Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
1. AMERICAN MISSING IN IRAN SINCE 2007 WAS ON UNAPPROVED CIA MISSION
An AP investigation revealed Thursday that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson vanished while investigating the Iranian government for the U.S. In the aftermath, 10 CIA employees were disciplined, including three veteran analysts who were forced out, and the agency paid Levinson’s family $2.5 million to pre-empt a revealing lawsuit.
2. UNCLE OF NORTH KOREAN LEADER KIM JONG UN PURGED AND EXECUTED
Jang Song Thaek, put to death Thursday, was long considered the country’s second- most-powerful figure. Experts who study the authoritarian country were divided on whether the sudden turn of events reflected turmoil within the highest levels of power or signaled that Kim was consolidating his power in a decisive show of strength.
3. HOUSE GOP CONSERVATIVES HELP DEMOCRATS MOVE BUDGET TO LIKELY FINAL PASSAGE
The modest package passed Thursday by the House would ease the harshest effects of another round of automatic spending cuts set to hit the Pentagon and domestic agencies next month. The Democratic-led Senate appears set to send the measure next week to President Obama.
4. SOUTH AFRICA’S LONG FAREWELL TO NELSON MANDELA
In the week since the Dec. 5 death of the revered anti-apartheid leader and former president, tens of thousands of South Africans viewed his body lying in state before burial Sunday in his remote childhood home of Qunu in the southeast of the country.
5. THE STRANGE TALE OF THE FAKE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETER AT MANDELA SERVICE
Thamsanqa Jantjie, who stood next to President Obama and other world leaders at Mandela’s service Tuesday, outraged deaf people by making signs they said amounted to gibberish. Jantjie said he has been violent in the past and hallucinated during the service. South African officials apologized but still faced questions about how they could have allowed such an apparent security breach.
6. GENERAL MOTORS EXECUTIVE TO BE FIRST WOMAN TO HEAD A MAJOR AUTO COMPANY
Mary Barra, a 33-year company veteran, was tapped by the board Tuesday to be GM’s CEO, replacing Dan Akerson. Barra earned a reputation as a manager who made tough decisions, yet is able to get people to follow her lead and work as a team, according to current and former GM executives.
7. AUSTRALIA’S HIGH COURT OVERTURNS LAW ALLOWING NATION’S FIRST GAY MARRIAGES
The ruling Thursday shattered the dreams of more than two dozen same-sex newlyweds whose marriages will now be annulled less than a week after their weddings. The federal government had challenged the validity of the law that had allowed gay marriages in the nation’s capital and its surrounding area starting Dec. 7.
8. POPE FRANCIS IS TIME MAGAZINE’S ‘PERSON OF THE YEAR’
The announcement Wednesday said the pontiff has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old Roman Catholic Church in an extraordinary way in a short time. Francis finished ahead of NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927.
9. BANGLADESH EXECUTES OPPOSITION LEADER CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES
Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged Thursday after being found guilty of atrocities during the country’s war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. The move raised fears of new violence before next month’s elections.
10. MANAGERS JOE TORRE, TONY LA RUSSA, BOBBY COX GOING TO BASEBALL’S HALL OF FAME
Torre, elected with the others Monday, led the New York Yankees to titles in 1996 and from 1998-00. La Russa won World Series titles with Oakland in 1989 and with St. Louis in 2006 and ‘11. Cox had one of the most successful regular-season runs, leading Atlanta to 14 straight division titles and a World Series championship in 1995.
Looking back at the stories to remember from the past week:
- Daily Updates
Counties undermine prison efforts
California counties are confounding the state’s court-ordered efforts to sharply reduce its inmate population by sending state prisons far more convicts than anticipated, including a record number of people with second felony convictions.
Boy buried by avalanche tried to bite his way out
An 8-year-old western Montana boy who spent about an hour buried in the snow after a deadly avalanche roared into his backyard says he tried to “lick and bite” his way out before becoming tired and falling asleep.
Set clocks ahead for daylight saving time
A sure sign that spring is on the horizon: It’s time to set the clocks forward for daylight saving time.
For Obama, a last stab at improving ties with Hill
In late December, President Barack Obama’s new legislative affairs team sent him more than a dozen recommendations for ways to improve his strained relations with Capitol Hill. The president responded with a few ideas of his own, including a request for more social events with lawmakers at the White House.
Plea for peace and Ukraine’s independence in Sochi
In the fading light in the mountains above Sochi, the athletes and flags from Russia and Ukraine appeared side by side Saturday, united by success on the opening day of action at the Paralympics as the discord between their nations deepens.
Oil slicks spotted in hunt for jet with 239 aboard
Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks Saturday in the region where a Malaysia Airlines jetliner disappeared, the first sign that the Boeing 777 with 239 people aboard had crashed.
- In Other News, March 7
Department of Labor hosting job fair in Rock Spring
The Georgia Department of Labor is preparing to host a career expo featuring 45 employers in northwest Georgia.
Copperheads appear on rise as kingsnakes decline
As kingsnakes decline in localized areas of the Southeast, the abundance of one of their common meals — the venomous copperhead — seems to be increasing.
Prosecutors: General coerced captain into affair
With the Pentagon under increased scrutiny over revelations of rampant rape and sexual misconduct within the ranks, opening statements began Friday in a rare court-martial of an Army general — believed to be the most senior member of the U.S. military to face trial on sex assault charges.
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