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It said Andrew Warren, 42, admitted he committed illegal sexual contact with a female after rendering her unconscious on Feb. 17, 2008, while on U.S. Embassy property in Algiers.

Warren was charged a year ago with sexually assaulting the woman, who was not named. He was fired from the CIA last year before being charged.

The State Department last year said the United States was investigating allegations that the CIA station chief in Algeria had raped at least two Muslim women after lacing their drinks with a drug.


Paul breaks silence with radio interview

FRANKFORT | Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul has broken his recent silence with a friendly interview on conservative talk radio, weeks after his comments about the U.S. Civil Rights Act set off a political firestorm.

Mr. Paul did not discuss that controversy with George Mason University economics professor Walter E. Williams, who served as guest host Monday on “The Rush Limbaugh Show.” They talked about the need to rein in Washington spending.

The libertarian-leaning Mr. Paul had retreated from the national scene after his May 18 Kentucky GOP primary victory, when he suggested government should not require private businesses to serve minorities.

Campaign manager Jesse Benton said Mr. Paul has been preparing for a tough general campaign and tending to his ophthalmology practice.


Feds offer grants for rate oversight

The Obama administration announced Monday it’s making $51 million available to states that want to beef up oversight of health insurance rate increases.

Outrage over premium increases was a turning point in the national health care debate earlier this year, after Anthem Blue Cross proposed hikes of up to 39 percent in California. The company ultimately withdrew the plan, but not before President Obama used it to help revive his stalled legislation.

The $51 million announced Monday is the first installment of a five-year, $250 million grant program created under the health care overhaul law to help state regulators challenge what they regard as unreasonable rate hikes. The Health and Human Services Department said states can get $1 million each this year.

Small businesses and consumers who buy their policies directly are likely to be the main beneficiaries of stronger oversight. Many states currently require insurers to obtain prior approval for increases, but some do not. Under the new federal law, insurers will be required to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care.