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May 31, 2013

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1. IT'S FREEDOM FOR ARIZONA WOMAN

Yanira Maldonado is released from a Mexican jail after security footage found she made no attempt to smuggle drugs on a U.S.-bound bus.

2. SYRIA SAID TO BE BUYING MiGs

A Russian arms manufacturer tells news agencies it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 fighter jets to the Assad regime.

3. EUROPE SETS ANOTHER JOBLESS RECORD

Unemployment across the 17 EU countries that use the euro hit another record high in April, and could breach the 20 million mark this year.

4. WHAT LINKS RICIN-LACED LETTERS

A suspicious letter sent to the White House is similar to the ricin-laced mail sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

5. QUICK! SPELL "KNAIDEL"

Arvind Mahankali, 13, did it to win the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee. If you're wondering, it means a small mass of dough.

6. RETRAINING K-9s TO SNIFF THE RIGHT STUFF

Now that marijuana is legal in Washington state, dogs are being trained to ignore pot so police can focus on other drugs.

7. WHAT MAKES THIS HOUSE SALE UNIQUE

A Dallas boarding house is on the market and the allure comes from one of its former occupants: Lee Harvey Oswald, who once lived there for about six weeks in 1963.

8. MCDIET: EXERCISE WITH A SIDE OF FRIES

McDonald's CEO says he lost 20 pounds by working out more — but still eats at the Golden Arches daily.

9. WHO'S OUT AT "AMERICAN IDOL"

Dueling divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj announce within hours of each other that they're leaving the show.

10. THE KING RULES MIAMI'S COURT

LeBron James scores 30 points and the Heat beat the Pacers 90-79 in a pivotal Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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    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.

    April 17, 2014

  • 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

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