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10 Things to Know for Today

Friday, May 17, 2013 - Updated: 3:11 PM

The Associated Press

1. HOUSE TO GRILL OUSTED IRS CHIEF

Steven Miller will have to answer to a Republican-run committee today about why conservative groups were targeted by the agency. 

2. HOW A LOOPHOLE LET SOME TERRORISTS FLY 

A government watchdog says some in the witness protection program weren’t on no-fly lists. 

3. WHY A WEAK YEN MAY MEAN NEW CARS IN U.S. DRIVEWAYS  

Prices will drop for Japanese products such as Toyota automobiles and Sony electronics, which is good news for American and European consumers. 

4. YEARS OF WORK DESTROYED BY TWISTERS IN HOURS

Habitat for Humanity had built many of the homes destroyed by 16 tornadoes that were also responsible for at least six deaths and dozens of injuries.in several small Texas communities. 

5. ARMY OF SHAME

President Barack Obama says military leaders have told him they are “ashamed” of their failure to end sexual abuse in the armed services. 

6. SYRIA’S PLANS FOR AFTER WAR ENDS

A six-member U.N. team led by a former Syrian planning minister has started a reconstruction initiative even as there is no end in sight for the civil unrest. 

7. GOT WHEELS? COOL YOUR HEELS

American Airlines says people with just a bag — rolling suitcases not included — will be allowed to board flights before most other passengers. 

8. WHERE POWERBALL IS GETTING ITS LATEST PUSH

With California recently joining states that offer the lottery, players there and in neighboring Nevada are hoping for a piece of an estimated $550 million jackpot. 

9. WHAT BECKHAM GAVE TO US SOCCER

David Beckham retires from the sport, but left Major League Soccer with the kind of legitimacy and visibility it would have taken decades to reach on its own. 

10. WHO THE LATEST ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ IS 

Vocal powerhouse Candice Glover bested country singer Kree Harrison to win the 12th edition of the contest and a record deal.

     

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