House acts to cut funds for Health law
The House Republican drive to dismantle the new health care law piece by piece advanced Tuesday with a vote to disrupt the flow of federal dollars for health insurance exchanges, an integral part of the law's goal of expanding insurance coverage. The vote split mainly along party lines, 238-183. The bill is mainly a vehicle for Republicans to restate their case against the law enacted last year, since the Democratic-led Senate is likely to ignore it and the White House issued a veto threat in the event it passed.
U.S., Romania pick antimissile site
The United States and Romania announced an agreement on the location for basing U.S. antimissile interceptors in Romania as part of a program designed to link Washington and its NATO allies against an Iranian threat. Officials said the site selected for a key component of the missile-defense system was the Deveselu Air Base, near the city of Caracal in southern Romania. The deployment of the SM-3 missiles is expected by 2015, officials said. About 200 U.S. personnel are expected to help operate the system. Russia complained that the interceptors in Romania could undermine its nuclear deterrent, and said the step ignored commitments made by the United States that Russia would have a role in decisionmaking.
Second black box found in crash
French investigators said they recovered the cockpit voice recorder from the Air France jet that crashed in the mid Atlantic almost two years ago en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro. After three failed searches and expenditures nearing $30 million, both of the jet's so-called black boxes are now in hand, giving investigators renewed hope of unraveling the mystery of what caused Flight 447 to go down on June 1, 2009, in a heavy thunderstorm. All 228 passengers and crew members were killed.
Officer who told on spy ring charged
The former Russian intelligence officer who helped U.S. authorities arrest the Russian spy ring last summer has been charged with high treason and desertion, reports said. The indictment for Alexander Poteyev, the man accused of tipping off American authorities about Anna Chapman and her fellow agents, has been passed to Moscow's main military court, news agencies said. His whereabouts are unclear.
Mexico: A gas explosion in a coal mine in northern Mexico killed three miners, injured one and left 11 others trapped deep underground. Officials said chances were slim anyone could have survived the massive blast.
Britain: Police said they arrested five men under antiterrorism laws near the Sellafield nuclear site in the north of England.