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WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf) says the uproar over U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' meetings with the Russian ambassador is a replay of McCarthyism. In the 1950s, Sen. Joseph McCarthy led a hunt for communist traitors he believed worked in the government. Sessions has recused himself from any investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Sessions failed to tell Congress during his confirmation hearing that during the presidential campaign he spoke twice with the Russian ambassador.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Investors will be listening today when Fed Chair Janet Yellen gives a speech in Chicago about the Fed's economic outlook. Many Fed officials have signaled in recent days that the Fed is ready to resume raising interest rates as soon as this month. It wraps up its next two-day meeting on March 15.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Taliban official says a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed a top commander of the militant Haqqani network. He identifies the man killed Thursday as Qari Abdullah, saying he died in the "area of Khost (hohst)," Afghanistan's lawless tribal region bordering Pakistan. Abdullah accompanied U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl when he was handed over to U.S. authorities in 2014, after being held by the Taliban.
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Experts are once again trying to clear the historic Syrian town of Palmyra (pahl-MEER'-uh) of land mines. Syrian government troops recaptured the town from Islamic State militants yesterday, and it's the third time Palmyra has changed hands in one year. The Syrian government seized the town from IS a year ago, only to lose it 10 months later. Last spring it took Russian demining experts weeks to clear the town of hundreds of mines.
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police in North Carolina say the person who livestreamed a dying man's final moments on Facebook won't be charged because no law was broken. Police tell The Fayetteville Observer that they interviewed the person who recorded the 10-minute video and concluded that person was not involved in the death of 27-year-old Calvin Louis Blackshire Jr., who was shot and killed Jan. 19 at a motel in Fayetteville.
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