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Five Things to Know About Alibaba, 'The Hottest Thing in Tech'

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth that's relatively unknown in the U.S., is preparing to file the prospectus for a U.S.-based initial public offering next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:37:22 GMT
7.5-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes in Mexico

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico Friday morning, shaking buildings across a large swath of the country, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage.The quake struck around 9:28 a.m. local time (10:28 a.m.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:37:21 GMT
Phone Thefts Soar as Kill-Switch Debate Heats Up

Smartphone thefts rarely make national news anymoreunless the victim was seriously hurt or killed during the robbery.But the crime spree has not gone away. It seems to have gotten worse.About 3.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:21:48 GMT
Christians Mark Good Friday Around the World

Christians commemorated the crucifixion with solemn processions and dramatic re-enactments.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:06:22 GMT
Where's Ukraine? 84 Percent of Americans Don't Know, Survey Says

At the end of March, the Washington Post asked a sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International) what action they wanted to take in Ukraine. In addition, the poll asked respondents to locate Ukraine on a map. How did it work?

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:06:22 GMT
Groupon's Hottest Deal Ever: Chance to Meet Brad Pitt for $10

Great dining and activity deals are expected from Groupon, but a chance to meet an A-list actor? Now that's an option too.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:50:45 GMT
SpaceX Aims to Blaze New Trail for Rocket Technology

SpaceX's cargo delivery mission to the International Space Station is due to send a host of innovations into orbit on Friday ranging from a laser communicator to cracker-sized satellites to a pair of claw-footed legs for the station's android robot.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:50:40 GMT
Mr. Met Was in The Secret Service's Crosshairs

A man who used to don the Mr. Met costume recounts that the Secret Service threatened to shoot him if he got too close to President Bill Clinton during a game in 1997.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:19:44 GMT
Osama Bin Laden Honored With Library at Pakistan School

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A seminary run by a fiery Muslim cleric has named a library after Osama bin Laden.Abdul Qadir, a spokesman for Maulana Abdul Aziz, confirmed that the all-girls madrassa in Pakistan's capital had recognized the slain al Qaeda leader "in honor of his martyrdom.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:19:42 GMT
Denver Man Accused of Killing Wife May Have Eaten Pot Candy

A Denver man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with 911 ate marijuana-infused candy before the shooting, according to a search warrant.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:04:10 GMT
Billy Crystal Reflects on Family, Loss, and His New HBO Special

The star comedian and actor sat down for a candid interview with Matt Lauer to reflect on his family and career, and his new HBO special 700 Sundays.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:04:10 GMT
GOP to Obama: We're Not Moving On

GOP to Obama: Were not moving onWhen President Obama announced on Thursday that eight million Americans have now enrolled for insurance under the health-care laws exchanges, he delivered this message to Republicans: Its time to move on from the five-year Health Care War.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:04:09 GMT
State Secret Revealed: Toxins Taint One-Fifth of China Farmland

The report adds to widespread doubts about the safety of China's farm produce.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:48:40 GMT
South Korea Ferry: Air Pumped Into Submerged Wreck of Ship

MOKPO, South Korea -- Divers began pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank, coast guard officials said Friday.It wasn't immediately clear if the air was for potential survivors trapped aboard the sunken ship or for a salvage operation.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:06 GMT
School Stabbing Victim's Condition Upgraded to Fair

A 17-year-old student critically wounded in last weeks suburban Pittsburgh stabbing spree is improving, and has been upgraded to fair condition, doctors said Thursday. Jared Boger was stabbed mere millimeters from his heart during the attack at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:06 GMT
Who Is Behind Letters Ordering Jews in East Ukraine to Register?

DONETSK, Ukraine - Masked men handed out leaflets telling Jews to register with pro-Russian separatists who had taken over a government office in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a witness told NBC News on Friday.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:33:02 GMT
Remembering the Extraordinary Gabriel Garcia Marquez

MEXICO CITY -- Even when we saw the end coming, Gabriel Garca Mrquez death still hits you in the gut.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:33 GMT
See Your Amazingly Awkward Easter Photos!

TODAYs Tamron Hall and the Orange Room crew get into the Easter spirit by looking at viewer-submitted photos of kids with the Easter Bunny.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:29 GMT
South Korea Ferry: Rescued Vice Principal Is Found Hanged

ANSAN, South Korea - A vice principal who was rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry was found hanging from a tree on Friday as loved ones gathered at his school to post messages for hundreds of students missing in the disaster.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:29 GMT
Air Force Drone Pilots Are Bummed Out, Overworked: Report

A new report from the Government Accountability Office says the U.S.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:29 GMT
Would-Be Hijacker Wielded Toblerone 'Like a Sword,' Court Hears

A passenger armed with only with a Toblerone chocolate bar demanded the jet fly to Sochi so he could watch the Winter Olympics, a court heard.Antti Oskari Manselius, 23, from Finland, also made a false bomb threat on the Feb.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:27 GMT
Depp Impact: The Science Behind 'Transcendence'

In the new science-fiction thriller Transcendence, Johnny Depp uploads his mind to a powerful computer, melding his consciousness with artificial intelligence in a scenario many refer to as the singularity.Far-fetched? Yes, but so is the idea of a brooding Depp as an awkward neuroscientist.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:17:26 GMT
Peaches Geldof Funeral Set for Easter Monday

A funeral for Peaches Geldof, the British model and TV personality who died at age 25 in early April, will take place on Easter Monday.The service is to be held at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Lawrence Church in Kent, England.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:20 GMT
Look, Ma, No Horse! Will Old Timey Car Make It in Central Park?

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented Thursday at the New York International Auto Show, as critics expressed their distaste for the idea.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:46:20 GMT
South Korea Ferry: 30-Minute Evacuation Delay Trapped Dozens

A half-hour delay in evacuation orders may have trapped hundreds on board the doomed South Korea ferry, according to new details which emerged Friday about how the disaster unfolded.

Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:30:46 GMT