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Top Stories: Chinese Dissident Complicates Talks; Consumer Spending Cools

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

-- China, U.S. Rushing To Resolve Crisis Over Blind Activist Chen.

-- After Big Gain In February, Consumer Spending Rose Less In March.

-- Over Pakistani Objections, U.S. Resumes Drone Strikes.

-- Australian Billionaire Says He's Building 'Titanic II;' Would You Go Aboard?

Other stories in the news:

-- "Eased Tensions Lower Chances Of Iran Strike, Experts Say." (The New York Times)

-- "Joseph Kony Hunt Is Proving Difficult For U.S. Troops." (The Washington Post)

-- "As U.N. Observer Presence Beefs Up, 9 Deaths Reported In Syrian Blasts." (CNN.com)

-- "Family Of Victims In Tragic Bronx Zoo Parkway Crash Struggles After Losing 7 Loved Ones." (Daily News)

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