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May 21, 2014

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PRIMARY ELECTION ROUNDUP

WASHINGTON — Democrats nominate two women they hope will give them the rare opportunity to capture seats in the Republican-dominated South and potentially spare President Barack Obama from spending the final two years of his presidency dealing with a Congress fully controlled by the opposition. AP Photos. AP Video.

PRIMARIES-ANALYSIS

WASHINGTON — Tuesday’s elections are the best evidence yet that Republicans are avoiding previous mistakes and improving their chances of controlling the Senate during President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. Republican voters again chose solidly conservative nominees while rejecting the most extreme and outlandish types who led the party to painful losses in 2010 and 2012. An AP News Analysis. By Charles Babington. AP Photos.

US-CHINA CYBERSPYING

WASHINGTON — The hacking techniques the U.S. government says China used against American companies turned out to be disappointingly mundane, tricking employees into opening email attachments or clicking on innocent-looking website links. The scariest part might be how successfully the ruses worked. With a mouse click or two, employees at big-name American makers of nuclear and solar technology gave away the keys to their computer networks. By Jack GIllum and Eric Tucker. AP Photos. AP Video.

DRONE KILLING-MEMO

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration signals that it will publicly reveal a secret memo describing its legal justification for using drones to kill U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism overseas. The move came on the eve of a critical U.S. Senate vote and under court order. By Nedra Pickler. AP Photos.

MISSOURI EXECUTION

BONNE TERRE, Missouri — A U.S. Supreme Court Justice iissues an order late suspending the planned execution of a Missouri inmate with a little more than an hour to spare before the inmate’s scheduled lethal injection. By Jim Salter and Jim Suhr. AP Photo.

With: MISSOURI EXECUTION-NEWS GUIDE.

VENEZUELA-CRISIS TALKS

CARACAS, Venezuela — A South American effort to end a standoff in talks between Venezuela’s government and opposition appears to stall, while legislation in the U.S. Congress to punish Venezuelan officials for human rights abuses takes a step forward. By Fabiola Sanchez and Luis Alonso Lugo.

UNITED STATES-EUROPE-UKRAINE

WASHINGTON — The crisis in Ukraine is giving Russia an opening to drive a wedge between the United States and Europe just as Western powers try to repair a struggling trade deal and decide how to bolster a cash-strapped NATO. By National Security Writer Lara Jakes. AP Photos.

With: US-RUSSIA SANCTIONS.

UNITED STATES-THAILAND

WASHINGTON — The U.S. says the Thai military’s declaration of martial law is allowed by the nation’s constitution and its actions to date won’t trigger sanctions. By Matthew Pennington.

GAY MARRIAGE PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage was overturned Tuesday by a federal judge in a decision that makes same-sex marriage legal throughout the Northeast. By Maryclaire Dale. AP Photos.

NICARAGUA-PEDOPHILE TEACHER

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — An international school that hired a teacher believed to be one of the most prolific pedophiles in memory says it accepted the resignation of its director, who has been criticized for not turning the suspect in to police immediately. By Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissentein. AP Photo.

CUBA-BLOGGER’S NEWSPAPER

HAVANA — Dissident Yoani Sanchez, a blogger far better known around the world than among her fellow Cubans, says that sometime Wednesday she will activate the website of Cuba’s first major independent general-interest newspaper in five decades. By Michael Weissenstein. AP Photos.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL-LAWSUIT

WASHINGTON — A group of retired American football players accuses the league in a lawsuit of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers that kept them in the game but led to serious complications down the road. By Ben Nuckols. AP Photos.

MEXICO-SNAKE REDISCOVERED

MEXICO CITY — A species of snake that had been “lost” for almost 80 years has been re-discovered on a remote Mexican island. The Clarion nightsnake had previously been seen only once, by American naturalist William Beebe during a 1936 visit to the Revillagigedo Islands. By Mark Stevenson. AP Photo.

With: BRAZIL-SAVING THE ARMADILLO. AP Photos.

SEPT 11 MUSEUM-TACKLING TRAUMA

NEW YORK — There are large videos of the twin towers collapsing and photos of people falling from them. Photos of nearly 3,000 victims and footage of terrorists going through airport security. A soundscape with squawking police radios and voice mail messages from people in the doomed buildings. But behind the wrenching sights and sounds of the Sept. 11 museum lies a quiet effort to help visitors handle its potentially traumatizing impact, from built-in tissue boxes to discreet symbols on items connected to the dead. There even will be Red Cross counseling volunteers standing by as it opens to the public Wednesday. “There’s a lot of thought given to the psychological safety of visitors,” an exhibit designer says. By Jennifer Peltz. AP Photos.

BERMUDA-PREMIER RESIGNS

HAMILTON, Bermuda — The premier of Bermuda has abruptly resigned and been replaced by his deputy amid a campaign finance controversy in the wealthy British island territory. By Josh Ball.

With: CURACAO-POLITICIAN INVESTIGATION.

