Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

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HOUSE DEMS DIVIDED ON BENGHAZI PROBE

WASHINGTON - House Democrats stand deeply divided over whether to participate in a Republican-led investigation of the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, with party leader Nancy Pelosi calling the newest probe a "political stunt."

Some Democrats today characterized the investigation as a political spectacle and insisted the party avoid appointing members who would give it legitimacy. Others feared that that if they avoid it, they won't have the chance to counter GOP claims and defend potential witnesses.

"We must have standards," Ms. Pelosi told reporters at a news conference.

She said negotiations with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, were continuing.

Democratic leaders huddled with the rank and file today morning to map out a strategy as Mr. Boehner moved full-speed ahead on what will be the eighth investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 assault that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.

Mr. Boehner, who has tapped Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., to head the panel, appointed the six other Republicans on Friday. They are Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Mike Pompeo of Kansas, Martha Roby of Alabama, Peter Roskam of Illinois and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia.

SCIENTISTS STILL WORKING TO ID VICTIMS FROM 9/11

NEW YORK - Thousands of vacuum-sealed plastic pouches filled with bits of bone rest in a Manhattan laboratory. These are the last unidentified fragments of the people who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

On Saturday, the 7,930 pouches are to be moved in a solemn procession from the city medical examiner's office to the new trade center site. They will be kept in a bedrock repository 70 feet underground in the new Sept. 11 Memorial Museum that opens May 21.

The remains will be accessible only to families of the dead and to the forensic scientists who are still trying to match the bone slivers to DNA from the more than 1,000 victims who never came home and have never been identified. …

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