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July 26, 2013

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1. DRIVER A FOCUS IN SPAIN CRASH PROBE

Investigators say the driver and the train's speed regulation systems could have contributed to the disaster that killed nearly 80.

2. EGYPT'S OUSTED LEADER DETAINED

Morsi was detained for 15 days on charges of collaborating with Hamas while mass rallies were planned across the country.

3. POPE TELLS YOUNG TO MAKE 'TROUBLE IN THE DIOCESES'

Francis, elected on a mandate to reform the church, has visited one of Rio's most violent slums and cast off his security detail to get close to his flock.

4. CLEVELAND KIDNAP SUSPECT IN PLEA TALKS TO AVOID DEATH PENALTY

Another hearing is set today for Ariel Castro, charged with holding three women in his home for years, beating and raping them.

5. A BLACK EYE FOR HEDGE FUNDS

The AP's Christina Rexrode writes the insider-trading indictment of SAC Capital Advisers is the latest blow to an industry once seen as an easy path to fortune.

6. HOW FAST TRAIN WAS GOING IN SPAIN

Survivor Stephen Ward says a screen in front of him signaled the train was going 121 mph shortly before it crashed.

7. JUSTICE DEPT. LAUNCHES VOTING RIGHTS CHALLENGE

After the Supreme Court weakened the landmark civic rights legislation, the White House promised legal action in Texas and other states passing stricter laws.

8. GULF SPILL CONTRACTOR ADMITS TO DESTROYING EVIDENCE

Halliburton Energy Services provided cement to the drilling rig that exploded in 2010, spilling millions of gallons of oil.

9. WEINER MAKES NEW ADMISSION IN SEXTING SCANDAL

He says he exchanged racy messages with up to 10 women, including up to three after he resigned from Congress.

10. JUROR SAYS ZIMMERMAN 'GOT AWAY WITH MURDER'

Juror B29 told ABC News she favored convicting him in Trayvon Martin's killing, but said there wasn't enough evidence under Florida law.

 

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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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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?

    April 17, 2014

  • 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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  • 10 Things to Know for Today

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    April 17, 2014

  • Court to weigh challenge to ban WASHINGTON (AP) -- As political campaigns begin to heat up, the Supreme Court is deciding whether false accusations and mudslinging made during an election can be punished as a crime. Addressing an issue of negative campaigning that now may be a fact

    April 17, 2014

  • Police: Utah woman gave birth at home

    A Utah woman accused of concealing seven pregnancies before strangling or suffocating her newborns gave birth each time in her home, authorities said Wednesday.

    Investigators have determined that Megan Huntsman, 39, did not go to a hospital to have the babies, Pleasant Grove Police Capt. Mike Roberts said. He didn't say if anybody helped her give birth.

    April 16, 2014

  • Classes resume at high school rocked by stabbings

    Classes resumed Wednesday at a Pittsburgh-area high school where authorities said a student stabbed or slashed 21 others and a security guard a week ago while rampaging through a hallway with two kitchen knives.

    Before school began, some students gathered at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday on the football field behind Franklin Regional High School to pray and to support one another.

    April 16, 2014

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

    April 16, 2014

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