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Yahoo board approves acquisition of Tumblr

– Yahoo Inc.'s board has approved a $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr Inc., a service that hosts 108 million blogs, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter.

Tumblr would continue to operate as an independent business and a deal might be announced as early as today, the people told the newspaper.

Yahoo has scheduled a media event in New York today to unveil updates to its Flickr photo-sharing site, a person familiar with the matter told Bloomberg News.

Nation

Parade incident was an accident

Authorities believe the driver who plowed into dozens of hikers marching in a Virginia mountain town parade suffered from a medical condition and did not cause the crash intentionally, an emergency official said Sunday.

Officials did not have a formal confirmation or specifics on the condition, but based on the accounts of authorities and witnesses on the scene, they are confident the issue was medical, said Pokey Harris, Washington County's director of emergency management.

As many as 60 people suffered injuries ranging from critical to superficial at Saturday's parade.

Alaska volcano no threat to flights

Alaska's Pavlof Volcano sent ash and steam skyward Sunday but not enough to raise the aviation threat for international air carriers.

A satellite at 12:40 a.m. measured an ash cloud at 19,500 feet, just below the 20,000-foot threshold considered to be a major threat to transcontinental aircraft. outlets.

World

North Korea fires projectile into water

North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said.

North Korea routinely test-launches short-range missiles. But the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy aimed at easing recent tension, including near-daily threats by North Korea to attack South Korea and the U.S. this year.

Syrian troops push to Lebanese border

Syrian troops pushed into a rebel-held town near the Lebanese border on Sunday, fighting house-to-house and bombing from the air as President Bashar Assad tried to strengthen his grip on a strategic strip of land running from the capital to the Mediterranean coast.

Government forces launched the offensive on the town of Qusair just hours after Assad said in a newspaper interview that he'll stay in his job until elections – effectively rejecting an opposition demand that any talks on a political transition to resolve the 26-month-old civil war lead to his ouster.

Pakistani children plagued by measles

Hundreds of Pakistani children have died of measles in the past year and more deaths are expected because Pakistani health officials have incompetently handled vaccination programs, according to a government report on the epidemic.

The number of reported cases soared from 863 to 21,491 between 2009 and 2012 because of "pathetically low routine immunization during this period," said the report prepared by the Ombudsman's Secretariat, a federal watchdog that reviewed failures in implementation of the anti-measles programs.

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