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March 28, 2013

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1. PRAYERS URGED FOR MANDELA

The anti-apartheid leader who became South Africa's first black president has had a recurrence of a lung infection.

2. BANKS IN CYPRUS REOPEN

Cypriot banks are open for the first time since March 16, with customers now able to access their accounts — with restrictions.

3. THIS POPE IS NOT LIKE THE OTHERS

Francis' belief that a pontiff's job is to serve the lowliest will be demonstrated on Holy Thursday when he washes the feet of young inmates.

4. WHY GUN CONTROL IS NO EASY FIX

Gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month.

5. GAY MARRIAGE REMAINS A POLARIZING ISSUE

AP's David Crary says that however the Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage, the issue seems certain to divide states and people for years to come.

6. "BLADE RUNNER" WANTS TO MAKE A LIVING

Lawyers for Pistorius appeal against some of his bail restrictions, saying the Olympian accused of murder might need to return to the track to earn money.

7. A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR THE U.S.

Germany's experience with "guest workers," namely 3 million immigrants from Turkey, offers lessons for America as it debates immigration reform.

8. GOP AIMS TO GET MORE TECH SAVY

Republicans are moving aggressively to repair their technological shortcomings from the 2012 election, opening a new tech race to counter a glaring weakness against Obama.

9. "HI-HO, SILVER! AWAY!"

"The Lone Ranger" co-star Johnny Depp will take part in a live Q&A with fans in Las Vegas next month, an event that will be streamed online.

10. BULLISH END TO NBA STREAK

Chicago beats Miami 101-97, snapping the Heat's 27-game winning streak and leaving them six short of the league record set by the 1971-72 Lakers.

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