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No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.

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Opt-out movement accelerates amid Common Core testing

Thousands of students are opting out of new standardized tests aligned to the Common Core standards, defying the latest attempt by states to improve academic performance.

Agriculture Hall of Fame to reopen again with new hopes

Like many farmers, the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame struggles to hold on from one year to the next.

Fiorina aims to keep Clinton from playing the ‘gender card’

Carly Fiorina, the lone Republican woman eying the White House, wants to block Hillary Rodham Clinton from playing the “gender card” in the 2016 presidential race.

German president: Germanwings crash an ‘unbelievable horror’

The Germanwings crash last month was an “unbelievable horror” for the families of those killed, compounded by the apparent senselessness of the co-pilot’s actions in bringing down the plane, German President Joachim Gauck told hundreds of victims’ relatives and dignitaries at a memorial service Friday.

Amid growing migrant crisis, 20 burn victims rescued at sea

The unabated flow of migrants fleeing instability in Libya brought a new horror on Friday: The discovery of 20 migrants adrift at sea who had suffered grave burn injuries in a cooking gas explosion before departing Libya, and then were forced onto a smuggler’s boat without treatment.

SpaceX shipment arrives at space station: 1st espresso maker

The SpaceX supply ship arrived at the International Space Station on Friday, delivering the world’s first espresso machine designed exclusively for astronauts.

Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table

The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the table for the man convicted in the case.

Iraqi officials believe Saddam’s top deputy killed

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives.

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US senator says it’s time to put a woman on the $20 bill

The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.

Watchdog: ICE could have saved millions on detainee flights

Millions of dollars might have been saved through better management and by not leaving seats empty on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement charter flights carrying detained immigrants to their home countries, according to an internal watchdog report released Friday.

Volunteer deputy sold company, switched back to police work

After he sold his insurance company for around $6 million, Robert Bates sought to return to a profession he tried for a year in his early 20s: law enforcement.

Ex-police commander accused of torture decries reparations

Disgraced Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge says he finds it hard to believe the city is establishing a fund to compensate alleged victims of torture by him and his officers.

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Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported.

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Arrest made in fatal shooting of Kentucky student

A 22-year-old University of Kentucky student was shot and killed a block from the Lexington campus Friday morning in what police believe was a random robbery gone awry.

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Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact

President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo."

Greek 'day of reckoning' shakes stock markets

Fear that Greece could default on its debt and abandon the euro rattled global financial markets Friday.

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Europe dithers in face of unprecedented wave of migrants

An unprecedented wave of migrants has headed for the European Union’s promised shores over the past week, with 10,000 people making the trip. Hundreds — nobody knows how many — have disappeared into the warming waters of the Mediterranean, including 41 migrants reported dead Thursday after a shipwreck.

Police: Muslims threw Christians overboard during Med voyage

Italy’s migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident.

Vatican ends crackdown of US nun group

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

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