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April 25, 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. OBAMA: LACK OF RESOLVE IN ISRAEL, PALESTINIAN TALKS

The president says the halt in negotiations underscore how neither side has shown the political will to make tough decisions that would sustain Mideast peace talks.

2. NUMBER OF U.S. MILITARY SUICIDES IS DOWN

But at the same time, there's an increase in Army National Guard and Reserve members who take their own lives.

3. REPORT DESCRIBES AID TO NORTH KOREA DRYING UP

International donors are sending their money to countries with less political baggage, and many rural children are poorly nourished.

4. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL PLAYERS VOTING ON UNION

The results of the vote will be sealed during appeals — and that process could take weeks, months or even years.

5. WHO'S SPEAKING AT NRA'S ANNUAL CONVENTION

Several potential Republican presidential candidates are on tap, at a time when the gun lobby may be stronger than ever.

6. NEVADA RANCHER LOSES SOME SUPPORTERS

Republican politicians who had rallied around Cliven Bundy for standing up to the feds are now backing away after his comments about blacks and slavery.

7. HOW PEOPLE REMEMBER CHICAGO DOCTOR SLAIN IN KABUL

Relatives say Dr. Jerry Umanos — one of three Americans shot to death at a hospital — loved Afghanistan and was dedicated to helping needy kids everywhere.

8. WHERE FATAL SHOOTINGS BY POLICE ARE UNDER SCRUTINY

After an unprecedented investigation, 27 officers across Jamaica are facing murder charges.

9. U.S. HEALTH WATCHDOGS APPROVE ALTERNATIVE TO PAP SMEAR

The decision means drugmaker Roche can now market the genetic test as an option for cervical cancer screening.

10. PHELPS LAUNCHES COMEBACK, PLACES 2ND IN 100-METER BUTTERFLY

Up next for the 18-time Olympic gold medalist, who specializes in middle and longer distances, is the 50-meter freestyle — a sprinting event.

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  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it. Marijuana and hemp have joined wacky paint colors and unsightly fences as common neighborhood disputes facing homeowners' associations. Though a few HOAs have wi

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  • Central American leaders convening at White House WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will urge Central American leaders to help slow the influx of unaccompanied children fleeing their countries for the United States, even as Congress remains deeply divided over proposals to stem the crisis at

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  • Little sunlight as Obama raises super PAC dollars WASHINGTON (AP) — For years President Barack Obama railed against the surge of unlimited spending flowing into American political campaigns, arguing that average voters were being shut out of a secretive system that lets special interests bankroll el

    July 25, 2014

  • Prosecutor: Man faces charges in hospital shooting DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A man who authorities say fatally shot a caseworker at a hospital complex near Philadelphia and was then shot by his psychiatrist remains listed in critical condition. District Attorney Jack Whelan said Richard Plotts would be arrai

    July 25, 2014

  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work WASHINGTON (AP) — The Social Security Administration has spent nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, but the agency can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarke

    July 24, 2014

  • JFK returns to old look in new collectors' coins WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — President John F. Kennedy is getting his old look back on new collectors' coins. The slain president's profile debuted on the half dollar 50 years ago, and the image was subtly tweaked and sharpened in the 1990s. Now the U.S.

    July 24, 2014

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel. The end of the ban, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets, was effective at 11:45 p

    July 24, 2014

  • Man run over by own truck during road rage GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window. It happened Tuesday evening in Gainesville, Florida. The

    July 24, 2014

  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs. The agency sued Jersey Boardwalk Pizza Tuesday in federal court over th

    July 24, 2014

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