Democrats say agents erred in 'Fast and Furious' operation

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Democrats say agents erred in gun operation

Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives based in Phoenix, not officials at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, were responsible for the controversial tactics used in the gun operation known as "Fast and Furious," Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said in a report released Tuesday. A year after it became known that the operation relied on a tactic known as "gunwalking," the report called Fast and Furious "reckless and fatally flawed." It also concludes that the strategy began as early as 2006. The report is expected to differ sharply with the conclusions of Republicans, who will question Attorney General Eric Holder about the operation at a hearing Thursday.

Occupy D.C. can get eviction notice

A federal judge said Tuesday that the U.S. government must notify Occupy D.C. protesters if it intends to evict them from a downtown Washington park. The decision from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg means the protesters, part of one of the last major Occupy encampments, would have an opportunity to challenge any eviction beforehand.

Italy

Divers halt search at cruise ship

The Italian Civil Protection Agency said Tuesday that deteriorating safety conditions had forced divers to suspend the underwater search for missing people in a wrecked cruise ship off the island of Giglio. The ship, the Costa Concordia, struck a reef on Jan. 13, resulting in at least 17 deaths. A formal decision to call off the search is likely today, officials said. Sixteen people are still listed as missing.

Washington

Salvation Army in record fundraising

The Salvation Army said Tuesday that it set a fundraising record with its 2011 Red Kettle campaign during the holidays, raising $147.6 million across the nation. That is a 3.4 percent increase over 2010's total of $142 million.

Elsewhere

Los Angeles: A senior administrator at Claremont McKenna College resigned after acknowledging that he falsified college entrance exam scores for years to publications responsible for ranking the small school among universities.

Russia: The head of Russia's space agency said Tuesday that a manned launch to the International Space Station is being postponed from March 30 because of faults in the Soyuz capsule.

India: The government is buying 126 French-made combat aircraft in a $11 billion deal, officials said Tuesday.

Times wires

Democrats say agents erred in 'Fast and Furious' operation

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