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2014-05-24 01:22 PM

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BOY SCOUTS-GATES

DALLAS -- Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts of America, said he would have moved last year to allow openly gay adults in the organization but said he opposes any further attempts to address the policy now. By Nomaan Merchant.

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ELECTRIC CHAIR-TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE, Tennessee -- The disarray surrounding lethal injection in the U.S. has begun to steer states back toward methods of execution that many had long ago deemed less humane than the needle. By Erik Schelzig.

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BRITISH YACHT SEARCH

BOSTON -- The overturned hull of a British yacht was spotted by a helicopter from a U.S. Navy warship a week after it went missing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but there was no sign of its crew as rescuers called off their search. By Philip Marcelo.

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MEXICO-MISSING PEOPLE

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has recalculated the number of people who have gone missing since the start of the country's drug war in 2006, now saying a total of 8,000 are unaccounted for. By Mark Stevenson.

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VENEZUELA-FEMALE CANDIDATES

CARACAS, Venezuela -- After years behind the scenes, the wives of two jailed mayors are looking to succeed their husbands in special elections that have come to symbolize the prominent role Venezuela's women are playing in three-month-old protests against President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government. By Fabiola Sanchez.

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CANADA-TORONTO-MAYOR

TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is indeed undergoing treatment at a rehab facility, the clinic in a small Ontario town has confirmed. GreenStone Clinic Muskoka in Bala, Ontario, says Ford consented to having the facility confirm his stay. By Charmaine Noronha.

BUSINESS:

US-CHINA-AUTO TRADE

GENEVA -- The United States has scored a victory before the World Trade Organization in a case that challenged China's imposition of penalty tariffs on the sale of $5 billion in U.S.-made vehicles in China. A WTO panel ruled Friday that China's tariffs violated international trade rules. By John Heilprin and Martin Crutsinger.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

SPOLETO FESTIVAL

CHARLESTON, South Carolinas -- The Spoleto Festival USA opened with a lineup that includes three operas, a production by Ireland's Gate Theatre and a concert by banjoists Bela Fleck and his wife, Abigail Washburn. By Bruce Smith.

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SPORTS:

WCUP-BRAZIL-MOBILE PHONE FAILURES

RIO DE JANEIRO -- It may be the World Cup when barely a Tweet is seen, hardly any selfie posted or even a voice call made from packed stadiums during matches. Despite government promises that each of the host cities would have blazing fast 4G technology, just making a single mobile call in Brazil without having the signal drop remains a rarity. By Luis Henao.

AP photos.

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