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Suspect could face hate crimes charge...CIA chief was in Ukraine...Manning conviction upheld



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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say there is enough evidence to warrant a hate-crimes prosecution in the shootings that killed three people at a Jewish community center and Jewish retirement complex near Kansas City yesterday. Frazier Glenn Cross is in custody. He has not yet been formally charged in the killings. He's a former Klan leader who was once the subject of a nationwide manhunt. Monitors of hate groups say he was known to have called for genocide of Jews. Relatives say two of yesterday's victims, a man and his grandson, were not Jewish, and were at the community center for a singing competition.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he mourns the victims of yesterday's shootings near Kansas City, President Barack Obama says, "No one should ever have to fear for their safety when they go to pray." He spoke during an Easter prayer breakfast at the White House. Obama urged Americans to stand united against what he called "religious-based" violence.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is confirming that CIA Director John Brennan was in the Ukrainian capital over the weekend. White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed Russian media reports of the visit to Kiev. Carney says Brennan's visit was part of a trip to Europe. Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) is accusing the CIA of being behind the new government's decision to turn to force. But the CIA denies that Brennan encouraged Ukrainian authorities to conduct tactical operations.

UNDATED (AP) — An Army general is upholding the conviction and 35-year prison sentence handed to a former Army intelligence analyst for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. It's the final action in the court-martial of Private Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley Manning -- and it clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. In August, Manning was sentenced for leaking more than 700,000 documents while serving in Iraq.

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in her garage. According to a probable cause statement released by police, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies at her home and that all but one of them were born alive. She said she killed them immediately after they were born, and put their bodies inside boxes. Huntsman is being held on $6 million bail.

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