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April 19, 2014

Morning Update Friday, April 19

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2. FERRY SINKING OFF SOUTH KOREA LEAVES 29 DEAD, MORE THAN 270 MISSING

The ship, with 476 people aboard, was sailing to the southern island of Jeju and began sinking Wednesday. Among the passengers were high school students on a class trip. Investigators were looking at whether the ferry made too sharp a turn that caused the vessel to list and if the evacuation was not ordered quickly enough.

3. NOBEL LAUREATE GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ DIES AT AGE 87

Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday, was one of the most revered and influential writers of his generation. His works — among them "Chronicle of a Death Foretold," ''Love in the Time of Cholera" and "Autumn of the Patriarch" — outsold everything published in Spanish except the Bible. The epic 1967 novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" sold more than 50 million copies in more than 25 languages.

4. COLLEGE BOARD RELEASES SAMPLES OF NEW SAT TEST QUESTIONS

When the new test is rolled out in 2016, the essay section will be optional and will require a student to read a passage and explain how the author constructed an argument. Another big change revealed Wednesday is that relatively obscure vocabulary words such as "punctilious" and "lachrymose" are unlikely to appear on the test.

5. LAWYERS FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS TRY TO ROLL BACK PROSECUTION'S MOMENTUM

On Tuesday, the disabled athlete ended five days of withering cross-examination by the prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony about the night he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The defense team is trying to bolster his account that he shot her by mistake, thinking she was a dangerous intruder. The trial is now adjourned until May 5.

6. WAVE OF VIOLENCE BY SUSPECTED ISLAMIC MILITANTS SWEEPS NIGERIA

A bombing Monday at a bus station in the capital of Abuja killed at least 75 people. Extremists kidnapped 129 female students Tuesday, although some of them reportedly escaped. On Wednesday, gunmen attacked a northeastern village, killing 18. The unprecedented violence has many questioning the ability of Nigeria's military to contain the 5-year-old Islamic uprising.

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