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Abe and Obama to discuss trade deal

  • damage: Residents fear damage to environment and associate US camps with accidents and crime.
  • explosion: Residents reported hearing explosions near Camp Zama and police found pipes and projectiles in a nearby field.
  • security: Both countries also recently agreed on new defence guidelines which clarify the US' commitments to Japan's security.
  • discuss: Japanese television network NHK said Mr Abe is expected to discuss those guidelines with Mr Obama on Tuesday, as well as the controversial relocation of the Futenma US air base in Okinawa.
  • island: US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US commitment to Japan remained " iron-clad" and covered all territories under Tokyo's administration, including islands in the East China Sea which Beijing also claims.

BP profit hit by oil price fall

  • oppose: On Monday the Financial Times reported that the UK government would oppose a bid from a foreign company.
  • environment: Chief executive Bob Dudley said BP's results reflected the " weaker environment and the actions we are taking in response ".
  • disaster: The company has shrunk after selling assets in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico disaster in 2010 and is now worth considerably less than rivals Exxon Mobil or Shell.
  • sharp: Oil giant BP has reported a sharp fall in profit for the three months to the end of March as the dramatic fall in oil prices takes its toll.
  • foreign: On Monday the Financial Times reported that the UK government would oppose a bid from a foreign company.

South Korea Ferry Captain Sentenced to Life in Prison

  • sentence: They will now receive jail terms ranging from 18 months to 12 years, instead of the five- to 30-year sentences handed down in November.
  • lax: Many South Koreans remain outraged, both at the crew as well as the government, which has acknowledged that corruption and lax safety standards contributed to the tragedy.
  • submerge: Earlier this month on the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, South Korean President Park Geun-hye vowed to raise the sunken ferry, which remains submerged upside down in the same location where it sank.
  • dereliction: In November, a lower court sentenced Lee to 36 years in jail after finding him guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty for abandoning the passengers, who were mostly high school students on a school outing.
  • acknowledge: Many South Koreans remain outraged, both at the crew as well as the government, which has acknowledged that corruption and lax safety standards contributed to the tragedy.

Baltimore erupts in riots after funeral of man who died in police custody

  • riot: The riots broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since arson and gunfire in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
  • pharmacy: Rioters smashed car windows outside a major hotel and twice slashed a fire hose while firefighters fought a blaze at a CVS pharmacy that had been looted before it was set on fire.
  • major: Rioters smashed car windows outside a major hotel and twice slashed a fire hose while firefighters fought a blaze at a CVS pharmacy that had been looted before it was set on fire.
  • blaze: Rioters smashed car windows outside a major hotel and twice slashed a fire hose while firefighters fought a blaze at a CVS pharmacy that had been looted before it was set on fire.
  • block: The riots broke out just a few blocks from the funeral of Freddie Gray and then spread through much of West Baltimore in the most violent U.S. demonstrations since arson and gunfire in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.

US states take aim at NSA facilities

  • ire: The particular target of his ire is the Texas Cryptologic Center, an NSA facility located near San Antonio..
  • unlawful: Instead his cause has been what he sees as government theft of privacy- the unlawful acquisition by the National Security Agency of personal information in the form of metadata about electronic communications by US citizens.
  • acquisition: Instead his cause has been what he sees as government theft of privacy- the unlawful acquisition by the National Security Agency of personal information in the form of metadata about electronic communications by US citizens.
  • populous: According to Mike Maharrey, communications director for the centre, the California law, with its" actual knowledge" provision, is significantly weaker than they had hoped- but a good first step in the nation's most populous state.
  • onerous: These days Stickland, a Texas state representative, isn't spending most of his time worrying about the government " stealing" through high taxes or onerous regulation- standard political fare for the kind of conservatives who populate the state capitol in Austin..

The Latest: Judge instructs jury in Colorado shooting trial

  • addle: His lawyers will argue he was too addled by mental illness to tell right from wrong.
  • alternate: Samour earlier seated 12 jurors, plus 12 alternates who will replace any jurors who are dismissed for health or other reasons.
  • alternate: The 24 people will not know if they are jurors or alternates until deliberations are about to begin.
  • docket: Court dockets show at least 100 other cases scheduled for the day.
  • alternate: Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. explained to the 12 jurors, plus 12 alternates, the guidelines of an insanity plea.

Prosecutor: Cop behind wheel in wrong-way fatal was drunk

  • slur: A police dashboard camera video showed him weaving, wobbling and slurring his words as he attempted to complete a field sobriety test.
  • caption: The photo included a caption of a toast he said he had given.
  • sobriety: A police dashboard camera video showed him weaving, wobbling and slurring his words as he attempted to complete a field sobriety test.

Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads

  • cull: Wisconsin, which has to cull hundreds of thousands of birds because of the outbreak, declared a state of emergency last week.
  • precaution: An estimated 300 people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and South Dakota have been told they should take the drug as a precaution, public health officials told Reuters, but fewer than half of them have begun doing so.
  • virulent: To date, the virulent H5N2 influenza, which has infected turkeys and chickens on Midwestern poultry farms, has not affected humans.
  • pathogenic: CHICAGO (Reuters)- Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.

Lynch inherits civil rights probes from Holder as U.S. attorney general

  • daunting: Besides trying to improve community policing, Lynch will face other daunting problems.
  • evade: Lynch will have to tackle settlements pending with banks over the manipulation of currency markets and charges of helping clients evade U.S. taxes.
  • probe: The Justice Department is probing whether excessive force was used against minorities in violation of their civil rights.

Top U.S. court appears on cusp of declaring right to gay marriage

  • apprehension: He has demonstrated apprehension about the reputation of the court that, by virtue of his service as chief justice, informally bears his name.
  • invalidate: That 5-4 decision did not address a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, but lower court judges interpreted the ruling as an endorsement of it and began invalidating state bans.
  • deplore: In his most recent gay rights decision for the court in 2013, rejecting a legal definition of marriage limited to a man and woman for purposes of federal benefits, Kennedy deplored that U.S. law for making gay marriages" unequal.
  • spectator: Lines for general spectator seats began forming around 6 a.m. on Friday, more than four days ahead of the scheduled oral arguments at 10 a.m..

Picture it: A 1,000-year exposure showing a changing Earth

  • compress: So what you're getting in a sense is... a movie of the full period, of the full thousand years, but all compressed into a single frame," he says.
  • chronicle: Keats, a San Francisco writer and self-described experimental philosopher and conceptual artist, has designed a " millennium camera" that he intends to mount in a churchless steeple on a college campus and chronicle climate change by taking a 1,000-year exposure of a western Massachusetts mountain range.
  • egotism: I realize (it) may seem like a supreme act of egotism.
  • aperture: It begins as the old science fair standby, the pinhole camera, which allows light to enter through a tiny aperture.
  • tripod: Stearns Steeple at bucolic Amherst College, where Keats studied philosophy in the 1990s, will serve as the camera's tripod of sorts.

Washington Everest team loses medic as result of avalanche

  • strenuous: We're hearing the strenuous efforts that our Sherpa team and Mark Tucker are going through down there trying to help with the injured and those who haven't fared so well.
  • unscathed: Gordon Janow, director of programs for Alpine Ascents International, said from Seattle that his team had come through the avalanche unscathed.
  • masonry: Damage in the village included fallen masonry and collapsed walls, but nobody in the team was injured, Guthrie said.
  • dust: We got dusted" by the avalanche, Hahn wrote, but added: " We are hearing reports of some pretty destructive action down there, injuries and loss of life.

Why don't Americans mark their Civil War like the British do WW2?

  • cessation: In fact, this dramatic encounter between the two pre-eminent military commanders in the conflict didn't result in the immediate cessation of all hostilities.
  • rebellious: After several years of fighting, the Northern army was victorious and the rebellious states returned to the Union.
  • observance: Yet these American anniversary observances seemed very localised and understated compared with how we do such things in Britain, where we are more concerned with making as much as we can of as many commemorations as possible.
  • bombard: In the first battle, the Confederates bombarded Union soldiers at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, on 12 April 1861.
  • remembrance: There will be a service of remembrance in St Paul's Cathedral and a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

Another condemned Ala inmate claiming innocence

  • zealous: McGregor, whose zealous tactics were attacked by lawyers for Hinton and Mus grove, described Hinton's case as a favorite cause of " anti-death-penalty gangsters.
  • abet: A judge overturned Ziegler's conviction in 2012, and Ziegler was released after reaching a deal to plead guilty to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting a slaying in return for his release after more than 15 years behind bars.
  • deficient: A breakthrough came last year when Hinton won a new trial after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled his trial attorney was " constitutionally deficient.
  • appellate: While the state attorney general's office hasn't yet responded to Mus grove's arguments in court and declined comment this week, it has defended the conviction for nearly 30 years and once got the Alabama Supreme Court to reverse a lower state appellate court that overturned the case.

Appalachian nonprofit links small farmers with big grocers

  • seminar: The moves paid off, and Terry was invited to speak at a late 2014 seminar on self-sustaining nonprofit ventures.
  • pioneer: Appalachian Harvest is considered a pioneer of this model for helping small farms pool produce into tractor-trailer loads for brokers and chains that also include North Carolina-based Ingles and Food City, which has stores in Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.
  • lull: Even in the lull before growing season, it's a busy day at Appalachian Harvest, a 15-year-old nonprofit that's a standout success in a distressed region where economic development efforts come and go.

