Ukraine: ‘Many’ insurgents killed in Slovyansk

Pro Russian masked armed militants guard barricades near Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Ukraine's police and security forces are "helpless" to quell unrest in two eastern regions bordering Russia, and in some cases are cooperating with pro-Russian gunmen who have seized scores of government buildings and taken people hostage, the country's president Oleksandr Turchynov said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s acting president says pro-Russia insurgents have suffered significant losses as government forces carry out an offensive on the eastern city of Slovyansk (SLAHV’-yansk). Oleksandr Turchynov (oh-lek-SAN’-dur tur-CHY’-nahv) says in a statement that two Ukrainian soldiers were killed and seven wounded in the clashes, but “many” insurgents have been killed and injured. Russia says Kiev’s offensive has “destroyed” the two-week-old agreement aimed at cooling Ukraine’s crisis.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A provincial governor in northeastern Afghanistan says some 2,000 people are missing after a landslide struck a village in the region’s rugged mountains today. The governor of Badakshan province is appealing for shovels, saying rescue crews are working to find survivors but don’t have enough equipment. Heavy rains triggered the slide, burying 300 homes — about a third of all houses in the area.

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks have turned mixed at midday on Wall Street, as some disappointing corporate earnings reports offset a surprisingly strong April jobs report. The government says employers added 288,000 jobs last month. But while the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level in five years, that was due mainly to the exodus of people who stopped looking for work.

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — The lawyer for a teenager charged in the fatal stabbing of a Connecticut high school student says his client is showing signs of an active psychosis. Christopher Plaskon made his first court appearance today. The 16-year-old has been charged with murder in the slaying of Maren Sanchez last week at Jonathan Law High School in Milford.

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Lynchburg, Virginia, has emergency officials elsewhere in the state concerned about their ability to respond to such accidents. The track on which the train derailed also goes through Williamsburg and Richmond. Williamsburg’s fire chief William Dent says a derailment there could force the evacuations at the College of William and Mary and in the historic district, and his department would need help dealing with it. In Richmond, one of the worries is that a train could tumble from an elevated track that dissects the city.

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