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Congo rebels begin slow retreat

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congo rebels begin retreat

Rebels thought to be backed by Rwanda began retreating from the territory they seized last week and pulled out of the region of Masisi, their military leader said Wednesday, in the first concrete sign international pressure has stemmed their advance. Gen. Sultani Makenga, the military chief for the 8-month-old rebellion known as M23, said his fighters intend to abide by an ultimatum issued by neighboring nations that called for their withdrawal from Goma by Friday.

morgantown, w. va.

Exec cooperates in mine blast inquiry

Federal prosecutors investigating a mine explosion that killed 29 men widened their net Wednesday, filing criminal charges against a longtime Massey Energy executive who worked closely with former CEO Don Blankenship — signaling where their sights may be set. The cooperation of David Craig Hughart is a sign authorities may be gathering evidence to target officials further up the Massey hierarchy. Prosecutors have declined to say who else could face charges in the wide-ranging and continuing investigation.

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N.Y. mayor seeks more Sandy aid

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appealed to congressional leaders Wednesday for quick action to provide tens of billions of dollars in new federal aid to help his city and state and others recover from Superstorm Sandy. New York state is seeking $42 billion in additional federal aid. New Jersey is seeking federal aid to cover most of the nearly $37 billion cost for recovery and rebuilding.

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Study: Detainees okay in U.S. jails

The controversial detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could be closed and the 166 detainees being held there could be absorbed safely by U.S. prisons, a Government Accountability Office report released Wednesday says. Many of the detainees are accused of plotting terrorist acts against the United States.

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Aggressive VA oversight promised

The House Veterans' Affairs Committee warned the VA Wednesday to expect much more aggressive oversight in coming months as lawmakers review the department's conference and travel spending. "The truce is over," said Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida, the committee's Republican chairman.

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  1. ICYMI: Florida education news in review, week of July 16, 2017

    Blogs

    Seems like Broward County has started a domino effect. It was the first school board to commit to filing a lawsuit against the state and its controversial education bill, House Bill 7069. Then, the St. Lucie County School Board signed on, too. A running tally of school boards that have reportedly expressed interested in …

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    Business

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  3. Kushner to testify before two intelligence committees

    Politics

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  4. Rays blow lead in ninth, lose in 10 to Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

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    Rays starter Alex Cobb can hardly believe what just happened as he leaves the game in the ninth after allowing a leadoff double then a tying two-run homer to the Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo.
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    World

    FIGUERES, Spain — Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dalí's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says she is the surrealist artist's daughter to claim part of Dalí's vast estate.

    Salvador Dal? died in 1989 leaving vast estate.