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 *

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 *

PRO-RUSSIAN INSURGENTS IN UKRAINE'S EAST SAY THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE THE LEGITIMACY OF THE KIEV GOVT AND WON'T END THEIR OCCUPATION OF BUILDINGS UNLESS THAT GOVT RESIGNS *

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA AGREED THURS TO TAKE TENTATIVE STEPS TOWARD CALMING TENSIONS *

THE DEAL SPECIFIES THAT ALL ILLEGALLY SEIZED BUILDINGS SHOULD BE VACATED *

THE INSURGENTS SAY THAT APPLIES TO THE KIEV GOVT TOO *

PROSECUTORS IN SOUTH KOREA SEEKING ARREST WARRANTS FOR THE CAPTAIN OF THE FERRY THAT SANK TWO DAYS AGO AND TWO OTHER CREW MEMBERS *

INVESTIGATORS HAVE BEEN LOOKING INTO WHETHER A TURN MADE TOO SHARPLY CAUSED THE FERRY TO LIST AND THEN SINK *

AT LEAST 28 BODIES HAVE BEEN RECOVERED, BUT NEARLY 270 ARE STILL MISSING *

AVALANCHE ON ONE OF MT EVEREST'S CLIMBING ROUTES KILLS AT LEAST 12 NEPALESE GUIDES WITH THREE OTHERS MISSING *

THE CASCADE OF SNOW HIT THE GROUP AS THEY WERE FIXING ROPES FOR OTHER CLIMBERS WHO PLAN TO SCALE THE MOUNTAIN EARLY NEXT MONTH *

IT'S THE DEADLIEST DISASTER ON THE WORLD'S TALLEST MOUNTAIN AND COMES AS HUNDREDS OF CLIMBERS, THEIR GUIDES AND SUPPORT CREWS HAVE GATHERED AT THE BASE CAMP TO PREPARE FOR NEXT MONTH'S ATTEMPTS ON THE 29,035-FOOT SUMMIT *