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5 things you need to know Friday

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:53

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       

Analysis: Limited U.S. strikes in Iraq may not work

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:40

Analysts question whether limited air strikes can repel a fierce militant army.

       

Controversial congressman declares victory of 35 votes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:23

Recount is not automatic in GOP primary that pit Scott DesJarlais against a state senator.

       

Dead whale left on Guam shore to decompose

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:20

The 38-foot baleen whale weighing 20 tons washed ashore sometime last week.

       

GM victims' fund gets 63 death claims in first week

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:19

Half of the claims so far are for fatalities.

       

Security lapses found at CDC bioterror lab

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:51

A bioterror lab under investigation for safety issues has had repeated incidents of security doors left unlocked

       

'Lion Whisperer' continuously interrupted by lions

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:51

We're sorry, what were you trying to say about lion conservation?

       

Annenberg estate was refuge for disgraced Nixon

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:50

He survived the Watergate fallout by hunkering down at Sunnylands in California in 1974.

       

Ebola is a public health emergency, WHO says

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:27

The World Health Organization also says the disease claimed an additional 29 lives in just two days this week.

       

Sotomayor said it: Notable quotes from Supreme Court's 1st Latina justice

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:00

Five years ago, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina U.S. Supreme Court justice.

       

Exec was wary of Williams' ties to Va. governor

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:21

Star Scientific chairman said he was worried his company would be taken seriously but eventually saw benefits.

       

The Cozy: Longtime restaurant near Camp David closes

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:14

Since 1942, White House staffers, press made family-run place a part of their routine.

       

Teen in love with music gets huge surprise

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 10:05

Doctors said he'd never talk and would end up in an institution. But this teen has learned to never use his autism as an excuse.

       

Postcards from Congress: Wish you were here

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:52

Lawmakers hit the road for the summer - and send back pictures.

       

As Gaza war resumes, Egypt urges new cease-fire

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:41

Cairo claims only a few 'sticking points' remain for an overall deal over Gaza.

       

Smokey Bear turns 70, but don't bring candles

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:39

Smokey Bear was created in 1944 because of fears that U.S. enemies would set forest fires.

       

Sony 4K TV looks pretty, costs a pretty penny

USAToday.com Top Stories - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:35

But for premium shoppers who don't want to go all out, it's a a great value buy.

       

Obama signs veterans health care bill

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:54

President Obama says plan should give veterans access to health care 'they have earned.'

       

8-year-old tried to save brother, 6, from grandma

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:39

Boy heard struggle and called father; grandmother found bloody, with bottle of wine.

       

Vermont is 'single-payer' trailblazer

USAToday.com Top Stories - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 20:13

Other states will be watching to see if Vermont can implement a single-payer insurance plan in 2017.