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Top two draft picks signify importance of quarterbacks in NFL

CHICAGO — Even with significant off-field baggage, Jameis Winston was the first pick in the NFL draft Thursday night. With no such issues, Marcus Mariota went second. You don’t pass up a potential franchise quarterback in today’s pass-happy NFL. So Florida State’s Winston is headed to Tampa Bay and Oregon’s Mariota goes to Tennessee at Read More…

Utah stands in for red planet in Mars research

HANKSVILLE, Utah — Four people wearing space helmets and square backpacks emerge from a circular structure resembling a water tank and step onto a reddish, barren landscape. One hikes up a hill to take magnetic readings of the ground with a rectangular apparatus that looks like a large leveling tool. Another pushes a wheelbarrow equipped Read More…

10 things to know, Thursday, April 30

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. A light amid quake tragedy Crowds cheer as a teenage boy is pulled from the wreckage of a Kathmandu building that collapsed five days ago when a massive temblor shook Nepal. 2. What’s next for Baltimore Police Read More…

Wounded fighters, civilians recover near Syrian border

KILIS, Turkey — Sitting up in bed, 16-year-old Anas Baroudi lifts up an orange blanket to show where his left foot used to be, before he lost it almost three years ago in Syria’s civil war. “It’s not painful,” the Syrian teenager says quietly as he covers the leg again. Lying in the next bed Read More…

House committee approves defense bill

WASHINGTON — The House Armed Services Committee passed a nearly $612 billion defense policy bill early Thursday that seeks to change military retirement benefits, challenges President Barack Obama’s effort to shutter Guantanamo Bay and would keep the A-10 flying even though the Pentagon wants to retire the attack jet. The vote was 60 to 2. Read More…

Obama signs energy efficiency bill

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is signing long-delayed legislation to boost energy efficiency in buildings. Obama plans to sign the bill into law in the Oval Office Thursday afternoon. It aims to cut energy use in commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and homes. The measure was widely popular in both parties. But it was defeated last Read More…

40 years after Vietnam War’s ends, enemies become friends, but pain lingers

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — This city once known as Saigon was blanketed in red banners on Thursday that read “Long Live the Glorious Communist Party of Vietnam,” 40 years after northern forces seized control of the country and America walked away from a divisive and bloody war that remains a painful sore. Thousands Read More…

GOP divided as Supreme Court nears another Obamacare ruling

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are divided over how to respond to an approaching Supreme Court decision on President Barack Obama’s health care law, even as growing numbers concede that their long-sought goal of repealing the statute will have to wait. Should the plaintiffs prevail in the GOP-backed lawsuit, the justices could annul one of the Read More…

Kremlin says North Korea leader won’t be visiting Russia next month

MOSCOW — The reclusive leader of North Korea won’t be coming to Moscow next month for the Victory Day celebration, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman announced Thursday. The highly anticipated visit would have been Kim Jong Un’s first foreign trip since taking power more than three years ago. Russia’s foreign minister had said in March that Read More…

Bright spot amid tragedy: Teen found after five days in Nepalese earthquake rubble

KATHMANDU, Nepal — A long-absent noise — cheers — rang out in Nepal’s capital Thursday as rescuers pulled a teenager alive from the earthquake rubble he had been trapped in for five days. The joy interrupted a dreary and still fearful day in which thousands worried about aftershocks lined up to board free buses to Read More…