VP JOE BIDEN WARNS RUSSIA "IT'S TIME TO STOP TALKING AND START ACTING" TO REDUCE TENSION IN UKRAINE *

BIDEN SPOKE TODAY AFTER MEETING WITH UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS IN THEIR CAPITAL, KIEV *

THE VP ALSO ANNOUNCED THE U.S. WILL PROVIDE AN ADDITIONAL $50 MIL TO HELP UKRAINE'S BELEAGUERED GOVT WITH POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC REFORMS *

DEATH TOLL RELATED TO THE SUNKEN FERRY OFF THE COAST OF S KOREA RISES TO 146, WITH MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE STILL MISSING *

THE CAPTAIN AND EIGHT CREW MEMBERS ARE EITHER UNDER ARREST OR BEING DETAINED *

THE SEWOL FERRY LISTED HEAVILY AND SANK AFTER MAKING A TURN OFF S KOREA'S SOUTHERN COAST LAST WED *

ACTING UKRAINE PRES OLEKSANDR TURCHYNOV ORDERS SECURITY FORCES TO RESUME "ANTI-TERROR" OPS IN THE COUNTRY'S EAST *

MOVE SPARKS FEARS THAT LAST WK'S INTL AGREEMENT TO EASE THE UKRAINE CRISIS IS FAILING *

DEAL CALLED FOR ALL SIDES TO REFRAIN FROM VIOLENCE AND FOR DEMONSTRATORS TO VACATE PUBLIC BUILDINGS *

U.S. RESEARCH INSTITUTE SAYS SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS INCREASED ACTIVITY AT N KOREA'S PUNGGYE-RI NUCLEAR TEST SITE *

HOWEVER, THERE IS NOT ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO INDICATE AN UNDERGROUND EXPLOSION IS IMMINENT *

N KOREA RECENTLY THREATENED TO CONDUCT ITS FOURTH NUCLEAR TEST AND THERE IS SPECULATION IT WILL DO SO WHEN PRES OBAMA TRAVELS TO ASIA THIS WK *

U.S. ARMY PARATROOPERS ARRIVE IN POLAND TO BEGIN MILITARY EXERCISES IN FOUR EASTERN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES *

EXERCISES WILL LAST ABOUT A MONTH AND INVOLVE ABOUT 600 TROOPS *

MANEUVERS, WHICH FOLLOW RUSSIA'S ANNEXATION OF UKRAINE'S CRIMEAN PENINSULA, ARE AIMED AT REASSURING NATO ALLIES THAT THE U.S. IS COMMITTED TO THE REGION'S DEFENSE *

MEANWHILE, UKRAINE'S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS A MILITARY SURVEILLANCE PLANE WAS HIT BY SMALL ARMS FIRE OVER THE REBEL-HELD CITY OF SLAVYANSK *

THE PLANE SAFELY MADE AN EMERGENCY LANDING *

UN CMTE TAKES NO ACTION ON THE U.S. REFUSAL TO GRANT A VISA TO IRAN'S CHOICE FOR UN AMBASSADOR *

PRES OBAMA SIGNED LEGISLATION ON APRIL 18 TO BLOCK HAMID ABOUTALEBI FROM ENTERING THE U.S. BECAUSE OF HIS TIES TO THE 1979 TAKEOVER OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN TEHRAN *

IRAN HAS INDICATED IT WILL STAND BY ITS DECISION TO NOMINATE ABOUTALEBI TO THE UN POST AND WILL "PURSUE THE MATTER VIA LEGAL MECHANISM" AT THE UN *

A 15-YR-OLD BOY WHO STOWED AWAY IN THE WHEEL WELL OF A HAWAIIAN AIRLINES PLANE DURING A FLIGHT FROM CA TO HAWAII IS NOW HOSPITALIZED IN HONOLULU *

THE TEEN WAS UNCONSCIOUS FOR MOST OF THE 5 1/2-HOUR FLIGHT ON SUN AND DIDN'T REGAIN CONSCIOUSNESS UNTIL AN HOUR AFTER THE PLANE LANDED *

FAA RECORDS SHOW THAT OF THE 105 PEOPLE KNOWN TO HAVE STOWED AWAY ON FLIGHTS AROUND THE WORLD OVER THE LAST 67 YEARS, ONLY 25 LIVED THROUGH THE ORDEAL *

