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Around the world: 10 things to know Wednesday

Associated Press Updated: April 23, 2014 at 7:21 am

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

1. SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

By a 6-2 majority, the court declares that state voters can outlaw using race as a factor in college admissions. SUPREME COURT-AFFIRMATIVE ACTION-MICHIGAN

2. PRO-RUSSIAN GUNMEN HOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST HOSTAGE

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky was kidnapped in Ukraine's eastern city of Slovyansk. UKRAINE

3. SOUTH KOREAN CAPTAIN'S IMAGE AT ODDS WITH HANDLING OF DISASTER

One colleague calls ferry Capt. Lee Joon-seok the nicest person on board. How did the man with a sterling reputation and glittering gold epaulets abandon a sinking ship full of teenagers? SKOREA-SHIP SINKING-CAPTAIN PROFILE

4. CAIRO BOMB KILLS SENIOR SECURITY OFFICER

A brigadier general dies in the latest attack against Egypt's police force. EGYPT

5. WHERE OBAMA SEEKS TO LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

The president's Asian tour aims to reassure partners about U.S. commitment to region, while balancing power of a more assertive China. ASIA-OBAMA VISIT

6. STOWAWAY WENT UNDETECTED FOR HOURS AT AIRPORT

Surveillance video shows teen who flew to Hawaii in wheel well of jetliner was on San Jose airfield seven hours before flight departed. TEEN STOWAWAY-HAWAII

7. MICHIGAN MAN FOURTH IN US TO GET 'BIONIC EYE'

After years of living with Robert Pontz's blindness, a retinal prosthesis helps him see, prompting his wife to say something she never thought she'd say. BIONIC EYE

8. VATICAN SET TO CANONIZE REVOLUTIONARY PONTIFF ALONG WITH JOHN PAUL II

John XXIII, fondly remembered as the "Good Pope," ushered in a modern Catholic Church in the 1960s. THE OTHER POPE

9. WHY CALIFORNIA'S DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED

In the nation's most populous and ethnically diverse state-the first to ban using race and ethnicity in college admissions-debate unfolds about reinstating affirmative action. CALIFORNIA-RACIAL POLITICS

10. HOW A TWITTER REQUEST BY THE NYPD BACKFIRED

The city's police department asked people to send their photos with officers using #myNYPD. Many tweeted pictures of police brutality instead. NYPD-TWITTER

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