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First lady announces one-stop jobs website as resource for veterans, military spouses

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - First lady Michelle Obama has announced a new online effort to link soldiers leaving the military with jobs that match their skill sets. She said Wednesday that the new Veterans Employment Center provides one-stop shopping for troops as they transition to civilian life. The move comes as the U.S. winds down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the administration seeks to lower unemployment among veterans. Mrs. Obama, joined by Vice-President Joe Biden's wife, Jill, made the announcement at Fort Campbell along the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Dispute islands 'within scope' of US-Japan alliance

The islands at the centre of a corrosive row between Tokyo and Beijing are covered by the US-Japan defence alliance, Barack Obama told a newspaper ahead of his arrival in Tokyo Wednesday. Obama, whose tour of Asia will also take in South Korea, the Philippines and Malaysia, is the first sitting US president to explicitly affirm that hostile action against the island chain would spark an American reaction.


Stephen Colbert pays visit to new 'Late Show' home NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the "Late Show" on Tuesday, to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. "He just stopped by to sign the lease," Letterman said of his successor in his opening monologue. Illness spoils 'Royals' singer Lorde's Australian tour

Obama visits mudslide-hit community in Washington state

OSO, Washington (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday visited the Washington state community slammed by a deadly mudslide last month, offering condolences to the families of victims, encouragement to rescue workers, and promises of government support. After viewing the mudslide from the air, Obama met for over an hour with relatives of victims in a small chapel.

Proposal to make gay marriage legal in Ohio may be put to vote

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Gay rights supporters in Ohio were given the go-ahead on Tuesday to begin gathering signatures to put a proposed state constitutional amendment to make same-sex marriage legal before voters as soon as November. Ohio banned gay marriage by state constitutional amendment in 2004 and does not recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states.

Obama to visit site of Washington State landslide

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said President Barack Obama is due to meet with the families of victims of a deadly mudslide in Washington State on Tuesday afternoon before leaving for a four-country tour of Asia. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office said on Monday that 41 victims have been recovered from the slide that buried a river valley neighborhood in the Cascade mountain foothills last month.

Alaska lawmakers vote to formally recognize indigenous languages

By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - Alaska lawmakers gave final approval on Monday to a bill that would officially recognize the state's 20 indigenous languages in a symbolic move that gives a nod to tribal efforts to save Native American tongues at risk of dying out. The move would make Alaska only the second U.S. state, after Hawaii, to officially recognize indigenous languages, although English would remain the official language and the state would not be required to conduct business in any other tongue.

In Seoul, Obama to mourn victims of ferry sinking

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 21 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will spend much time and effort expressing sympathy over the loss of people in a tragic ferry sinking when he visits Seoul later this week, a White House official said Monday. "I can certainly expect that this will be a big part of his trip," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, told reporters. "I'm sure the president will want to find a way to express to those families and to the people of the Republic of Korea how much we support them in this difficult time."

Americas News Agenda for April 21

Duty Editor: Jim Mannion Tel: +1 202 414 0541 What's happening in the Americas on Monday: + Boston stages marathon a year after attacks + US vice president heads to Ukraine + Mexico holds Garcia Marquez tribute BOSTON: Some 36,000 people are to compete in the Boston Marathon amid tight security, a year after bomb attacks killed three people. As of 1250 GMT. Picture. Video (ATHLETICS-USA-MARATHON-BOSTON-ATTACKS)

Wrongfully imprisoned US boxer 'Hurricane' Carter dies

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a US boxer made famous by a racially tinged wrongful murder conviction that landed him behind bars for 19 years, died Sunday, an association he directed said. He was 76. Carter, who passed away of prostate cancer in Toronto, was convicted twice of the 1966 murder of three people who were fatally shot at a tavern in Paterson, New Jersey, US and Canadian media reported. The conviction, which cut short his illustrious boxing career as a fearsome middleweight contender, made him a pop culture cause celebre.
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