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State and Nation

April 8, 2013

10 things to know for today

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

1. NORTH KOREA SUSPENDS FACTORY OPERATIONS WITH SOUTH

Pyongyang recalled 51,000 workers at the Kaesong complex as nuclear tensions escalate.

2. MOURNING FOR A YOUNG US DIPLOMAT

Anne Smedinghoff, slain in Afghanistan along with four other Americans, displayed a love of global affairs while growing up outside Chicago.

3. A POSSIBLE BREAKTHROUGH ON GUN CONTROL

Congress returns today as two senators work on a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun buyers.

4. KERRY TRIES TO REVIVE PEACE PLAN

He meets today with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad seeking softer language on borders.

5. 2 CHILDREN BURIED AT CONSTRUCTION SITE

North Carolina officials say the 6-year-old girl and 7-year-old died are believed to have died when a wall of dirt collapsed on them.

6. FLY THE GRUMPY SKIES

A new report says airline passenger complaints rose 20 percent last year as carriers keep shrinking seats to squeeze more people into planes.

7. THE AMERICANS BROADCASTERS FEAR MOST

It's the "Zero TV" crowd, the growing ranks of viewers watching TV without cable, satellite or antennas.

8. HOW ORANGES MADE LILLY PULITZER A FASHION GIANT

The designer, who died Sunday in Miami, needed to hide juice-stand stains. Sleeveless dresses in colorful prints did the trick.

9. LUKE BRYAN SURPRISES AT MUSIC AWARDS

Bryan beat top stars like Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert to win entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

10.RICK PITINO SHOOTS FOR BASKETBALL HISTORY

If Louisville beats Michigan Monday night, the former Kentucky coach would be the first to win NCAA finals at two schools.

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