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May 1, 2012

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

AP — Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (times EDT):

1. May Day rallies around the world

Demonstrations, strikes and acts of civil disobedience are planned around the world, including the most visible organizing effort in the U.S. by anti-Wall Street groups since Occupy encampments came down in the fall.

2. A year after bin Laden death, questions about Pakistan’s role

Islamabad has failed to answer tough questions over whether its security forces were protecting bin Laden.

3. Where Obama, Romney stand on the issues

Mitt Romney’s politicking has shifted his views to the right. President Barack Obama’s have tacked to the left. Where do they stand heading into the campaign?

4. End of an era for lucrative public pensions?

Tight budgets force nearly every state to cut back on public employee retirement packages, triggering a political battle over whether states are reneging on promises to millions of workers.

5. As China-U.S. talks loom, no deal over blind Chinese activist

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is en route to high-profile China talks, which have been overshadowed by the case of blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng. Still no deal on asylum for Chen.  

6. Wife of ex-aide returns to the stand in John Edwards trial

She returns to the stand at 9 a.m. following her tearful testimony of how the former presidential candidate asked her husband to falsely claim paternity of the baby carried by Edwards’ mistress.

7. Proposal would ban big cats

Ohio case of animal farm owner who unleashed tigers, leopards and lions leads to legislation in Congress that would ban private ownership of exotic cats.

8. Establishments that serve alcohol become targets in Lebanon

The fourth blast in recent months hitting establishments that sell liquor in the Lebanese city of Tyre raises worries of a show of strength by Islamic militants.

9. Decision expected in Strauss-Kahn lawsuit

New York judge rules at 10 a.m. on whether to throw out a hotel maid’s lawsuit claiming Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually attacked her.

10. Could “Spider-Man” be the comeback story of Broadway?

Tony nominations announced at 8:30 a.m. pit “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” against a bevy of religious-themed shows, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Godspell” and “Leap of Faith.”

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