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April 22, 2014

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BOSTON MARATHON

BOSTON — Nearly 32,000 runners hit the streets in the first Boston Marathon since last year’s deadly bombing, sending a powerful message of resilience amid heavy security that included a battery of surveillance cameras and police officers on rooftops. By Bob Salsberg and Michelle R. Smith.

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UKRAINE

KIEV, Ukraine — The U.S. warns Russia to promptly honor an international agreement aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine as Vice President Joe Biden sits down with Ukrainian officials as part of a high-profile show of support for Kiev’s pro-Western government. Russia in turn accuses Ukrainian authorities of violating the pact and declares that their actions won’t stan. By Nedra Pickler.

CUBAN TWITTER-ROOTS OF HOPE

MIAMI — Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. By Christine Armario and Laura Wides Munoz.

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SUPREME COURT-ARGENTINA DEBT SHOWDOWN

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be searching for a middle ground in the decade-long legal battle between Argentina and holders of its defaulted bonds. By Mark Sherman.

MEXICO-OBESITY

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s new food labeling rules were supposed to help fight an obesity epidemic, but activists and experts say they may actually encourage the public to consume high levels of sugar. By Mark Stevenson.

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TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII

SAN JOSE, California — A 15-year-old boy found his way onto an airport’s tarmac and climbed into a jetliner’s wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii — a misadventure that forced authorities to take a hard look at the security system that protects the nation’s airline fleet. By Martha Mendoza and Oskar Garcia.

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BUSINESS:

SUPMRE COURT-TV ON THE INTERNET

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute between broadcasters and an Internet startup company that has the potential to bring big changes to the television industry. The company is Aereo Inc., and the justices are hearing arguments Tuesday over its service that gives subscribers in 11 U.S. cities access to television programs on their laptop computers, smartphones and other portable devices. By Mark Sherman.

ALLERGAN-VALEANT

NEW YORK — Valeant Pharmaceuticals is teaming up with activist investor Bill Ackman in a bid for Botox maker Allergan that could be worth about $40 billion. Valeant said it intends to propose a merger with Allergan using a combination of Valeant stock and cash. The transaction size has not been disclosed, but Valeant expects the cash portion of the deal to be at least $15 billion. By Ken Sweet and Matthew Perrone.

ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT:

MEXICO-GARCIA MARQUEZ

MEXICO CITY — Thousands pass somberly by a simple urn holding the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez to pay tribute to the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time. By E. Eduardo Castillo. AP Photos.

HOLLYWOOD-SEX ABUSE LAWSUIT

BEVERLY HILLS, California — A man who has accused “X-Men” director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment industry figures, claiming they also molested him. By Anthony McCartney.

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