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Brennan nomination OK’d by committee

– John Brennan is one step closer to becoming director of the CIA.

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Tuesday to approve President Obama’s pick to lead the spy agency, setting the nomination up for consideration by the full Senate.

The vote came after the White House agreed to provide the committee with access to the secret legal opinions written by the Justice Department that justify the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects, including American citizens.

Woman’s family not suing elder home

A woman who died after a nurse at her elder home refused to provide CPR had chosen to live in a facility without medical staff and wanted to pass away without life-prolonging intervention, her family said Tuesday.

Lorraine Bayless’ family said in a statement to The AP that it does not plan to sue the independent living facility where the 87-year-old woman died last week.

A 911 tape recounts a dramatic conversation between a dispatcher and a nurse who refused to cooperate with pleas for someone to start CPR as firefighters sped to the scene.

Maine skier alive; missing for 2 days

Maine wardens say a 17-year-old skier who was found alive and well at Maine’s Sugarloaf ski resort survived two nights in the wild by building a snow cave for shelter while walking toward the sound of snowmobiles during the day.

The Maine Warden Service says a snowmobiler found Nicholas Joy, of Medford, Mass., Tuesday morning on a trail off the western side of Sugarloaf Mountain. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Joy was reported missing Sunday afternoon after he and his father took separate trails from the top and he failed to show up at the bottom.

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Students swarm British diplomat

Dozens of Palestinian students swarmed around a senior British diplomat on Tuesday, leaping on his vehicle and trying to attack him in a show of rage over a British policy and a century-old promise to Jews.

The outburst forced the British consul general, Sir Vincent Fean, to cancel a speech at a Palestinian university.

Fean was not hurt, although an Associated Press photographer saw one student kicking him in the shins.

Student activists said they were protesting decades of British policy toward Palestinians.

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