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Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — Muriel Bowser won the District of Columbia's Democratic mayoral primary Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray in a race defined by a scandal involving Gray's campaign four years ago.


Scandal-tainted D.C. mayor vanquished in primary

By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-tainted Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary early on Wednesday. Winning the eight-candidate Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in a city that is heavily Democratic. Gray conceded defeat around 12 a.m. EDT (0400 GMT) as election results showed Bowser ahead 44 percent to 33 percent, with 127 of 143 precincts reporting. "God bless you, and let's go to work," Bowser, a city council member for the past seven years, told cheering supporters.


2 dead as magnitude-8.2 quake hits northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast. Officials reported two deaths and several serious injuries, but the area apparently escaped major damage as landslides blocked roads, power failed for thousands, an airport was damaged and several businesses caught fire.


British submarine, director Peter Jackson's jet join MH370 hunt

Perth (Australia) (AFP) - The protracted search for missing Flight MH370 was boosted Wednesday with the arrival of a British nuclear submarine in the Indian Ocean, ahead of a visit to Australia by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. The personal jet of Oscar-winning New Zealand movie director Peter Jackson is also now reportedly being used in the multinational hunt for the plane that vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board. Despite extensive scouring of remote Indian Ocean waters by planes and ships southwest of Perth where Malaysia believes the jet went down, nothing has been found so far that would indicate a crash site. "No significant developments to report," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority tweeted after 10 planes returned from flying sorties on Tuesday evening in a now familiar update on drawing a blank.


DC mayor trails challenger in initial returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The embattled mayor of the nation's capital was trailing his top challenger in initial returns from the city's Democratic primary on Tuesday, with many voters saying the city needed a fresh start amid a federal investigation of the mayor's 2010 campaign.


Savings and loan figure Charles Keating dies at 90

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles H. Keating Jr., the notorious financier who served prison time and was disgraced for his role in the costliest savings and loan failure of the 1980s, has died. He was 90.


2 dead in magnitude-8.2 quake in northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say two people died when the powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast.


Magnitude-8.2 quake strikes northern Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast. The area apparently escaped major damage and casualties, but landslides blocked roads, power failed for thousands, an airport was damaged and several businesses caught fire.


NATO allies pledge to beef up eastern defenses

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers moved Tuesday to beef up the defenses of front-line alliance members feeling menaced by a more assertive Russia, with Secretary of State John Kerry proclaiming the U.S. commitment to their security is "unwavering."


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