Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Good morning, everybody. Justin Bieber is under investigation for robbery. Now, your morning constitutional:

Over 200 people were killed in a coal mine explosion in Manisa, Turkey, one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history.

Talks are set to begin in Kiev, Ukraine, but pro-Russian rebels are unlikely to attend.

At least eight Yemeni soldiers and 10 al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes on Wednesday.

Despite courting tea party activists in the past, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor now finds himself in a pitched battle against a tea party-backed primary opponent.

The Defense Department may transfer Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can receive treatment for her gender reassignment. 

India’s election, the largest in history, ends Friday. Here’s a guide to how it will end,

A bill extending a variety of temporary tax cuts advances in the Senate.

There was significant damage to many factories after thousands of Vietnamese workers rampaged through an industrial area in southern Vietnam in response to China stationing an oil rig in disputed waters off Vietnam’s coast.

A Human Rights Watch report reports that children as young as seven years old are laboring in tobacco fields in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, and often suffer from acute nicotine poisoning.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Atlanta and charged with aggravated assault after five people were shot near a high school Tuesday afternoon.

Circumventing gun background checks by buying unfinished gun parts and building your own.

Russia plans to stop using the International Space Station by 2020.

President Obama to announce a plan to accelerate permitting for infrastructure projects.

A federal judge ruled Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, opening the courthouse doors as early as Friday morning.

Nate Silver says the 2014 election is the least important in years (which I think is wrong).

A South Carolina Republican Party chapter censured Senator Lindsay Graham for not being Republican enough.

Health studies have not included enough black men, because they’re so often put in prison, and it’s illegal to medical research on prisoners.

The price of hops has doubled in the past decade, thanks to everybody’s love of IPAs.

Finally, a town in Scotland raised more than $5,000 to erect a statue of a stray cat.

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