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Military observers including German Col. Axel Schneider, second left, hug each other after being released in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. They were released to Russian envoy Vladimir Lukin, left.

European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Seven European military observers are free Saturday, more than a week after they were seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move comes as Kiev applies military pressure to separatists who have claimed territory and buildings in the region.

The National Organic Standards Board voted to no longer allow farmers to use the antibiotic streptomycin on organic apple and pear trees.

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Here in the news biz, we rely on thumbnail descriptions, sparing you the details. We'll tell you, for instance, that organic farmers aren't allowed to use synthetic pesticides and factory-made fertilizer.

In general, that's true. But there's also a long list of pesky exceptions to the rule. And this week, a battle erupted over those exceptions: the synthetic or factory-made substances that organic farmers are still allowed to use because the farmers say they couldn't survive without them.

Debate rages about the Federal Communications Commission's proposed net neutrality guidelines.

Tech Week: Egg Innovation, Twitter's Future, The FCC's Defense

It's the weekend, which means it's time for your review of the technology and culture headlines from NPR and beyond.

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Eggcellent: Our most popular post this week was our Weekly Innovation choice — a kitchen tool that scrambles the egg inside its shell, making for a unique culinary creation. You can still get one through the Kickstarter campaign, which surged past $100,000 in pledges this week.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, listens to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., before talking to reporters at the Republican National Committee headquarters on April 29.

John Boehner Faces A Primary Challenge, But Only Barely

Let's stipulate that Speaker John Boehner doesn't really have to worry about his Republican primary challengers Tuesday.

He's raised close to $13 million to date. None of his GOP foes have raised even $50,000.

Despite conservative unrest surrounding his leadership, there isn't much sign of it back home in Boehner's Cincinnati-area district. His opponents are largely unknown and in the 2012 Republican primary, the speaker won a landslide 84 percent of the vote against a Tea Party challenger.

Cardboards of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 3 are seen in a showroom at the company's headquarters in Seoul in November of 2013.

Apple Awarded $120 Million In Patent Suit Against Samsung

In a second high-profile legal fight, a federal jury sided with Apple, ordering Korea's Samsung to pay nearly $120 million for infringing on some of Apple's patents.

While it was a clear victory for the Cupertino-based Apple, the damages awarded were nowhere near the $2.2 billion the company had been asking for. In fact, the jury also awarded Samsung $158,400 in damages, because Apple infringed on one of its patents.

Re/Code digs into the verdict:

For Apple, A Limited Victory Against Samsung In Infringement Case

A Bergen County, N.J., police officer (right) walks with a police dog into Teaneck High School, where 62 students were arrested during an overnight break-in on Thursday in Teaneck.

Superintendent: Reports On N.J. High School Prank Were 'Exaggerated'

The superintendent of a New Jersey high school is tempering reports about a senior prank that went too far.

As we reported, police arrested 62 students for breaking into Teaneck High School in the overnight hours of Thursday. One of the more startling allegations made by police was that students urinated in the hallways.

Trashed items smolder amid debris at a square following clashes in Odessa, Ukraine, on Friday.

Blaze In Odessa Kills 31, Marking Escalation In Ukraine Crisis

The situation in Ukraine escalated further on Friday: First, as we reported, Ukraine launched a military operation against separatists in the east, and then a fire in a building in the Black Sea port of Odessa killed 31 people.

This hamster scarfed two mini-burritos in a matter of seconds.

This Hamster Gets To Eat Two Tiny Burritos

It's Friday afternoon, when we finally get a chance to muse on hamster burrito videos and on our evolving notions of what to feed our animals.

Some people whip up feasts of liver and hamburger for Fido. Some throw some celery leaves into Tweety bird's cage or peel a carrot for the bunny. But we've never seen anyone go to the lengths this man does for his hamster.

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