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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Suspect wanted in D.C. murders captured An ex-con accused in the slayings of a wealthy Washington family and their housekeeper is arrested, a week after authorities say the family was killed and their mansion was set on Read More…

Ex-con who worked for wealthy D.C. family accused of killing them

WASHINGTON — After a multistate manhunt, authorities tracked the suspect in the deaths of a wealthy D.C. family and their housekeeper to a motel parking lot, trailing him and four others through a meandering route before arresting the emotionless ex-convict, officials said. Police have not detailed why Daron Dylon Wint — a welder who once Read More…

Archives show Hillary OK’d tax breaks for nonprofits as Bill solicited donations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — As first lady in the final year of the Clinton administration, Hillary Clinton endorsed a White House plan to give tax breaks to private foundations and wealthy charity donors at the same time the William J. Clinton Foundation was soliciting donations for her husband’s presidential library, recently released Clinton-era documents show. Read More…

Irish go to polls over gay marriage referendum

DUBLIN — Ireland’s voters were deciding Friday whether to legalize gay marriage in this once-staunchly Catholic land in what the government’s equality minister called “a referendum like no other.” Opinion polls throughout the two-month campaign suggest the government-backed amendment favoring gay marriage should be approved by a majority of voters when results are announced Saturday. Read More…

Obama’s trade deal clears Senate hurdle without much room to spare

WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday after a showdown vote that remained in doubt until the final moment. The 62-38 vote, two more than the 60 needed, came from a solid phalanx of Republicans and more Read More…

U.S. diplomat says Myanmar at fault for refugee crisis

YANGON, Myanmar — Navy ships from two countries scoured Southeast Asian waters Friday for boats believed to be carrying thousands of migrants with little food or water, and a top U.S. diplomat said Myanmar needs to shoulder some responsibility for the crisis. That’s something it has been reluctant to do. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Read More…

Investigation of California oil spill cause could take months

GOLETA, Calif. — The operator of an oil pipeline that broke and spilled thousands of gallons of crude across a scenic California shoreline says it could take weeks or even months before investigators find what caused the disaster. Bad weather slowed cleanup efforts early Friday at the spill site in Santa Barbara County, where gusty Read More…

Drought-stricken California facing tough decisions

FRESNO, Calif. — Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought. Regulators with the state Water Resources Read More…

Korean ‘nut rage’ case takes twist as prison sentence suspended

SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court on Friday suspended the prison term of a former Korean Air executive whose onboard “nut rage” tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration. The Seoul High Court said Cho Hyun-ah, who is the daughter of the airline’s chairman, did not violate the aviation security Read More…

Australia invading Europe for song contest

VIENNA — For the first time in its 60-year history, the Eurovision Song Contest may be won by — Australia. The land Down Under is making its debut in Europe’s favorite songfest, invited as a wild card due to its strong fan base. Its entry, Guy Sebastian, is one of the bookmakers’ favorites. Sebastian is Read More…