Washington, D.C.

Clinton will testify on Benghazi, e-mails

Hillary Rodham Clinton is willing to testify once on Capitol Hill later this month about the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and her e-mail practices during her tenure as secretary of state, her attorney told lawmakers in a letter Monday. Lawyer David Kendall said the Democratic presidential candidate would appear for only one session the week of May 18 or later, not twice as requested by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the special panel investigating the September 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, at the U.S. outpost in Libya.

Marine general chosen as Joint Chiefs head

President Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-2014. The move cuts short Dunford's ­service as the commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, a job he began last October.

new Jersey

Two plead not guilty in bridge scandal

Two former top officials in Gov. Chris Christie's administration pleaded not guilty to federal charges that they conspired to disrupt traffic leading to the George Washington Bridge to punish a mayor who did not endorse the governor. Bill Baroni, the governor's top staff appointee at the Port Authority, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, have long said they are innocent.

Brazil

Rio official takes dip in polluted bay

A Brazilian state environmental secretary has plunged into the polluted waters of Guanabara Bay as part of a TV stunt meant to assuage worries about health risks faced by sailors competing in the 2016 Olympics. Andrea Correa dove into the bay fully clothed, took a few strokes and held up a handful of water for the cameras. The segment came a week after a TV program aired an expose critical of water pollution in Rio.

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