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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.

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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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