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April 17, 2013

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CLINTON — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today.

1. BOMBINGS INVESTIGATOR: 'SOMEBODY KNOWS WHO DID THIS'

The FBI appealed to the public for pictures or information that could lead them to arrests in the marathon explosions.

2. WHAT BOMBS IN BOSTON WERE MADE OF

The explosives-builder used kitchen pressure cookers packed with metal shards, nails and ball bearings.

3. WHO SENT POISON-LACED LETTER TO MISSISSIPPI SENATOR

Lawmakers say a person who writes letters often to them is the suspect in the mailing of a letter containing ricin to Sen. Roger Wicker.

4. STEPPED-UP SECURITY FOR THATCHER FUNERAL

World leaders from 170 countries are attending today and 4,000 police officers will secure the route that will take the former prime minister's coffin to a London cathedral.

5. BACKGROUND CHECKS BILL IN PERIL

An Associated Press-GfK poll shows public support for gun control fell from 58 percent to 49 percent as the Senate debates tougher restrictions.

6. AIRLINE PROMISES NORMAL OPERATIONS AFTER COMPUTER CRASH

American Airlines' outage forced it to ground all U.S. flights for hours, leaving tens of thousands passengers stranded.

7. SANFORD IN TROUBLE WITH EX-WIFE

The former South Carolina governor who divorced after admitting an affair was accused of trespassing at her home.

8. MARATHON ANOTHER 'SOFT TARGET' IN U.S.

The AP's Allen G. Breed reports that the Boston bombings join movie theaters, malls and schools as one of many public spaces targeted for mass violence.

9. WHY FOX PULLED 'FAMILY GUY' EPISODE ON BOSTON MARATHON

The March 17 episode removed from websites shows main character Peter Griffin mowing down runners with his car at the race.

10. MADDEN REMEMBERS SUMMERALL AS 'THE VOICE OF FOOTBALL'

The NFL-player-turned -broadcaster, who died at 82 spent half of his four-decade career famously paired with Madden.

 

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    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

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  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

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  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

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  • Astronomers spot most Earth-like planet yet

    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

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  • Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly, some Democrats say

    With enrollments higher than expected, and costs lower, some Democrats say it's time to stop hiding from the president's health care overhaul, even in this year's toughest Senate elections.

    Republicans practically dare Democrats to embrace "Obamacare," the GOP's favorite target in most congressional campaigns. Yet pro-Democratic activists in Alaska are doing just that, and a number of strategists elsewhere hope it will spread.

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  • Oklahoma gay-marriage case before US appeals court

    Lawyers for two Oklahoma women and the county clerk who would not give them a marriage license go before a federal appeals court with a familiar question for the judges: Did the state's voters single out gay people for unfair treatment when they defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman?

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  • Mankato.jpg Players protest rehiring of fired Minnesota coach

    The University of Minnesota-Mankato football team Wednesday boycotted the fired head coach who won his job back in an arbitrator's ruling last week, nearly two years after fighting accusations of child pornography and other misconduct.

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