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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Max Baucus says the Senate Finance Committee will investigate the IRS targeting of conservative political groups, joining a growing list of congressional panels looking into the matter. The Finance Committee would be the first in the Democratic-controlled Senate to announce an investigation. The Montana Democrat is the panel’s chairman. On Friday, the IRS apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of groups with conservative titles such as “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their applications.

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — State TV in Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR’) says the country’s president will soon make a state visit to the United States — the first by a head of state in Myanmar in 47 years. It says the visit comes at the invitation of President Barack Obama. The United States has been a prime mover in urging the leaders of Myanmar to introduce reforms after five decades of repressive military rule that ended with the election of a head of state in 2011.

CLEVELAND (AP) — An imposing, 10-foot privacy fence has been erected around the home of a Cleveland rape and kidnapping suspect charged with holding three women captive for about a decade. And the home of Ariel Castro, where the windows had been blocked off from the inside and doors double- and triple-padlocked, has been boarded up. The run-down house has become a two-story piece of evidence in the abduction and imprisonment case of the three women. A councilman says threats to burn down the house have been circulating on city streets.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who lead the Minnesota Senate are predicting victory for a measure that would make the state the 12th in the nation to allow gay marriage. The Senate is scheduled to debate the bill this afternoon, and then vote. The House approved it last week, and Gov. Mark Dayton has said he’ll sign it as early as Tuesday. Minnesota would be the first Midwestern state to approve gay marriage out of its Legislature. Iowa allows it due to a court ruling.

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbara Walters is telling viewers she is retiring in another year following a television career that began in 1961. She wiped away tears on ABC’s “The View” today after a taped piece summarizing her career. Walters said she wanted to leave while people are still saying “why is she leaving?” instead of “why doesn’t she leave?’” Walters is 83 years old.

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