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Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step Down

Iraq’s Prime Minister Maliki Says He Will Step DownIraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced today that he will step down and endorse his nominated successor, state television says.

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s, Widow Says

Robin Williams Sober, In Early Stages Of Parkinson’s, Widow SaysThe wife of Robin Williams, who took his own life on Monday, says the actor/comedian was sober at the time of death, but suffering from the early stages of Parkinson's disease, a progressive and debilitating neuromuscular condition.

Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A Stay

Gay Marriages May Begin In Virginia Next Week, After Court Denies A StayA federal court has cleared the way for same-sex marriage to be recognized in Virginia, denying a motion to stay its own ruling against a ban on the unions. That means same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Virginia next week, state officials say.

Russian Aid Convoy Resumes Move Toward Ukraine Border

Russian Aid Convoy Resumes Move Toward Ukraine BorderA Russian aid convoy has resumed movement toward a rebel-held border crossing in eastern Ukraine in defiance of Kiev, as government forces pound pro-Moscow separatists in the city of Donetsk.

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq’s Mount Sinjar Less Likely

Hagel: Rescue Mission On Iraq’s Mount Sinjar Less LikelySpecial operations forces sent to Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq have concluded there are far fewer refugees stranded there, making a rescue mission to help them off the mountain less likely.

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire Extension

Gaza Quiet After Israel, Hamas Reach Cease-Fire ExtensionSo far, a five-day extension to a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas appears to be holding, NPR's Jackie Northam reports from Jerusalem.

And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC Telecast

And Now For Something Completely Different: Spider Invades BBC TelecastA BBC TV report on a Scottish cultural festival was upstaged Wednesday by a spider that had spun its web across the camera's lens.

Math’s Highest Honor Is Given To Woman For The First Time

Math’s Highest Honor Is Given To Woman For The First TimeFour mathematicians were today awarded the Fields Medal, including Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, the first female mathematician to be given the honor that's often called math's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague AirportThe piano wasn't fancy, and the acoustics were bad. But a performance of Beethoven's "Für Elise" at a Prague airport is drawing rave reviews.

Palestinians Consider Egyptian Proposal As Cease-Fire’s End Looms

Palestinians Consider Egyptian Proposal As Cease-Fire’s End LoomsPalestinian negotiators are considering an Egyptian proposal to end the fighting between Hamas and Israel that calls for, among other things, a partial easing of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.