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US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

US begins troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, official says

WASHINGTON — American troops have begun leaving Afghanistan for the initial troop withdrawal required in the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement, the U.S. military confirmed Monday, amid political chaos in Kabul that threatens the deal. Army Col.
Prison riots hit Italy amid virus; 6 die in overdose

Prison riots hit Italy amid virus; 6 die in overdose

ROME — Tensions in Italy's overcrowded prisons erupted Monday over new coronavirus containment measures, with riots in at least two dozen lock-ups and the deaths of six inmates who broke into an infirmary and overdosed on methadone.

Police jail woman who paid bail with marijuana-scented cash

ASHLAND, La. — A Louisiana woman was arrested on drug charges after police determined the $5,000 cash she used to post an inmate's bail had a “strong odor of marijuana.
Several lawmakers had contact with man at CPAC who got virus

Several lawmakers had contact with man at CPAC who got virus

WASHINGTON — The Capitol's attending physician said Monday that “several” members of Congress had contact with a person who attended a recent political conference and who subsequently developed COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus.
Trainers, vets, others charged in horse-drugging scheme

Trainers, vets, others charged in horse-drugging scheme

More than two dozen people, including the trainer of champion Maximum Security, have been charged in what authorities described Monday as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.
Harry, Meghan do their last royal job at Commonwealth event

Harry, Meghan do their last royal job at Commonwealth event

LONDON — Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, are making made their final appearance as senior royals at Westminster Abbey, joining Queen Elizabeth II and other members of Britain's royal family Monday for an annual Commonwealth Day service.

Gunfire ends Lil Baby concert in Alabama; 1 injured

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A shooting in an Alabama arena left one person with a life-threatening wound and ended a concert by Atlanta-based rapper Lil Baby, authorities say.

Dutch trial opens for 4 suspects in downing of flight MH17

SCHIPHOL, Netherlands — As the trial of three Russians and a Ukrainian charged with multiple counts of murder for their alleged involvement in the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 got underway Monday, a Dutch prosecutor solemnly read out t

Juul Labs sought to court AGs as teen vaping surged

WASHINGTON — It was a blunt warning about the dangers of youth vaping: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced late last month that his state had joined 38 others to investigate whether Juul Labs, the nation’s largest electronic cigarette compa

Seeking trial delay, sheriff makes false COVID-19 claim

ATHENS, Ala. — Lawyers for a longtime Alabama sheriff seeking a delay in his Monday theft trial wrongly claimed the officer was being tested for the illness caused by a new coronavirus.