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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2016

Obama sanctions North Korea for violations of a ban on nuclear, missile tests

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama hit North Korea with new sanctions Wednesday in response to the country’s “illicit” nuclear and ballistic missile tests earlier this year. The president signed an executive order implementing two sets of sanctions: those that unanimously cleared the U.N. Security Council and a separate round of U.S. sanctions enacted by Obama after Congress overwhelmingly approved and sent him legislation.

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Demonstrators carrylarge inflatable dolls depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison garb and current President Dilma Rousseff dressed as a thief during a march  in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sunday. (Andre Penner / Associated Press)

Brazil ex-president Silva takes Cabinet post

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday appointed her predecessor and mentor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, as her chief of staff in a move supporters say will help her fight impeachment proceedings and critics blast as scheme to shield the former leader from possible detention in corruption probes.

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More than 12 punished for mistaken Afghan hospital attack

WASHINGTON – More than a dozen U.S. military personnel have been disciplined – but face no criminal charges – for mistakes that led to the bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital that killed 42 people in Afghanistan last year, U.S. defense officials say. The punishments, which have not been publicly announced, are largely administrative. But in some cases the actions, such as letters of reprimand, are tough enough to effectively end chances for further promotion. The military has previously said some personnel were suspended from their duties but has given no further details.

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North Korea sentences U.S. tourist to 15 years

North Korea’s highest court sentenced American Otto Warmbier, 21, a University of Virginia undergraduate, to 15 years in prison with hard labor for subversion on Wednesday, weeks after authorities presented him to media and he tearfully confessed that he had tried to steal a propaganda banner.

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Firefighters battle a fire at the iconic mansion Pumpkin Center on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The massive fire has destroyed an iconic Florida mansion once owned by USA Today founder Al Neuharth. (Malcolm Denemark / AP)

USA Today founder’s mansion burns in Florida

The quirky, 10,000-square-foot, sun-drenched oceanfront compound that was once owned by USA Today founder Al Neuharth burned down, and fire investigators said Wednesday they were examining if ongoing construction played a role in the blaze.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016

Senate bill would make it easier to access gov’t records

WASHINGTON – The Senate on Tuesday backed legislation to make it easier for Americans to obtain government records. The bipartisan bill, passed by voice vote, would require federal agencies to consider the release of government information under “a presumption of openness” as opposed to a presumption that the information is secret.

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Activists demand action against industrial chemical in water

ALBANY, N.Y. – Prized for its ability to make things super-slick, it was used for decades in the manufacture of Teflon pans, Gore-Tex jackets, ski wax, carpets and the linings of pizza boxes and microwave popcorn bags. Now, with the suspected cancer-causing chemical PFOA being phased out in the U.S., it is still very much around, turning up in the water in factory towns across the country – most recently in upstate New York and Vermont – where it is blamed by residents for cancers and other maladies.

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11 states sue over bathroom rule

Eleven states and state officials filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging he Obama administration over federal guidance directing schools to provide transgender students with facilities that match their gender identities. The ...






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