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Military spouses struggle to find jobs

  • announce: The Joining Forces initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in 2011 has helped more than 1.2 million veterans and spouses get hired or trained, according to numbers announced earlier this month.
  • expert: She said the department relies on experts who work for the military services as well as other organizations, employers and communities, to help get the word out.
  • program: The problem is not new to the Pentagon, and in recent years has triggered a flood of new programs aimed at encouraging companies to hire military veterans and spouses.
  • mate: Wrestling with frequent moves, deployments and erratic schedules of their service member mates, military spouses have an unemployment rate of up to 18 percent, compared to last month's national jobless rate of 5 percent.
  • absence: That focus has also expanded to spouses, who often find themselves moving every two or three years and often can't find jobs that are flexible enough to compensate for the long hours, absences and irregular schedules of their spouses while still meeting any child care needs.

Unknown number injured, damage reported in Kansas storms

  • emergency: Ness County emergency management officials told the TV station a farmstead was destroyed and power outages were reported in two communities.
  • emergency: Emergency management in Kansas ' Barton County said the roof was blown off a building and power lines were down.
  • crew: Meteorologist Jesse Lee of the National Weather Service in Dodge City said crews will survey the damage at locations in Ford, Edwards and Ness counties Wednesday.
  • structure: Earlier, authorities said several structures were damaged after what the weather service said was a " probable" tornado touched down in northeast Oklahoma, near Bristow.
  • damage: Earlier, authorities said several structures were damaged after what the weather service said was a " probable" tornado touched down in northeast Oklahoma, near Bristow.

Woman, child dead after Amtrak train hits SUV in California

  • trap: Firefighters responded after receiving a report of a train crash with people trapped in the vehicle, Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.
  • crash: Firefighters responded after receiving a report of a train crash with people trapped in the vehicle, Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.
  • pedestrian: The deaths were the fourth in two days from Amtrak trains in the Bay Area after two pedestrians were killed in separate incidents Monday.
  • incident: The deaths were the fourth in two days from Amtrak trains in the Bay Area after two pedestrians were killed in separate incidents Monday.
  • vehicle: Firefighters responded after receiving a report of a train crash with people trapped in the vehicle, Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said.

Lockheed's F-35 jet to face delay in testing: U.S. govt officials

  • delay: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 stealth fighter jet will see a delay in initial operational testing as it is taking longer than expected to configure test aircraft with the latest software, U.S. government officials said on Tuesday.
  • weapon: In a report published earlier this year, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said that final phase of testing should be delayed because the current schedule was unrealistic.
  • delay: In a report published earlier this year, the Pentagon's chief weapons tester said that final phase of testing should be delayed because the current schedule was unrealistic.
  • major: U.S. officials have said in the past that the F-35 program has made progress on cutting costs and technical issues since a major restructuring in 2010.
  • delay: The F-35 program chief, Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bog dan, said the delay was taking place in order to get the 23 airplanes needed for testing to be configured with the jet's final software, known as Block 3F..

The Latest: Winner in Texas education runoff thanks rival

  • clinch: Mary Lou Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March.
  • education: A Texas education board candidate who believes dinosaurs walked the Earth with humans has lost in a runoff election.
  • inaccurate: Grassroots America instead withdrew an endorsement after Bruner cited inaccurate school data during a meeting with local superintendents.
  • attention: Mary Lou Bruner's defeat Tuesday followed heightened attention over old Facebook posts in which she claimed President Barack Obama was gay prostitute and suggested that Democrats assassinated John F. Kennedy.
  • ballot: Mary Lou Bruner is back on the ballot Tuesday after nearly clinching the Republican nomination outright in March.

Father sought after boy killed in mother's arms in St. Louis

  • release: In this undated photo released by St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, Diata Crockett is seen.
  • passenger: The baby, Reign Crockett, was shot once as his mother attempted to escape a slowing car in which two other young sons were passengers, Dotson said.
  • violence: "He's armed, he's considered dange rous, and he's used violence not only today but in the past," Dotson said.
  • criminal: His criminal record includes convictions for burglary, resisting arrest and forgery, online court records show, and Dotson said that " he may be wanted for a parole violation.
  • incident: Police said the incident began as a domestic dispute at the couple's St. Louis County home, also in Bellefontaine Neighbors, where Crockett forced his wife and three of their six children into the car at gunpoint.