Winners and losers of the demise of the big Comcast deal

  • behemoth: The combined company would have created an Internet and TV behemoth with unprecedented power over what Americans download and watch.
  • pipe: The combined company would have had more power to negotiate lower prices for TV and movies that are piped into subscribers ' homes from companies like Fox, Disney and Viacom.
  • wire: Cable companies are the dominant providers of wired Internet access in the U.S..

Attorneys: Memo shows special treatment for reserve deputy

  • sting: Lawyers for Eric Harris released a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office memo outlining an investigation into Robert Bates, 73, who says he confused his handgun for his stun gun during an April 2 sting involving gun sales.
  • admittance: The report concludes Bates didn't receive special treatment for admittance into the program because no advanced deputy had fully met internal standards.
  • supervise: Chapman, who supervised reserve deputies, also told investigators that two of Bates ' peers said his field operations" were a little scary.
  • forward: He did not respond to questions after the AP forwarded him a copy of the report.

Washington gov. signs overhaul of medical marijuana market

  • masquerade: The proliferation of green-cross medical dispensaries has long been a concern for police and other officials who decry them as a masquerade for black-market sales.
  • decry: The proliferation of green-cross medical dispensaries has long been a concern for police and other officials who decry them as a masquerade for black-market sales.
  • pejorative: This is pejorative to patients while being friendly to those who are in the business of patients," said Muraco Kyashna-tocha, who operated a Seattle medical dispensary.
  • solid: Under the new law, patients who join the voluntary registry will be allowed to possess three times as much marijuana as is allowed under the recreational law: 3 ounces dry, 48 ounces of marijuana-infused solids, 216 ounces liquid and 21 grams of concentrates.

North America's largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico

  • hospitality: Organizers expect anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 visitors, providing a boost to Albuquerque's hospitality industry.
  • pageant: The contest is one of the largest and most prestigious cultural pageants for young Native women.
  • artisan: At the Indian Traders Market, more than 800 artisans and crafters show off their wares.

BYOB: It's brew your own beer at some colleges

  • ale: A few feet away, senior chemistry major Stephen Moser was in the back room of this former campus bookstore, brewing up a batch of ale.
  • taste: Students studying for bachelor's and master's degrees in fermentation do have to taste each batch to ensure what they have produced is not what Bamforth, a former Bass Ale executive, would dismiss as " absolute swill.
  • hospitality: For years, the university, with a strong emphasis on agriculture and hospitality studies, has operated its own ranch, hotel and events center.
  • pungent: Bronco Brown, a pungent dark ale named for the school's mascot, is made with ranch-grown barley and hops.
  • ale: Bronco Brown, a pungent dark ale named for the school's mascot, is made with ranch-grown barley and hops.

Canadian court to extradite 2 to New Hampshire in '88 deaths

  • acquit: Three juries failed to convict or acquit Barnaby, the last time in 1990.
  • resuscitate: Mark Sisti, who defended Barnaby years ago and worked on his extradition case, said he's stunned that it is being resuscitated.
  • transcribe: What's being set up now is extensive pretrial litigation, reconstruction of the case itself, reopening all of these avenues of investigation, reinterviewing everybody, transcribing and delivering all of the transcripts of all three trials, which will be approximately three to four months of testimony which has to be transcribed... it's going to go on for quite a whil e," he said.
  • transcribe: What's being set up now is extensive pretrial litigation, reconstruction of the case itself, reopening all of these avenues of investigation, reinterviewing everybody, transcribing and delivering all of the transcripts of all three trials, which will be approximately three to four months of testimony which has to be transcribed... it's going to go on for quite a whil e," he said.

Correction: Colorado Shooting-Mental Health story

  • grisly: Jurors, who will be closest to the grisly photos and testimony, will have access to counseling, but only after the trial, because they can't discuss the case until then.
  • infusion: Carl Clark, a psychiatrist who heads the Mental Health Center of Denver, has one of the drop-in centers established with the infusion of state money at his facility.
  • receptive: Hill said first responders have been particularly receptive, because many are concerned that seeking help through their police or fire departments will lead peers to consider them unfit.

Arizona sheriff reveals investigation into judge's wife

  • profile: The judge determined in 2013 that the sheriff's office systematically racially profiled Latinos during traffic stops and then convened the contempt-of-court hearing this week after Arpaio defied his orders to stop carrying out immigration patrols.
  • convene: The judge determined in 2013 that the sheriff's office systematically racially profiled Latinos during traffic stops and then convened the contempt-of-court hearing this week after Arpaio defied his orders to stop carrying out immigration patrols.
  • brash: The normally brash sheriff gave soft-spoken and terse answers in his second day on the witness stand.
  • terse: The normally brash sheriff gave soft-spoken and terse answers in his second day on the witness stand.
  • demeanor: His demeanor lacked the bravado he normally brings to news conferences and TV interviews, and he answered several questions with " I don't recall.

