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News Archive - May 19, 2013

Lawmaker Expands D.C. Anti-Abortion Bill Nationwide

A federal bill targeting the District's abortion law is now being expanded to cover the entire nation.

Syrian Troops Target Key Rebel-Held Town

Qusair is a strategically important town that lies between Homs, where the Syrian uprising began two years ago, and the Lebanese border. If President Bashar Assad's troops – reportedly backed by Hezbollah fighters — regain the town, they would control an important route from the coast to the capital, Damascus.

Virginia Republicans Select Candidates For November Election

The Republican ticket for November's election includes Ken Cuccinelli for governor, E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor, and Mark Obenshain for attorney general.

Young Kenyans Build Mobile Apps For Local Use

College students and recent graduates crammed the top floor of a tech hub in Nairobi for a competition built around the theme "Solutions for the Next Billion Mobile Users." Africa has more than 600 million mobile phone users (approximately 11 percent of the global total) – and the number is growing.

Two Excerpts You Should Read From Obama's Morehouse Speech

President Obama delivered a rare, very personal speech during the commencement ceremony at the historically black college.

Montgomery County Council To Approve Budget For Next Fiscal Year

Among the items already approved in Montgomery County's budget for next year are pay raises for most unionized county employees and a reduction in an energy tax hike.

North Korea Fires Another 'Short-Range Projectile'

Like the missiles on Saturday, the projectile missed neighboring countries. The U.S. called the launch "provocations."

Virginia Republicans Determine Slate Of Candidates

Republicans have selected candidates to represent the party in the November election.

Up To 60 Injured After Car Hits Hikers In Virginia

About 60 people are recovering from injuries after a car drove into a group of hikers Saturday at a parade in Virginia

Reports: Yahoo Board Approves $1.1 Billion Purchase Of Tumblr

The deal for the blogging site is designed to attract younger users to the ailing Web portal. The Wall Street Journal is basing its report on unnamed sources close to the situation.

House Farm Bill Includes Drastic Food Stamp Cuts

The House Farm Bill would cut a supplemental nutrition program by more than $20 billion.

On Sunday News Shows, Obama Official Plays Defense

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Republicans are trying to make political hay with the scandals.

Police Accidentally Killed Hofstra University Student

Police shot Andrea Rebello, 21, while they were trying to free her from a man holding her hostage.

WATCH: David Beckham Tears Up At Final Home Game

The storied midfielder walked off the pitch as fans — and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy — chanted his name.

Giant Renaissance Food People Descend Upon New York

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a 16th-century artist who liked to play with his food, transforming it into the building blocks of many of his fantastical portraits. Artist Philip Haas has taken those portraits out of museums, reinterpreting them as colossal statues that interact with the natural environment.

A Lucky Winner In Florida Could Be $590.5 Million Richer

If you bought a Poweball ticket in Zephyrhills, Fla., sit down and check these numbers: 10, 13, 14, 22, 52 and 11. Lottery officials say only one ticket matched all six numbers to win Saturday's record jackpot.

Russian Lawmakers: Don't Criticize Soviet Actions In WWII

Don't mess with Soviet history, especially when it comes to World War II. That's the message coming from some hard-line Russian legislators who are angry with an opposition lawmaker who criticized Josef Stalin's World War II counterintelligence agency, SMERSH, and likened it to Adolf Hitler's Gestapo.

Escape From An Eritrean Prison

Thousands of prisoners are held in detention camps throughout Eritrea, according to Amnesty International. Here's the story of one man who made it out.