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Midday Roundup: Hastert indicted for cover-up of still-secret scandal

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Paid off. A federal grand jury has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert for paying someone $3.5 million in hush money over “prior misconduct.” The…

Midday Roundup: Labs receive unexpected anthrax deliveries

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Biological blunder. A U.S. military lab accidentally shipped containers of live anthrax around the world via FedEx. The samples were sent according to…

Russian rocket failures raise fears for future manned launches

By Michael Cochrane
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Space | The successive launch failures of Russia’s two primary workhorse rocket boosters may be indicators of systemic quality and management problems in the…

Midday Roundup: Another quake shakes Nepal

By Leigh Jones
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Newsworthy | Still shaking. Another earthquake rattled Nepal this morning. According to officials, the death toll stands at 42 and counting. At least three people in India…

Globe Trot: Vatican visit brings Raul Castro back to church

By Mindy Belz
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International | VATICAN: Cuban President Raul Castro was so taken with the pope at a meeting at the Vatican on Sunday, he may “go back to praying and go back to the church,

Is U.S. draw-down in Europe encouraging Russian aggression?

By Michael Cochrane
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Military | Shortly after the start of his first term, President Barack Obama, in addition to seeking a foreign policy “reset” with Russia, began to accelerate the…

Chinese and Russian navies join forces in the Mediterranean

By Rob Holmes
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Military | China’s Defense Ministry announced last week that the Russian and Chinese navies will carry out joint military drills for the first time in the…

Midday Roundup: Witness claims Freddie Gray may have hurt himself

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Overheard. A prisoner in the same van said he thought Freddie Gray, who died after injuries he received in Baltimore police custody, tried to hurt himself by…

Will drop in international adoptions lead to more in-country placements?

By Sarah Padbury
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Adoption | International adoptions plummeted to a 30-year low for U.S. citizens last year, with further declines expected. But some see the trend as an opportunity to…

Midday Roundup: Jordan Spieth wins Masters with record score

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Fresh faces. Twenty-one-year-old Jordan Spieth won the Masters golf tournament Sunday, beating 25-year-old Rory McIlroy, the favorite who lost early with a…

Military exercises evoke Cold-War tension in Eastern Europe

By Michael Cochrane
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Europe | Hundreds of U.S. military combat vehicles and dozens of fighter aircraft have been arriving in the tiny Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and…

Secret Norwegian naval base now has Russian renters

By Rob Holmes
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Russia | Concerns are mounting over a Russian research facility located in a former top-secret naval base hidden in Norway’s coastal mountains. Two years after…

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