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April 7, 2014

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. WHAT MAY BE 'PROMISING' IN MALAYSIA PLANE SEARCH

The head of a joint agency coordinating the effort calls the underwater sounds detected by a ship hunting for the black boxes "a most promising lead."

2. MICKEY ROONEY, CONSUMMATE ENTERTAINER, DEAD AT 93

From Vaudeville act to movie star, from child actor to screen veteran, few matched Rooney for adaptability.

3. WHEN PISTORIUS GIRLFRIEND HAD LAST MEAL A KEY POINT

Oscar Pistorius' timeline of events hinges on disputing the prosecution's assertion Reeva Steenkamp last ate no more than two hours before she died. The defense opens, calling a pathologist.

4. WHY INDIA'S ELECTION WILL TAKE FIVE WEEKS

There are more than 8 million registered voters, so trips to the ballot boxes will need to be staggered for the biggest election on Earth.

5. UNCOMFORTABLY NUMB

As more and more people pick up heroin, more and more addicts are seeking help and finding there isn't as much as they need.

6. AIR TRAVELERS HAVE AS MUCH TO COMPLAIN ABOUT, BUT DO SO LESS OFTEN

Service isn't necessarily getting better, but customers are complaining less, a report finds, with smaller carriers bringing in the worst grades.

7. THE AMAZING RACE

Springtime has arrived in 2016 presidential politics, and just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking into gear.

8. RWANDA COMMEMORATES 1994 GENOCIDE

Thousands will participate in an evening candlelight ceremony 20 years after more than 1 million people perished.

9. GEORGE STRAIT WINS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR AT THE ACM AWARDS

The 61-year-old singer also won the same award at the rival Country Music Association Awards, an industry-voted show.

10. HUSKIES, 'CATS VIE FOR TITLE

Seventh-seeded Connecticut and eighth-seeded Kentucky meet in one of the unlikeliest NCAA championship games ever.

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  • State Dept: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror susp

    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

    July 31, 2014

  • 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

    July 31, 2014

  • 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

    July 31, 2014

  • 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

    July 30, 2014

  • 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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