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Second group of Ukraine monitors out of contact

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe lost contact Friday with a five-member team in east Ukraine, where four members of another OSCE mission are still being held by pro-Russian rebels.


Utah teens shocked to see altered yearbook photos

HEBER CITY, Utah (AP) — A little airbrushing to school pictures can spell big relief, concealing pimples and brightening complexions. But some students at Wasatch High School cracked their yearbooks this week to find more than tiny touchups: digital alterations including cap sleeves on their tank tops, raised necklines and in one case, a vanished tattoo.


Searcher 'cautiously optimistic' jet will be found

SYDNEY (AP) — Over the past few days of the endlessly perplexing hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, much debate and confusion has swirled around what was once dubbed the most promising lead in the search: a series of underwater signals, or "pings," picked up by sound-detecting equipment scouring the remote Indian Ocean in early April.


How Google got states to legalize driverless cars

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — About four years ago, the Google team trying to develop cars driven by computers — not people — became convinced that sooner than later, the technology would be ready for the masses. There was one big problem: Driverless cars were almost certainly illegal.


Grieving father takes center stage in gun debate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Martinez says he never set out to be a face of the gun-control movement and has no interest in taking deer rifles and shotguns from the hands of hunters. After all, he used to be one.


Zuckerberg, wife gift $120M to Calif. schools

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $120 million to the San Francisco Bay Area's public school system.


Texas' top prosecutor: Drug source can be secret

DALLAS (AP) — Texas can keep secret the name of its supplier for its execution drugs, the state attorney general determined after law enforcement argued that suppliers face serious danger.


2 boys share spelling bee title after long duel

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The dreaded bell that signals a misspelled word tolled for each of the last two spellers in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Thursday night. But in an exhilarating twist, it wasn't the end for either of them.


AP Source: Former Microsoft CEO wins Clippers bid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shelly Sterling reached an agreement Thursday night to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion in what would be a record deal if approved by the NBA, according to an individual with knowledge of the negotiations.


NSA finds 1 email from Snowden raising question

WASHINGTON (AP) — Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden gently asks for "clarification" on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday.


Rebels down helicopter; another big loss for Kiev

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine (AP) — In another devastating blow to Ukraine's armed forces, rebels shot down a troop helicopter Thursday, killing at least 12 soldiers, including a general who had served in the Soviet army and was in charge of combat training.


Support falters as Shinseki fights for his job

WASHINGTON (AP) — Support for embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki eroded quickly Thursday, especially among congressional Democrats facing tough re-election campaigns, even as Shinseki continued to fight for his job amid allegations of delayed medical care and misconduct at VA facilities nationwide.


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