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Apr 29, 9:00 PM EDT

10 Things to Know for Thursday

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

1. WHY US ECONOMY HAS SLOWED TO NEAR HALT

The poor first-quarter showing is blamed on harsh weather, plunging exports, and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling.

2. US, RUSSIAN MISSILES SHOULD BE TAKEN OFF HIGH ALERT, EX-US COMMANDER SAYS

Retired Gen. James Cartwright tells the AP the change is needed partly to avert the risk of a cyber attack triggering a nuclear war.

3. WHERE ANGER IS GROWING OVER SLOW DELIVERY OF AID

In Kathmandu, about 200 people frustrated by shortages following the devastating earthquake face off with police and block traffic.

4. STUDY: 1 IN 2 MILLENNIALS BELIEVE US CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM IS UNFAIR

The findings, from a Harvard survey of 18-to-29-year-olds, come amid anger over the recent death of a Baltimore man in police custody.

5. WHO MANAGED TO SEE BALTIMORE BASEBALL GAME, DESPITE BAN ON FANS

Some people watched from the upper, upper deck - a hotel balcony across the street complete with an Orioles banner draped behind them.

6. CARGO CARRIER SPINS OUT OF CONTROL ON WAY TO SPACE STATION

The unmanned Russian spacecraft, bearing 3 tons of food, is now expected to burn up harmlessly in the atmosphere.

7. POPE ECHOES FEMINIST ANTHEM OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK

The pontiff has spoken out frequently about how the Catholic Church in general must give greater value to the "feminine genius."

8. SOUR NEWS FOR CHOCOLATE LOVERS

A freeze on export permits in Venezuela leaves thousands of tons of cacao beans - among the most highly prized in the world - sitting in warehouses.

9. FOUNDER OF WEIGHT WATCHERS DIES AT 91

Jean Nidetch's business brainchild - born of her own battles to drop weight - made her a multimillionaire.

10. WHICH RACE DRIVER IS LOSING CHIEF SPONSOR

Danica Patrick tells the AP she's sad that GoDaddy has decided to leave her team - and NASCAR as a whole - at the end of this season.

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