TSA OFFICIALS, LAW ENFORCEMENT AND AIRPORT AUTHORITIES ARE REVIEWING SECURITY PROCEDURES IN WAKE OF THE INCIDENT *

PILOTS AT JETBLUE AIRWAYS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY TO UNIONIZE, REVERSING TWO EARLIER VOTES *

PILOTS WILL JOIN THE AIR LINE PILOTS ASSOC, THE WORLD'S LARGEST PILOT UNION *

JETBLUE'S PILOTS VOTED DOWN UNION REPRESENTATION IN 2009 AND 2011 *

SCIENTISTS AT MIT USE A GENOME-EDITING TECHNIQUE TO CURE MICE OF AN INHERITED LIVER DISEASE *

SCIENTISTS REPORTEDLY USED TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOWS THEM TO ALTER DNA AT SPECIFIC POINTS OF THE CHROMOSOMES OF ANIMALS OR PLANTS *

THE FINDINGS COULD SOMEDAY LEAD TO CLINICAL TRIALS ON HUMANS *

IRS INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS THE AGENCY PAID $1 MIL IN BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES WHO OWED BACK TAXES *

THE REPORT SAYS PAYING BONUSES TO WORKERS WHO OWE BACK TAXES CONFLICTS WITH THE IRS' MISSION TO ENFORCE THE NATION'S TAX CODE *

BETWEEN 2010 AND 2012, THE AGENCY PAID MORE THAN $2.8 MIL IN BONUSES TO EMPLOYEES WHO HAD DOCUMENTED CONDUCT ISSUES *

AVG PRICE OF A DOMESTIC AIRLINE TICKET ROSE BY JUST $1 LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO A GOVT STUDY *

THE DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE AVG DOMESTIC AIRFARE ROSE TO $381 IN THE FOURTH QTR OF 2013 *

THE HIGHEST AVG FARES WERE IN HUNTSVILLE, AL, AND THE LOWEST AVG FARES WERE FOUND IN LONG BEACH, CA *

AIRFARES ARE UP 10% SINCE 2009 *

MANCHESTER UNITED FIRES MANAGER DAVID MOYES AFTER JUST 10 MONTHS ON THE JOB *

MOYES REPLACED SIR ALEX FERGUSON, WHO SPENT ALMOST 27 YEARS AT THE CLUB, WINNING 13 PREMIER LEAGUE TITLES AND TWO CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TROPHIES *

MAN U, ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE SPORTS TEAMS IN THE WORLD, IS CURRENTLY IN SEVENTH PLACE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE, HAVING LOST A CLUB-RECORD 11 LEAGUE GAMES THIS SEASON *

DRUGMAKERS NOVARTIS AND GLAXOSMITHKLINE AGREE TO A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR DEAL TO EXCHANGE CORPORATE DIVISIONS *

SWISS PHARMA COMPANY NOVARTIS WILL ACQUIRE GSK'S CANCER DRUGS UNIT FOR $16 BIL *

IN TURN, GSK WILL BUY NOVARTIS' VACCINES DIVISION FOR $7.1 BIL *

PRES OBAMA VISITS SCENE OF LAST MONTH'S DEADLY MUDSLIDE IN OSO, WA *

OBAMA SURVEYED THE DAMAGE FROM THE AIR AND MET WITH FIRST RESPONDERS AND VICTIMS' FAMILIES *

THE MARCH 22 MUDSLIDE KILLED AT LEAST 41 PEOPLE, WITH ANOTHER TWO PEOPLE STILL LISTED AS MISSING *

UNIV OF MAINE SCIENTISTS SAY NUMBER OF BABY LOBSTERS OFF THE STATE'S COAST CONTINUES TO DECLINE, LIKELY BRINGING AN END TO RECENT RECORD-HIGH CATCHES *

THE RESEARCHERS SAY THAT ALL 11 OF MAINE'S BABY LOBSTER SETTLEMENT AREAS HAVE POPULATIONS THAT ARE LESS THAN HALF THEIR 2007 LEVELS *

AROUND 85% OF THE NATION'S LOBSTER CATCH IN 2012 CAME FROM MAINE *

ANGELS FIRST BASEMAN ALBERT PUJOLS HITS THE 499TH AND 500TH HOME RUNS OF HIS CAREER *

34-YR-OLD PUJOLS IS THE 26TH PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL HISTORY TO REACH THE 500 HOME RUN MILESTONE *

HE'S THE FIRST PLAYER TO COLLECT HIS 499TH AND 500TH HOMERS IN THE SAME GAME *