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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help fight climate change.

Grim work for families as more bodies discovered

JINDO, South Korea — There are no names listed as relatives huddle around signboards to identify bodies from a sunken ferry. Just the slimmest of clues about mostly young lives now lost. Many favored hoodies and track pants. One girl painted her fingernails red and toenails black. Another had braces on her teeth.

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Pro-Russian militants ignore settlement in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — Pro-Russian militants, boasting that they did not take orders from diplomats in Washington or Moscow, refused to end their armed occupation of a dozen government buildings across eastern Ukraine on Friday, upending hopes for a quick end to the standoff.

Depth of health exchange probe unclear

HONOLULU — The scope of a federal review of Hawaii’s troubled health insurance exchange was unclear Friday after the U.S. Government Accountability Ofice said it has not yet determined how deeply it might investigate.