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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban has issued its first formal threat of violence over the April 5 presidential election in Afghanistan. A spokesman warns Afghans against taking part in the upcoming election and orders their fighters to "use all force" possible to disrupt the vote, which he calls "an American conspiracy."

BEIRUT (AP) — Amnesty International is leveling charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Syrian government for its blockade and starving of civilians in the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk. The international rights group says it estimates 200 people have died of hunger-related illnesses during the yearlong blockade.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — More details are scheduled for release today about plans to beef up security for this year's Boston Marathon. Public safety officials from the eight communities that make up the marathon route are part of a news conference at the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency's headquarters in Framingham. Planning has been going on for months since last year's deadly terror attack.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major survey tracking the rollout of the new health care law finds that the share of Americans who lack coverage is on track to drop to the lowest quarterly level since 2008, before President Barack Obama took office. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, released today, finds that 15.9 percent of U.S. adults are uninsured, down from 17.1 percent for the last three months of 2013. It means about 3 million to 4 million people have gotten coverage.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — One focus of authorities investigating the disappearance of a Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines jet with 239 people aboard is how two passengers managed to get on the flight using stolen passports. Interpol confirms it knew about the stolen passports but says no authorities checked its vast databases on stolen documents before the jet departed. Few countries do. There's no indication that the two men had anything to do with the disappearance.

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