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Top firms hire more contract than regular workers: reports

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The number of contract workers hired at South Korea's top 20 companies increased sharply while that of regular employees remained largely unchanged, an analysis of annual business reports showed Tuesday. According to the corporate reports released at general shareholders meetings last month, the largest companies had 12,585 contract workers as of late 2013, up 15.2 percent from 10,924 tallied a year earlier.

Vancouver police responding to child distress call shoot homicide suspect

VANCOUVER - Panicked calls to 911 about a child in distress and a bloody apartment building hallway on Monday led Vancouver police to shoot a suspect who refused to drop a knife. Inside the apartment above one of the city's busiest streets, the officers found a woman dead. Their 33-year-old male suspect was loaded into an ambulance with a police bullet wound. Vancouver Const. Brian Montague said a girl, about five or six years old, was taken to children's hospital with some injuries that aren't considered life threatening.

RugbyU: RFU exec bids to stop English talent drain

England's leading clubs are determined to challenge the financial rewards on offer in French rugby in a bid to prevent a post-2015 World Cup player drain. Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie has highlighted the importance of making it commercially feasible for members of Stuart Lancaster's squad to reject an approach from the Top 14. It is current RFU policy to only select those playing at non-English clubs in exceptional circumstances, a position Ritchie views as "fundamental" to retain control of England internationals.

'Captain America' holds off 'Rio' atop US box office

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" held off a strong debut by "Rio 2" at North America's box office, muscling out the wild menagerie to retain top spot, data showed Monday. The latest big-screen blockbuster featuring the iconic Marvel superhero took in $41.3 million over the weekend, figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations said. The performance kept it just ahead of another sequel, animated children's movie "Rio 2," a follow-up to the 2011 hit about a family of blue macaw parrots.

N. Korean leader pays tribute to founder on birthday

SEOUL, April 15 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid respects to his grandfather and founder of the communist country on Tuesday marking his 102nd birthday, the North's state media said. Kim visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, where the body of Kim Il-sung, along with his son and former leader Kim Jong-un, lies in state, according to the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The founding father died in 1994, and his birthday is one of the most important holidays in North Korea.

'Captain America,' 'Rio 2' top box office in springtime battle of sequels

NEW YORK, N.Y. - In a springtime battle of sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stayed strong enough to narrowly triumph over the debut of "Rio 2." According to Monday's final box office figures, the Disney's Marvel superhero sequel took in $41.3 million in its second weekend of release. Fox's animated family film "Rio 2" opened with $39.3 million.

Computer hacking expert says more bad news to come from Heartbleed

OTTAWA - The fallout from the Heartbleed bug could go far beyond just 900 social insurance numbers compromised at the Canada Revenue agency. Alberta computer security expert John Zabiuk suspects there's a wave of problems coming. "Right now, we're just seeing the tip of the iceberg," he said. "This is probably the largest flaw that's hit the Internet in history." Zabiuk is with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, where, as an ethical hacker, he teaches students to protect computer systems by approaching the problem from a hacker's perspective.

Reasons why Flaherty was both a great and not-so-great finance minister

OTTAWA - History will judge Jim Flaherty highly. Economists in the private sector and in academia agree that the impish lawyer from Main Street — working-class Whitby, not tony Rosedale — should be judged as one of the most important and best finance ministers in the country's history. Being Canada's third-longest serving finance minister made him notable; navigating one of the most serious financial crises of the past six decades — and reaching calmer waters ahead of his peers — puts him in elite company.

Factbox - 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes are awarded

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Columbia University announced on Monday the winners of the 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes, among the most prestigious recognitions for achievement in U.S. journalism and the arts. The following are the winners in each category: JOURNALISM: PUBLIC SERVICE - Guardian US, The Washington Post JOURNALISM: BREAKING NEWS REPORTING - Boston Globe staff JOURNALISM: INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - Chris Hamby, The Center for Public Integrity

Lackluster finish to 78th Masters after rich early promise

By Mark Lamport-Stokes AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - The 78th Masters began as one of the most wide open in decades, but it will not go down as a classic after a surprisingly Lackluster finish on Sunday when Bubba Watson clinched his second green jacket. The roars for which the year's first major is famous never materialized on the back nine, mainly due to a scarcity of birdies and eagles, and Watson ultimately eased to victory by three shots.
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