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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.

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

Pipeline delay gives boost to Obama's political base

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline, likely punting decision until after Election Day

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline, likely until after the November elections, indefinitely extending its review of the project.

Another Bush in the White House? Ex-ambassador says Jeb could be a contender

WASHINGTON - As Jeb Bush weighs a run for the White House, his prospective candidacy is being praised by a well-known Republican who helped organize his brother's successful campaigns in 2000 and 2004. David Wilkins, the former ambassador to Canada who co-chaired and then chaired George W. Bush's two campaigns in the key Republican primary state of South Carolina, says the younger sibling has the skills to go the distance.

US raises pressure on Russia over deal

The United States ramped up the pressure on Moscow on Friday, urging "full and immediate compliance" of a four-way agreement on Ukraine and warning of new sanctions if Russia fails to do so. It came as the deal, struck Thursday in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia, appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

US delays review of Keystone XL pipeline, likely punting decision until after Election Day

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.
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