North Dakota oil truck operator gets life term for two contract killings

  • operator: North Dakota oil truck operator gets life term for two contract killings.
  • sentence: Addressing the court before his sentence was pronounced, Henrikson expressed no remorse and offered no apologies but spoke in a rambling political diatribe of his opposition to abortion and liberalized marijuana laws.
  • operator: Reuters)- A former trucking company operator from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch was sentenced on Tuesday to life in federal prison for orchestrating the contract killings of two business rivals but told the judge he deserved to be executed.
  • sentence: Reuters)- A former trucking company operator from North Dakota's Bakken oil patch was sentenced on Tuesday to life in federal prison for orchestrating the contract killings of two business rivals but told the judge he deserved to be executed.
  • document: Prosecutors cast Henrikson in court documents and at his trial as a vindictive, ruthless businessman determined to eliminate anyone he viewed as an impediment to his various enterprises in western North Dakota's petroleum fields.

Attorney general: Civil rights key to suit against LGBT law

  • conservative: Lynch's comments came in response to criticism hours earlier by conservative black pastors and civil rights leaders.
  • element: Fayetteville is one of six cities where Lynch is highlighting elements of a report last year by President Barack Obama's policing task force.
  • federal: Lynch said she hasn't spoken to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, nor decided at what point the Obama Administration might seek to withhold federal funds under the legal theory the North Carolina law violates civil rights laws states promise to uphold.
  • violate: Lynch said she hasn't spoken to Republican Gov. Pat McCrory, nor decided at what point the Obama Administration might seek to withhold federal funds under the legal theory the North Carolina law violates civil rights laws states promise to uphold.
  • operate: Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock in 2014 asked the U.S. Justice Department for input on how it could operate better.

U.S. to seek death penalty against accused South Carolina church shooter

  • penalty: Roof also faces the death penalty if convicted on separate, state murder charges in a trial set to begin in January.
  • victim: Steve Schmutz, an attorney representing families of three victims, said his clients " support whatever decision the U.S. government is making in this case, and I 'm sure they support this decision.
  • intention: A friend of Roof, 21-year-old Joseph Meek, pleaded guilty last month to concealing his knowledge of Roo f's intention to carry out the attack, saying then that Roof planned the shooting for six months and wanted to start a race war.
  • execute: Only three federal prisoners have been executed in the past half century and none since 2003, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
  • diverge: Nearly a year later, views diverged on the federal death penalty decision.

San Francisco lawmakers vote to uphold sanctuary city policy

  • conviction: The ordinance exempts from protection individuals who are currently being held on suspicion of committing a felony and were either convicted of a violent felony in the past seven years or convicted of a " serious" felony or have three separate convictions of most any felony in the past five years.
  • activist: The FREE SF Coalition, a collection of immigrant and minority activist and legal aid groups, called the ordinance " an important step forward for San Francisco's immigrant communitie s.
  • felony: The ordinance exempts from protection individuals who are currently being held on suspicion of committing a felony and were either convicted of a violent felony in the past seven years or convicted of a " serious" felony or have three separate convictions of most any felony in the past five years.
  • policy: The decades-old policy came under fire last year after Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, was charged with murder in the apparently random shooting of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle as she walked along a popular pier with her father in early July.
  • debate: SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)- Lawmakers in San Francisco voted to uphold the " sanctuary city" policy on Tuesday, almost a year after San Francisco was flung into a national debate about immigration after an undocumented immigrant was charged in the fatal shooting of a woman.

Feds say ex-policeman ran $2,000-an-hour prostitution ring

  • conspire: Michael Rizzi was arrested at his Brooklyn home on charges of conspiring to launder the proceeds of the multimillion-dollar operation.
  • accept: According to a criminal complaint, Rizzi set up an email account to accept applications for the business and one applicant wrote, " I am a fun loving girl who loves sex....
  • federal: Federal prosecutors say the company advertised on more than 50 websites with names such as Lush Playmates.
  • criminal: According to a criminal complaint, Rizzi set up an email account to accept applications for the business and one applicant wrote, " I am a fun loving girl who loves sex....
  • retire: Rizzi, who's 44 years old, was a police officer for nine years before retiring on a disability pension in 2000.

