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Ukraine pushes tanks and troops into separatist east

Ukraine pushed tanks toward a flashpoint eastern city on Tuesday to quash a separatist surge backed by Moscow -- a high-risk operation that was sharply condemned by the Kremlin but won Washington's support. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were the most forceful response yet by the Western-backed government in Kiev to the pro-Kremlin militants' occupation of state buildings in nearly 10 cities across Ukraine's rust belt.

Frustrated immigration activists urge Obama to curb deportations, warning of political peril

WASHINGTON - Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the Latino community as deportations near the 2 million mark for his administration and hopes for immigration legislation fade. With House Republicans unlikely to act on an overhaul, executive action by Obama is increasingly the activists' only hope.

Obama says he won't use executive orders to halt deportations

Washington, Apr 15 (EFE).- President Barack Obama does not wish to use any executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants, considering it would damaged efforts to pass immigration reform, religious leaders said after a meeting at the White House. The president said "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists," Luis Cortes, head of Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, told reporters after the session.

Obama says he won't use executive orders to halt deportations

Washington, Apr 15 (EFE).- President Barack Obama does not wish to use any executive order to halt the deportation of undocumented immigrants, considering it would damaged efforts to pass immigration reform, religious leaders said after a meeting at the White House. The president said "he would not be doing anything to change the law as it currently exists," Luis Cortes, head of Hispanic faith-based organization Esperanza, told reporters after the session.

Ukraine actions against separatists warranted: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ukraine's actions against pro-Russian militiamen in the country's eastern region are justified because of the threat to law and order, the White House said on Tuesday. With rising concern at Russia's role in stirring unrest, the United States is "seriously considering" new sanctions against Russia, but is not considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine, White House spokesman Jay Carney said at a briefing.

US, allies in 'additional' steps for sanctions over Ukraine

The United States is coordinating "additional steps" with its European allies to slap more sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, a US official said Tuesday. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke by phone with his French, German and British counterparts, as well as EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. But new sanctions are unlikely to be unveiled before crunch talks slated for Thursday in Geneva, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

FDA approves Merck's Grastek, an immunotherapy tablet to gradually reduce grass allergies

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. - Merck Meant as an alternative to weekly allergy shots, the tablet dissolves under the tongue. Taken daily for a few years, it gradually reduces sensitivity to common grasses, instead of temporarily relieving symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Merck, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., will market the tablet in North America. Its partner, ALK-Abello, sells it in Europe as Grazas.

Boston remembers marathon victims one year on

Boston paid solemn tribute Tuesday to the victims and survivors of the marathon bombings, observing a moment of silence and raising the US flag exactly one year after the attacks that stunned the nation. Vice President Joe Biden led an emotional and highly-charged tribute at the Hynes Convention Center, just steps from the scene of the attack that left three dead and more than 260 others wounded.

U.S. appeals court upholds hazardous air pollution rule

By Lawrence Hurley and Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a victory for the Obama administration, a U.S. appeals court on Tuesday upheld a regulation that would limit emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants, starting next year. The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit could help spur utility companies to shut down some coal-fired plants due to the costs of complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule.

With Congress unable to decide how to pay for transportation aid, highway projects may suffer

DAYTON, Ohio - On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: the government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements.
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