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Official: Pilot Bears Sole Blame

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Investigator says anonymously to USA Today.

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Pair get 1.1m yuan each after decade in jail for murder they didn’t commit

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The high court in Zhejiang province has ruled that two men wrongfully convicted of murder should each receive about 1.1 million yuan (HK$1.25 million) in compensation after serving 10 years in jail. In an online statement posted yesterday, the court said Zhang Gaoping his nephew, Zhang Hui , would each be awarded 656,000 yuan for loss of personal freedom, and 450,000 yuan for mental damage. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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DealBook: Investor Aiming for the Top, Again

Fred Eckert was once a star at Goldman Sachs, but by 2011 he was bankrupt, divorced and had spent two months in a coma. Today, he is planning a return to the arena.

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The History Behind ANZAC Day

Today, April 25, is the anniversary of the first day of the Gallipoli campaign of 1915. In Australia and New Zealand, this day is honored as ANZAC Day, in remembrance of the heroic role of the armies of those two nations.

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Boston Marathon Explosion Updates

Two explosions went off near the finish line of today’s Boston Marathon, leaving at least two dead and dozens more injured.

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Scrabble Scribble!

Today is National Scrabble Day, so here’s a poem that will help you remember all 101 two-letter words that you can use.

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Afghan roadside bomb hits bus killing nine

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A roadside bomb in Afghanistan exploded under a bus on Monday, killing nine people and wounding at least 22 in an attack by suspected Taliban militants, officials said. “Today at around 8.00am an IED (improvised explosive device) hit a bus,” said Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul. “At least 22 people are wounded and nine others, including a woman, are dead.” Khogyani said Taliban militants who have been fighting for 11 years against the US-backed Kabul government were behind the attack <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Savoring The Afterglow Of Obama’s Speech

Today President Obama made the most passionate, and compassionate, case for Israeli-Palestinian peace any U.S. leader has ever made, says Lara Friedman.

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What will Beijing’s weather be like tomorrow?

<!– google_ad_section_start –> You may think it is an easy question to answer and people in many mainland cities can get it right, even without checking official weather forecast. But it is probably mission impossible for Beijing residents to make the right guess, giving the situation that they have been suffering four kinds of weather that almost completely different from each other in just four days. Saturday & Sunday: Bad smog <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry Is In Disarray

“This insane law, which was only removed from the agenda in the past because of Tzipi Livni’s steadfastness, has now been resurrected due to the strange alliance between Naftali Bennett’s Habayit Hayehudi and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid.” –Today’s Haaretz Editorial takes a look at the return of a bill to make democracy subservient to Judaism in the State of Israel.

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Heads Up

Today, you’ll see a few posts in this space from Ben Jacobs, the managing editor of the Daily Download and a frequent contributor to the Daily Beast and the Atlantic. Ben’s here reporting at CPAC, and I figured a fresh perspective might be interesting.

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At NBC, a Struggle to Revive the Morning Magic

The last year for Matt Lauer, the once-popular host of the network’s “Today” show, is a lesson on how a combination of missteps can precipitate a star’s fall.

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History Nerd Blog of the Day

Today’s history nerd suggestion: DC Past, a blog of photos of Washington, DC during the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Boy Named Jihad Wears 9/11 Bomb Shirt to School

Today’s entry in the category: “The French have assimilation problems that make America’s issues look benign.”

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Mother’s video surveillance of daughter angers Facebook users

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The woman admitted the girl was her daughter and she recorded the video through a webcam installed on her daughter’s desk lamp. “…Today’s homeworkprogress is not bad, but she kept talking to herself, and was singing while doing homework,” the woman commented on the video. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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US drafts plan to give illegal immigrants residency within 8 years

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The plan would also allocate additional security funds and require business owners to check the immigration status of any new hires within four years. The estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States could also apply for a “Lawful Prospective Immigrant” visa, a report from USA Today said. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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From Gulag to Goulash

Today’s New York Times “T” magazine has a wonderful profile of Anne Applebaum and the cookbook she co-wrote with my wife, Danielle Crittenden:

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Triple suicide bomb attack in Afghan capital

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A co-ordinated attack involving at least three suicide bombers and a powerful car bomb took aim at the headquarters of the Kabul traffic department on Monday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Some CEOs Are More Valuable Than Others

The Wall Street Journal today defends CEO pay as worth every penny.

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Beijing’s Pollution is Everyone’s Problem

A thick layer of toxic fog blankets Beijing. And what Beijingers breathe today will drift toward Los Angeles in time. This planet only has one atmosphere. China's brutal abuse of that air is not only China's problem.

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