POPE FRANCIS WASHES THE FEET OF 12 PEOPLE AT A HOME FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED IN ROME *

THOSE TAKING PART IN THE HOLY THURSDAY RITUAL INCLUDED NINE ITALIANS, ONE MUSLIM FROM LIBYA, A YOUNG MAN FROM CAPE VERDE AND AN ETHIOPIAN WOMAN *

TRADITIONALIST CATHOLICS HAVE BLASTED FRANCIS FOR NOT FOLLOWING VATICAN REGULATIONS THAT SAY THE RITUAL BE PERFORMED ONLY ON MEN SINCE JESUS' 12 APOSTLES WERE MEN *

FRANCIS SAYS THE RITUAL IS A GESTURE OF "A SLAVE'S SERVICE" *

NOVELIST AND NOBEL LAUREATE GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ DIES AT AGE 87 *

GARCIA MARQUEZ'S BEST KNOWN WORKS INCLUDE "ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE," "LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA" AND "CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD" *

IN 1982, GARCIA MARQUEZ WAS AWARDED THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE FOR HIS SPANISH-LANGUAGE NOVELS AND SHORT STORIES *

ASTRONOMERS DISCOVER MOST EARTH-LIKE PLANET YET *

SPOTTED BY THE KEPLER TELESCOPE, THE ROCKY PLANET HAS BEEN DUBBED KEPLER-186F AND IS 500 LIGHT-YEARS FROM EARTH *

KEPLER-186F IS ABOUT 10% LARGER THAN EARTH AND HAS THE POTENTIAL TO HOLD LIQUID WATER ON ITS SURFACE, A CRUCIAL INGREDIENT FOR LIFE *

UN NUCLEAR WATCHDOG SAYS IRAN HAS CUT ITS STOCKPILE OF HIGHER-ENRICHED URANIUM BY HALF, AS PART OF INTL AGREEMENT *

THE IAEA HAS BEEN MONITORING IRAN'S URANIUM REDUCTION SINCE THE COUNTRY AGREED TO CUT ITS STOCKPILES *

IN NOV, IRAN AGREED TO AN INTERIM DEAL WITH THE U.S., EU AND RUSSIA TO SCALE BACK ITS ENRICHMENT OF URANIUM IN EXCHANGE FOR AN EASING OF ECONOMIC SANCTIONS *

NEGOTIATORS FROM IRAN, THE U.S., EU AND RUSSIA HOPE TO HAVE A COMPREHENSIVE AGREEMENT IN PLACE BY THE TIME THE CURRENT DEAL EXPIRES IN JULY *

TOP DIPLOMATS FROM THE U.S., EU, RUSSIA AND UKRAINE REACH AN AGREEMENT THUR TO DE-ESCALATE SITUATION IN UKRAINE *

THE AGREEMENT CALLS FOR ALL ILLEGAL MILITIAS TO DISARM AND TO RELINQUISH CONTROL OF OCCUPIED BUILDINGS, STREETS AND PUBLIC SPACES *

PRES OBAMA SAYS HE IS HOPEFUL THAT THERE WILL BE A "FOLLOW-THROUGH" ON THE DEAL, BUT WARNS THAT THE U.S. IS PREPARED TO ISSUE MORE SANCTIONS IF RUSSIA CONTINUES TO INTERFERE IN UKRAINE *

PRES OBAMA SAYS 8 MIL PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP FOR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE THROUGH THE NEW INSURANCE EXCHANGES, EXCEEDING CBO ESTIMATES *

WH ALSO SAYS THAT 35% OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO'VE SIGNED UP ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 35 *

THE NEW FIGURES COME A WEEK AFTER HHS SECY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS ANNOUNCED SHE WAS STEPPING DOWN *

S KOREAN COAST GUARD DIVERS BEGIN PUMPING AIR INTO CAPSIZED FERRY *

IT'S NOT CLEAR IF THE AIR IS FOR SURVIVORS WHO MAY BE TRAPPED INSIDE OR TO RAISE THE SHIP AS PART OF A SALVAGE OPERATION *

AT LEAST 270 PEOPLE ARE STILL MISSING AND 26 ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER A FERRY SANK WED OFF THE SOUTHERN COAST OF SOUTH KOREA *

THE DEATH TOLL IS EXPECTED TO CLIMB DRAMATICALLY AS STRONG CURRENTS, RAIN AND POOR VISIBILITY HAVE HAMPERED SEARCH EFFORTS *

THERE WERE 475 PEOPLE ABOARD, MOST OF THEM HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS *

PRES OBAMA WILL PAY TRIBUTE TO THE VICTIMS OF THE SINKING NEXT WEEK, WHEN HE VISITS S KOREA FOR A PREVIOUSLY PLANNED TRIP *

THE FERRY'S CAPTAIN REPORTEDLY DELAYED GIVING EVACUATION ORDERS FOR HALF AN HOUR AFTER A S KOREAN TRANSPORTATION OFFICIAL CALLED FOR PREPARATIONS TO ABANDON SHIP *

THE S KOREAN COAST GUARD IS INVESTIGATING THE CAPTAIN FOR CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE AND TO DETERMINE IF HE WAS ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO ABANDON THE DOOMED SHIP *

THE CAPTAIN, 69-YR-OLD LEE JOON-SEOK, DECLINED TO ANSWER MEDIA QUESTIONS, BUT DID ISSUE AN APOLOGY TO THE VICTIMS' FAMILIES *

TOURISM OFFICALS SAY 6 NEPALESE GUIDES ARE DEAD AND 9 OTHERS ARE MISSING AFTER AVALANCE ON MOUNT EVEREST JUST BELOW A BASE CAMP *

RESCUERS AND FELLOW CLIMBERS ARE HEADED TO HELP *

A HELICOPTER HAS BEEN DISPATCHED *

THERE IS NO WORD IF AMERICANS ARE AMONG THE MISSING *

MOUNT EVEREST IS THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD *