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  • April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson breaks color barrier

    On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson, age 28, becomes the first African-American player in Major League Baseball when he steps onto Ebbets Field in Brooklyn to compete for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Robinson broke the color barrier in a sport that had been segregated for more than 50 years. Exactly 50 years later, on April 15, 1997, Robinson's groundbreaking career was honored and his uniform number, 42, was retired from Major League Baseball by Commissioner Bud Selig in a ceremony attended by over 50,000 fans at New York City's Shea Stadium. Robinson's was the first-ever number retired by all teams in the league.

    Jack Roosevelt Robinson was born January 31, 1919, in Cairo, Georgia, to a family of sharecroppers. Growing up, he excelled at sports and attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he was the first athlete to letter in four varsity sports: baseball, basketball, football and track. After financial difficulties forced Robinson to drop out of UCLA, he joined the army in 1942 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. After protesting instances of racial discrimination during his military service, Robinson was court-martialed in 1944. Ultimately, though, he was honorably discharged.

    After the army, Robinson played for a season in the Negro American League. In 1945, Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, recruited Robinson, who was known for his integrity and intelligence as well as his talent, to join one of the club's farm teams. In 1947, Robinson was called up to the Majors and soon became a star infielder and outfielder for the Dodgers, as well as the National League's Rookie of the Year. In 1949, the right-hander was named the National League's Most Valuable Player and league batting champ. Robinson played on the National League All-Star team from 1949 through 1954 and led the Dodgers to six National League pennants and one World Series, in 1955. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962, his first year of eligibility.

    Despite his talent and success as a player, Robinson faced tremendous racial discrimination throughout his career, from baseball fans and some fellow players. Additionally, Jim Crow laws prevented Robinson from using the same hotels and restaurants as his teammates while playing in the South.

    After retiring from baseball in 1957, Robinson became a businessman and civil rights activist. He died October 24, 1972, at age 53, in Stamford, Connecticut.



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    South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. The South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of military boats and helicopters scrambled Wednesday to rescue more than 470 people, including 325 high school students on a school trip, after a ferry sank off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. At least one person died and 14 were said to have been injured.


  • China stresses need for stability at first meeting of new security council

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  • Uruguay's leader declares $322,883 in wealth

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2009, file photo Uruguay's President Jose Mujica stands in a tractor on his flower farm on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. Mujica has declared $322,883 in wealth in 2014. Uruguay's president has been labeled “the poorest president in the world,” but his sworn declaration in 2014 shows a 74 percent increase since 2012. He says that’s because didn’t put his money, about $104,000, in bank accounts until recently. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has declared $322,883 in wealth.


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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.
  • New Zealand, Australian men killed in Yemen strike
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said Wednesday that a New Zealand man and an Australian man with links to terrorism were killed in November during a drone strike in Yemen.
  • China blames France's Veolia for supervision flaws in tap water pollution case

    The logo of French utility group Veolia is pictured during the company's 2011 annual results in ParisChina has blamed French utility Veolia Environnement for "supervision problems" in its water quality standards after authorities said a cancer-inducing chemical had been found in tap water supplied by the firm at 20 times above national safety levels, state media said on Wednesday. The above-standards reading of benzene in the tap water in the northwestern city of Lanzhou was taken on Friday, forcing the city to turn off supplies in one district and warn other residents not to drink tap water for the next 24 hours. Lanzhou, a heavily industrialized city of 3.6 million people in the northwestern province of Gansu, ranks among China's most polluted population centers. Investigators looking into the incident found "there were supervision problems within Veolia Water Company related to water quality and safety", China National Radio said on its website, quoting a Lanzhou government spokesman speaking at a news conference.


  • One dead as S. Korea ferry with 476 passengers sinks

    A Mokpo Coast Guard Station file photo of the 6,825-ton ferry Sewol, which has sunk off the coast of South Korea while the coastguard sought to rescue about 476 passengers on boardSouth Korea's coastguard said Wednesday one person had been killed as it struggled to rescue 476 people -- mostly high school students -- aboard a ferry that ran aground and sank off the southern coast. Lee Gyeong-Og, the vice minister of security and public administration, told a press briefing in Seoul that he could only confirm the rescue of 161 people so far. "The ferry is almost completely submerged," Lee said, adding that a detachment of South Korean Navy SEALS were taking part in the rescue. Of the 450 passengers on board the ferry bound for the southern resort island of Jeju, 325 were students from a high school in Ansan, south of Seoul.


  • Top Asian News at 3:00 a.m. GMT
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities. The ferry with 476 people including 325 high school students was sailing to the southern island of Jeju when it sent a distress call Wednesday morning as it began leaning to one side, according to Ministry of Security and Public Administration.
  • Asia shares rise, shrug off slower China growth

    People stand at a barricade at the regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Several government buildings have fallen to mobs of Moscow loyalists in recent days as unrest spreads across the east of the country. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)TOKYO (AP) — Shares rose Wednesday in Asia, led by Japan's Nikkei 225 index, as investors largely shrugged off news that China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 24 years in the first quarter.


  • Hundreds rescued after ferry sinks off South Korea

    South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of rescue boats and helicopters are scrambling to save more than 470 people, including many high school students, caught on a ferry sinking off South Korea's southern coast, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.


