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May 26, 2014

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SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE

GOLETA, California (AP) — Elliot Rodger’s parents raced to his Santa Barbara-area community after his mother saw his online threats, but they heard the news of a shooting on the radio as they were driving on the freeway. They later learned their son had killed six people, wounded 13 and then — authorities say — took his own life. By Martha Mendoza and Michael R. Blood. AP Photos.

VETERANS-HEALTH CARE

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees decries long waits and backlogs at the nations VA hospitals but stops short of calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. By Tom Raum. AP Photos.

IRAN-AMERICAN DETAINED-MICHIGAN

DETROIT — A news agency reports that an ex-U.S. Marine from Michigan has requested a new trial in Iran, where he has been imprisoned since 2011 after being accused of spying. AP Photos.

OBIT-BUNNY YEAGER

MIAMI BEACH, Florida — Bunny Yeager, a model turned pin-up photographer who helped jump-start the career of the then-unknown Bettie Page, died Sunday, her agent said. By Jennifer Kay and Suzette Laboy.

CONVICTIONS QUESTIONED

NEW YORK — Fueled by the freeing of a prison inmate who claimed a detective framed him in a 1990 murder, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office has undertaken one of the most ambitious efforts in the U.S. to revisit cases of people put behind bars decades ago to determine whether they were wrongly convicted. By Jennifer Peltz and Tom Hays. AP Photos.

ALASKA WILDFIRES

A wildfire in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula has grown to cover more than 193 square miles (500 square kilometers). By Donna Gordon Blankinship.

MERS-2ND US CASE

ORLANDO, Florida — All the health care workers who came into contact with a Saudi resident infected with the second confirmed MERS case in the U.S. have been cleared to return to work.

COLOMBIA-ELECTION

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombians are in for three more weeks of rancorous political campaigning after an ally of conservative former President Alvaro Uribe won the most votes in the first round of the presidential election, grabbing the momentum for a runoff contest with incumbent Juan Manuel Santos. By Joshua Goodman. AP Photos.

BUSINESS:

GOOGLE MUTED

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — Europe’s moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name — may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy. But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit Google search results in the name of privacy is being slammed as weird and difficult to enforce at best and a crackdown on free speech at worst. By Martha Mendoza and Toby Sterling.

NEGATIVE REVIEW-CONSUMER LAWSUIT

A Paris-based company says it will fight a U.S. judge’s ruling against its attempt to force a Utah couple to pay a $3,500 penalty over a critical online review. By Martin Griffith.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

PEOPLE-WATSON

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — It’s graduation day for movie star Emma Watson. The British actress best known as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies is among 2,000 graduates receiving degrees from Brown University. AP Photos.

WIZ KHALIFA-ARREST

EL PASO, Texas — Authorities say rapper Wiz Khalifa has been arrested in West Texas for marijuana possession. AP Photos.

BRAZIL-WORLD CUP-SONG

SANTIAGO, Chile — The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord — the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. By Luis Andres Henao. AP Photos.

SPORTS:

BRAZIL-WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN-PHOTO GALLERY

RIO DE JANEIRO — About 300,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend World Cup matches across Brazil, from the steamy Amazon in the north to the chillier pampa climes in the south to Rio de Janeiro, where the Christ the Redeemer statue spreads his arms high above the stadium where the tournament’s final game will be. AP Photos.

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