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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

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** FILE ** Soldiers stand guard outside St. Rita's Catholic Church following a suicide bombing in Kaduna, Nigeria, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo)

Nigeria bomb blasts kill at least 25; Boko Haram suspected

At least 25 people were killed at a bus park in Kano, Nigeria, on Monday after a series of explosions in an area in which the Islamist sect Boko Haram is waging an insurgency against the government, Reuters reports. Published March 19, 2013

University of Central Florida president John Hitt (left) answers questions March 18, 2013, in Orlando, Fla., during a news conference after the apparent suicide of UCF student James Oliver Seevakumaran in his dorm room. Seevakumaran's body was found with an assault rifle and explosive devices. At right is ATF special agent Julie Torrez. (Associated Press)

Police: UCF student planned campus attack

A college student armed with explosives and several weapons had planned to launch a large-scale attack on his Orlando, Fla., campus on Monday, but killed himself before the plan could be put into action, authorities said. Published March 18, 2013

**FILE** Bill Maher (Associated Press)

Bill Maher: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes liberals look bad

Late-night comedian Bill Maher blasted New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Friday, saying: "There is something wrong about the seventh-richest person in the world, lying in bed at night saying, 'You know what people shouldn't do? Drink too much Sprite. And I'm going to make that a law.'" Published March 18, 2013