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Today in 10: April 30, 2013

Today’s top story is about Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay player. You’ll find the rest of the day’s news here.

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Willem-Alexander via Flickr user srslyguys

Willem-Alexander became the new King of the Netherlands today after his 75-year-old mother stepped down. Other European royal families have been cutting expenses recently (as their countries cut budgets in general), but the Dutch haven’t -- yet.

QUOTE

"This is not something that's in the best interest of the American people ... all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this."

- President Obama, speaking in a press conference today about the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. One man who a federal judge said probably didn’t even know about the September 11 attacks was held there for more than 10 years. Now, 100 of the detainees are on hunger strike.

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Would you “drive” one? You might get the chance in a couple of years.

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J.C. Penney’s ex-CEO made 1,795 times as much as the average worker in the company’s department stores. That’s extreme, but the ratio of the average corporate CEO’s pay to their average worker’s pay is rising in general.

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Fukushima, Japan, where workers have been trying to contain radioactive wastewater since the earthquake and nuclear disaster in 2011. They’ve already got tanks holding enough water to fill more than a hundred Olympic-sized swimming pools, and they need to build hundreds more tanks.

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Nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards were announced today. Tom Hanks got nominated, but Scarlett Johansson, Katie Holmes, and Al Pacino did not. “Kinky Boots” got the most nominations, followed closely by “Matilda.”

VIDEO

This ad, which will run in California, features undocumented Latinos and poses the question: Should undocumented immigrants benefit from Obamacare? What do you think?

TWEET

This tweet looks boring, but it’s about something pretty important:

The Keeling Curve is the longest-running continuous series of measurements of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The last time the Earth saw a concentration of 400 parts per million was between three and five million years ago. This means we’re entering a period where the Earth will be the warmest it’s been in human history.

CONTROVERSY

Is Wikipedia sexist? A New York Times op-ed revealed that American women writers were being moved from the category “American Novelists” to an “American Women Novelists” subcategory. Then some people argued it was just one guy who’d made the change. Then people started attacking the woman who wrote the first op-ed. And the argument’s still going.

CAUSE

Live Below the Line. Thousands of people, including stars like Ben Affleck, Sophia Bush, and Tom Hiddleston, are trying to live on $1.50 a day for 5 days to raise awareness, and money, for people living in extreme poverty. The official challenge started yesterday, but you can still help.

Bonus: NEWS YOU CAN USE

The bad news: More than half the ground turkey tested by Consumer Reports had fecal bacteria in it. The worse news: Most of the bacteria were antibiotic-resistant. The better news: Meat labeled “organic” or “raised without antibiotics” still had bacteria ... but it was less likely to be antibiotic-resistant.

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Today in 10: April 30, 2013

Sarah Morgan

Sarah has been a nonprofit fundraiser, a door-to-door canvasser, and a personal finance reporter for SmartMoney.com. She is now a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and editor. She loves to travel, but mostly lives in Brooklyn with her cat, Jenkins, and her ever-deepening Joss Whedon obsession. Follow: @mssarahmorgan.

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