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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 3:30 PM

The world at 6 p.m. Times EDT.

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— BUDGET DEFICIT — US Treasury reports $113B surplus in April, biggest in 5 years; helps lower US deficit.

— US-LIBYA — Marines and other US forces placed on heightened alert due to civil unrest in Libya.

— AIRPORT TOWERS — Control towers at small airports to stay open through the end of September.

— NEW ORLEANS JAIL — 14 New Orleans inmates charged in bizarre jailhouse video with drugs, beer and a gun.

— 2ND UMPIRE MISTAKE — MLB suspends, fines umpires after acknowledging 2nd mistake in 2 days.

— TV-CBS-PELLEY — CBS News anchor Pelley rips journalists, including himself, for lack of care, rash of mistakes.

— MUSIC-JEFF HANNEMAN — Slayer: Guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis; death not spider-related.



WASHINGTON — Political considerations influenced the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used five days after the deadly Sept. 11 assault in Benghazi, Libya, with State Department and other senior administration officials asking that references to terror groups and prior warnings be deleted, according to department emails. The latest disclosures raise new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election. By Donna Cassata and Julie Pace.

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SAVAR, Bangladesh — For 17 days, the seamstress lay trapped in a pocket beneath thousands of tons of wreckage of the eight-story building, rationing food and water and banging a pipe to attract attention. In the rubble above her, the frantic rescue operation had long ago ended, turning into a grim search for the decaying bodies of the more than 1,000 people killed in the world's worst garment industry disaster. In a miraculous moment, the salvage workers heard her banging and pulled her out — alive, and in miraculously good condition. By Julhas Alam.

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— BANGLADESH-BUILDING COLLAPSE-LENGTHY SURVIVALS — A look at people who survived disasters for many days without medical assistance.



WASHINGTON — The IRS apologizes for "inappropriately" targeting conservative groups and their donors during the 2012 election campaign because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status. The agency — led at the time by a Bush appointee — blames low-level employees and says no high-level officials were aware. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

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CLEVELAND — He kept a life-sized mannequin in his house just to scare people and sometimes drove around town with it in the backseat of his car. He installed padlocks on every door leading into his house on Seymour Avenue. When relatives showed up at his front door, Ariel Castro made them wait and wait before emerging from the house, and nobody ever made it past the living room. In the days since his arrest on charges of keeping three women imprisoned in his dilapidated home, a portrait has emerged of Castro as a man with a twisted sense of humor, a compulsion for secrecy and a towering, terrifying rage that led him to savagely beat and torment his common-law wife. By Meghan Barr and Mike Householder.

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— MISSING WOMEN FOUND — DNA test confirms Cleveland kidnapping suspect fathered 6-year-old girl freed with 3 women.


NEW YORK — A sophisticated bank heist that netted more than $45 million has left even cybercrime experts impressed by the technical talent, if not the personal virtue, of the con artists. "A coordinated attack like this, it was pretty ingenious," says Darren Hayes, a Pace University computer science professor. A small team of highly skilled hackers penetrated bank systems, erased withdrawal limits on prepaid debit cards and stole account numbers. The criminals then used handheld devices to change information on the magnetic strips of old hotel key cards, used credit cards and depleted debit cards. By Martha Mendoza.

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WACO, Texas — Authorities launch a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after treating the blast as an industrial accident for weeks. The announcement comes the same day as a paramedic who helped evacuate residents from apartments near the plant is charged with having a destructive device. It's unclear if the arrest is related to the explosion. By Angela K. Brown and Ramit Plushnik-Masti.

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WASHINGTON — Levels of the primary greenhouse gas that causes global warming have hit a milestone, reaching a point humans have never witnessed before and increasing 100 times faster than at the end of the Ice Age, federal scientists said Friday. The amount of carbon dioxide pumped into the air from the burning of coal and other fossil fuels has slowed or fallen in many developed countries, but the demand for energy from China and India is propelling it higher. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

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BOSTON — Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a cemetery in Virginia after a Richmond woman worked with a faith coalition, his uncle says. An imam says some members of the area's Muslim community are furious because it was "done secretly behind our backs," and neighbors of the cemetery say they were unaware they lived near a burial ground at all. By Bob Lewis and Denise Lavoie.

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NEW YORK — For more than a decade, plans for rebuilding the World Trade Center have crystallized around a centerpiece of unsparing symbolism: a skyscraper 1,776 feet tall, a building that would restore "the spiritual peak of the city," in the words of the architect who proposed it. That vision is realized as a silvery spire is gently lowered onto the top of the new 1 World Trade Center. By Jennifer Peltz.

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— WORLD TRADE CENTER SPIRE-PHOTO GALLERY — A chronology of construction from 2005 to today: NY701-728.


HARTFORD, Conn. — State officials are setting aside millions of dollars to address backlogs in state police background checks that have soared into the thousands since the December school shooting in Newtown, one of several states struggling with bottlenecks as people rush to buy guns ahead of new restrictions. Gun rights advocates fear the delays in Connecticut, which recently passed one of the toughest gun laws in the country, could grow even longer once additional requirements for background checks take effect. By Susan Haigh.


BAL HARBOUR, Fla. — In this upscale seaside village of about 2,500 permanent residents, the 30-member police force's main challenges are thefts from its high-end shopping mall and vehicle break-ins. But beginning in 2009, Bal Harbour established an anti-drug task force that launched investigations across the country. It wasn't for the arrests — it was for millions of dollars in drug-related cash seized from alleged dealers that flowed back to the police department. Combining the ever-expanding Justice Department asset forfeiture sharing program with state asset forfeiture laws, police departments nationwide are increasingly looking for ways to make law enforcement more lucrative but also inviting possible abuse. By Curt Anderson.

