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April 15, 2013

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

1. THE DAY ALL EYES ARE ON NORTH KOREA

Pyongyang residents filled the streets to celebrate the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, oblivious to tensions over a possible North Korean missile launch.

2. RECOUNT DEMANDED AFTER CLOSE VOTE IN VENEZUELA ELECTION

Chavez' chosen successor, Vice President Nicholas Maduro narrowly defeated challenger Henrique Capriles by about 300,000 votes.

3. DOZENS KILLED IN STRING OF MORNING ATTACKS IN IRAQ

At least 31 were killed, mostly by car bombs, and more than 200 wounded days before Iraqis were to vote in the first elections since the 2011 troop withdrawal.

4. HIGH COURT TO HEAR CRITICAL CASE ON PATENTING HUMAN GENES

Approval could help the multi-billion dollar biotechnology business, but critics say it will slow down lifesaving medical research.

5. PROBE OF TEXAS DA'S DEATH FOCUSES ON EX-JUSTICE

Eric Lyle Williams, in jail since this weekend, was convicted of theft in a case prosecuted by Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland.

6. KEY GOP SUPPORT FOR GUN CONTROL BILL

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said she would vote for a compromise on background checks, and Sen. John McCain said he was "favorably disposed" to it.

7. ONE DEAD AFTER DUG OUT OF AVALANCHE, ONE MISSING

It took rescue groups five or six hours to reach the snowshoer after a pair of spring avalanches struck hiking groups in the Cascade Mountains near Seattle.

8. NYPD TACTIC UNDER SCRUTINY

A court ruling casts a harsh light on using planted, unattended wallets and "bait cars" to snare crooks.

9. BIEBER'S ANNE FRANK COMMENT CRITICIZED AS INSENSITIVE

The pop star wrote in an Amsterdam museum guest book that he hopes the Holocaust victim "would have been a Belieber."

10. THE FIRST AUSSIE TO WEAR THE GREEN JACKET

Adam Scott beats Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a soggy playoff to win the Masters.

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    A judge in Colorado who will play a pivotal role deciding whether gays should be allowed to wed in the United States asked pointed questions Thursday about whether Oklahoma can legally ban the unions.

    U.S. Circuit Judge Jerome Holmes is seen as the swing vote on the three-judge panel that heard the Oklahoma appeal and a similar case from Utah last week.

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  • NASA's moon-orbiting robot crashes down as planned

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  • Eyewitness testimony no longer a gold standard

    The American legal system offers few moments as dramatic as an eyewitness to a crime pointing his finger across a crowded courtroom at a defendant.

    The problem is that decades of studies show eyewitness testimony is only right about half the time — a reality that has prompted a small vanguard of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes.

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  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    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.

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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.

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  • 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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