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White House: Obama to add Julian Castro to Cabinet

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama will nominate San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to become housing secretary and will tap Shaun Donovan, his current housing chief, to run the budget office, a White House official said Thursday.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014

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Ukraine: 500 rebels attack govt troops; 20 killed

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia will recognize the outcome of Ukraine's presidential vote, President Vladimir Putin promised Friday, voicing hope that Ukraine's new leader would halt the military operation against separatists in the east.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014

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Thai coup makers hold ex-PM, disperse protests

BANGKOK (AP) — Ousted members of Thailand's former government surrendered to the new military junta Friday, as soldiers forcefully dispersed hundreds of anti-coup activists who defied a ban on large-scale gatherings to protest the army's seizure of power.

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House defies Pentagon on defense spending

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despite warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

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'Shield' actor charged with murder after wife shot

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer in the TV series "The Shield," was charged with murder on Thursday in the shooting death of his wife in their Los Angeles home.

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House passes curbs on NSA phone surveillance

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an overwhelming vote, the House moved the U.S. closer to ending the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records Thursday, the most significant demonstration to date of leaker Edward Snowden's impact on the debate over privacy versus security.

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Rockwell's Red Sox painting sold for $22.6M

NEW YORK (AP) — A Norman Rockwell painting of Boston Red Sox players has sold to a private buyer for $22.6 million.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 May 2014

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Mother persuaded kidnapped woman to go to police

 

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

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