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WASHINGTON — Caught between nervous Democrats and emboldened Republicans, President Obama makes a new stab at selling the public on his health care overhaul as the final elements go into effect. Behind the scenes, the White House is readying a campaign-style effort to get healthy young people to sign up for the insurance "exchanges" in order to keep premium costs from skyrocketing. By Jim Kuhnhenn and Julie Pace.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul begins his presidential exploratory tour with a splashy set of speaking engagements in Iowa designed to broaden his tea party brand into something more mainstream and, perhaps, viable. In coming weeks Paul will reintroduce himself in early voting New Hampshire and South Carolina, using his father's base of libertarian supporters as a starting point in a potential national race. By Tom Beaumont.

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WASHINGTON — The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hotspot — and a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territory. Diplomats from eight Arctic nations, including Secretary of State John Kerry, meet next week over how to protect the thawing region as its waterways increasingly open to commercial shipping. By National Security Writer Lara Jakes.



ISLAMABAD — Despite a campaign marred by Taliban attacks, Pakistan holds historic elections Saturday pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister once exiled by the army and an incumbent blamed for power blackouts and inflation. By Sebastian Abbot.

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— PAKISTAN-KEY PLAYERS — Major players in Pakistan's May 11 election.



SEOUL, South Korea — For 20 years, fears about North Korea's headlong pursuit of nuclear bombs have been deflected with admonishments not to overestimate an impoverished dictatorship prone to bragging. Not anymore. After three nuclear tests and a long-range rocket launch, some experts believe Pyongyang could have a nuclear arsenal in as little as five years. By Foster Klug.

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BEIRUT — Russia defends sales of anti-aircraft systems to Syria after the U.S. portrays the planned shipment of advanced S-300 batteries as destabilizing. Forces loyal to President Bashar Assad stream toward a rebel-held Syrian town and helicopters drop leaflets urging opposition fighters to surrender. By Karin Laub and Monika Scislowska.

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BOGOTA, Colombia — His exclusives have triggered some of Colombia's biggest scandals, leading to the arrests of dozens of public officials. Yet Ricardo Calderon shuns the limelight — with reason. Gunmen surprised him last week along a rural road, pumping five bullets into his car as he dove into a ditch, escaping unscathed. By Libardo Cardona.

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WASHINGTON — Two astronauts will make a hastily planned spacewalk Saturday to try to fix an ammonia leak in the power system of the International Space Station. Spacewalks are rarely done on such short notice, but the space agency says the six-member crew is not in danger. By Science Writer Seth Borenstein.

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TOKYO — The dollar soars above 100 yen for the first time in more than four years, driven by aggressive credit-easing aimed at reviving Japan's sluggish economy and improved U.S. economic figures. By Malcolm Foster and Elaine Kurtenbach.

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On the very day John F. Kennedy died, a cottage industry was born. Fifty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it's still thriving. Its product? The "truth" about the president's assassination. "By the evening of November 22, 1963, I found myself being drawn into the case," says one of the legion of authors who've produced articles, books, and scripts about the killing. "The government was saying there was only one assassin; that there was no conspiracy. It was obvious that even if this subsequently turned out to be true, it could not have been known to be true at that time."" Most who've published their doubts and theories haven't gotten rich — and some have even bankrupted themselves. But for others, best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits. Now, with the 50th anniversary looming, a new generation is set to cash in. Part of an occasional AP series marking the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. By National Writer Allen G. Breed.

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They speed across waves faster than wind, thanks to space-age technology. The new America's Cup boats have been likened to race cars. Sailors know the risks and rewards. Now there's a question as they chase the oldest trophy in international sports this summer: How safe are these boats? By Bernie Wilson.

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— AMERICA'S CUP-CAPSIZED BOAT — Official: America's Cup boat nosedived during difficult maneuver, broke into many pieces.


— ISRAEL-WESTERN WALL — Israeli police with metal barriers and human chains hold back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters trying to prevent a liberal Jewish women's group from praying at a key holy site. AP photos.

— KANSAS-FARM BODIES — Complaint: Ex-convict charged with murder in deaths of 3 whose bodies were found at Kan. farm. AP photos.

— EGYPT — The Muslim Brotherhood stages its first anti-Israel rally since the movement rose to power, denouncing airstrikes on Syria by the Jewish state.

— OJ SIMPSON — O.J. Simpson is heading back to the Las Vegas courthouse where he was convicted of leading an armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers to ask a judge for a new trial. AP photos.

— PHILIPPINES-UNSINKABLE IMELDA — Imelda Marcos emerges as the Philippines' ultimate political survivor: She's back on the campaign trail, dazzling voters with her bouffant hair and big talk.

— STOP SMOKING ARREST — A California woman who wanted to quit smoking slapped a sheriff's deputy, telling him she wanted to go to jail where tobacco isn't allowed.

— PRINCE HARRY-ARLINGTON CEMETERY — Prince Harry pays tribute to US war dead at Arlington National Cemetery.

— BOSTON COLLEGE-COMMENCEMENT — Cardinal O'Malley skipping Boston College graduation over Irish prime minister's abortion views.

— JOYCE KILMER-TREES — A historian says New Jersey can lay claim to the trees Joyce Kilmer found lovelier than any poem.

— BLIND POLE VAULTER — Blind girl pole vaulter competing for Texas high school championship.

— OBIT-SHABAZZ — Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, killed in Mexico; friend blames fight over bar tab.