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In this Dec. 23, 1992, photo, Japan's Emperor Akihito waves to well-wishers from the Imperial Palace balcony in Tokyo as he makes a public appearance celebrating his 59th birthday. When he abdicates April 30, 2019, Akihito will become the first emperor in Japan’s modern history to see his era end without ever having a war. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Emperor Akihito saw diplomacy as path to make amends for warJapan's Emperor Akihito has had a lifetime mission: Make amends for a war fought in his father's name
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Country music star Tim McGraw signs an autograph as he walks the red carpet ahead of the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The Latest: Tim McGraw on tap for 2nd night of NFL draftNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell estimates 200,000 turned out for the first night of the NFL draft in Nashville on a rainy night, and Music City has an even bigger show ready in the wings
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In this April 25, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Trump prepares to address NRA at war with itselfTrump prepares to address NRA at moment of weakness for former kingmaker
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Arizona utility finally comes clean about political spendingOver the last five years, Arizona's largest utility has broken away from its decades-long practice of not meddling in elections involving their regulators
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Cooks prepare for lunch near space rocket models and an animated display of the ancient Silk Road at the Second Belt and Road Forum In Beijing on Friday, April 26, 2019. President Xi Jinping has promised to set high standards for China's Belt and Road infrastructure-building initiative, seeking to dispel complaints the many billion dollars in projects leave developing countries with too much debt. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
China's Xi promotes building initiative amid debt worriesChina's Xi says building initiative will set high standards, as countries fret over debt
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb.  Biden has formally joined the crowded Democratic presidential contest, declaring the soul of the nation at stake if President Donald Trump wins re-election. In a video posted on Twitter on Thursday, Biden focused on the 2017 deadly clash between white supremacists and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, noting Trump said there were "very fine people" on both sides of the violent encounter. Biden will be in Philadelphia on Thursday headlining a fundraiser. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Biden decides on 2020 after Trump Charlottesville commentsFormer Vice President Joe Biden joins the crowded Democratic presidential contest, declaring the "soul of the nation" at stake
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St. Louis Blues defenseman Vince Dunn (29) and Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz (24) chase after a loose puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series Thursday, April 25, 2019, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Tarasenko scores twice, Blues beat Stars 3-2 in Game 1Vladimir Tarasenko scored two goals and the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 Thursday night in first game of the teams' Western Conference semifinal series
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Sri Lankan Roman Catholic priests walk past damaged St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya village in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, April 25, 2019. Christians in Sri Lanka belong to both its main ethnic groups, and that rare inclusiveness of a small religious minority may explain the measured calm that’s been the response so far to the Easter attacks. But there’s widespread fear that more attacks could plunge Sri Lanka into the cycle of violence and retaliation that marked the bloody civil war that ended a decade ago. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
Christians' ethnic inclusion in Sri Lanka keeps fragile calmChristianity's inclusion on both of Sri Lanka's main ethnic groups may help explain the measured calm that has so far been the response to the Easter attacks
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Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad before a bilateral meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Andrea Verdelli/Pool Photo via AP)
The Latest: Pakistan's Khan hails China cooperation progressPakistan's prime minister hails progress in cooperation with China
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