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Voters in Virginia , Maryland and the Dstrict 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 contests 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. Altogether the primaries represent a potential a hundred and sixteen (116)delegates for Republicans like Huckabee and John McCain, while 168 pledged delegates are at stake in the Democrat's nomination races between senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Audie Cornish , NPR News.

Three men scheduled to testify at tomorrow's congressional hearing on steroids in baseball will not appear after all. That puts all the focus on the two major witnesses who will appear . Star pitcher Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer Brian MaNamee . 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 tomorrow's hearing released a statement saying pitcher Andy Pettitte, former player Chunk Noblor, and convicted drug distributer Choer Kewodanmsji will be dropped from the witness's list . Pettitte and Clemens are long time friends , both trained with Brian McNamee. In the recent Mitchell report on doping in baseball , McNamee said he injected Pettitte with human growth Hormone and injected Clemens with HGH Anobolics steroids . Pettitte acknowledged his injections . Clemnens angrily denied McNamee's claims. The New York Times reports Pettitte didn't wanna have to testify in public against Clemens. Pattitte 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 journalists 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 underway for the two. Iraqi police and witnesses say 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 journalist but said all efforts are underway to find them. It requested that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved until more infromation is available.

Japanese stock prices remained virtually unchanged today, The Nikkei Average rose by 4 points , Oil prices fell back in Asian trading. U.S light crude for March delivery fell by 55 cents to $93.04 a barrel in electronic trading.

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There was a major service disruption yesterday for users of wireless hand-held blackberries in North America. NPR's Elen Corry reports.

Millions of people who rely on the blackberries for wireless email access were left stranded for several hours. A critical service outage struck at about 3:30 p.m. 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 RIM which had traded up more than 5% were off 1% in after- hours trading. The shares have more than doubled in last 12 months. This has been the second major blackberry outage in the year . Last April a software malfunction shut off internet access accross North America for hours. Elen Corry, NPR News.

The Associated Press is reporting that more than half of the veterans who commited suiccide after coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq. wer members of the National Guards and Reserves. The A.P. is quoting an analysis made by the Department Veterans clears of death among veterans of both wars. It found guards or reserve members were 53% of the veterans suicide from 2001 through the end of 2005. Military leaders have lean heavily on guards and reserve troops in the wars. Veterans adovocates say guards and reserve troops need more help as their transition back into the civilian world . President Bush signed the bill last year that directed the VA to improve its mental health training for the staff. and do a better job of persvaing and treating vets.
I'm Carl Kesell, NPR News in Washington.
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