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new york» A U.S. Se­cret Ser­vice agent has had a lap­top stolen from her car in New York City.

The Se­cret Ser­vice said Fri­day that the lap­top con­tains “mul­ti­ple lay­ers of se­cu­rity,” in­clud­ing disk en­cryp­tion, and doesn’t carry clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion. The agency wouldn’t com­ment fur­ther.

Po­lice say the agent’s car was parked near her Brook­lyn home when some­one broke in Thurs­day. Other items that were stolen were later re­cov­ered, in­clud­ing coins and a bag with the agency’s in­signia.

Cold kills cherry blos­soms

B wash­ing­ton» Cold weather has killed half of the blos­soms on Wash­ing­ton’s fa­mous cherry trees just as they were reach­ing peak bloom, park ser­vice of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

It wasn’t the snow that re­ally im­pacted the trees, but the cold. Park Ser­vice spokesman Mike Lit­terst had pre­vi­ously said that if the tem­per­a­ture got down to 24 de­grees there could be a 90 per­cent loss of the blos­soms that were ex­pected to be at their peak be­tween March 19 and 22.

Peak bloom is de­fined as the day when 70 per­cent of the Yoshino cherry trees around the Tidal Basin are blos­som­ing. But that won’t hap­pen this year be­cause half of those blos­soms are al­ready gone.

Death toll climbs in Peru

B lima, peru» The num­ber of peo­ple killed in Peru fol­low­ing in­tense rains and mud­slides wreak­ing havoc around the An­dean na­tion climbed to 67 Fri­day, with thou­sands more dis­placed from de­stroyed homes and oth­ers wait­ing on rooftops for rescue.

Across the coun­try over­flow­ing rivers caused by El Nino rains dam­aged 115,000 homes, col­lapsed 117 bridges and par­a­lyzed count­less road­ways.

“We are confronting a se­ri­ous cli­matic prob­lem,” Pres­i­dent Pe­dro Pablo Kuczyn­ski said in a state­ment broad­cast live Fri­day af­ter­noon. “There hasn’t been an in­ci­dent of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998.”

New Florida pros­e­cu­tor takes on death penalty fight B

or­lando, fla.» Aramis Ayala, a Demo­crat and for­mer public de­fender and as­sis­tant state at­tor­ney elected seven months ago, sur­prised many of her sup­port­ers when she an­nounced this

Mil­i­tary at­tack kills So­mali refugees B

hodeida, yemen» A mil­i­tary ves­sel and a he­li­copter gun­ship opened fire Fri­day night on a boat packed with dozens of So­mali refugees, killing at least 42 peo­ple.

The at­tack, which Yemen’s Shi­ite rebels blamed on a Saudi-led coali­tion, high­lighted the per­ils of a heav­ily used mi­gra­tion route run­ning from the Horn of Africa to the oil­rich Gulf, right through Yemen’s civil war.

The coali­tion has been heav­ily bom­bard­ing the nearby coast where it ac­cuses rebels of smug­gling weapons in small boats.

So­cial worker ac­cused of hid­ing abuse re­signs

B char­lotte, n.c.» A vet­eran so­cial worker ac­cused of coach­ing con­gre­gants and their chil­dren on what to say dur­ing a 2015 child abuse in­ves­ti­ga­tion of her se­cre­tive re­li­gious sect has re­signed, an at­tor­ney for a child wel­fare agency said Fri­day.

An­drea Les­lie-Fite said Lori Cor­nelius left her po­si­tion at the Cleve­land County Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices. The de­vel­op­ment came less than two

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