More young Americans 'living with parents'

  • fuel: This turn of events is fuelled primarily by the dramatic drop in the share of young Americans who are choosing to settle down romantically before age 35," says the Pew report.
  • arrangement: Historically, the most common living arrangement for young adults was living with a partner- in 1960 nearly two-thirds of young Americans were doing so, and only one in five lived with a parent.
  • research: Living with a parent is now the most common living arrangement for young Americans, new research suggests.
  • parent: Historically, the most common living arrangement for young adults was living with a partner- in 1960 nearly two-thirds of young Americans were doing so, and only one in five lived with a parent.
  • partner: Historically, the most common living arrangement for young adults was living with a partner- in 1960 nearly two-thirds of young Americans were doing so, and only one in five lived with a parent.

Yellowstone in 1871 and today

  • issue: The top picture on this page, The Fishing Bridge, suggests the only change in those 14 decades is a man-made one- the bridge itself, says David Quammen, a contributing writer for National Geographic who wrote the magazine's May 2016 issue on Yellowstone,.
  • caption: Image copyright AP Image caption Minerva Terrace pictured in 1871 Image copyright AP Image caption Minerva Terrace pictured in 2013.
  • caption: Image copyright AP Image caption Minerva Terrace pictured in 1871 Image copyright AP Image caption Minerva Terrace pictured in 2013.
  • sudden: All of a sudden, you're looking at the landscape that is in the photograph that I was holding, that Jackson took.
  • huge: As the park has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, there have been huge changes in infrastructure, says Mr Quammen, like the bridge, roads, hotels and tourist shops.

Ferguson city attorney steps down after criticism

  • investigate: In the wake of the protests, the Justice Department investigated policing and court practices in Ferguson and found a widespread pattern of abuse and racism.
  • request: The city contracts for legal services, so it will issue a request for proposals on June 1.
  • firm: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said that Karr and other attorneys from the firm who are contracted to work for Ferguson continued to prosecute cases that the Justice Department cited as constitutional violations, such as " failure to comply " charges against protesters.
  • legal: The city contracts for legal services, so it will issue a request for proposals on June 1.
  • criticize: Reuters)- The city attorney for Ferguson, Missouri, who was criticized in a U.S. Justice Department report on policing in the town, said on Tuesday she is stepping down.

Monsanto rejects $62bn offer from Bayer

  • inadequate: The US company said the offer was " financially inadequate", but left the door open for a potentially higher bid.
  • analyst: It was not clear what price Monsanto would accept, but analysts have suggested that Bayer would have to pay significantly more to secure a deal.
  • extraordinary: Bayer called its bid an " extraordinary opportunity to create a global agriculture leader ".
  • position: A merged Monsanto/Bayer would have a commanding position in markets including the US, Europe and Asia.
  • opportunity: Bayer called its bid an " extraordinary opportunity to create a global agriculture leader ".

US stocks surge with tech stocks taking the lead

  • weak: Shoe and accessories retailer DSW cut its outlook, saying it expects weaker sales this year.
  • quarterly: MORE RETAIL PAIN: Electronics retailer Best Buy said its quarterly sales kept falling and its outlook was weak.
  • climb: Other homebuilders also climbed after the Commerce Department said sales of new homes reached their highest level in eight years in April.
  • projection: HOMECOMING: Home builder Toll Brothers reported better first-quarter results than analysts expected, and the company raised its annual projections for home prices and sales.
  • weak: MORE RETAIL PAIN: Electronics retailer Best Buy said its quarterly sales kept falling and its outlook was weak.

Evolutionary engineer wins tech prize

  • ceremony: Prof Arnold, from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), spoke to the BBC before travelling to Helsinki for Tuesday's ceremony.
  • possible: Isobutanol is not a natural product, but we evolved an enzyme that makes it possible to convert plant sugars to this precursor to jet fue l," she said.
  • resource: So this company is producing jet fuel from renewable resource s.
  • fuel: Directed evolution has also produced catalysts that allow industrial chemicals and fuels to be made from renewable sources.
  • candidate: The Technology Academy Finland, which presents the prize, said the deliberations began in November 2015 but that "there was only one outstanding candidate ".

Facebook to update Trending Topics

  • discuss: The report did find that historically some topics that were discussed over a long period of time did not show up algorithmically.
  • feed: The feed, which lists popular headlines along with a brief description, has been accused of political bias.
  • sense: However," as much as half" of the topics suggested algorithmically are rejected " because they do not make sense at the time or are duplicative ", Mr Stretch said.
  • feed: Facebook has announced changes to the way it runs its Trending Topics feed, following an internal investigation.
  • compensate: However, the topic " Ferguson", which related to the police shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri, was added to compensate for this, wrote Mr S tretch.

