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Published Feb. 18, 2012


Maxine Waters' inquiry gets new members

A half-dozen members of the House Ethics Committee recused themselves Friday from the troubled investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and were replaced by a new team, a sign that the stalled inquiry is set to restart. Waters has faced scrutiny since 2009 over whether she improperly sought federal aid for OneUnited, a bank in which her husband had a financial stake. The panel has been riven by infighting, as Republican and Democratic members and aides accused each other of mishandling the investigation and as Waters has demanded the case be dismissed.


Midland, Texas: Federal prosecutors on Friday asked that a judge dismiss the criminal charge against a soldier who was arrested at a Texas airport in December after unknowingly trying to bring military-grade explosives on a flight.

Germany: President Christian Wulff announced his resignation Friday after prosecutors asked parliament to strip him of his immunity from prosecution over accusations of improper ties to businessmen.

Haiti: President Michel Martelly was attacked Friday as he walked in downtown Port-au-Prince, but he was unharmed, his office said.

Times wires