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US: Ex-CIA chief admits mishandling classified information

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FILE - In this June 23, 2011, file photo, CIA Director nominee Gen. David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination. The Justice Department said Tuesday, March 3, 2015, that the former top Army general has agreed to plead guilty to mishandling classified materials. A statement from the agency says a plea agreement has been filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of Paula Broadwell, the general’s biographer and former mistress. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose once-bright political future was all but destroyed over an affair with his biographer, has agreed to plead guilty to sharing classified material with her, the Justice Department said Tuesday.


Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

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Federal agents enter an upscale apartment complex, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Irvine, Calif. Shortly after sunrise, federal agents swarmed the complex in the Orange County where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation. The key draw for travelers is that the United States offers birthright citizenship. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Federal agents searched more than a dozen homes Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens.


US state of Georgia delays execution of woman

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Opponents of the death penalty hold signs in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DCThe US state of Georgia late Monday temporarily delayed the execution of the sole woman on its death row, convicted of conspiring to murder her husband, because of problems with the lethal injection drug. State authorities announced a delay in the execution of Kelly Gissendaner, who has been on death row for 16 years, but did not announce a new date for it. Georgia uses a chemical called pentobarbital to execute death row inmates and the sample to be used Monday night was tested and given a green light by an independent laboratory. She would have become the 16th female prisoner to be executed in the United States since the death penalty was reinstated nationwide in 1976, compared with 1,387 men who have been put to death during that period, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.


Nobel Peace committee demotes controversial head

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Thorbjoern Jagland took over the Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2009Norway's Nobel Peace Prize committee on Tuesday demoted its controversial chairman Thorbjoern Jagland in a move unprecedented in the long history of the award. The organisation, which said the former Norwegian prime minister would remain as a committee member, gave no reason for its decision. "There was broad agreement within the committee that Thorbjoern Jagland was a good chair for six years," Kullman Five told reporters, but declined to comment on the discussion. Commentators and former Nobel laureates alike had mocked the committee's decisions under Jagland's stewardship.


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