Cosby due in court in Pennsylvania sex-assault case

  • criminal: Cosby is due in Pennsylvania court for a key hearing in his criminal sex-assault case.
  • evidence: The preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial.
  • evidence: The preliminary hearing will determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to send the 78-year-old entertainer to trial.
  • accuse: Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.
  • employee: Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004.

Texas education board candidate known for conspiracy posts

  • retire: Mary Lou Bruner, a retired Texas schoolteacher who claims President Barack Obama is a gay prostitute is the Republican front-runner in a primary runoff for a seat on the influential state education board.
  • hoax: Bruner has called climate change a hoax concocted by Karl Marx and suggested that the federal health care overhaul is a part of a government plot to reduce the U.S. population, according to since-deleted Facebook posts captured by the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning watchdog of the state education board.
  • disavow: Bruner didn't disavow her Facebook posts in the interview with Dallas television station WFAA.
  • nominee: Bruner is running in a staunchly conservative East Texas district that would make her an automatic favorite to win in November over the Democratic nominee, who is a professor at Stephen F. Austin University.
  • professor: Bruner is running in a staunchly conservative East Texas district that would make her an automatic favorite to win in November over the Democratic nominee, who is a professor at Stephen F. Austin University.

San Francisco to consider immigrant sanctuary protections

  • criminal: The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities.
  • criminal: The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday, May 24, 2016, that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities.
  • suspect: The Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal Tuesday that spells out when law enforcement can turn over criminal suspects to federal immigration authorities.
  • government: He lost re-election to a candidate who said she would have considered greater communication between the city and federal governments.
  • clarify: San Francisco officials plan to take another run at clarifying sanctuary protections for people who are in the country illegally, a policy that landed the city in national hot water last year when a Mexican man shot and killed a woman walking along a waterfront pier.

US appeals court revisits Texas voter ID law

  • require: Texas ' law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification.
  • resident: Texas ' law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification.
  • approve: Texas ' law requires residents to show one of seven forms of approved identification.
  • discriminate: Op ponents, including the U.S. Justice Department, say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-i ncome, African-American and Latino voters.
  • require: Op ponents, including the U.S. Justice Department, say it discriminates by requiring forms of ID that are more difficult to obtain for low-i ncome, African-American and Latino voters.

Can going pink draw more female hunters?

  • defend: The conservative American Legislative Exchange Council gained notoriety for its promotion of " Stand Your Ground" laws, which say that individuals have " no duty to retreat" and can use deadly force to defend their homes.
  • issue: In the US, it is often the case that a slew of similar bills on an issue can pop up in multiple states at the same time.
  • require: In many states, it is required that big game hunters wear " blaze orange" garments- an eye-catching, fluorescent colour- to help them see one another in the field and prevent accidental shootings.
  • caption: Image copyright Wisconsin Legislative Photographer, Greg Anderson Image caption Wisconsin legislators faced criticism over their" H unt Pink" campaign.
  • constituent: One female lawmaker told a committee debating the bill- several wearing bright pink hats and shirts- that she heard from a constituent who told her " only a man could 've come up with something like this ".

US policeman cleared over custody death

  • caption: Image copyright AFP Image caption Gray's death sparked a national debate.
  • arrest: Freddie Gray, who was 25, died after sustaining a severe spinal injury in the back of a police van during his arrest in April 2015.
  • witness: The prosecution had been hoping to use Officer Porter as a witness in the other officer's trials.
  • severe: Freddie Gray, 25, died after sustaining a severe spinal injury in the back of a police van during his arrest in April 2015.
  • especially: Gray's death helped spur a national debate over police use of force, especially against black men.

US murder trial broke race law

  • juror: According to Foster's lawyer, Stephen Bright, one handwritten note titled " Definite Nos" listed six people, of whom five were the remaining black prospective jurors, the Associated Press reported.
  • juror: Georgia prosecutors dismissed black jurors, court finds- BBC News.
  • retired: Timothy Tyrone Foster was convicted of molesting and killing a white 79-year-old retired schoolteacher in 1987.
  • murder: Image copyright Reuters Image caption Foster was convicted in 1987 of murdering a 79-year-old retired school teacher in her home.
  • juror: A law introduced in 1986 made it illegal in the US to pick jurors based on the colour of their skin.

