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Russia and intelligence experts say the Ukraine conflict – more subterfuge than overt action in its tactics – is aimed at nothing less than reestablishing Russian grandeur and power.

US widens path to clemency for nonviolent federal drug offenders

9:22 pm ET - The new Justice Department clemency guidelines, which apply to inmates who have served 10 years of their sentence, are designed to alleviate racial disparities left over from tough drug laws.

Decoder Buzz Hillary Clinton says she's done with new memoir. When's it coming out?

7:21 pm ET - Hillary Clinton, addressing women at a conference on developing a new generation of female leaders, made no mention of any political plans, but urged them: 'Dare to compete.'

Why Israel may need to rethink its assumptions on Palestinian unity (+video)

4:15 pm ET - Israel criticized Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for siding with a terrorist group instead of pursuing peace with Israel. But Mr. Abbas can’t enforce peace without unity.

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Invoking 'Fire Pelosi' from 2010, GOP takes on Harry Reid. Will it work? (+video)

6:37 pm ET - The GOP is trying to demonize Senate majority leader Harry Reid as a way to defeat vulnerable Democrats and take over the Senate. But the tactic's effectiveness is questionable. 

IRS takes new hit: Report finds agency gave bonuses to tax evaders (+video)

6:14 pm ET - The IRS gave $1,000 bonuses to some 1,100 of its own workers with known tax-compliance problems, a US Treasury report finds. On top of an ongoing scandal over tax treatment of tea party groups, the report is a damaging blow to public confidence.

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Lowly Y chromosome may deserve some respect after all

6:00 pm ET - Yes, the Y chromosome separates the guys from the gals, but scientists didn't think it was good for much else. New research indicates that in humans the Y includes a set of multitasking genes that regulate cells throughout the male body.

Encircled and alone, Lebanese village braces for Syrian assault

5:00 pm ET - Tfail, located on a spit of land that extends into Syria, is surrounded by Syrian forces on three sides. Hezbollah, a regime ally, sits on the fourth side.

US troops arriving in Eastern Europe. Is it more than symbolic? (+video)

5:39 pm ET - A contingent of 150 US troops began arriving in Poland Wednesday, the first of four such units being deployed for training exercises in Eastern Europe in a move criticized as unlikely to impress Russia.

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N.C. prosecutor kidnap plot: Home attacks on justice officials on the upswing

4:31 pm ET - The alleged perpetrators nabbed the wrong person and traveled nearly halfway across the US to the wrong town, an indictment states. But the episode reveals soft spots in protection for judges and prosecutors, especially at their homes.

Georgia adopts law allowing guns at airports, bars, most other places (+video)

3:38 pm ET - Georgia residents with permits to carry guns can now tote their weapons more places, under a bill signed into law Wednesday. The law also reduces the age required to obtain such a permit to 18.

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Why Pakistan's largest private broadcaster may soon go dark (+video)

2:39 pm ET - The attempted assassination of a leading journalist has provoked a furious response from Geo TV, which in turn has opened a rift in Pakistan's media and a threat to revoke its license.

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US Supreme Court limits restitution payments to child pornography victims

3:06 pm ET - The Supreme Court said federal law does not require a defendant to pay the entire amount of a multimillion-dollar restitution award owed to a child pornography victim whose abuse is depicted in images widely distributed on the Internet.



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