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Photo -   O.J. Simpson, right, testifies as Judge Linda Marie Bell listens during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine to 33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)
O.J. Simpson, right, testifies as Judge Linda Marie Bell listens during an evidentiary hearing in Clark County District Court, Wednesday, May 15, 2013 in Las Vegas. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine to 33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)
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Updates IRS-POLITICAL GROUPS with acting commissioner resigning.

The world at 6:30 p.m. Times EDT.

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— The story slugged ABORTION CLINIC DEATHS-PROFILE on the 2 p.m. digest will not move this cycle. ABORTION CLINIC DEATHS has moved instead.


— OJ SIMPSON — Afternoon session of hearing is under way.

Has moved:

— ANGELINA JOLIE-MASTECTOMY — Doctors detail Jolie's mastectomy, breast reconstruction; mother, grandma had ovarian cancer. AP photo.

— MISSING NYC BOY — Judge says he won't nix murder case against man in notorious 1979 disappearance of NYC boy, 6. AP photos.

— TROPICAL WEATHER — 1st tropical storm of eastern Pacific season forms far off Mexican coast; no threat to land.

— CATHOLIC DIOCESE-LAWSUITS — APNewsBreak: Attorney says civil suit against Kansas City diocese, Bishop Finn reaches settlement.



WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven Miller, has submitted his resignation in the aftermath of an investigation that found the agency improperly targeted conservative groups. The FBI is investigating potential civil rights violations, Attorney General Eric Holder says. By Stephen Ohlemacher.

AP photo, video.

— IRS-POLITICAL GROUPS-TIMELINE —Chain of events leading to congressional and Justice Department probes of IRS actions.


WASHINGTON — Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama releases a trove of emails related to the Benghazi attack and publicly addresses the controversy over the IRS targeting conservative political groups. The moves are aimed at halting a growing perception among both opponents and allies that Obama has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term. By White House Correspondent Julie Pace


WASHINGTON — One after another, the charges have tumbled out — allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage, from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. But for a Pentagon under fire, there seem to be few clear solutions beyond improved training and possible adjustments in how the military prosecutes such crimes. Changing the culture of a male-dominated, change-resistant military that for years has tolerated sexism and sexist behavior is proving to be a challenging task. By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns.

AP photos.

— MILITARY SEXUAL ASSAULT-GLANCE — Recent Defense Department directives to help prevent sexual assault.


LOS ANGELES — NASA's Kepler planet-hunting telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing a mission that opened up whole new possibilities on life outside the solar system. If engineers can't find a fix, the malfunction could mean an end to the $600 million mission's planet search, although the space agency isn't ready to call it quits. By Science Writer Alicia Chang.

AP photo.


PHOENIX —Jurors find in Jodi Arias eligible for the death penalty for the murder of her one-time boyfriend. The decision comes after prosecutor Juan Martinez made the case that the June 2008 killing was committed in an especially cruel and heinous manner. By Brian Skoloff.

AP photos, video.


MOSCOW — A Russian security services operative — his features bathed in shadows — goes on state-run TV to claim that U.S. diplomat who was ordered out of the country was the second American expelled this year over spying allegations. The anonymous operative says the CIA failed to halt this "disturbing activity" despite Moscow asking it to do so. By Nataliya Vasilyeva.

AP photo.

— RUSSIA-US-SPY KIT — A couple of wigs, sunglasses and a compass? Really? Some of the items Russian authorities say they seized from a U.S. diplomat who they accuse of spying look like they came from Austin Powers' arsenal rather than James Bond's. AP photos.



WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans and Democrats challenge Attorney General Eric Holder over the Justice Department's handling of the investigation of national security leaks and its failure to talk to The Associated Press before issuing subpoenas for the news service's telephone records. In exchanges that often turned testy, Holder defends the inquiry while pointing out that he had removed himself from any decision on subpoenas. By Pete Yost.

AP photos.

— AP PHONE RECORDS-OTHER LEAK CASES — A look at what happened in some recent leak cases.



SITTWE, Myanmar — The cyclone is only a day or two away, churning through the Indian Ocean and carrying with it winds and rains that authorities warn could quickly turn deadly. But in dozens of refugee camps that spatter Myanmar's western coast, where tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya people live in plastic-roofed tents and huts made of reeds, an order to evacuate ahead of the storm is met with widespread refusal. By Tim Sullivan.

AP Photos.


BEIRUT — Rebels set off twin car bombs enabling them to break into the main prison in Syria's largest city, but they fail to dislodge regime forces or free some 4,000 prisoners from the sprawling compound after hours of fighting, activists say. The Internet goes down for more than eight hours — the second nationwide outage in a week — and the government blames a rebel bombing it says cut a cable. By Karin Laub.

AP photos.


WAGAH, Pakistan — More than a decade ago, the man now set to become Pakistan's next prime minister stood at this border crossing with archenemy India to inaugurate a "friendship" bus service connecting the two countries. There is widespread hope on both sides of the border that Nawaz Sharif will take similarly bold steps to improve relations with India following his election victory, thus reducing the chance of a fourth major war between the nuclear-armed foes. By Sebastian Abbot.

