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A mother and her son feed pigeons in Slovyansk, Ukraine, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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In this May 7, 2014, photo, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., leaves a closed-door Republican strategy meeting at the Capitol in Washington. Speaker of the House John Boehner has tapped Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, to chair a special select committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans. Benghazi resonates with Republicans and remains a rallying cry with conservatives whose votes are crucial to the GOP in November's historically low-turnout midterm elections. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Current Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, is seen in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 11, 2014, where President Barack Obama made the announcement. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Map locates violence across Nigeria.
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FILE - In this May 22, 2013, file photo, then-IRS official Lois Lerner is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the House Oversight Committee hearing to investigate the extra scrutiny IRS gave to tea party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The House is preparing to vote May 7, on holding Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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President Barack Obama speaks at the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary Ambassadors for Humanity gala in Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Obama received an award from the foundation created by movie director Steven Spielberg and plans to spend three days in California where he will raise money for the Democratic Party. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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This photo taken Feb. 18, 2014 shows Lexy, a therapy dog at Fort Bragg, N.C. After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and unable to really talk about his time on the battlefield. But sitting in a small office in the Robinson Health Clinic at Fort Bragg, he brightens as his hand drops to the furry head beside him. A 5-year-old German shepherd, Lexy, has ambled over to give Swols a few moments of distraction. (AP Photo/Alex Sanz)
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Graphic shows reading and math scores for 12th graders in 2013.
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This April 14, 2014 photo shows two toy in the playground at Community Day Preschool of Garden Grove, in Garden Grove, Calif. According to the school's executive director Sue Puisis, the enrollment at the preschool has dropped by more than 50 percent since 2008. The financial crisis that followed the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008 sent birth rates tumbling around the world as couples found themselves too short of money or too fearful about their finances to have children. Six years later, birth rates haven't bounced back. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney talks to the media after he competed in a drillfor NFL representatives at South Carolina football pro day in Columbia, S.C. Get ready NFL quarterbacks, Jadeveon Clowney's coming. The 6-5, 266-pound defensive end who was the best at his spot in high school and college is ready to find out where he'll start his NFL career. (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain, File)

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. HOW UKRAINE FEELS ABOUT AUTONOMY

A majority of Ukrainians, even in the Russian-speaking east of the country, want Ukraine to remain a single, unified state, a Pew Research Center poll shows.

2. WHAT MAY RAISE POLITICAL STAKES FOR MIDTERM ELECTIONS

House Republicans are set to begin a special probe of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, and Democrats are considering a boycott of the committee.

3. SENATE POISED TO GRILL POTENTIAL SEBELIUS SUCCESSOR

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Obama’s nominee to take over the federal health care agency – and assume responsibility for “Obamacare” – begins confirmation hearing.

4. BOKO HARAM KILLS HUNDREDS IN BUSY MARKETPLACE

The attack escalates Nigeria’s growing crisis from the campaign of bombings, massacres and abductions being waged by the Islamic militants.

5. GOP-LED HOUSE VOTES TO HOLD EX-IRS OFFICIAL IN CONTEMPT

Democrats deride the action targeting Lois Lerner as little more than an election-year ploy to fire up the Republican base.

6. WHAT SILICON VALLEY, DEMOCRATS HAVE IN COMMON

The tech industry may dress differently from buttoned-up politicians, but that’s where a wealthy segment of Obama’s Democratic donor base can be found.

7. WHO ARMY IS DEPLOYING TO COMBAT PTSD

Lexy, a 5-year-old German shepherd, is getting soldiers to put aside bravado and seek treatment for stress disorders and mental health issues.

8. WHO’S STRUGGLING IN THE CLASSROOM

Only about a quarter of high school seniors in the U.S. are performing proficiently in math, and just 4 in 10 are making the grade in reading, a new report says.

9. WHAT’S HOLDING BACK THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

Birth rates – crucial for economic growth – tumbled after the Great Recession in 2008 and still haven’t recovered.

10. TEXANS ON THE CLOCK

Houston will have the No. 1 pick when the NFL draft gets underway, Day 1 of a three-day, made-for-TV marathon.

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