What could McDonald's do to fix its business?

  • vegetarian: People are increasingly seeking out vegetarian options, even if they're not converting into strict vegetarians, said Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for The Humane Society of the United States.
  • vegetarian: People are increasingly seeking out vegetarian options, even if they're not converting into strict vegetarians, said Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for The Humane Society of the United States.
  • vegetarian: He said that means it's time McDonald's offers a vegetarian option.
  • entree: So many of McDonald's competitors are serving plant-based entrees, and McDonald's is lagging behind," Shapiro said.

Colorado mom gave pot brownie to son who jumped from window: police

  • tamper: Julieane Jablonski, 38, was booked on suspicion of providing marijuana to a minor and felony tampering with a witness, the Fort Collins Police Department said in a statement.
  • hesitation: Jablonski gave the pot brownie on April 14 to her 19-year-old son, Austin Essig, who then started acting strangely with witnesses saying he ran toward the window and jumped out " without hesitation," police said.
  • tamper: Since Essig is over 18, Jablonski normally would have simply been given a misdemeanor citation, but the witness tampering charge is a felony that prompted her arrest, Fort Collins Deputy Police Chief Cory Christensen said.
  • confection: DENVER (Reuters)- A Colorado woman has been arrested for giving a marijuana-laced brownie to her teenage son who ate the confection and suffered serious injuries when he later jumped out of a third-story apartment window, police said on Thursday.

US announces plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions

  • compare: Vilsack said the agriculture industry accounts for about 9 percent of U.S. emissions, adding that compares favorably with the rest of the globe but can be improved.
  • hollow: Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma who's the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, called that agreement " hollow and not believable," and has previously vowed to block Obama's moves.
  • rancorous: White House senior adviser Brian Deese said although there's " a lot of focus on climate change here in Washington," the issue becomes less rancorous and political elsewhere.

Latest on Baltimore police-custody death: Protesters march

  • intersperse: After about 30 minutes of speeches interspersed with prayer, protesters at a Freddie Gray rally near City Hall have started marching through downtown.
  • congest: State troopers have been called to help and commuters were warned traffic could be congested Thursday.
  • agitate: Assistant Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said Gray was secured by " leg irons" after he became agitated during the trip, but the department hasn't said whether he was left otherwise unsecured, as Attorney Michael Davey has said.

Clinton cash questions over Russian deal

  • research: Fox News, another outlet granted access to Schweizer's research, is planning an hour-long report on Friday titled The Tangled Clinton Web.
  • impropriety: It appears the book will not contain concrete evidence of actions taken by Mrs Clinton in exchange for donations- but concerns over an appearance of impropriety are stoking interest by media outlets and attacks from Mrs Clinton's political adversaries.
  • warrant: "As is usual in such cases, the cover-up drew her more unwanted attention than her actions warranted.
  • gist: It's a detailed, 4,000-word investigation with a lot of moving parts, but the gist is clear.
  • donate: The chairman of the Canadian company that profited from the sale, Ian Telfer, donated millions of dollars to the foundation- most of which was not reported publicly.

Profiles of 4 killed by drones: aid workers, terror suspects

  • inadvertently: The American and Italian aid workers were killed inadvertently in a drone attack targeting al-Qaida in January, U.S. officials said.
  • abduct: The business development specialist was abducted by al-Qaida four days before the end of a seven-year assignment in Pakistan.
  • amiable: Friends and co-workers remembered Giovanni Lo Porto, 39, as an amiable man with a profound commitment to aiding the world's poor.
  • regret: Obama, expressing regret for the hostages ' deaths, said that Lo Porto" fell in love with Pakistan and its people, and believed passionately that he could make a difference in their lives.
  • abyss: The papers also showed that Gadahn studied U.S. media, advising that CNN was too close to the government and heaping scorn on Fox News which" falls into the abyss, as you know, and lacks neutrality.

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber's trial

  • amputate: Also testifying Thursday was Heather Abbott, whose left leg was amputated after the bombing.
  • stanch: Woolfenden described the terror he felt as he tried to help his son while trying to stanch blood pouring from his own leg.
  • laceration: Leo was taken to Children's Hospital with a skull fracture, lacerations, small burns and a perforated eardrum.
  • intestine: Dr. David King, a trauma surg eon, testified Thursday that Martin didn't die instantly and that his liver, spleen and intestines were painfully twisted and stretched by the blast.