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Video: Times Minute | 3 Dead in Ukraine

There were reports of fatalities after clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. Also on the Minute, using guns to lure votes and a warning about buying Cheerios.






Arab-Israeli Activist Is Moved to House Arrest

The Israeli citizen, a Palestinian rights activist, was detained after a visit to Lebanon, on suspicion of an unauthorized visit to an enemy state.

UPS surveillance

I Cite - 2 hours 17 min ago
From: To Increase Productivity, UPS Monitors Drivers' Every Move by Jacob Goldstein April 17, 2014 7:34 AM ET On the surface, UPS trucks look the same as they did more than 20 years ago, when Bill Earle started driving for the company in rural Pennsylvania. But underneath the surface, Earle says, the job has changed a lot. The thing you sign your name on when the UPS guy gives you a package used to be a piece of paper. Now it's a computer that tells Earle everything he needs to know. The computer doesn't just give advice. It gathers data all day long. Earle's truck is also full of sensors that record to the second when he opens or closes the door behind him, buckles his seat belt and when he starts the truck. Technology means that no matter what kind of job you have — even if you're alone in a truck on an empty road — your company can now measure everything you do. In Earle's case, those measurements go into a little black box in the back of his truck. At the end of the day, the data get sent to Paramus, N.J., where computers crunch through the data from UPS trucks across the country. "The data are about as important as the package for us," says Jack Levis, who's in charge of the UPS data. It's his job to think about small amounts of time and large amounts of money. "Just one minute per driver per... Jodi
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DealBook: Morgan Stanley’s Earnings Increase 18%

Morgan Stanley’s results were driven in part by surprisingly strong performance in the bank’s fixed-income division, which trades bonds, derivatives and commodities.






The Lede: Video of Snowden Asking Putin About Surveillance

The former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden asked President Vladimir V. Putin a question during a call-in program on Russian television.






Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School Calendar

The city’s Muslims do not often work together politically, but they have found common ground in the fight to close public schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.






Well: 5 Things to Know About Quinoa

This week, a new food is appearing on Passover tables around the country. The Orthodox Union, the authority on kosher foods, recently ruled that certain brands of quinoa could carry its “Kosher for Passover” symbol.

Basil A. Paterson, 87, Harlem Leader and Father of a Governor, Dies

Mr. Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson, dominated politics in Harlem and influenced black political power in New York City and the state for decades.






DealBook: Profit and Revenue Drop at Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs reported on Thursday that first-quarter profit declined to $2.03 billion, reflecting a drop in its fixed-income unit and overall revenue, but its results exceeded expectations.






G.O.P. Campaign Outreach Tool: Gun Sweepstakes

Online weapon giveaways have become one of the fastest growing ways for Republican candidates to build up donor lists and expand support.






Survivors of Korean Ferry Recall a Sharp Turn, Then Chaos

As families suffered an agonizing wait for information on missing loved ones, passengers who survived the sinking offered a vivid picture of how a trip to a resort island turned into catastrophe.






City Room: New York Today: Chilly Critters

What you need to know for Thursday: animals sleep through the cold, mostly sunny skies, and the Port Authority’s whimsical side.






DoubleX Gabfest: The Friends Every Night Edition

News: Slate - 4 hours 30 min ago

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Putin Asserts Right to Use Force in Eastern Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin said he hoped invasion of what he called “new Russia” would not be necessary. He also said for the first time that Russian forces had been sent to Crimea.

Will It Play in Emporia?

News: Slate - 6 hours 17 min ago

This article is part of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. On Wednesday, April 30, Future Tense will host an event in Washington, D.C., on technology and the future of higher education. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.

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The Last Golden Days of Marijuana Smuggling

News: Slate - 6 hours 51 min ago

Adapted from The Last Pirate: A Father, His Son, and the Golden Age of Marijuana by Tony Dokoupil, out now from Doubleday.

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Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

With the country’s long-troubled economy teetering on the edge of recession, average Russians are feeling the pinch, even before the bite of Western sanctions over Crimea.

Russia Economy Worsens Even Before Sanctions Hit

With the country’s long-troubled economy teetering on the edge of recession, average Russians are feeling the pinch, even before the bite of Western sanctions over Crimea.

Fleece U

News: Slate - 8 hours 23 min ago

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Ukrainian Forces Kill 3 Pro-Russian Demonstrators

The firefight in the city of Mariupol, the most lethal so far in eastern Ukraine, underscored the worsening security situation a day after government forces were humiliated by militants.






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