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10 things to know for Thursday, May 15: Blazing fire in Turkish coal mine hampers search effort

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Associated Press
May 15, 2014

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

1. BLAZING FIRE IN TURKISH COAL MINE HAMPERS SEARCH EFFORT 

Eight more bodies are recovered bringing the total so far from Turkey’s worst mining disaster to 282.

2. CAPTAIN AND THREE KOREAN FERRY CREW MEMBERS CHARGED WITH HOMICIDE 

The government is alleging the four were negligent and failed to protect passengers in the disaster that killed 284 people.

3. THOUSANDS FLEE NINE SEPARATE WILDFIRES IN ONE CALIFORNIA COUNTY 

No injuries are reported but one fire chief said the blazes are unprecedented in his 27-year firefighting career because they are so early in the year.

4. A DAY TO REMEMBER 

Obama will dedicate the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which leads people on an unsettling journey through the terror attacks, today before it opens to the general public on May 21.

5. HOW BRIDGEGATE MAY BE MORE THAN A FOOTNOTE IN CHRISTIE’S POLITICAL BIO 

The GOP’s business elite, who are among the party’s top donors, think the New Jersey governor’s brand has been tarnished by the traffic scandal.

6. WHERE DEMONSTRATORS ARE BEING ARRESTED 

Venezuela’s security forces detain dozens of protesters in Caracas as anti-government fervor heats up.

7. WHO WILL GO A SECOND ROUND IN AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS 

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, with the most votes so far, will take on runner-up, ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai.

8. A NEW WAY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS BECOMES, ITSELF, A PROBLEM 

Schools’ Common Core curriculum attempts to fuse conceptual ideas in mathematics with “procedural fluency,” but is causing confusion and consternation among parents and young students.

9. NO SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN ARKANSAS 

The state’s Supreme Court refused to put a ruling overturning the ban on gay marriage on hold — but another law that prevents city clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gays is still valid.

10. MASTHEAD CHANGES AT THE NEW YORK TIMES 

The newspaper gave no reason why executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two-and-a-half years on the job.



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