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  • Jury Selection Begins In Boston Crime Boss Trial
    Legendary mobster James "Whitey" Bulger faces 19 murder charges in a case that is expected to highlight corruption at some of the highest levels of law enforcement. Bulger was captured two years ago after a 16-year manhunt that began after he was allegedly tipped off to a pending indictment by his FBI handler.
  • After Latest Gaffes, OSU President Gee To Retire
    President of Ohio State University Gordon Gee, 69, is retiring. The announcement comes a week after a recording surfaced of comments he made about Catholics and Southerners that some found offensive. Gee has apologized for his recent remarks, which were reportedly intended as jokes.
  • Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing
    Some financial experts say the fees charged by actively managed mutual funds are not worth it. Over the long haul, they could cost a retirement account tens of thousands of dollars. So NPR's Uri Berliner explores funds that have minimal expenses.
  • U.S. Trade Commission Rules Apple Violated Samsung Patents
    The U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling affects some older models of the iPhone and iPad. President Obama has 60 days to overturn the order; Apple said it will appeal.
  • Syrian Government Troops Take Back Qusair
    Syrian State TV says Qusair, which has been under siege for more than two weeks, is now in the hands of government forces. The city is on a critical cross-border supply route between Lebanon and Syria.
  • With Safaris And Yachts, Spanish King Comes Under Fire
    King Juan Carlos is suffering his lowest ever approval ratings. Some Spaniards roll their eyes at his high-flying lifestyle and now question the future of the monarchy.
  • Chrysler Refuses To Recall Nearly 3 Million Vehicles
    Detroit automaker Chrysler is taking the rare step of defying the government by not recalling some 2.7 million of its vehicles. Federal safety officials say some Jeep Grand Cherokees and Jeep Liberties are dangerous and should be taken off the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says rear-mounted gas tanks in those vehicles are vulnerable to leaking and catching fire in rear-end collisions.
  • Report: IRS Fails To Track Many Conference Expenses
    The IRS spent more than $4 million on a single conference, according to a report from the agency's inspector general. The tax agency spent nearly $50 million on conferences in fiscal 2010 to 2012. The report is another blow to the IRS, which was already under fire for giving extra scrutiny to Tea Party and other conservative groups.
  • Job Market Remains Challenging For 2013 Graduates
    For the past five years, graduation day has been a time of apprehension as much as celebration. Prospects for those entering the workforce for the first time were bleak. The class of 2013 — whether from high school or college — has cause for more optimism than previous classes.
  • Pizza-Delivering Drones? Domino's Gives It A Shot
    Domino's Pizza has developed a prototype for aerial pizza delivery. A promotional video follows a custom-built, remote-controlled helicopter as it soars above the countryside carrying two large pizzas. But aviation rules make it unlikely that drone delivery will arrive anytime soon.

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