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GOP stands down on social issues, focuses on jobs

WASHINGTON (AP) — What "religious freedom" bill? Republicans stung by the culture wars that dominated the nation's political discourse this year are standing down on social issues, acutely aware that the presidential and congressional elections five months off are expected to turn on a thin margin of cash-strapped independent voters neither party can afford to alienate.


10 Things to Know for Friday

A daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT): 1. U.S. COMPANIES LIKELY HIRED AT MODEST PACE IN MAY

AP photo of 'napalm girl' from Vietnam War turns 40

TRANG BANG, Vietnam (AP) — In the picture, the girl will always be 9 years old and wailing "Too hot! Too hot!" as she runs down the road away from her burning Vietnamese village.

Police: 'Hero' saved lives in Seattle shootings

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a person inside a Seattle cafe where a gunman went on a deadly rampage threw stools at the assailant and saved people's lives.

What next for Romney? Undercut Obama, raise money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — What's next for Mitt Romney? The Republican presidential nomination finally in hand, he will spend the next three months trying to undercut President Barack Obama on the economy while portraying himself as Mr. Fix It for a nation with stubbornly and painfully high unemployment.
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