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WASHINGTON (AP) — Rushing toward the exits, Congress on Thursday scrambled to wrap up legislation addressing the troubled Veterans Affairs Department and a looming shortfall in highway money. House Republicans sought to win over reluctant, tea party conservatives on a border security bill.
Russia has a case to answer over the poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko with radioactive tea in London, a British judge said Thursday, as he opened a public inquiry into the highly sensitive affair. Litvinenko, 43, an ex-agent in Russia's FSB intelligence agency who became a vocal critic of the Kremlin, died after ingesting polonium-210 at a London hotel in 2006. Litvinenko, whose family suspects he went on to work for British intelligence, accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being linked to his killing in a posthumous statement. The inquiry comes at a time of deep crisis in relations between Russia and the West over the Ukraine conflict after the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 earlier this month.