WCUP-BRAZIL ASSAULTS

RIO DE JANEIRO — This city has long been a notoriously dangerous place, but recent years have seen major strides in reducing crime as Rio gears up to host six World Cup matches and the 2016 Olympics. But with the showcase soccer tournament just weeks away, there are troubling rises in muggings and robberies. By Jenny Barchfield. AP Photos. With glance on tips how to avoid being robbed.

With: WCUP-AIRPORTS, WCUP-CHILD PROSTITUTION, WCUP-BRAZIL-TROPHY REPLICAS-PHOTO GALLERY

BUSINESS & FINANCE:

WALL STREET

Retailers are used to throwing big sales. On Tuesday, it was investors who unloaded shares in several big retail chains, dragging down U.S. stocks and wiping out small gains from a day earlier. By Business Writer Alex Veiga. AP Photo.

OBAMA-INVESTMENTS

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama played the role of business pitchman Tuesday, saluting executives whose companies have chosen to gain or expand their footprint in the United States. By Jim Kuhnhenn. AP Photos.

GM RECALLS

DETROIT — Another day, another recall from General Motors. At least that’s the way it seems as the automaker reviews safety issues across its line-up of cars and trucks in the wake of a mishandled recall of millions of older small cars. By Auto Writer Dee-Ann Durbin.

With: GM-RECALLS-TOP 10.

GOOGLE-FOREIGN ACQUISITIONS

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is amassing cash overseas to help finance a foreign shopping spree that could cost the Internet company up to $30 billion. By Technology Liedtke. AP Photos.

NETFLIX-EUROPEAN EXPANSION

SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix will expand into Germany, France and four other European countries later this year as the Internet video service tries to build an international following that might eventually surpass its U.S. audience. The additional markets will extend Netflix’s reach into nearly 50 countries, including 13 in Europe. By Technology Writer Michael Liedtke.

EARNS-HOME DEPOT

ATLANTA — Home Depot’s fiscal first-quarter net income climbed 12 percent, helped by better sales, but results fell short of expectations as a cold and rainy spring hurt results.

TARGET-CANADA

NEW YORK — Target has fired the president of its troubled Canadian operations, Tony Fisher, and is replacing him with a 15-year U.S. company veteran. The executive shakeup in Canada comes two weeks after the abrupt resignation of Target’s CEO and Chairman Gregg Steinhafel. By Retail Writer Anne D’Innocenzio.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

PEOPLE-ANGELINA JOLIE

LOS ANGELES — Angelina Jolie may be Hollywood royalty. But she’s no princess, and has never been a fan of the Disney variety. “I found them quite dull,” the actress says. Evil Maleficent, whom Jolie portrays in Disney’s new live-action spin on its animated classic “Sleeping Beauty,” conversely “seemed to be having a great time,” Jolie said. By Entertainment Writer Mike Cidoni Lennoz. AP Photos. AP Video.

TV-I WANNA MARRY HARRY

NEW YORK — Matt Hicks doesn’t exactly say he’s Prince Harry — and he doesn’t exactly say he’s not — in the new Fox dating competition “I Wanna Marry Harry.” On the show, premiering Tuesday night (9 p.m. EDT), 12 American women are flown to the English countryside to stay in a beautiful estate to meet a handsome man, who happens to resemble Harry. Hicks eliminates contestants along the way, and acknowledges his real identity in the end, reminiscent of the 2003 Fox show “Joe Millionaire.” By Alicia Rancilo. AP Photos. AP Video.

JACE-WIFE’S DEATH

LOS ANGELES — Actor Michael Jace, who played a police officer on television, is arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting his wife after calling emergency services and telling an operator that he shot her, police said. By Tami Abdollah and Anthony McCartney. AP Photos.

With: JACE-WIFE’S DEATH-BIOBOX.S

MUSIC-RASCAL FLATTS

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — When multiplatinum country group Rascal Flatts appeared to be lip-synching during a performance at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, the trio handled the aftermath — including a promotional round for new album “Rewind” just a month later — with a little honesty and a lot of humor. By Kristin M. Hall. AP Photo.

FASHION-RACHEL ZOE ON WHITE-Q&A

NEW YORK — It may require a tad more attention to detail, but with care just about anybody can wear white at just about any time of the day or year. We asked celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to weigh in on white, with an eye toward women not convinced it can be a wardrobe staple. By Leanne Italie. AP Photos.

FOOD-BEARD AWARDS

Chicago is adding another jewel to its culinary crown. After 24 years in the Big Apple, the James Beard Foundation awards ceremony is moving to the Windy City next year. It’s more proof that Chicago has fast become home to one of the country’s hottest restaurant scenes. The foundation — which is based in New York and honors the nation’s best chefs, restaurants and food media — says several cities had asked to host the annual awards ceremony, but Chicago’s offer of marketing and sponsorship support was too good to turn down. By Food Editor J. M. Hirsch. AP Photos.

With: CHICAGO VS NYC-FOODIE SMACKDOWN,

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