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  • In this April 16, 2014 image from video Dr. Thiran Jayasundera, left, looks at Roger Pontz’s left eye as Pontz’s wife, Terri Pontz, right, looks on at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center on April 16, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The artificial implant that currently resides in Pontz’s left eye is called the Argus II, and is part of the system developed by a California company that includes a small video camera and transmitter housed in a pair of glasses. Images from the camera are converted into a series of electrical pulses that are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes on the surface of the retina. (AP Photo, Mike Householder)

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.

  • John Wayne Gacy's police arrest photo from Dec. 21, 1978.

    CHICAGO (AP) — Four decades after John Wayne Gacy lured more than 30 young men and boys to his Chicago-area home and strangled them, his case has helped authorities solve another killing — one he didn't commit.

  • FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, Kelvin Melton is shown. A North Carolina prosecutor was the intended target of an elaborate kidnapping plot, but the kidnappers looked up the wrong address on the Internet and abducted the prosecutor's father instead, according to an indictment released Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Authorities have said the kidnapping was retaliation for Colleen Janssen's prosecution of Melton for his involvement in a 2011 shooting. Melton, a high-ranking member of the Bloods gang, orchestrated the abduction from behind bars using a cellphone, the indictment said. (AP Photo/Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification, File)

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As the kidnappers pulled into a quiet, upscale golf course community, they thought they were about to abduct an assistant district attorney who sent a high-ranking gang member to prison for life, authorities said.

  • 10 Things to Know for Today Associated Press - 5 hours ago

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  • In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)
    Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple … More »Missouri executes inmate for 1993 farm slaying

    In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri executed an inmate early Wednesday only a few miles from the farm where prosecutors say he orchestrated the 1993 killing of a couple whose cows he wanted to steal.

  • Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during third period National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff action on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)
    Your Top Plays for Today Associated Press - 8 hours ago

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    Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during third period National Hockey League Stanley Cup playoff action on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 in Montreal. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

  • In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff)
    Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon' Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable … More »Fugitive killed in Oregon had 'moveable dungeon'

    In this combo made from photos taken Jan. 21, 2014, left, and Nov. 6, 2013, and supplied by the Clackamas County Sheriff's office shows Kelly Vern Swodoba. A grand jury transcript released Monday, April 21, 2014, reveals that Swodoba, killed last month in a gunfight with Portland police, had stalked over a dozen girls, rating them by number, and prepared his van as a "moveable dungeon'' or "torture chamber'' with chains mounted to the floor, ropes, zip ties, a box of latex gloves, and teen pornography. (AP Photo/Clackamas County Sheriff)

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a man fatally shot by a Portland officer last month had been stalking young women in a van that he converted into a "moveable dungeon" with chains and handcuffs after one of his victims managed to escape from it in January.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, April, 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, near Orland, Calif. The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in the fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett, File)
    FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging … More »FedEx sued over deadly California bus crash

    FILE - In this Thursday, April, 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5, near Orland, Calif. The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in the fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire. (AP Photo/Jeremy Lockett, File)

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old honors student who was among 10 people killed in a fiery Northern California bus crash sued FedEx on Tuesday, alleging that its trucks have a history of catching fire.

  • A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
    Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon Associated Press - 8 hours ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment … More »Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

    A plane takes off at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Monday, April 21, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. A 15-year-old boy scrambled over a fence at the airport, crossed a tarmac and climbed into a jetliner's wheel well, then flew for five freezing hours to Hawaii, Sunday. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen did not remember the flight from San Jose. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars that the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes themselves.

  • Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    California bill reignites affirmative action fight Associated Press - 10 hours ago

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate … More »California bill reignites affirmative action fight

    Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, talks with Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-Covina at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, April 21, 2014. Hernandez proposed a constitutional amendment that would ask voters to again allow public colleges to use race and ethnicity when considering college applicants. The proposal stalled this year after backlash from Asian Americans.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to ban the use of race and ethnicity in college admissions, a proposal to reinstate affirmative action has sparked a backlash that is forging a new divide in the state's powerful Democratic Party and creating opportunity for conservat …

  • Graphic shows schematic of Boeing 767 and map of route taken by a teenage stowaway; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;
    Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure Associated Press - 12 hours ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A law enforcement official says surveillance video from San Jose International Airport shows the boy who survived a flight to Hawaii in a plane's … More »Jet stowaway undetected for hours before departure

    Graphic shows schematic of Boeing 767 and map of route taken by a teenage stowaway; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;

    HONOLULU (AP) — A law enforcement official says surveillance video from San Jose International Airport shows the boy who survived a flight to Hawaii in a plane's wheel well was on the airfield seven hours before the jet departed.

  • In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)
    Missouri man facing execution denied clemency Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declined a death row inmate's clemency request Tuesday evening, clearing the way for his execution hours later barring … More »Missouri man facing execution denied clemency

    In this Dec. 1, 2013 provided by the Missouri Department of Corrections is William Rousan. Rousan is scheduled to die at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. He was sentenced to death for killing 62-year-old Grace Lewis in 1993 and was sentenced to life in prison for killing her 67-year-old husband. (AP Photo/Missouri Department of Corrections)

    BONNE TERRE, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declined a death row inmate's clemency request Tuesday evening, clearing the way for his execution hours later barring an unforeseen development in the case.

  • Jose Alvarenga, center, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) national organizer, and others protest the Supreme Court ruling on the campus of the University of Michigan Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday Associated Press - 14 hours ago

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    Jose Alvarenga, center, BAMN (By Any Means Necessary) national organizer, and others protest the Supreme Court ruling on the campus of the University of Michigan Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich. The justices ruled 6-2 that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution in 2006 to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates ) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

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  • FILE - In this April 18, 2013 aerial file photo are the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. It has been a year since the deadly explosion that killed 15 people, yet despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
    Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast Associated Press - 15 hours ago

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and experts say Texas and federal agencies have a long way to go to prevent another disaster like the catastrophic fertilizer … More »Feds: New laws, oversight needed after Texas blast

    FILE - In this April 18, 2013 aerial file photo are the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. It has been a year since the deadly explosion that killed 15 people, yet despite investigations that have yielded new information about safety deficiencies at the plant in West and voluntary safety steps taken by the fertilizer industry, there hasn't been a single state or federal law passed since the explosion requiring change. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

    WEST, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators and experts say Texas and federal agencies have a long way to go to prevent another disaster like the catastrophic fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people a year ago.

  • FILE - In this April 2011, file photo, professional golfer Notah Begay III talks to students in Albuquerque, N.M., about his mission to combat diabetes among Native American youth. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food. A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in a Tribal Council vote. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
    Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax Associated Press - 16 hours ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes … More »Advocates vow to revive Navajo junk-food tax

    FILE - In this April 2011, file photo, professional golfer Notah Begay III talks to students in Albuquerque, N.M., about his mission to combat diabetes among Native American youth. The latest effort on the Navajo Nation, the country's largest reservation, is to use the tax system to spur people to ditch junk food. A proposed 2 percent sales tax on chips, cookies and sodas failed Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in a Tribal Council vote. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Facing a high prevalence of diabetes, many American Indian tribes are returning to their roots with community and home gardens, cooking classes that incorporate traditional foods, and running programs to encourage healthy lifestyles.

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