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ADVANCE FOR USE MONDAY, JUNE 1, 2014 AND THEREAFTER - Dwayne Wilson attends his sentencing hearing in Cleveland on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Tests linked his DNA to evidence found in a backlog of untested rape kits. Last winter, he was found guilty of raping four women in the 1990s. He has been sentenced to 110 years in prison. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Old rape kits and 4 brave women bring rapist to justice

- Associated Press

When Stacey Fifer arrived at the prison one day last September, she was carrying four old photos of women, strangers to one another but bound by terrifying memories of the same man.

Landon Kimich, 2, sleeps as he receives a chemotherapy treatment for neuroblastoma at Houston's M.D. Anderson Cancer Center on Friday, May 22, 2015. The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Cancer treatments got gentler, yet kids' survival improved

- Associated Press

The move to make cancer treatments gentler for children has paid a double dividend: More kids are surviving than ever before, and without the long-term complications that doomed many of their peers a generation ago, new research shows.

As fresh doubts emerged about the Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Republicans renewed criticism of President Obama and VA Secretary Robert McDonald for failing to improve benefits for veterans. (Associated Press)

Troubles persist at Phoenix VA a year after phony wait times scandal

- The Washington Times

A year after the scandal over phony wait times at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs hospital exposed widespread problems in the agency nationwide, employees say troubles at the Arizona facility are still rampant, including whistleblower retaliation, neglect of suicidal veterans and suspected fraud in overtime pay.

N.C. governor vetoes gay marriage 'conscience' exemption bill

- The Washington Times

A North Carolina bill permitting magistrate judge and other officials to "opt out" of marriage duties if they objected to performing ceremonies for same-sex couples passed Thursday. The governor has vetoed it; the measure is back before the lawmakers, who could vote to override the veto.

Afghan first lady Rula Ghani adjusts her head scarf during an interview with The Associated Press at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, in this Monday, May 25, 2015, file photo. Rula Ghani has been quietly breaking conventions since she became first lady in a society that traditionally keeps its women behind closed doors. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's first lady, breaks taboos

- Associated Press

Afghanistan's first lady has broken numerous conventions in a society that traditionally sequesters women behind closed doors -- speaking out on issues such as violence against women, the rule of law and the power of religion. But perhaps Rula Ghani's biggest taboo breaker is simply being the country's first presidential spouse in decades to be seen and heard in public.