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— SPACE STATION — SpaceX delays launch of space station supply ship with just over hour left, rocket leak blamed. SENT: 500 words, video, photos, audio.
— SHOE THROWER-HILLARY CLINTON — Federal charges filed against woman accused of throwing shoe at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— BROOKS ROBINSON-SEMINOLES — MLB great Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9 million from Seminole tribe over fall at Fla. casino. SENT: 380 words.
HORLIVKA, Ukraine — Over the past 10 days more than a dozen buildings have been seized by angry mobs or, in several cases, automatic rifle-toting men in military fatigues claiming to be seeking autonomy for Ukraine's largely Russian-speaking east. Those capturing buildings insist they are carrying out the will of the local population. Relatively small numbers have hit the streets in support, however, and it is increasingly evident the purported uprising is far from spontaneous and is being carried out with unerring coordination. By Peter Leonard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video, interactive. UPCOMING: New approach of 950 words by 6:30 p.m.
— UNITED STATES-RUSSIA — U.S. says there is 'overwhelming evidence' Russia is driving Eastern Ukraine unrest as Obama, Putin speak by phone. SENT: 590 words.
— EUROPE-UKRAINE — EU ministers decide to sanction more Russians, but hope talks will end Ukraine crisis. SENT: 660 words, photos.
— TOP PHOTOS — XEL107, XELl115, EXL206: Violence from the storming of a police station in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian men.
ABUJA, Nigeria — Suspected Islamic militants strike at the heart of Nigeria with a massive explosion at a busy bus station, killing at least 71 people in the deadliest attack yet on the nation's capital. Survivors scream in anguish and black billows of smoke rise from exploding vehicles as rescue workers gather body parts. By Bashir Adigun and Michelle Faul. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
— NIGERIA-EXPLOSIONS-GLANCE — A look at the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram and its major attacks in recent years. SENT: 700 words.
— TOP VIDEO — nigeria_attack: Aftermath of explosion at bus station in Nigeria's capital.
SOCIAL SECURITY-OLD DEBT
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration says it is suspending a program in which thousands of people were having their tax refunds seized to recoup overpayments that happened more than a decade ago. Social Security recipients and members of Congress complained that people were being forced to repay overpayments that were sometimes paid to their parents or guardians when they were children. By Stephen Ohlemacher. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6:30 p.m.
— TAX DAY — April 15 not much of a deadline for most taxpayers; late penalties don't apply to refunds. SENT: 700 words, photo.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Never one to keep his hatred in the shadows, Frazier Glenn Cross for decades sought out any soapbox to espouse his white-supremacist beliefs, twice running for federal office with campaigns steeped in his dislike for anyone Jewish. Yet despite his provocative rhetoric, there's scant evidence the 73-year-old Cross — an Army veteran and retired truck driver with ties to the Ku Klux Klan — ever turned to violence before Sunday, when authorities say he went on a shooting rampage at two Jewish sites near Kansas City. Three people — none of them Jewish — were killed in the attack, which authorities say will bring hate-crime charges. By Maria Sudekum and Jim Suhr. SENT: 910 words, photos, video.
— FATAL SHOOTING-KANSAS-REACTION — Comment on the shooting from around the world. SENT: 670 words, photo.
— FATAL SHOOTING-KANSAS-VICTIMS — The dead from Sunday's attack included an elderly doctor, his teenage grandson and an occupational therapist — none of them Jewish. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.
SEVEN DEAD BABIES
PLEASANT GROVE, Utah — Megan Huntsman was clear about what she did with six of her newborn babies. The 39-year-old Utah woman told police she either strangled or suffocated them soon after they were born. She said she wrapped their bodies in a towel or a shirt, put them in plastic bags and then inside boxes left in the garage of her home in a small town south of Salt Lake City. What's not clear is why. A day after her arrest on charges of killing her six babies, investigators and her neighbors alike are puzzling over the grisly discovery, including how she could have concealed a half-dozen pregnancies. By Brady McCombs. SENT: 880 words, photos.
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-THE INVESTIGATION
BOSTON — A year after twin pressure-cooker bombs shattered the Boston Marathon and paralyzed the area for days, federal prosecutors say they have a trove of evidence ready to use against the surviving suspect, but many questions remain. What roles did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, play in planning and orchestrating the attack? Did federal authorities underreact to a warning from Russia that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was becoming radicalized? With Tamerlan Tsarnaev killed in a police shootout days after the attack, some of those questions may never be fully answered. By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 1,015 words, photos.
— BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING-TIMELINE. SENT: 750 words.
