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White House reporters to honor black journalist

WASHINGTON (AP) — Harry McAlpin was standing outside the Oval Office, moments away from becoming the first black reporter to attend a presidential press conference, when one of his contemporaries approached with a deal.

Va. senator says he'll back Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, an early supporter of Barack Obama in 2008, says he is backing Hillary Rodham Clinton for president if the former secretary of state seeks the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Still Bringing the Boys to the Yard

The 34-year-old musician-cum-Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef sat down in New York to discuss her eclectic new album, culinary taste, and much more.

North Korea: ‘The U.S. Is a Living Hell’

Never mind the obvious hypocrisy from the ruthless regime. On some points, Kim Jong-un’s state-owned media is unnervingly accurate about America’s problems.

The Week in Viral Videos

From hamsters eating tiny burritos to Emma Stone battling Jimmy Fallon in a lip sync duel, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

The Plus-Size XXX Invasion

For the first time in more than 40 years, there’s a plus-size model on the cover of ‘Penthouse Forum.’ It’s about damn time the BBW genre got some attention.

Is the NSA Hiding Another Heartbleed?

The news of the Heartbleed security hole—and the NSA’s rumored exploitation of the bug—rocked the world last month. Heartbleed is likely the first of many to come.

Stat-Happy News Ignores Narrative

The new generation of reporters led by the likes of Ezra Klein and Nate Silver lives and dies by the numbers, but real news still needs storytelling journalists.

Mint Julep Madness!

How a 1,000-year-old fragrant elixir traveled over continents and time to become the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby.

The Little Boy Rebuilding West, Texas

After losing his father to the fertilizer plant explosion that almost destroyed his hometown, Parker Pustejovsky is spearheading the effort to recover—and he’s barely old enough to read.

The Heiress Who Brought Harry to Memphis

Just who is Lizzy Wilson, the American heiress marrying Guy Pelly, best pal to Princes William and Harry, and the reason the young Royals have come to Memphis?

One Red Rose for a Derby Winner

Little Bill Boland was only 18 when he rode Middleground to victory in the 1950 Kentucky Derby. The only place he was comfortable was on the back of a horse.

The Week’s Best Longreads

From the deadly violence of U.S. border patrol agents to Britney’s lost album, the Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

The US Marine Who Disappeared in Syria

A Marine combat veteran, Austin Tice was in law school when he went to Syria and disappeared. Like Tice, a group of veterans has returned to the Middle East drawn by nostalgia for war.

In Cold Blood In Ukraine

The murder of a small-town politician is tied to the network of Russian agents, mobsters and local thugs now running much of eastern Ukraine.

US condemns 'unacceptable' Odessa violence

The United States condemned "unacceptable" violence on the bloodiest day since Kiev's Western-backed government took power, urging both Ukraine and Russia to restore order. At least 31 people died in a fire in the southern Ukrainian city of Odessa, with local media reporting that pro-Russian militants were believed to have been in the burning building at the time. "Today, the international community must stand together in support of the Ukrainian people as they cope with this tragedy," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement mourning the "heartbreaking" loss of life. Amid the most serious rupture in West-Moscow relations since the Cold War, the United States earlier threatened to hit Russia with new sanctions within three weeks over what Washington called its continued "destabilization" of Ukraine.

Obama, Merkel still struggle over spying but agree on trade

By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel could not hide differences on Friday over U.S. surveillance practices despite Obama's offer of "cyber dialogue" with Berlin and a pledge to bridge gaps that have tarnished their relationship. The two leaders have been at odds over the U.S. National Security Agency's spying habits since revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year showed the United States had listened in on many of its allies, including Merkel. Obama has since banned the practice of eavesdropping on allied political leaders, but the measure has not placated Germany. "We have a few difficulties yet to overcome," Merkel said in a joint news conference with Obama at the White House, referring to the conflict and pointedly declining to say, when asked, that trust between the two nations had been restored.

Advocates see last window for immigration bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are mounting a final push to persuade the House to pass immigration legislation this summer, seeing one last window to act that will soon slam shut for good.