Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
1. UKRAINIAN MILITIA DENIES CALLS TO FREE BUILDINGS
Pro-Russian insurgents in the east who have been occupying government buildings say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.
2. SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SURVIVORS OF SUNKEN SOUTH KOREAN SHIP
Officials say they're looking at whether the third mate ordered a turn whose degree was so sharp that it caused the ship to list.
3. TRAGEDY ON THE WORLD'S HIGHEST PEAK
An avalanche on Mount Everest kills at least 12 local guides, and three more are missing in the deadliest disaster in the mountain's history.
It explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to WhiteHouse.gov, mobile apps and social media sites. It also clarifies that online comments are in the open domain.
5. OBAMA TOUTS HEALTH CARE PROGRESS
New numbers on "Obamacare" enrollment are encouraging to the president, but still to be announced is how many of those were previously uninsured.
6. HOLY WEEK COMMEMORATIONS CONTINUE
Christians are marking Good Friday with prayers and processions through Jerusalem's Old City, while Pope Francis joins a torch-lit Via Crucis procession later in the day.
7. HOW THE OFFICER KILLED AFTER BOSTON BOMBINGS IS BEING REMEMBERED
Sean Collier will be honored in a ceremony at MIT, and some 25 friends and family will run the marathon to raise money for a scholarship fund named for him.
8. CHINA SAYS ONE-FIFTH OF ITS FARMLAND IS POLLUTED
The admission by Beijing is a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.
9. NEW DETAILS ABOUT DEATH DURING A LONG 911 CALL
Search warrants say the man accused of killing his wife while she was on the phone with a dispatcher had eaten marijuana-infused candy from one of Denver's pot dispensaries.
10. WHO IS NOT SINGIN' THE BLUES
St. Louis outlasted the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime to take Game 1 of its NHL playoff series.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
The House labor committee rejected bills Thursday that would have set the state minimum wage higher than the hourly federal rate of $7.25 and would have allowed local governments to set their own minimum wage.
Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Louisiana gained nine rigs, Texas increased by seven, California gained three and New Mexico increased by one.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,101 from the previous week's total of 1,985. There were 2,444 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.