Liberia

In major milestone, last Ebola patient is discharged

Liberia's last Ebola patient was discharged after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country and marking a milestone in West Africa's battle against the disease. Officials celebrated even as they noted that the disease had flared up recently in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea. If no new cases emerge, the epidemic in Liberia will be considered over officially on April 4, or 42 days after the last known infection. The 42-day marker is twice the longest incubation period for Ebola, 21 days.

Russia

Moscow condemns U.S. forces in Ukraine

Russia's Foreign Ministry called the arrival of U.S. military trainers in western Ukraine a "provocation" and warned Ukrainians and their leaders that they should rethink the consequences of hosting the Western forces. The Pentagon had previously announced that as many as 300 U.S. soldiers would be sent to the Lviv region on Ukraine's western border to train Ukrainian servicemen.

New York

Cardinal Egan dies of cardiac arrest

Cardinal Edward Egan, a defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and an aging, dwindling priesthood shaken by sexual abuse scandals, died in Manhattan. He was 82. A spokesman for the archdiocese said the cause was cardiac arrest. Egan was one of the United States' most visible Catholic leaders, invoking prayers for justice when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001.

Israel

Palestinian vegetable export rules eased

In a move that could help both Palestinian farmers and pious Jews observing a biblical farming sabbatical, Israel said that it would ease restrictions on Gaza vegetable exports for the first time since the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007. Cogat, a military agency, said farmers can begin marketing tomatoes and eggplants to Israel next week and other vegetables after that, totaling about 1,500 tons per month. Each ton is valued at about $770.

New York

U.S. seeks to bar chlorine as weapon

The United States is pushing the U.N. Security Council to condemn the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon in Syria, and impose unspecified measures against those who use it in the future. The draft resolution written by the United States does not specify who used chlorine as a weapon in Syria's civil war, except to remind the government of Syria that it had agreed to destroy its chemical weapons arsenal under a resolution adopted in September 2013.

Illinois

Freight train carrying crude oil derails

A BNSF Railway freight train loaded with 103 cars of crude oil derailed near the northwestern Illinois city of Galena and erupted into flames, authorities said. The train derailed in a rural area and did not prompt any evacuations, said Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moser. Galena City Administrator Mark Moran said eight tankers left the track.

Arizona

Jodi Arias spared death penalty

Convicted murderer Jodi Arias was spared the death penalty after jurors deadlocked on whether she should be executed or sent to prison for life for killing her lover in 2008. It marked the second time a jury was unable to reach a decision on her punishment. It means the judge will sentence Arias on April 13 to either life in prison or a life term with the possibility of release after 25 years.

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