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Published May 1, 2013

The New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. In a telephone interview, Vilsack said the department is working to make sure the process is handled properly for the opening of what would be the first domestic horse slaughter house in six years. The USDA reinspected the plant last week, clearing it to open.

Airman receives apology on prom

A Kansas high school principal who barred a member of the Air Force from escorting his sister to a prom has apologized to him in an attempt to quell a firestorm fueled by a YouTube video of the incident. Policy in the school district in southwest Kansas prohibits anyone 21 years old or older from participating in prom activities. In a meeting Monday with Liberal High School junior Courtney Widener, principal Keith Adams apologized to Senior Airman Casey Widener, 22. A policy change allowing exceptions to the age limitation will be presented at a school board meeting, an official said Tuesday.

Spain is home to best restaurant

Spain once again is home to the world's top restaurant. Avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona was named to the No. 1 spot on Restaurant magazine's annual ranking of the world's 50 best restaurants. Danish restaurant Noma had held the honor for the past three years, after ousting the renowned elBulli of Spain in 2010. Six U.S. restaurants made the list, but only one was in the top 10 - Eleven Madison Park in New York at No. 5.

Associated Press