AP photos.


BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — You can see the streets where he grew up and played soccer, the church where Jorge Bergoglio prayed as a teenager and the cathedral where the man who would become Pope Francis said Mass. With an Argentine on the throne of St. Peter, the South American country's capital city has launched a series of guided tours to give visitors a glimpse of the places that formed Francis, even if the bus and walking tours are just a modest, and so far non-commercial first stab at papal tourism. By Almudena Calatrava.

AP photos, video.



LAS VEGAS — His leg shackles rattling as he shuffled to the witness stand, a grayer, bulkier O.J. Simpson makes his case for a new trial on armed robbery charges, saying he was relying on the advice of his trusted attorney when he tried to reclaim mementos from his football glory days. By Linda Deutsch and Ken Ritter.

AP photos, video.


PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Kermit Gosnell proved a serene but solitary figure in the courtroom during his long murder trial, in contrast to the chaotic life he built as an inner-city doctor, abortion provider and father of six. Jurors who convicted him this week of killing three babies born alive at his run-down clinic thought he began his career with good intentions, but then lost his way. "He started out as a good, practicing doctor," says one juror. "But eventually, it just became a money-generating machine." By Maryclaire Dale.

AP photos.

— ABORTION-MISSISSIPPI — Facing legal and political hurdles, Mississippi's only abortion clinic fights to stay open. AP photos.


SPRINGFIELD — Politics has long been a family business in Illinois, a place where who you know — and who you're related to — matters more than most. But the unique family drama taking shape around the next governor's race, and how it affects Illinois' struggle to solve its momentous problems, has become the talk of the capitol. Though still a year off, the race could have a candidate named Daley or Madigan — and possibly even both — in a state where those two surnames have stood for the royal families of government for decades. By Sara Burnett.

AP photos.



CHICAGO — In the new psychiatric guidebook of mental disorders, grief soon after a death can be considered major depression. Extreme temper tantrums get a fancy psychiatric name. And some "senior moments" are called mild neurocognitive disorder. Those are just some of the reasons prominent critics say the American Psychiatric Association is out of control, turning common human problems into mental illness. The group releases its new diagnostic manual in San Francisco this weekend. By Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner.

AP photos.


SAN FRANCISCO — When Liz DeRouen needs health care, from diabetes counseling to a dental cleaning, she checks into a government-funded clinic. But under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, DeRouen and tens of thousands of others who identify as Native American won't be eligible for the care the government has provided under a century-old treaty with tribes. The Affordable Care Act only recognizes 566 tribes recognized by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, not the 100 tribes nationwide recognized only by states. Also, many tribes that are recognized do not allow their members to enroll before they are 18. By Garance Burke.

AP photos.




PARIS — The eurozone is now in its longest ever recession — a stubborn slump that has surpassed even the calamity that hit the region in the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Eurostat, the EU's statistics office, said that nine of the 17 eurozone countries are in recession, with France a notable addition to the list. Overall, the euro region's economy contracted 0.2 percent in the January-March period from the previous three months. By Pan Pylas and Sarah DiLorenzo.

AP photos.


SAN FRANCISCO —In the latest display of its technological prowess and sweeping ambition, Google is rolling another wave of products and services that will test how much more people want computers to control their lives and color their perceptions of reality. Google CEO Larry Page made it clear that he wants his company to keep pushing the boundaries of innovation in hopes that his company can prove that automation can be one of the keys to happiness. By AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke

AP photos.



CANNES, France — The art of the blockbuster took center stage on the opening day of the Cannes Film Festival, with Steven Spielberg presiding over the festival jury and Baz Luhrmann presenting his big-budget "The Great Gatsby." Dozens of the world's most artistically ambitious films are set to premiere at the 12-day festival but the opening was a day for star power. By Jake Coyle.

AP photos.

—CANNES-DICAPRIO — Like millions of others, Leonardo DiCaprio read and loved "The Great Gatsby" as a teenager. But he says he only recently began to understand it.


— NKOREA-AMERICAN DETAINED — An American citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what North Korea has described as hostile acts against the state has started life at a "special prison."

— FLIGHT 255-CRASH SURVIVOR — In a new documentary "Sole Survivor," the woman who survived a plane crash that killed 154 when she was 4 years old discusses how the crash changed her life. AP photos.

— TUNISIA-SALAFI CRACKDOWN — Tunisia is taking a harder line on preaching by ultraconservative Muslim groups, a crackdown that has sparked demonstrations. AP photos.

— ISRAEL-PALESTINIANS — Palestinians rally to commemorate their displacement in 1948 Mideast war.

— PRINCE HARRY — Prince Harry closes U.S. visit with charity polo match in Greenwich, Conn. AP photos, video.

— MISSING WOMEN FOUND-SUSPECT — Lawyer says Ohio kidnap suspect to plead not guilty, questions where fair trial can be held. AP photos.

— POLAR BEAR CUB — Male polar bear cub orphaned in Alaska lands at NY zoo, will spend summer with female playmate. AP photos, video.



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