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Obamas dine out, attend Broadway show in New York

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle dined out in New York on Friday and attended a Broadway show, "A Raisin in the Sun," starring actor Denzel Washington. The Obamas were joined at the show by adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett as well as former football star Ahmad Rashad, according to an administration official. The president was in town to speak at a meeting of the civil rights group National Action Network. He returns to Washington later in the evening.

Obama's new ambassador to Canada assumes post after nine-month delay

OTTAWA - Barack Obama's new envoy to Ottawa says building a strong economy doesn't have to come at the expense of protecting the environment. "Today you can be pro-economy and pro-energy and considerate of the environment," Bruce Heyman, the former Chicago investment banker and major Democratic Party fundraiser, said Tuesday as he became the new U.S. ambassador to Canada. Heyman formally took up his post, vacant for nine months, after presenting his credentials to Gov. Gen. David Johnston at Rideau Hall. He then headed to a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Emergency braking sensor too close to stop Chicago train crash: NTSB

By Barbara Goldberg CHICAGO (Reuters) - An emergency braking system sensor was too close to the end of the rails to stop a passenger train that jumped the tracks and ran part-way up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, federal safety investigators reported on Monday. The Chicago Transit Authority train was traveling 26 miles per hour (42 km per hour) when it derailed early on the morning of March 24, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.

Train at Chicago's O'Hare airport tripped emergency brake before crash

(Reuters) - A passenger train that slammed through its end-of-the-line barrier at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week tripped an automatic emergency stop system and was not speeding when it entered the station, a federal investigator said on Tuesday. The crash sent the Chicago Transit Authority train hurtling onto an escalator and stairs at the airport's mass transit station early on Monday. Thirty-two people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

Michelle Obama tells Chinese students internet freedom's a universal right

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. first lady Michelle Obama told an audience of college students in the Chinese capital on Saturday that open access to information - especially online - is a universal right. But Obama stopped short of calling on China to offer its citizens greater freedoms on a visit in which she is expected to steer clear of more complicated political issues, but rather try to build goodwill through soft diplomacy.

Michelle Obama touts equality, religious rights in China

US First Lady Michelle Obama promoted ethnic equality, the civil rights movement and religious freedom in China on Tuesday, raising the sensitive issues on a tour meant to avoid politics. "In America, we believe that no matter where you live or how much money your parents have -- or what race or religion or ethnicity you are -- if you work hard and believe in yourself, then you should have a chance to succeed," she told hundreds of students at a high school in Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern Sichuan province.

Thirty-two hurt in train derailment at Chicago's O'Hare airport

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) - A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The Chicago Transit Authority train, a mass transit train that ran on electricity, is expected to remain in place for at least a day while investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board try to determine how it jumped a bumper at the end of the line.

Obama, Xi affirm commitment to partnerships on N. Korea, other issues

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 24 (Yonhap) -- Voicing optimism, U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday emphasized the need for close cooperation between the two nations on regional and global issues. The leaders used their first meeting this year to discuss the North Korean nuclear problem, the Ukraine crisis, climate change and other world issues.

Michelle Obama meets Chinese educators

Visiting US first lady Michelle Obama held a meeting Sunday at the US embassy with Chinese educators and families, after her arrival there sparked a minor security alert. Two people just outside the embassy began shouting as her motorcade pulled in, while police and men in gray sweatshirts and pants ran to subdue them. It was unclear what they were shouting about. Obama is making a week-long trip to China focused on education and "soft" issues.

Michelle Obama sees Great Wall, Chinese educators

Visiting US first lady Michelle Obama toured China's Great Wall on Sunday, after her arrival at the US embassy in Beijing earlier in the day sparked a minor security alert. She and her daughters strolled along a popular section of the wall and rode down a toboggan on a smoggy afternoon, as part of a week-long visit focused on education and "soft issues" rather than politics.
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