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June 5, 2013

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1. SOLDIER TO RECOUNT AFGHAN MASSACRE

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to describe the slaughter of 16 villagers near his outpost when he pleads guilty in military court.

2. CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONFIRMED IN SYRIA

France said the nerve gas sarin was used "multiple times" and at least once by the Assad regime during the 2-year civil war.

3. TURKEY SETS MEETING TO QUELL PROTEST

The country's deputy prime minister is meeting today with environmental leaders who led anti-government protests over a plan to cut trees at an Istanbul park.

4. DRUG CLINIC FOUNDER TO TALK TO MLB

The information Anthony Bosch provides on players who came to his defunct Florida clinic could lead to suspensions of top names like Alex Rodriguez.

5. SEXUAL ASSAULTS 'LIKE A CANCER' IN THE MILITARY

The Army's chief of staff testified before a congressional committee considering denying commanders the authority to overturn convictions.

6. NOTRE DAME JOKE ENDS COLLEGE PRESIDENCY

Ohio State's Gordon Gee is retiring after a recording obtained by the AP quoted him as saying, "you just can't trust those damn Catholics."

7. FAREWELL TO A VETERAN SENATOR

Vice President Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton are expected today, to eulogize New Jersey's Frank Lautenberg, who was the Senate's oldest member at 89.

8. WHY CHRISTIE IS TAKING HEAT OVER ELECTION FOR LAUTENBERG SEAT

Republicans wanted New Jersey's governor to hold off on a special election until next year; Democrats objected to scheduling a costly special election a month before he tries to win re-election.

9. OKLAHOMA TWISTER A RECORD-SETTER

Friday's deadly tornado was the widest ever at 2.6 miles with winds of nearly 300 mph, just shy of the strongest ever measured.

10. FIRST LADY FACED OFF AGAINST HECKLER

Michelle Obama told a protester to either "listen to me or take the mic" after he shouted support for an executive gay rights order during her fundraising speech.

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Victimized by the 'marriage penalty'

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