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March 27, 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. DAY 2 FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN SUPREME COURT

The justices will consider the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits.

2. NORTH KOREA RATCHETS UP TENSION

Pyongyang says it has cut off a key military hotline with South Korea that allows cross border travel to a jointly run industrial complex in the North.

3. PETRAEUS' MEA CULPA FOR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR

The former CIA chief and general says he deeply regrets "the circumstances that led me to my resignation" and "caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters."

4. RECORDS IN GABBY GIFFORDS' CASE BEING RELEASED

Hundreds of pages of police reports in the investigation of the Tucson shooting rampage that seriously wounded the former congresswoman mark the public's first glimpse into the documents.

5. WHAT THE "GANG OF EIGHT" ARE UP TO

Senators including John McCain and Charles Schumer tour the Arizona-Mexico border and will outline the latest on efforts to reform the nation's immigration policies and protect U.S. borders.

6. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CATCHES EYE OF LAWMAKERS

Michigan is one of about a dozen states where amateur mixed martial arts shows are legal but unregulated and that may be about to change.

7. HEALTH CARE REPORT COULD CAUSE OBAMA A HEADACHE

Insurers will pay an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under his overhaul, a study says.

8. WHICH STATE HAS THE NATION'S TOUGHEST ABORTION LAW

North Dakota's governor signs a measure banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — any time a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

9. DISABILITIES CAN'T SLOW THESE SURFERS

Dozens of disabled people in Rio de Janeiro are conquering the waves with specially modified surfboards.

10. HOW MISBEHAVING COACHES MAKE OUT

An AP review of infractions cases since 2000 found that some coaches who run afoul of NCAA rules fare better than others.

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