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Secret Service car crash investigated

Officials are investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of President Obama's protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week. Officers who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, said officials with knowledge of the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor to let the agents go home. Spokesman Brian Leary said the Secret Service was "aware of the allegations."


Bush moves clear way for presidential bid

Jeb Bush dropped his remaining business interests, freeing him from potential conflicts as he prepares to run for the Republican presidential nomination. The former Florida governor divested his ownership stakes this month in Jeb Bush & Associates and Britton Hill. He had already resigned from other corporate boards. "This was a natural step as Gov. Bush transitioned his time and focus from running his business to increasing his political efforts," spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said.


Ebola outbreak is running out of steam

The Ebola outbreak that has claimed nearly 10,000 lives over the past 15 months could be halted by the summer, but only if international financial support is sustained, the World Health Organization said in Geneva. "This crisis can be stopped completely," said Dr. Bruce Aylward, who is leading the organization's response to the epidemic. "It should be possible to stop transmission by the middle of the year." In the three hardest-hit countries — Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — the rate of new infections has fallen steeply from the peak of the epidemic, but in recent weeks it has leveled off in the range of 100 to 150 cases a week, Aylward said.


Suspect forced to confess, group claims

A member of the Kremlin's advisory council on human rights said that the main suspect in the shooting death of a high-profile opposition figure was most likely forced to confess under duress, and that his two cousins in detention had been tortured. After visiting the three Chechens, who were among five suspects imprisoned Sunday in Moscow, Andrei Babushkin, a rights activist, said that the men had suffered multiple injuries. Babushkin said that another man arrested at the same time as Zaur Dadayev, the main suspect, had disappeared and said that he had asked Russia's top law enforcement agency to account for his whereabouts. The Investigative Committee is looking into the Feb. 27 killing of Boris Nemtsov.

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