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US warns of new sanctions as key Ukraine talks loom

The United States on Tuesday threatened Russia with new sanctions ahead of high-stakes talks on the Ukraine crisis, as it backed Kiev's right to confront separatist uprisings in its volatile east. The US and the European Union are preparing for their first four-way talks with Ukraine and Russia on Thursday, although hopes are not high for any breakthrough at the Geneva meeting, amid a slew of failures in past weeks.

Teens who suffer concussion more likely to attempt suicide, be bullied: study

TORONTO - Teenagers who have suffered a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion have a significantly higher risk of attempting suicide, being bullied and seeking help for mental health issues from crisis help lines, a study has found. The study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital also found adolescents who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) are more likely to become bullies themselves, to be prescribed medication for anxiety and/or depression, to use alcohol or cannabis, and to engage in antisocial behaviours.

Five students stabbed to death at Canada house party

Five students were stabbed to death in a rampage at a house party in Calgary, Canadian authorities said Tuesday, with the son of a police officer in custody. Police said they were called at approximately 1:20 am (0720 GMT) to a home in a quiet suburban neighborhood that was hosting a party marking the end of university classes and found three people dead. Two more died in hospital. The victims were four men and one woman in their 20s. One of them was discovered bleeding on the front lawn of the property.

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.

'Civil war' warning for Ukraine as troops, tanks push east

Ukraine is on the brink of "civil war", Russia warned Tuesday, after Kiev's leaders ordered troops and tanks towards a flashpoint eastern city to push back a separatist surge supported by Moscow. The 20 tanks and armoured personnel carriers were most forceful response yet by Kiev's Western-backed government to armed raids by pro-Kremlin militants and the occupation of state buildings in nearly 10 cities across Ukraine's rust belt.

Five students stabbed to death at Canada house party

Five students died overnight in a stabbing rampage at a house party marking the end of university classes in the Canadian city of Calgary, authorities said Tuesday. Police said they were called at approximately 1:20 am (0720 GMT) to a home in a quiet suburban neighborhood where paramedics found three people dead. Two more died in hospital. They had been "attending a house party," said a police statement. The victims were four men and one woman in their late teens or 20s.

Appeals court rejects state and industry challenges to EPA emission standards for power plants

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants. In its ruling, the court rejected state and industry challenges to rules designed to clean up mercury, lead, arsenic and other dangerous air pollutants. The new regulations were designed to remove toxins from the air that contribute to respiratory illnesses, birth defects and developmental problems in children.

US inflation strengthens in March

US consumer prices rose in March driven by surges in the cost of food, housing and other services, Commerce Department data showed Tuesday. The consumer price index was up 0.2 percent over February, taking the 12-month gain to 1.5 percent. Energy prices fell slightly, while food prices rose 0.5 percent, shelter costs jumped 2.7 percent and health care service costs gained 2.4 percent. Stripped of the volatile food and energy costs, core CPI rose 0.2 percent as well. The core index was up 1.7 percent for the 12 months to March.

Ohio mumps outbreak rises to 212 cases, largely hits state university

(Reuters) - The number of cases of mumps in central Ohio in a rare outbreak has jumped to 212, from 116 early this month, mostly affecting students and others connected to The Ohio State University, public health officials said on Monday. At least 132 cases of the contagious disease, which causes painful swelling of the salivary glands, have been linked to the university outbreak to date, Columbus Public Health said on Monday. The number of people hospitalized was not immediately known.

Gov't seeks to introduce apprenticeship to boost youth employment

SEJONG, April 15 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean government said Tuesday it will introduce an apprenticeship system similar to that of Switzerland where students can receive education or training while also working, a move aimed at boosting the country's youth employment rate. The measure is an effort to improve the country's youth employment rate that continues to drop despite rises in the overall employment in recent years, according to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
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