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May 8, 2014

10 Things to Know for Friday

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:

1. WHY REFERENDUM ON AUTONOMY MIGHT FAIL

A poll shows that 70 percent of eastern Ukraine’s residents want to maintain the nation’s current borders.

2. TEXANS TAKE JADEVEON CLOWNEY AT NO. 1 IN NFL DRAFT

The defensive end from South Carolina has size, speed and power — but his work ethic has been questioned.

3. SELECT COMMITTEE TO PROBE BENGHAZI

The House panel’s investigation will be the eighth to scrutinize the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.  

4. WHO’S TRAVELING TO FRANCE FOR D-DAY ANNIVERSARY

Putin’s announcement that he’ll attend the ceremonies complicates the West’s efforts to isolate him internationally for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

5. NOMINEE FOR HEALTH SECRETARY DRAWS GOP SUPPORT

Signs point to a smooth confirmation for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whose portfolio will include “Obamacare” if she’s approved to lead the department.

6. WHERE STUDENT PROTESTERS FACE BACKLASH

Scores are arrested as security forces in Venezuela break up makeshift tent cities in the capital protesting Maduro’s socialist government.

7. SYRIAN REBELS BLOW UP ARMY BASE IN ALEPPO

The huge blast shows that the opposition, even as it withdraws from its former stronghold of Homs, still can deal heavy blows against the Assad regime.

8. FAMILY FOUND IN RUINS OF JAMES BLAKE’S HOME HAD BEEN SHOT

Who carried out the attack remains unknown. The four bodies were found after the upscale Florida home they were renting went up in flames.

9. HOW MORE AMERICANS ARE GETTING TO WORK

The number of those who bike to their jobs is up almost 61 percent from the year 2000.

10. STERLING’S ESTRANGED WIFE SAYS SHE’LL FIGHT CLIPPERS SALE

The NBA may want to install new ownership, but Shelly Sterling “will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure” of her 50 percent stake in the team, her lawyers announce.

 

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