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At Take Our Daughters, Sons to Work event, girl with jobless dad hands first lady his resume

WASHINGTON - Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees took a serious turn Thursday when a 10-year-old girl in the front row told the first lady that her dad had been out of work for three years. Then the girl popped up to hand the first lady his resume. The first lady seemed a little taken aback but then explained to the other children, who might not have heard the girl's comment, that the matter was "a little private, but she's doing something for her dad." Mrs. Obama promised to deal with the matter later.

Obama attends welcoming ceremony by emperor

U.S. President Barack Obama attended a welcoming ceremony Thursday morning at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo hosted by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, marking the first meeting between the president and the emperor since November 2009. Obama, who is travelling without the first lady, Michelle Obama, became the first U.S. president to be received as a state guest in 18 years.

S. Korea's int'l air passenger traffic grows to record high in Q1

SEJONG, April 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's international air passenger traffic rose to a new first-quarter high in the three months ended March 31, partly on a surge in the number of tourists to and from China, the government said Thursday. The number of international air passengers to and from South Korea reached 13.25 million in the January-March period, up 5.9 percent from the same month last year, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The number is the highest ever for the first quarter.

Obama arrives in Tokyo, to talk with Abe over sushi

U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday evening, the first leg of a four-nation trip to East and Southeast Asia during which he will promote the U.S. commitment to the region. Obama will head for a sushi restaurant in central Tokyo to have a private dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ahead of their formal summit the following day, where security and economic alliances, including ongoing negotiations for a Pacific free trade initiative are expected to be among key topics.

First lady says a high school diploma is not enough, tours Howard U. campus with students

WASHINGTON - It may be a few years before the first daughters head to college, but Michelle Obama is already brainstorming a dorm room checklist while encouraging high school students to dream big about their education beyond graduation. The first lady told a group of students Thursday that a high school diploma is not enough in today's global economy. "No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough," Mrs. Obama told the crowd. "You have got to go to college or get some kind of professional training."

Herbalife says it will co-operate with investigation by attorney general of Illinois

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Nutritional supplements and weight-loss products maker Herbalife is being investigated by the attorney general of Illinois. The office of Attorney General Lisa Madigan confirms it is investigating complaints brought by consumers. Herbalife says it will work with the attorney general's office, and that it is confident in the integrity of its business and its compliance with the law. The company has over 15,000 members in Illinois. Herbalife shares fell 17 cents to $55.10 on Thursday.

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.
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