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May 20, 2013

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1. OBAMA OFFERS STARK VIEW, AND ENCOURAGING WORDS, FOR BLACK GRADS

As an African-American man, he tells Morehouse's Class of '13, 'I might have been in prison. I might have been unemployed. I might not have been able to support a family. And that motivates me.'

2. SEVERE STORMS HIT PLAINS, UPPER MIDWEST

A tornado causes major damage at trailer park near Oklahoma City; a spotter says earth has been 'scoured.'

3. AT LEAST ONE SOMEONE IN FLORIDA MAY BE FEELING EXTRA SUNNY

The single winning ticket for the $590.5 million Powerball, sold in Zephyrhills, can be redeemed as soon as Monday morning.

4. TEA PARTY'S 'I TOLD YOU SO' MOMENT ARRIVES

Shouts of vindication could become a recruitment tool for those who fear an overreaching US government.

5. HOW 2,000 FEET OF WRECKED TRACK IS WRECKING COMMUTES

The Connecticut collision knocks out Amtrak between New York and Boston, along with service for 30,000 Metro-North riders.

6. SYRIA REGIME'S ADVANCES IN BATTLE COMPLICATE PEACE-TALK PLANS

The US and Russia now face an even tougher task persuading Assad and opponents to sit down.

7. WHY THE PALESTINIANS STILL REJECT TEMPORARY BORDERS

The option has re-emerged but the fate of east Jerusalem remains a major sticking point.

8. SOUTH KOREA ANALYZING NORTH KOREA'S LAUNCH

Experts are looking into whether the projectiles fired over the weekend are short-range missiles or a new type of artillery.

9. TAYLOR SWIFT CLEANS UP AT BILLBOARD AWARDS

She won eight of 11 awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for "Red."

10. PARKER, SPURS SCHOOL GRIZZLIES

San Antonio opens Western Conference finals with 105-83 win over Memphis.

 

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