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US: Up to 75 scientists exposed to anthrax

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some of its staff in Atlanta may have been accidentally exposed to dangerous anthrax bacteria because of a safety problem at one of its labs.


Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme, prosecutors say

Federal prosecutors believe Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide "criminal scheme" to violate election laws, according to court documents unsealed Thursday.

Would-be bomber who caused Stockholm lock-down gives up to police

A man who had threatened to set off explosives in the heart of Stockholm on Thursday gave himself up and was taken away by police, a spokesman said. Police had sealed off large parts of the capital city and evacuated buildings as they negotiated with the man who said he was carrying explosives and had barricaded himself inside a building near the headquarters of the main government party. "He came out, he showed he wasn't dangerous and he could be detained without drama, and he has now been taken away from there ... What remains for us is to search the premises to make sure there are no dangerous objects," police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.

Militants release 48 hostages held in Tikrit, say Iraq police

Kirkuk (Iraq) (AFP) - Militants who have overrun a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in a lightning offensive released on Thursday 48 foreigners, including four Turks, held for several days, Iraqi police said. The construction workers, who were helping build a hospital in the now insurgent-held city of Tikrit, are from Turkey, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. "The workers... were kidnapped near the Hamreen mountains four days ago, and were handed over near a checkpoint between Tikrit and Kirkuk," said Major General Torhan Abdulrahman, the deputy police chief for Kirkuk province. "We brought them to Kirkuk, and they will return to their countries soon."


Feds say trucker in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The driver of a tractor-trailer that plowed into a limousine van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and several friends, killing one person and severely injuring Morgan and two others, was speeding in the final moments before the crash, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.


Albania: 80,000 plants destroyed in raid on marijuana village

By Benet Koleka LAZARAT Albania (Reuters) - The smoke from burning marijuana plants billowed from a dozen houses on Day Five of Albania's most serious move yet against a southern village, armed to the teeth, that has churned out weed on an industrial scale for more than 15 years. Lazarat has long blighted Albania’s efforts to shed the image of a Balkan badlands since it threw off communism in 1991. With the fruits of its labor turning up in Italy, Greece and, last year, Germany, Albania has come under increasing pressure from the European Union to crack down on drug producers long considered untouchable, out of reach of the law thanks to a web of corrupt connections to the police and politicians. Albania hopes to get approval later this month from each of the EU’s 28 member states to become an official candidate for inclusion in the group.


Harley-Davidson introduces electric motorcycle

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Harley-Davidson will unveil its first electric motorcycle next week, and President Matt Levatich said he expects the company known for its big touring bikes and iconic brand to become a leader in developing technology and standards for electric vehicles.


NATO: Russians resume buildup near Ukraine

BRUSSELS (AP) — Russia has resumed a military buildup near Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Thursday, calling it "a very regrettable step backward."

Ukraine says peace plan 'refused' as fierce fighting hits east

Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian separatists were locked in fierce fighting in the east of Ukraine on Thursday after rebels rejected a call to lay down their arms in line with a peace plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko, government forces said. Heavy fighting broke out at around 4 a.m. near the town of Krasny Liman, which itself has been under government control since early this month. We guarantee their safety and investigation in line with Ukrainian law ... They refused," said government forces spokesman Vladyslav Seleznyov. They are trying to break out," Seleznyov said.


On Politics: Rich Democrats embrace the status quo

So you're a liberal member of the 1 percent, and you've decided to wrest control of the Democratic agenda from change-averse insiders. Where do you turn for leadership and innovation? To the teachers union, of course!


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