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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Spy’s parents search for son after Cuba-U.S. deal  Neither Cuban nor American officials have confirmed that Rolando Sarraff Trujillo, whom Obama hailed as one of Washington’s most valuable assets, was spirited off the island. 2. Calls for Read More…

Stephen Colbert retires his ‘Report’ and the host he played

This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York. "The Colbert Report" will end on Thursday after nine seasons. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert is dead. Stephen Colbert is immortal? Long live Stephen Colbert! Nine years of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” came to an end Thursday night along with its mythical presiding pundit, as the real-life Stephen Colbert bade the audience farewell. He was last seen gliding through the clouds in the backseat of Santa’s sleigh beside Alex Trebek (don’t ask). Read More…

Marathon bombing survivor in ‘Yes to Dress’ finale

Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory DiMartino tries on dresses during the taping of the series "Say Yes to the Dress." DiMartino and her husband Gregory were injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/TLC)

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Marathon bombings took Rebekah DiMartino’s leg, but they couldn’t rob her of her joy as a new bride. Her sometimes faltering search for the perfect wedding dress — trying on designer gowns while balancing on crutches — is featured in Friday night’s season finale of TLC’s popular reality show, “Say Yes to Read More…

Colorado vows to defend pot law against states’ challenge

DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top law enforcement official promises to vigorously defend the state’s historic law legalizing marijuana after Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the U.S. Supreme Court to declare it unconstitutional, saying the drug is freely flowing into neighboring states. The two states filed a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing the measure known as Read More…

China’s wealth finds home in Washington state

MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. “I’m so glad my mother made me study Chinese,” laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. “I’ve been Read More…

In Lebanon, Syrian newborns risk statelessness

Two aid workers measure 1-year-old Syrian refugee Jawad al-Abbas at a medical clinic in the town of Kab Elias in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — Nearly 30,000 Syrian children born as refugees in Lebanon are in a legal limbo, not registered with any government, exposing them to the risk of a life of statelessness deprived of basic rights. It is a problem that is replicated, to varying degrees, in nations across the Middle East where more than Read More…

Poll: Americans skeptical of commercial drones

A drone flown by Brian Wilson, prepares to land after flying over the scene of an explosion that leveled two apartment buildings in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Americans are deeply skeptical that the benefits of the heralded drone revolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft in dangerous jobs or remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK opinion poll. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are skeptical that the benefits of the heralded dronerevolution will outweigh the risks to privacy and safety, although a majority approve of using small, unmanned aircraft for dangerous jobs or in remote areas, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. By a 2-1 margin, those who had an opinion opposed using drones for commercial Read More…

8 children killed, mother stabbed, in Australia

Police patrol near a house where eight children have been found dead in a Cairns suburb in far north Queensland, Australia, Friday. Queensland state police said they were called to the home in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday morning after receiving a report of a woman with serious injuries. When police got to the house, they found the bodies of the children inside, ranging in age from 18 months to 15 years.(AP Photo/Graeme Bint)

SYDNEY (AP) — Eight dead children and a woman suffering from stab wounds were found inside a home in a northern Australian city on Friday, police said. Police believe the 34-year-old woman with chest wounds is the mother of seven of the children, and the eighth child is believed to be one of her relatives, Detective Inspector Read More…

Pakistan: 67 militants killed after school massacre

Pakistani student, Mohammad Baqair, who survived last Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school and was slightly injured, poses for a picture holding a photograph of his mother a victim of the attack, who was a teacher at the school, at his home, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday. The Taliban massacre that killed more than 140 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got underway. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani jets and ground forces killed 67 militants in a northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said Friday, days after Taliban fighters killed 148 people — most of them children — in a school massacre. Meanwhile, a Pakistani prosecutor said the government will try to cancel the bail granted to Read More…

Sony hack adds to security pressure on companies

BEIJING (AP) — Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger. The Sony attack, which U.S. officials blamed on North Korea, was unusual because it included threats of violence if the Hollywood studio Read More…