How one man saved a generation of premature babies

  • charlatan: He was a German-Jewish immigrant, shunned by the medical establishment, and condemned by many as a self-publicist and charlatan.
  • antiseptic: Another pipe carried fresh air from outside the building into the incubator, first passing through absorbent wool suspended in antiseptic or medicated water, then through dry wool, to filter out impurities.
  • miniature: Eager to distance himself from Coney Island's more freakish elements, Couney stressed that his facility was a miniature hospital, not a sideshow attraction.
  • sense: Sensing the huge opportunities for someone like him to exhibit in America, where there was always a fair or an expo taking place somewhere, Couney immigrated.
  • immigrant: Yet, 40 years earlier, a young immigrant from Europe with little in the way of experience had done just that.

Mushroom hunting heating up in wake of Northwest wildfires

  • fruit: Post-fire morels commonly start fruiting a few weeks after a fire and continue to fruit for about two years before seemingly disappearing from the landscap e.
  • fruit: Post-fire morels commonly start fruiting a few weeks after a fire and continue to fruit for about two years before seemingly disappearing from the landscap e.
  • germinate: The spores germinate and create delicate underground growths that look like spider webs.

The teenager obsessed with retro-tech

  • design: Graphics cards that are for PCs are more designed for gaming," he told the BBC.
  • rare: Alex is currently on the look out for a very rare Lisa 1 computer, released by Apple in 1983.
  • collect: Alex started collecting his " orchard" at the age of 10 and says he has around 1,000 items, stored in the basement of his family home.
  • involve: He is currently involved in the renovation of a former library building in which he hopes to exhibit his collection next year.
  • caption: Image copyright Alex Jason Image caption Alex built his own " Hackintosh" which runs both Windows and Apple OS.

UN: Growing environmental threat from animal-to-man diseases

  • pathogenic: This increased the opportunity for vir uses, bacteria and other pathogenic agents to pass from wild and domestic animals through the environment to cause diseases in people, the report said.
  • maize: Worldwide, over 80 plant species are known to cause poisoning from accumulation of nitrates and wheat, barley, maize, millet, sorghum and soybeans are among the crops most susceptible, it said.
  • millet: Worldwide, over 80 plant species are known to cause poisoning from accumulation of nitrates and wheat, barley, maize, millet, sorghum and soybeans are among the crops most susceptible, it said.
  • maize: Another toxin associated with climate change is hydrogen cyanide or prussic acid that can accumulate in plants such as cassava, flax, maize and sorghum, it said.

One Chewbacca mask, 40 million laughs

  • ridiculous: I 'm just laughing- in all honesty, that is ridiculous.
  • camera: I could see myself in the camera, and I saw this view and I could not stop laughing at how gleeful Chewbacca looked.
  • purchase: It's a big number: So far, more than 48 million people have watched Payne laugh hysterically as she shows Facebook her new purchase.
  • site: The social media site introduced live stream capabilities to all of its users in April.
  • message: Mrs Payne says she has received comments, emails and text messages from friends, family and strangers praising her four minute video.

Factbox: Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

  • repellent: Efforts to control the spread of the virus focus on eliminating mosquito breeding sites and taking precautions against mosquito bites such as using insect repellent and mosquito nets.
  • abstain: Cases of sexual transmission have also been reported, prompting health officials to advise use of condoms, or abstaining from sex, to prevent infection between partners.
  • infrequent: The PAHO said Zika can be transmitted through blood, but this is an infrequent transmission mechanism.
  • conclusive: Conclusive proof of the damage caused by Zika may take months or years.

Trump, Clinton speeches to highlight US divisions on guns

  • rejoin: She has often campaigned with families of gun violence victims and will rejoin many on Saturday as the keynote speaker at an event sponsored by the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
  • outlaw: California, already among the nation's toughest states on guns, will vote in November on a ballot initiative that would require buyers of ammunition to pass background checks and outlaw high-capacity magazines.
  • hypocritical: Gibson said he saw Clinton's position as hypocritical, noting that she has talked about hunting as a young girl.

Justin Trudeau – Is the honeymoon over?

  • unbecoming: Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said his actions were " unbecoming of a leader " and" out of line ".
  • stride: Right now he strides and jogs and jets across our political stage, as well as international ones, like a breath of fresh air.
  • pugnacious: "He's always shown a pugnacious streak, both physically as a boxer and in his tactics as a politician, and it's one of the things many people like about him," she says.