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April 23, 2013

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1. OFFICIALS SAY BOSTON BOMBING SUSPECTS HAD NO TERROR TIES

Two U.S. officials tell the AP bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cited religion and connection to radical Islam as the motive for the marathon attack.

2. CAR BOMB TARGETS FRENCH EMBASSY IN LIBYA

French President Francois Hollande denounced the blast that wounded two guards as an attack on countries against terror.

3. 2 CHARGED IN TERROR PLOT IN CANADA

Authorities say the planned attack on a passenger train was directed by al-Qaida members in Iran.

4. KNIVES STILL BANNED ON PLANES

The government delayed the controversial policy set to go into effect Thursday that would allow small knives, bats and some sports equipment on board.

5. HOW CONGRESS IS THWARTING MILITARY SPENDING CUTS

The AP's Lolita C. Baldor reports the refusal to retire outdated ships and aircraft means the Navy and Air Force are spending more than $5 billion more than needed.

6. FLIGHT DELAYS GROW AMID AIR CONTROLLER FURLOUGHS

Passengers on some Washington-NYC shuttle flights could have reached their destination faster by train.

7. THE DRUGS PARENTS AREN'T TALKING ABOUT

Researchers say only 14 percent of parents have conversations with kids about abusing prescription medication, not seeing a significant risk.

8. BILL COULD TAX ONLINE BUYERS

The Senate is considering a bill today that would let states and cities impose local taxes on people making purchases over the Internet.

9. WOODSTOCK LEGEND RICHIE HAVENS DIES AT 72

The soulful Brooklyn-born musician was the first performer at the 1969 music festival, enthralling the crowd of 500,000 for hours.

10. WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN THE NFL DRAFT

The AP's Richard Rosenblatt says to look for when Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is picked and five possible first-round picks from national champ Alabama.

 

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