will work with the new owners to help team “flourish in the state”. The sale now goes to the NBA and its board of governors for approval.

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Crusin In Cruces

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(NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – First Round: Montreal Canadiens 5 – Tampa Bay Lightning 4 OT (Montreal leads series, 1-0)

Pittsburgh Penguins 4 – Columbus Blue Jackets (Pittsburgh leads series, 1-0)

Anaheim Ducks 4 – Dallas Stars 3 (Anaheim leads series, 1-0)

MLB:  New York Yankees 3 (8-6) – Chicago Cubs 0 (4-9) Game One

New York Yankees 2 (9-6) – Chicago Cubs 0 (4-10) Game Two

Cincinnati Reds 4 (6-9) – Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (7-8)

Baltimore Orioles 3 (7-7) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (7-8)

Milwaukee Brewers 5 (11-4) – St. Louis Cardinals 1 (9-6)

Cleveland Indians 3 (7-7) – Detroit Tigers 2 (6-5)

New York Mets 5 (8-7) – Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (4-14)

Texas Rangers 3 (8-7) – Seattle Mariners 2 (7-7)

Atlanta Braves 1 (10-4) – Philadelphia Phillies 0 (6-8)

Washington Nationals 6 (9-6) – Miami Marlins 3 (6-10)

Toronto Blue Jays (8-6) @ Minnesota Twins (6-7) (postponed due to inclement weather)

Kansas City Royals 6 (6-7) – Houston Astros 4 (5-10) 11 Innings

San Diego Padres 4 (7-8) – Colorado Rockies 2 (7-9)

San Francisco Giants 2 (10-5) – Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (9-6)

Boston Red Sox 6 (6-9) – Chicago White Sox 4 (8-7) 14 Innings

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (7-8) – Oakland Athletics 4 (10-5) 12 Innings

NBA: Charlotte Bobcats 91 (43-39) – Chicago Bulls 86 (48-34) OT

Indiana Pacers 101 (56-26) – Orlando Magic 86 (23-59)

Memphis Grizzlies 106 (50-32) – Dallas Mavericks 105 (49-33)

Atlanta Hawks 111 (38-44) – Milwaukee Bucks 103 (15-67)

Utah Jazz 136 (25-57) – Minnesota Timberwolves 130 (40-42) 2OT

New Orleans Pelicans 105 (34-48) – Houston Rockets 100 (54-28)

Oklahoma City Thunder 112 (59-23) – Detroit Pistons 111 (29-53)

Los Angeles Lakers 113 (27-55) – San Antonio Spurs 100 (62-20)

Washington Wizards 118 (44-38) – Boston Celtics 102 (25-57)

Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (33-49) – Brooklyn Nets 85 (44-38)

Philadelphia 76ers 100 (19-63) – Miami Heat 87 (54-28)

New York Knicks 95 (37-45) – Toronto Raptors 92 (48-34)

Phoenix Suns 104 (48-34) – Sacramento Kings 99 (28-54)

Golden State Warriors 116 (51-31) – Denver Nuggets 112 (36-46)

Portland Trail Blazers 110 (54-28) – Los Angeles Clippers 104 (57-25)

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Home Instead Senior Care

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Free agent running back Chris Johnson agreed to a contract with the New York Jets on Wednesday. The two-year deal is worth up to $9 million, according to ESPN.

Johnson was originally selected out of East Carolina with the 24th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Titans. In 95 games with Tennessee, the three-time Pro Bowler rushed for 7,965 yards and 50 touchdowns on 1,742 carries. In 2009, he rushed for 2,006 yards.

Johnson, who turns 29 in September, is expected to share duties in the backfield with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell.

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Double Your Dollars

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(MCEWEN, Tenn.) — One person is dead and three other people have been seriously injured in a fiery explosion Wednesday at a Tennessee ammunition plant.

Now under control, according to officials, the fire destroyed Rio Ammunition in McEwen, Tenn. The plant is owned by the adjacent explosives manufacturer Accurate Energetic Systems.

“At this time we’ve got the fire extinguished in the building itself — still smoldering but under control,” Odell Poyner, Humphrey County director of Emergency Management, said Wednesday. “Firefighters are still putting on some water.”

The plant explosion set off a small brush fire at the rural location of the structures, but Odell said firefighters were nearly finished controlling it.

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Metal Depot

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka struck out ten over eight scoreless innings as New York (8-6) blanked the Chicago Cubs (4-9), 3-0, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old right-hander allowed just two hits, both bunt singles, en route to his second victory of the season.

Outfielder Carlos Beltran gave Tanaka an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run off of Cubs starter Jason Hammel.  The Bronx Bombers would tack on another run in the fourth on a Dean Anna sacrifice fly and one in the fifth on a Jacoby Ellsbury groundout, which scored Brett Gardner.

Hammel finished the day allowing five hits and three earned runs in seven innings of work.

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