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CLEVELAND (AP) — A county Democratic chairman in Ohio calls James Traficant "a larger than life character who will long be remembered." The 73-year-old former congressman has died, four days after being injured in a tractor accident on his Youngstown, Ohio farm. The colorful Democrat became the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War when the House voted him out in 2002 after a federal jury convicted him of taking bribes and kickbacks. The former sheriff spent seven years in prison.

NEW YORK (AP) — Four U.S. governors have made a surprise visit to Afghanistan as part of a delegation to receive counterterrorism briefings and greet troops stationed there. Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, William Haslam of Tennessee and Jay Nixon of Missouri traveled with officials from the U.S. Department of Defense, which sponsored the trip.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi police officials say a car bomb has exploded in a town south of Baghdad, killing at least 10 people and wounding 24. They say the explosion happened in the mixed Sunni-Shiite town about 20 miles south of Baghdad. North of Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck an Iraqi military convoy, killing two soldiers and wounding five, according to two police officials.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Russian foreign minister has issued a blistering attack on the West and NATO in a speech today at the United Nations. Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) accused the West of being unable to change its Cold War "genetic code" and said the United States must abandon its claims to "eternal uniqueness." Immediately before Lavrov spoke, the German foreign minister said Russia's actions in Ukraine were a crime.

VENICE, Italy (AP) — George Clooney is no longer a bachelor. His representative says the actor has married human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin (AH'-muhl ah-luh-muh-DEEN') in a private ceremony in Italy. The one-line statement is expected to be the only communication on the much-anticipated marriage. A flotilla of photographers followed Clooney to his luxury hotel in Venice before he disappeared inside as the sun set.

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