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    Jose Cardoso pays his respects at a makeshift memorial in front of the IV Deli Mart, where part of Friday night's mass shooting took place by a drive-by shooter Sunday, May 25, 2014, in the Isla Vista area near Goleta, Calif. Sheriff's officials said Elliot Rodger, 22, went on a rampage near the University of California, Santa Barbara, stabbing three people to death at his apartment before shooting and killing three more in a crime spree through a nearby neighborhood. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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    An Egyptian voter holds his ballot before voting in the presidential election in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, May 26, 2014. This week’s key vote is taking place against a backdrop of the turmoil that has roiled the country since the 2011 ouster of Hosni Mubarak and the government’s crackdown against Morsi’s Muslim brotherhood and its allies since last July. (AP Photo/Mostafa Elshemy)

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    Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)

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

1. WHO GAVE SUPPORT TO THAI JUNTA LEADER

The country’s king officially endorses the general who orchestrated the coup last week to run the nation.

2. EARLY RETURNS SHOW UKRAINE’S CANDY TYCOON ELECTED PRESIDENT

The 48-year-old billionaire, Petro Poroshenko, pledges to visit the country’s restive east and negotiate a new security treaty with Moscow.

3. HOW RED FLAGS WERE MISSED IN SANTA BARBARA RAMPAGE

The killer’s family flagged his bizarre ranting videos on YouTube but he was able to trick the police into thinking he posed no threat.

4. OBAMA SEEKS TO REFRAME FOREIGN POLICY

The White House says the Afghanistan drawdown expected later this year will mark a turning point in how the president deals with global issues.

5. WHERE THE POPE IS PRAYING

Francis leaves a note with the text of the “Our Father” prayer in one of the cracks between the stones of Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest prayer site for Jews.

6. EGYPTIANS HEAD TO THE POLLS TO ELECT NEW PRESIDENT

The country, gripped by turmoil since its 2011 revolt, is choosing between its powerful former military chief and a leftist politician.

7. REPUBLICAN MIDTERM STRATEGY WILL FOCUS ON BENGHAZI, IRS PROBES

The GOP is making both issues the pivot point to a victory in November after realizing that the economy and health care may not be their best targets.

8. EU MULLS FUTURE AFTER EUROSCEPTICS WIN BIG IN POLLS

An unprecedented surge by anti-EU parties is likely to complicate the economic bloc’s decisions on market liberalization and a proposed trade deal with the US.

9. U.S. MARKS MEMORIAL DAY

Planned across the nation are somber ceremonies, flag plantings at cemeteries, parades, and family get-togethers.

10. WHICH DRIVER RACED FASTEST AT INDY

Ryan Hunter-Reay nips Helio Castroneves at the finish line to become the first American to win the Indy 500 since 2006.

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