MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF STATES REPORTED JOB GAINS IN MARCH *

LABOR DEPT SAYS THAT UNEMPLOYMENT RATES DROPPED IN 21 STATES, ROSE IN 17 AND WERE UNCHANGED IN THE REMAINING 12 *

MEANWHILE, HIRING INCREASED IN 34 STATES AND FELL IN 16 *

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES VARY FROM AS LOW AS 2.6% IN NORTH DAKOTA TO AS MUCH AS 8.7% IN RHODE ISLAND *

ALGERIAN OFFICIALS SAY PRES ABDELAZIZ BOUTEFLIKA HAS WON A FOURTH TERM IN OFFICE WITH A LANDSLIDE 81% OF THE VOTE *

HIS CHIEF OPPONENT IS CRITICIZING THE ELECTION AS MARKED BY "FRAUD ON A MASSIVE SCALE" *

SINCE SUFFERING FROM A STROKE LAST YEAR, THERE HAVE BEEN CONCERNS ABOUT BOUTEFLIKA'S ABILITY TO RUN THIS KEY ENERGY SUPPLIER FOR EUROPE *

POWERFUL MAG-7.2 EARTHQUAKE SHAKES CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MEXICO *

U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY SAYS IT WAS CENTERED NW OF THE PACIFIC RESORT OF ACAPULCO, WHERE MANY ARE VACATIONING FOR THE EASTER HOLIDAY *

NO REPORTS OF MAJOR DAMAGE OR CASUALTIES *

U.S. APPEALS LARGELY UPHOLDS NEW EMISSIONS STANDARDS AIMED AT CURBING POLLUTION FROM THE NATION'S CEMENT PLANTS *

U.S. COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DC CIRCUIT REJECTED A CHALLENGE BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS THAT THE EMISSIONS STANDARDS WEREN'T TOUGH ENOUGH *

BUT THE COURT ALSO RULED THAT THE EPA COULDN'T CARVE OUT A SPECIAL LEGAL DEFENSE FOR PLANT OPERATORS IN THE EVENT OF A PLANT MALFUNCTION *

SYRIAN STATE TV SAYS 14 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED BY A CAR BOMB THAT EXPLODED OUTSIDE A MOSQUE IN A PRO-GOVT DISTRICT IN THE CENTRAL CITY OF HOMS *

SYRIAN OPPOSITION ACTIVISTS CONFIRMED THE BOMB ATTACK IN THE PREDOMINANTLY ALAWITE DISTRICT BUT HAD NO IMMEDIATE DETAILS ON CASUALTIES *

ACTIVISTS SAY MORE THAN 150,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED IN THE SYRIAN CONFLICT SINCE IT BEGAN IN MARCH 2011 *

"MIRACLE ON ICE" GOLD MEDAL TO BE AUCTIONED OFF *

MEDAL IS BEING SOLD BY MARK PAVELICH, WHO HELPED THE 1980 U.S. HOCKEY TEAM BEAT THE SOVIETS EN ROUTE TO WINNING GOLD *

MARK WELLS SOLD HIS GOLD MEDAL TO A PRIVATE BUYER FOR $40,000 *

THE BUYER AUCTIONED IT IN 2010 FOR ABOUT $310,000 *

SPOX SAYS FMR HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS IS NOT CONSIDERING A U.S. SENATE RUN *

SEBELIUS ANNOUNCED ON APRIL 11 THAT SHE WAS STEPPING DOWN AS HHS SECY *

NY TIMES REPORTED THIS WEEK THAT SEBELIUS, WHO PREVIOUSLY SERVED TWO TERMS AS GOV OF KANSAS, WAS CONSIDERING A RUN FOR THE SEAT NOW HELD BY PAT ROBERTS (R-KS) *

HUNDREDS GATHER FOR A MEMORIAL HONORING THE MIT POLICE OFFICER KILLED IN THE AFTERMATH OF LAST YR'S BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING *

27-YR-OLD SEAN COLLIER WAS SHOT MULTIPLE TIME IN HIS CAR AFTER A CONFRONTATION WITH THE BOMBING SUSPECTS THREE DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK *

CAMBRIDGE, MA MAYOR DAVID MAHER ANNOUNCED FRI THAT A NEARBY STREET CORNER WILL BE NAMED ``SEAN COLLIER SQUARE'' *

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 WERE EXPECTED TO WEIGH-IN BY THE END OF MAY *

NEWSPAPER ASSOC OF AMERICA SAYS U.S. REVENUE FELL 2.6% TO $37.59 BIL IN 2013 *

REVENUE FROM PRINT ADVERTISING DROPPED 8.6% TO $17.3 BIL, WHILE CIRCULATION REVENUE ROSE 3.7% TO $10.87 BIL *

DIGITAL ADVERTISING REVENUE INCREASED 1.5% TO $3.42 BIL LAST YR, BUT IT'S STILL LESS THAN 10% OF THE INDUSTRY'S OVERALL REVENUE *

NASA'S ROBOTIC MOON EXPLORER, LADEE, CRASHES INTO THE BACK SIDE OF THE MOON FRI AS PLANNED *

LADEE WAS LAUNCHED IN SEPT AND COMPLETED ITS 100-DAY, $280 MIL SCIENCE MISSION LAST MONTH *

IT JOINS DOZENS OF SCIENCE SATELLITES AND APOLLO PROGRAM SPACECRAFT PARTS THAT HAVE SLAMMED INTO THE MOON'S SURFACE, ON PURPOSE, OVER THE DECADES *

WHITE HOUSE WARNS THAT MOSCOW WILL FACE TOUGHER SANCTIONS IF IT FAILS TO COMPLY WITH A NEW INTL DEAL ON UKRAINE OR SENDS FORCES INTO EASTERN UKRAINE *

NATL SECURITY ADVISER SUSAN RICE SAYS SANCTIONS "COULD INCLUDE TARGETING VERY SIGNIFICANT SECTORS OF THE RUSSIAN ECONOMY" *

SHE ADDS THAT U.S. IS WATCHING CLOSELY TO SEE IF RUSSIA USES ITS INFLUENCE TO GET PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATISTS IN EASTERN UKRAINE TO DISARM AND ABANDON PUBLIC BUILDINGS THEY'VE SEIZED *

NEPALESE TOURISM OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE HAVE DIED AND FOUR ARE STILL MISSING AFTER FRI AVALANCHE ON MT EVEREST *

ALL OF THE VICTIMS ARE BELIEVED TO BE NEPALESE GUIDES, WHO WERE FIXING ROPES FOR CLIMBERS AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT *

THIS IS THE DEADLIEST DISASTER EVER RECORDED ON MT EVEREST *

SPACEX ROCKET CARRYING 2 1/2 TONS OF CARGO FOR THE INTL SPACE STATION BLASTS OFF FROM CAPE CANAVERAL 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 *

THE CAPTAIN OF FERRY THAT SANK WED OFF S KOREA'S SOUTHERN COAST HAS BEEN ARRESTED, ACCORDING TO S KOREAN NEWS AGENCIES *

LEE JOON-SEOK, 68, REPORTEDLY FACES NEGLIGENCE CHARGES, AS WELL AS MARITIME LAW VIOLATIONS *

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 TUE BOUND FOR THE ISLAND OF JUJU WITH 476 PEOPLE ABOARD, INCLUDING MORE THAN 300 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS *