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Administration ‘outraged’ by Syrian attack on refugees

The Obama administration is expressing outrage that Syrian troops fired into a refugee camp in neighboring Turkey. It says the cross-border attack coupled with incidents elsewhere bodes ill for a U.N.-brokered plan to end the violence.

One day ahead of a deadline for Syrian forces to withdraw from cities, the State Department said Monday that instead of abating, the situation had gotten worse. It said the Syrian government appeared to have little commitment to the plan that was negotiated by former U.N. chief Kofi Annan.

Earlier Monday, Syrian forces wounded at least five people in the camp in Turkey. The U.N. estimates some 9,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising began in March 2011.


Eighth employee placed on leave in Vegas scandal

The General Services Administration has placed an eighth employee on administrative leave after a scandal involving an $823,000 conference in 2010 at a luxury resort in Las Vegas.

The nation’s landlord for federal buildings, the GSA took the action Monday as three congressional committees geared up for hearings beginning next week.

The latest official placed on leave was David Foley, deputy commissioner of the Public Buildings Service. He appears in a video giving an award to an employee who — in the same video — did a rap song bragging about the lavish spending.

The GSA said putting the employee on leave was part of its continuing review of events surrounding the October 2010 conference.


King critical of GOP in Senate campaign

BRUNSWICK — The former governor of Maine, Angus King, is keeping people guessing whether he would side with Democrats or Republicans as a U.S. senator.

Mr. King is running as an independent to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Olympia J. Snowe. Yet he calls the GOP budget plan a “disaster” and the party’s position on women’s health a “mistake.” He’s also supporting President Obama’s re-election.

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