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Voters in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia are next up to have their say in the presidential nomination race. They go to the polls today. NPR's Audie Cornish reports.

While Washington D.C. residents do not have voting representation in Congress, they can cast ballots in the presidential primaries. Both Maryland and D.C hold close primaries, so voters can only vote in the contest of the party they are registered with. But Virginia's primaries are open, and voters can choose to cast the ballots in either the Republican or the Democratic race. All together, the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen delegates for Republicans Mike Huckbee and John McCain, while a hundred and sixty-eight pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination race between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish, NPR News.

Three men schedule to testify at tommorrow's congressonal hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear. Starpitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian McNamee. They're waging a bitter public dispute over whether McNamee gave banned drug to Clemens. NPR's Tom Goldmen reports.

Last night, the House Committee holding tommorrow's hearing released the statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will being dropped from the witness's list. Pettitte and Clemens are long-time friends, both trained by Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report and doping in baseball, McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anabolic steroids. Pettitte acknowledged his injections, Clemens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pettitte / already gave a sworn deposition to the House Committee, so did Clemens. One of his lawyers said last night that Clemens will say in congress what he said all along--he didn't use banned drugs. Tom Goldmen, NPR News, Washington.

Two CBS jounalists have been kidnapped in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's office today condemned the kidnapping while Iraqi police said an intensive search is on the way for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses said the kidnapping occurred Sunday morning. Basra is Iraq's second largest city. It has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south. CBS did not identify the jounalists but said all efforts are on the way to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more information is available.

Japanese stock prices remain virtually unchanged today. The Nikkei Average grows by 4 points, oil prices felll back in Asian trading, US lightcrude for march delivery fail by 55 cents to $93.4 a barrel in electronic trading.

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There is a major service desruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NRP's Elen Corry reports.

Millions of people who rely on their blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Blackberry maker Research in Motion reported that access was intermittent and said the problem with an email server was later fixed, however, not all service was restored immediately. Shares of Ram which had traded up more than five percent were off one percent in after-hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in the last twelve months. This's been the second major blackberry outage in a year. Last April, a software malfunction shut off Internet access across North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associate Press is reporting that more than a half the veterans who commited suicide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq were members of the National Guard and Reserves. The AP is quoting an analysis made by The Department of Veterans Affairs of death among veterans of both wars. It found the Guard or Reserve members for a 53% of the veteran suicides from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have leaned heavily on Guard and Reserve troops in the wars. Veterans advocates say Guard and Reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world. President Bush signed a bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff and do a better job of screening and treating vets.

I am Carl Kasell, NPR News.
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