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April 30, 2013

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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

1. DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO SOAR IN BANGLADESH

One estimate said as many as 1,400 may be found dead in the collapsed building as emergency workers dig toward the ground floor.

2. POWERFUL EXPLOSION IN SYRIA

The blast in the capital of Damascus killed 13 people and wounded dozens a day after Syria's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt.

3. THE HIDDEN JOLT IN SNACK FOOD

Food makers have added caffeine to gum, potato chips and candy, prompting the FDA to investigate their safety.

4. FBI SEARCHES HOME OF MARATHON SUSPECTS' IN-LAWS

Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife, Katharine Russell, has been staying at the Rhode Island home, where officials were seen carrying away a bag labeled "DNA samples."

5. PASSING ON THE CROWN

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne today after 33 years, making her son, Willem-Alexander, the country's first king since 1890.

6. JASON COLLINS SUPPORTED BY PRESIDENT, ATHLETES AFTER COMING OUT

Kobe Bryant tweeted he was proud of the 12-year NBA veteran and Obama called Collins after the player became the first active NBA athlete to say he was gay.

7. ABORTION DOCTOR'S MURDER TRIAL GOES TO JURY

Philadelphia prosecutors say Kermit Gosnell killed four babies because he didn't know how to perform abortions; the defense says he helped poor women without access to medical care.

8. COMPETING PORTRAITS OF JACKSON EMERGE

Lawyers for the pop star's mother call him a loving son and father, while an attorney for concert giant AEG Live said "no one, nobody, knew his deepest darkest secrets."

9. GAMBLING FROM THE COUCH IN VEGAS

The first legal, real-money poker website in the United States is expected to go online this morning.

10. WHO THE TOP CONTENDERS FOR TONY AWARDS ARE

The British musicals "Kinky Boots," with Cyndi Lauper's music, and the Roald Dahl adaptation "Matilda" are locks for best musical nominations today.

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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

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum

    As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

    Those are the marching orders Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is giving a dozen civic leaders as the city searches for a potential location for an interactive museum to house filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and filmmaking memorabilia.

    April 17, 2014

  • Illinois unemployment drops to 5-year-low

    State officials say unemployment in Illinois dropped in March to 8.4 percent. That's its lowest level since 2009.

    April 17, 2014

  • Gaming commission rejects Cedar Rapids casino

    The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission rejected a proposed $164 million Cedar Rapids casino Thursday, saying it would hurt existing casinos.

    Supporters of the Cedar Crossing Casino development have said it would give an economic boost to Cedar Rapids and the region. They also argued it would be a catalyst for development in an area ravaged by a 2008 flood, create jobs and generate millions for tax revenue and charities.

    April 17, 2014

  • Iowa Senate race suddenly more competitive

    A catchy political ad and a gotcha video have raised Republican hopes of capturing the Senate seat in Iowa, a prospect that would greatly enhance the party's chances of regaining control of the Senate.

    Republicans are adding the seat, held for three decades by retiring Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, to their list of winnable races in the November midterm elections.

    April 17, 2014

  • Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

    An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it started to list amid confusion and chaos, a crew member said Thursday.

    Meanwhile, the coast guard said it was investigating whether the ferry's captain was one of the first ones off the sinking ship.

    April 17, 2014

  • Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula before its annexation by Moscow were Russian soldiers.

    April 17, 2014

  • AGENDA: 4-21-14 Clinton School Board Committee of the Whole

    The Clinton Community School Board will meet April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Clinton Administration Center.

    April 17, 2014

  • Study: Diabetic heart attacks and strokes falling

    In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: Heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.

    Over the last two decades, the rates of heart attacks and strokes among diabetics fell by more than 60 percent, a new federal study shows. The research also confirms earlier reports of drastic declines in diabetes-related kidney failure and amputations.

    April 17, 2014

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