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Suicide bombers target prison:

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A suicide squad detonated bombs at a newly fortified prison, police headquarters and two other locations late Saturday, killing at least 30 people in the largest city of the southern Taliban heartland The prison was the main target, but no prisoners escaped, Afghan President Hamid Karzai's half-brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, said. Canadian troops had reinforced the prison with cement block after a suicide attack in 2008 blew apart the prison gates and freed hundreds of criminals and suspected insurgents.

Al-Maliki extends vote lead:

BAGHDAD -- Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's political coalition took an early vote lead Saturday in the election's all-important battleground of Baghdad, pulling away from its two closest rivals in the latest indication that Iraqis want a moderate government instead of Shiite religious hard-liners leading the postwar nation. Partial results released by the Independent High Electoral Commission showed the state of Law coalition with about a 60,000-vote edge nationwide over its main moderate challenger, the secular Iraqiya coalition. So far, al-Maliki's coalition is leading in five of the 11 provinces. Iraq has a total of 18 provinces.

Woman dies during prayer, fast:

BARTOW, Fla. -- Authorities say a 55-year-old woman died alone in a bedroom of her Central Florida home after locking herself in the room for several weeks for a lengthy religious fast. Evelyn Boyd told her husband, a preacher at a Pentecostal church in the city of Bartow, not to disturb her when she locked herself in the room Feb. 7 to fast and pray with only water to drink. Family members forced open the door March 5 and found her dead.

FAA orders Boeing inspection:

SEATTLE -- The Federal Aviation Administration has issued an emergency airworthiness directive demanding that airlines check a mechanism that controls tail flaps on about 600 Boeing 737s. …