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May 16, 2014

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. A LANDSLIDE WIN FOR INDIA'S OPPOSITION LEADER

The Congress party, which has been at the center of Indian politics for most of the country's history since independence from Britain, has conceded defeat.

2. SOUTH KOREA FERRY SINKING PROMPTS NEW VIGILANCE

After years of tolerance for cutting corners, alarms are being raised by politicians, the media, and regular people. "Safety ignorance is everywhere," read one newspaper photo caption.

3. CHANGES POSSIBLE FOR PART OF U.S. DEPORTATION POLICY

The program that runs people booked for local crimes through a federal immigration database needs "a fresh start," the new Homeland Security secretary says.

4. LESSONS LEARNED FROM PAST BIG WILDFIRES HELPED THIS TIME AROUND

Communications in the San Diego area have improved, residents are notified more quickly when to evacuate, and more aircraft are available to dump water.

5. BOKO HARAM NOW TOP U.S. PRIORITY

The State Department acknowledges it could have acted sooner to designate Nigeria's Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization.

6. A NEW COST-CONTROL STRATEGY IN HEALTH INSURANCE

The Obama administration has OK'd "reference pricing," which lets insurers and employers put a dollar limit on what health plans pay for some expensive procedures.

7. PROMOTION FOR ALBUQUERQUE POLICE OFFICER ONCE ACCUSED OF EXCESSIVE FORCE

The commander says he's learned from his mistake in 2002, and says his training and experience help him guide other officers.

8. HOSPITAL FOOD THAT'S NOT WHAT USUALLY COMES TO MIND

Dumplings, fried rice, curry — they're on the menu at some hospitals reaching out to wealthy, foreign-born patients to get their business.

9. HOW VIETNAM'S PRIME MINISTER IS COMMUNICATING WITH CITIZENS

He's sent a text message to millions, via state-owned cellphone operators, about the falling-out with China over an oil rig on disputed waters.

10. JAY Z, SOLANGE SAY THEY'VE MOVED PAST ELEVATOR INCIDENT

"We love each other and above all we are family," Beyonce, her rapper impresario husband and her sister say in a statement to AP.

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  • 20140727-AMX-GUNS271.jpg Beretta, other gun makers heading to friendlier states

    In moving south and taking 160 jobs with it, Beretta joins several other prominent gunmakers abandoning liberal states that passed tough gun laws after the Newtown shooting.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fast food comes to standstill in China

    The shortage of meat is the result of China's latest food scandal, in which a Shanghai supplier allegedly tackled the problem of expired meat by putting it in new packaging and shipping it to fast-food restaurants around the country

    July 29, 2014

  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

    Medicare's finances are looking brighter, the government said Monday. The program's giant hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 — four years later than last year's estimate.

    July 28, 2014

  • After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

    After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

    July 28, 2014

  • Brother sues W.Va. senator over business loan

    U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin III faces a $1.7 million civil suit filed by a brother over a lifeline to save a family carpet business.

    July 25, 2014

  • Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

    July 25, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

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

     

    July 25, 2014

  • Illinois woman, 47, dies rescuing boy in Wisc. lake ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — Friends and family are mourning the death of an Illinois woman who drowned while rescuing a 9-year-old boy in a Wisconsin lake.The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports 47-year-old Karen Wessel of Arlington Heights d

    July 25, 2014

  • Taiwan plane crash photo Air travel a leap of faith for passengers WASHINGTON (AP) — Airline travel requires passengers to make a leap of faith, entrusting their lives to pilots, airlines, air traffic controllers and others who regulate air travel.Even after a week of multiple tragedies in worldwide aviation, “There

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Arizona's prolonged lethal injection is fourth in U.S. this year

    Arizona's execution of double-murderer Joseph Wood marked the fourth time this year that a state failed to dispatch a convict efficiently, according to the Constitution Project, a bipartisan legal group.3

    July 24, 2014

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