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November 21, 2013

10 Things to Know for Today

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

1. AFGHAN GATHERING OF ELDERS CONSIDERS U.S. SECURITY DEAL

Karzai presents Loya Jirga council with plan drafted with Washington this week.

2. NORTH KOREA DETAINS CALIFORNIA VET

The 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War was prevented from leaving Pyongyang a month ago.

3. FLORIDA CONGRESSMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CHARGE

Republican Rep. Henry "Trey" Radel is taking a leave of absence after receiving a sentence of a year's probation.

4. IRAN SAYS NUCLEAR DEAL COULD HAPPEN THIS TIME AROUND IN GENEVA

Tehran is eyeing a reduction in banking and oil trade sanctions in exchange for some curbs on its uranium enrichment program.

5. WARNING SIGNS AMONG NUCLEAR PERSONNEL

A draft study, obtained by the AP, cites "burnout" among Air Force launch officers with their fingers on the triggers of 450 weapons of mass destruction.

6. HOW AN AP JOURNALIST BECAME AN OSWALD PALL BEARER

Reluctantly, the reporter, who was one of the few attending the assassin's funeral, helped in burying his casket.

7. VIRGINIA PROBING TREATMENT OF LAWMAKER'S SUICIDAL SON

Citing a shortage of beds, state senator's son was released from a mental illness facility, a day before he stabbed his father and killed himself.

8. ARGENTINE RABBI TELLS OF FRIENDSHIP WITH POPE FRANCIS

The pontiff hosted his Jewish friend in the Vatican and they email "every week."

9. WHO WILL SHINE IN BRAZIL 2014 WORLD CUP

A panel of AP reporters and soccer experts predicts who will win the cup — and who will be the surprise flop.

10. WHY PARAMOUNT IS FIGHTING 'IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE' SEQUEL

The company owns the copyright to the holiday classic and plans to stop a follow-up movie currently in the making.

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    July 31, 2014

  • GOP: Lerner emails show bias against conservatives WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators say this is why they want all of Lois Lerner's emails. Newly released emails show the former IRS official referring to some right-wing Republicans as "crazies" and more, a revelation that is fueling GOP c

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  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided

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  • As US job market strengthens, many don't feel it WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Do

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  • Senate likely to come up short on border bill WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to deal with the immigration surge at the border appears headed for procedural defeat in the Senate as lawmakers trade blame over their inaction on the crisis. Days ahead of Congress' five-week summer recess, Senate Democrats

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  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 bill

    July 30, 2014

  • Trafficking bust reveals worries over missing kids WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes. Among the 168 juve

    July 30, 2014

  • The man responsible for Hilton's grand turnaround McLEAN, Va. (AP) — Nearly every weekend, Chris Nassetta is cooking in his family's oversized kitchen, outfitted with two commercial-grade refrigerators, three sinks and a deep fryer. These aren't small meals. Between his wife, six daughters, friends,

    July 30, 2014

  • What's a group selfie? Usie (pronounced uss-ee) NEW YORK (AP) — What do you call a group selfie? An usie, of course! As in "us." Pronounced uss-ee, rhymes with fussy. "Usies are a growing trend that I think have far more social value than selfies," said Michal Ann Strahilevitz, a professor of mark

    July 30, 2014

  • With Israel at war, US lawmakers give full support WASHINGTON (AP) — As the war in Gaza escalates, U.S. lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take no action that puts pressure on Israel to halt its military campaign against Hamas. Many even have criticized the administration's effort to

    July 29, 2014

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