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Cult cartel leader caught:

MEXICO CITY -- One of the last major leaders of the pseudo-religious La Familia drug gang has been captured, Mexican officials said Wednesday. Martin Rosales Magana had been on the run since a breakaway gang threatened to kill relatives of those who still sympathized with La Familia, said federal police anti-drug chief Ramon Pequeno.

Holocaust cases reopened:

BERLIN -- In a final quest to bring Holocaust participants to justice, German authorities have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of Nazi death camp guards -- men who are now so old that time has become "the enemy" for prosecutors hurrying to prepare cases.

Putin photo-op staged:

MOSCOW -- The widely publicized incident in which Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin pulled up ancient Greek jug fragments from the seabed on a diving expedition was staged, his chief spokesman said. In video footage of the dive, Putin holds two fragments of what are said to be 6th century B.C. Greek jugs and says "the boys and I found them" in about six feet of clear water. But his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the jugs had been found earlier by archaeologists and placed there for Putin.

Spain base for U.S. ships:

BRUSSELS -- The Obama administration and the Spanish government have agreed to base Aegis Cruisers on Spain's coast, as part of the anti-ballistic missile defense system to protect Europe against a potential Iranian nuclear threat, officials said Wednesday.

Drones find more militants:

SANAA, Yemen -- A U.S. drone strike killed five al-Qaida-linked militants in southern Yemen on Wednesday, Yemeni officials said.

Most courageous journalists:

NEW YORK -- The Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday it has chosen four journalists for its 2011 International Press Freedom Awards, an annual recognition of courageous journalism. One edits an independent daily shut by officials amid protests in Bahrain. Another runs an opposition website in Belarus, editing it from exile to avoid imprisonment back home. A third escaped injury when a grenade was tossed into the offices of his weekly newspaper in the violent Mexican state of Sinaloa, and one more continues reporting on politics and corruption in his native Pakistan after being abducted and tortured.

Baby girl missing from crib:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeremy Irwin and Deborah Bradley, the parents of a missing 10-month-old Kansas City girl are begging that she be dropped off someplace safe, no questions asked. …