  • Venezuela in new crisis talks

    Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a celebration of his first year in government at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on April 15, 2014Venezuela's government and opposition sat down for a new round of talks aimed at ending two months of deadly protests that have rocked the oil-rich nation. Vice President Jorge Arreaza was leading the meeting with the Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition, which agreed to begin the talks last week under the auspices of South American nations and the Vatican. "Here with the (UNASUR) foreign ministers, and the nuncio, we are starting the first session of preparatory work. We will comment on the way out," tweeted Ramon Aveledo, a top MUD representative.


  • 6 die as bus catches fire in India
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police say at least six people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured when a bus caught fire in southern India.
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  • Solemn tributes mark Boston Marathon bombing

    Olivia Savarino, center, hugs Christelle Pierre-Louis, left, as Callie Benjamin, right, looks on near the finish line of the Boston Marathon during ceremonies on Boylston Street, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Boston. Savarino and Benjamin were working at the Forum restaurant when a bomb went off in front of the building on April 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)BOSTON (AP) — Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience in the face of a terror attack.


  • China's growth slows to 24-year low of 7.4 percent
    BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth slowed to a 24-year low of 7.4 percent in the first quarter, raising the risk of job losses and a potential impact on its trading partners.
  • Ferry with 476 people sinking off SKorea

    South Korean rescue helicopters fly over a South Korean passenger ship, trying to rescue passengers from the ship in water off the southern coast in South Korea, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. A government office said the passenger ship carrying about 470 people have sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began tittering to one side. (AP Photo/Yonhap) KOREA OUTSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, including many high school students, is sinking off the country's southern coast Wednesday after sending a distress call, officials said. There are no immediate reports of causalities.


  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims
    VALPARAISO, Chile (AP) — President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot be protected from disasters.
  • Royals lap up puppy love as New Zealand tour wraps up

    Prince William and his wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, hold puppies during their visit to the Royal New Zealand Police College in Wellington on the final day of their New Zealand visit on April 16, 2014Prince William and wife Catherine experienced Wednesday some puppy love from German Shepherds destined to be police dogs before departing New Zealand with baby Prince George for the Australian leg of a three-week tour. The couple, who included their own dog Lupo in an official family portrait released last month, fussed over the puppies and questioned their carers at Wellington's Royal New Zealand Police College about the animals' eating and exercise habits. They also went walkabout in the heart of the capital at the end of their 10-day stay in New Zealand, where they have attracted crowds in the tens of thousands, even in small regional towns such as Blenheim and Cambridge. The numbers were down slightly in Wellington as the rain that has dogged their stay continued, with William commenting "Look at the sunshine!" when shown a picture of his father Prince Charles opening the police college in 1981.


  • Amnesty: Haiti human rights activist threatened

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    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side. South Korean media, including Yonhap news agency, say passengers were asked to jump overboard with life vests as the ship was on the verge of sinking. News reports say about 120 people have already been rescued.
  • Islamists abduct more than 100 girls from Nigeria school

    Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (C) and Nigerian Senate President David Mark (C-L) visit the site of a bomb attack in Abuja on April 14, 2014Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Heavily armed Boko Haram Islamists kidnapped more than 100 girls from a school in northeast Nigeria, sparking a search by soldiers to track down the attackers, a security source and witnesses said. The unprecedented mass abduction in Borno state came hours after a bomb blast ripped through a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, killing 75 people, the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria's capital. The violence underscored the serious threat the Islamists pose to Africa's most populous country, with the group capable of carrying out large-scale attacks in remote areas and massive bombings in major urban centres. Gunmen stormed the Government Girls Secondary School in the Chibok area of Borno after sundown on Monday, torching several buildings before opening fire on soldiers and police who were guarding the school, witnesses said.


  • South Korea blocks Ashley Madison adultery website

    The homepage of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison dating website displayed on a laptop in Hong Kong, August 20, 2013South Korea has blocked the newly launched Korean version of the global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison, saying Wednesday that it threatened family values in a country where marital infidelity is a crime. Under a 1953 statute that criminalises adultery, an unfaithful spouse in South Korea can receive a prison sentence of up to two years for having an affair. The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), a largely government-appointed body, said the website was an incitement to immorality. "In light of the legal spirit of relevant laws aimed to protect healthy sexual morals, marriage bonds and family life, KCSC decided to block access to the site which incites adultery," the commission said in a statement.


  • Reports: Ferry with 471 people sinking off SKorea
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A government office says a South Korean passenger ship carrying about 470 people has sent a distress call off the southern coast after it began leaning to one side.
  • Recovery effort underway after two die in Australia coal mine
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  • CONCACAF disciplines Cruz Azul for altercation
    MIAMI (AP) — Regional football governing body, CONCACAF, has fined Mexican club Cruz Azul and penalized goalkeeper Jesus Corona for an altercation after their Champions League semifinal against Club Tijuana last Wednesday.
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    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet continued its second seabed search on Wednesday as up to 14 planes were to take to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris from the ill-fated airliner. The U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 submarine began its second 20-hour underwater mission on Tuesday after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said.

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