NEW YORK — The Washington Post and The Guardian win the Pulitzer Prize in public service for revealing the U.S. government's sweeping surveillance efforts in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents handed over by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news is awarded to The Boston Globe for its "exhaustive and empathetic" coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that followed. By Meghan Barr. SENT: 980 words, photos.
— PULITZER PRIZES-BOSTON GLOBE — Boston Globe wins Pulitzer Prize in breaking news category for coverage of marathon bombings. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 7 p.m., photos.
— PULITZERS-CAPSULES — Details on the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism and arts, and reaction. SENT: 1,970 words, photos.
— PULITZERS-LIST — A list of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism and the arts. SENT: 2,390 words.
PATERNITY LEAVE IN SPORTS
When the Mets' Daniel Murphy was criticized on talk radio for spending three days with his family after the birth of his son, his team leapt to his defense. The four major sports leagues in the U.S. are becoming increasingly open to paternity leave as more players want to be with their families when a baby arrives. By Jon Krawczynski. SENT: 850 words, photos.
MAALOULA, Syria — Syrian troops triumphantly sweep through some of the last remaining opposition strongholds north of Damascus, including a much-coveted ancient Christian hamlet. The near-total collapse of rebels along a key supply route for the opposition helps strengthen President Bashar Assad's hand in and around the capital ahead of presidential elections during which he intends to run for a third term. By Albert Aji. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
PERTH, Australia — Search crews send a robotic submarine deep into the Indian Ocean to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysian airliner after not detecting signals from its black boxes for six days. By Margie Mason. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.
— MALAYSIA-PLANE-RED HERRINGS — The many false leads in the effort to find the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. SENT: 690 words, photos.
PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius comes under intense pressure at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismisses his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accuses the Olympic athlete of staging emotional outbursts to mask his difficulty in answering probing questions. By Gerald Imray and Christopher Torchia. SENT: 800 words, photos.
FRANCE-MASS DNA TEST
PARIS — French investigators demand that male students and staff at a high school in western France — 527 people in total, including boys as young as 14 — give DNA samples as they search for the assailant who raped a teenage girl. All those who received summonses were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and on Monday no one at Fenelon-Notre Dame turned down the request. While unusual, the broad effort is not unprecedented, with police in France and elsewhere testing hundreds or thousands of people at once in an attempt to solve crimes. By Lori Hinnant. SENT: 890 words.
IOWA GOVERNOR-SUDDENLY SCRAMBLING
DES MOINES — Iowa's Republican governor for almost 20 years, Terry Branstad has a reputation for a distinct lack of drama. But the 67-year-old now finds himself in an unfamiliar position as he prepares for re-election: fending off multiple mini-scandals in a campaign that was supposed to be about the Democratic president's problems, not his. Branstad recently has come forward grim-faced to explain why his administration pushed dozens of state officials out of jobs and paid some to keep quiet, whether it kept a blacklist of banned former employees contrary to a judge's order, and whether an appointee mishandled unemployment cases. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 800 words, photos.
BALTIMORE — The odds have long been stacked against students like those in Edward Ennels' remedial math classes at Baltimore City Community College. Only about a quarter of students who take developmental — or remedial — classes ever graduate. The Baltimore school is one of several around the country looking to improve their chances with some outside-the-box innovations. By Education Writer Kimberly Hefling. SENT: 800 words, photos.
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Games at a meet this month in Mesa, Ariz. By Beth Harris. SENT: 900 words, photos.
— CHILE-VALAPARAISO-FIRE — Chile's Valparaiso still in flames: 12 dead, 2,000 homes destroyed. SENT: 550 words, photos, video.
— GAY MARRIAGE-OHIO — Federal judge orders Ohio authorities to recognize out-of-state gay marriages. SENT: 610 words, photos.
— HUNGRY AND ANGRY — A quick candy bar may stave off more than hunger. New research suggests it could prevent major fights between spouses because low blood sugar can make people touchy. SE NT: 530 words, photo.
— PASSOVER-NO WHITEFISH — A hard winter has led to a whitefish shortage in the Midwest, so there's not enough at the market for all wanting to make gefilte fish for the Jewish holiday. SENT: 130 words.
— HEALTH CARE-COSTS —The new health law's subsidies over the next decade will cost just over $1 trillion, less than earlier estimates, according to congressional auditors. SENT: 600 words.
— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-POLITICS — Democrats in Florida, the nation's largest swing state, see the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana as a rare source of hope and high voter turnout in this year's midterm elections. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— NYC TERROR — Jury selection begins in US trial of Egyptian preacher charged with supporting al-Qaida. SENT: 460 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6:30 p.m.
— ONONDAGAS-LAND CLAIM —Native American group asks international body to charge U.S. with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with land claim in New York. SENT: 450 words, photos.
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