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Bitterly divided House votes to launch new Benghazi investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday rammed through a measure opening a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya, vowing to dig deeper in a search for truth. Democrats declared it merely a political ploy to raise campaign cash and motivate voters.

Putin to face Western leaders at D-Day anniversary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Complicating the West's efforts to isolate Russia, the Kremlin announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin will join President Barack Obama and European leaders in France next month for a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion that hastened the end of World War II.

Ignoring Putin, Ukraine insurgents to hold vote

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — In an obscure government office guarded by a man in a red T-shirt armed only with a stick, two photocopy machines churned out ballots Thursday for eastern Ukraine's referendum on secession, as they have been doing around the clock for days.

Oklahoma court agrees to 6-month stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

The 'essential skills' needed to be an Obama 'ambassadonor'

They might not speak a relevant foreign language or have any diplomatic experience, but big donors to President Obama’s re-election campaign have “essential skills” qualifying them for ambassador jobs, according to State Department documents obtained by Yahoo News.

Battle over inmate's sex-change surgery lands back in court

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts prison officials on Thursday made another push to overturn a court ruling that would force them to provide a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation to a murder convict with gender-identity disorder.

Top official subpoenaed over VA hospital deaths

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Veterans Administration Secretary Eric Shinseki rejected calls for his resignation as a congressional committee voted to subpoena him on Thursday over charges his department caused deadly delays for veterans' healthcare at some of its hospitals. The American Legion veterans group and two Republican U.S. senators have called for Shinseki to step down following reports on whistleblowers' claims that up to 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments or specialist care at the VA hospital in Phoenix. The House Veterans Affairs Committee in a voice vote approved the subpoena ordering Shinseki and other top VA officials to produce all emails and written correspondence sent between April 9 and May 8 related to the disappearance or destruction of a secret patient wait list at the Phoenix hospital. \"The last few weeks have been a model of VA stonewalling, which precipitated the need for a subpoena,\" said the committee's chairman, Republican Representative Jeff Miller.

Rebels level historic Aleppo hotel in Syria

HOMS, Syria (AP) — With a gigantic explosion, Syrian rebels on Thursday leveled a historic hotel being used as an army base in the northern city of Aleppo by detonating bomb-packed tunnels beneath it, activists and militants said.

Pro-Russia insurgents to hold vote in east Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — The photocopy machines churning out the ballots for eastern Ukraine's sovereignty referendum have been clattering around the clock for days. Even the powerful Vladimir Putin can't stop them.

FTC says Snapchat deceived customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that it deceived customers about the disappearing nature of messages sent through its service and that it collected users' contacts without telling them or asking permission.

Florida man killed in burned home bought fireworks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Detectives were not looking for any suspects in the deaths of a family found inside a burning Tampa home, but authorities stopped short Thursday of calling the case a murder-suicide.

'Jarring job crisis' seen in Arab Spring countries

IMF chief Christine Lagarde praised Arab Spring countries Thursday for making economic progress but warned that they are still facing a \"jarring job crisis.\" Speaking in Morocco, the director general of the International Monetary Fund said youth unemployment in those countries are among the highest in the world. Since 2011, uprisings have swept over Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, forcing out veteran strongmen, and protests calling for change have also shaken Bahrain. Lagarde said that despite the bleak political situation of what she termed the \"Arab transition countries\" and its effect on other regional nations, there is some good news.

Okla. attorney general agrees to stay of execution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general agreed Thursday to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

No plans for Obama-Putin meeting at D-Day events

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has no plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin when both leaders attend next month's events in France marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Residents: 50 bodies found in Nigeria violence

Residents of a town attacked by Boko Haram said at least 50 bodies have been recovered, many horribly burned, and they criticized security forces for failing to prevent the attack even though they had been warned that the Islamic militants were nearby.