STATE DEPT ANNOUNCES IT WILL EXTEND THE GOVT COMMENT PERIOD ON THE KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE *

MOVE WILL LIKELY POSTPONE A FINAL DECISION ON THE CONTROVERSIAL PROJECT UNTIL AFTER THE NOV 4 MIDTERM ELECTIONS *

PRES OBAMA HAS SAID HE WILL MAKE A FINAL DECISION ON WHETHER TO ALLOW THE PIPELINE, BUT SEVERAL GOVT AGENCIES HAD BEEN EXPECTED TO WEIGH IN BY THE END OF MAY *

SPACEX ROCKET CARRYING 2.5 TONS OF CARGO FOR THE INTL SPACE STATION BLASTS OFF FROM CAPE CANAVERAL,FL, FRI AFTER NEARLY A MONTH OF LAUNCH DELAYS *

THE PRIVATE, CA-BASED COMPANY'S DRAGON SUPPLY SHIP WILL REACH THE SPACE STATION ON SUN *

IT'S SPACEX'S THIRD OFFICIAL DRAGON CARGO RUN TO THE STATION *

UN SAYS 48 PEOPLE WERE KILLED IN AN ATTACK THURS ON A PEACEKEEPING BASE IN SOUTH SUDAN *

AN ARMED MOB ATTACKED THE BASE TO HARM MEMBERS OF THE ETHNIC NUER MINORITY WHO HAD SOUGHT SHELTER INSIDE THE UN POST *

VIOLENCE IN SOUTH SUDAN HAS CAUSED AT LEAST 1 MIL PEOPLE TO FLEE THEIR HOMES *

POPE FRANCIS LEADS GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS PROCESSION AT THE COLOSSEUM IN ROME *

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE SERVICE, WHICH CHRONICLES THE LAST HOURS OF JESUS' LIFE *

THE PONTIFF ASKED THE CROWD TO PRAY FOR THE SUFFERING, MARGINALIZED AND ALL THOSE "ABANDONED UNDER THE WEIGHT OF THE CROSS" *

ON SUN, FRANCIS WILL CELEBRATE EASTER MASS AT ST. PETER'S SQUARE IN VATICAN CITY *

THE CAPTAIN OF THE FERRY THAT SANK WED OFF S KOREA'S SOUTHERN COAST HAS BEEN ARRESTED *

LEE JOON-SEOK, 68, FACES CHARGES OF NEGLIGENCE AND ABANDONING PEOPLE IN NEED *

AT LEAST TWO OTHER CREW MEMBERS WERE ARRESTED ON SIMILAR CHARGES *

THE DEATH TOLL STANDS AT 29, THOUGH IT'S EXPECTED TO RISE DRAMATICALLY AS ROUGHLY 270 PEOPLE REMAIN MISSING *

RESCUE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN HAMPERED BY STRONG CURRENTS, POOR VISIBILITY AND BAD WEATHER *

THE DOOMED FERRY LEFT INCHEON, S KOREA, TUES BOUND FOR THE ISLAND OF JEJU WITH AROUND 475 PEOPLE ABOARD, INCLUDING HUNDREDS OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS *

PRES OBAMA SIGNS BILL FRI TO BLOCK IRAN'S CHOSEN ENVOY TO THE UN FROM ENTERING THE COUNTRY *

HAMID ABOUTALEBI WAS A MEMBER OF THE MUSLIM STUDENT GROUP INVOLVED IN THE 1979 TAKEOVER OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN TEHRAN, IN WHICH 52 AMERICANS WERE HELD HOSTAGE *

THE BILL BARS DIPLOMATS FROM ENTERING THE U.S. IF THEY'VE ENGAGED IN PAST ESPIONAGE OR TERRORIST ACTIVITY AND STILL POSE A SECURITY THREAT *

OBAMA SAYS HE INTENDS TO TREAT THE LEGISLATION AS GUIDANCE SO HE CAN CONTINUE TO RECEIVE DIPLOMATS AT HIS OWN DISCRETION *

AVALANCHE ON MT EVEREST KILLS AT LEAST 12 NEPALESE SHERPA GUIDES AND LEAVES FOUR MISSING *

THE GUIDES HAD BEEN FIXING ROPES FOR OTHER CLIMBERS WHEN THE AVALANCHE HIT *

SEVERAL SURVIVORS WERE INJURED AND HAD TO BE AIRLIFTED TO A HOSPITAL *

IT'S THE DEADLIEST DISASTER EVER RECORDED ON MT EVEREST, WHICH IS THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK *

PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN CONTINUE OCCUPATION OF SEIZED GOVT BUILDINGS IN EASTERN UKRAINE, DESPITE INTL DEAL CALLING FOR END TO ILLEGAL OCCUPATIONS *

ON THURS, DIPLOMATS FROM THE U.S., EU, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE AGREED TO DE-ESCALATE THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE, CALLING FOR ILLEGAL MILITIAS TO DISARM AND TO RELINQUISH CONTROL OF GOVT BUILDINGS AND PUBLIC SPACES *

NATL SECURITY ADVISER SUSAN RICE SAYS U.S. IS READY TO IMPOSE ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON "VERY SIGNIFICANT SECTORS OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY" IF MOSCOW DOESN'T COMPLY WITH THE DEAL OR IF IT SENDS TROOPS INTO EASTERN UKRAINE *