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May 24, 2013

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1. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO DOWN WITH THE I-5 BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

All Dan Sligh saw was a "big puff of dust" and then the water as a section over the Skagit River collapsed. "I hit the brakes and we went off .. you hold on as tight as you can."

2. WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT HIS COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY

President Barack Obama defends the use of drones and hints at giving law enforcement more authority to seize communications.

3. HOW STORM SURGE KILLS AND HOW TO PREVENT DEATHS

The National Hurricane Center is offering easier-to-understand maps and advice about the abnormal rise of sea water during storms.

4. DECISION ON JODI ARIAS' FATE POSTPONED

The jury charged with deciding whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her ex-boyfriend gives up, meaning the penalty phase of the trial must start over.

5. WHAT'S NEXT AFTER BOY SCOUTS' ACCEPTANCE OF GAY SCOUTS

The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys and teens, drawing praise from more liberal factions, but some conservatives are threatening to defect.

6. UNIONS FRET OVER IMPACT OF HEALTH CARE LAW ON MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS

Labor unions were among the new health care law's strongest supporters, but they now worry whether the law might result in less coverage for their members.

7. TRAVEL INDUSTRY HOPES FOR FEW BUMPS IN ROAD FOR SUMMER SOJOURNS

The forecast for summer travel is showing steady improvement over last year, but consumers might still see higher lodging and transport costs.

8. MANDATING SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Requiring storm shelters in tornado-prone Oklahoma might sound like a great idea, but local authorities say many can't afford them, and bristle at government mandates.

9. WHEN PLASTIC IS NOT SO FANTASTIC

Two California legislators introduce a bill that would require manufacturers to figure out how keep plastic out of state waterways.

10. HOPS FOR HEROES

Craft brewers around the country are teaming up raise money for military families through the sale of a specially-brewed beer.

 

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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.

    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

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

    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

  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

    In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.

    April 16, 2014

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