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Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his unexpected retirement on Jan. 7, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Former LA Sheriff Lee Baca To Plead Guilty To Making False Statements

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has been embroiled in a scandal involving reports of prisoner abuse and an alleged conspiracy to cover it up, has agreed to plead guilty to making false statements, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The single count against him relates to statements made regarding a federal investigation into corruption and violence at LA County jails. Baca has confessed to lying multiple times when he said he did not know about the actions of those within his department. He was still serving as sheriff at the time.

Shelter dog Rohan takes a break from his scent detection trials to play outside. Rohan is one of several dogs training to detect homemade bombs at the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University.

Dogs' New Challenge: Find A Bomb Before It Becomes A Bomb

Humans have long turned to the dog for its nose, especially in its ability to hunt, track missing people, and search for drugs.

But there is a new challenge: Bomb-detecting dogs have to now learn to find the increasingly common Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) that can be assembled from ingredients that are not dangerous by itself.

"So we're now asking dogs not just to find a needle in a haystack – now the problem is more like saying to the dog 'we need you to find any sharp object in the haystack,' " says Clive Wynne, a professor at Arizona State University.

Chris Christie makes a midday stop at T-Bones Great American Eatery in Derry, N.H., as he canvasses for votes on Tuesday.

Chris Christie To Drop Out Of Republican Race For President

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to suspend his campaign for president, a source close to the Christie campaign tells member station WNYC.

The decision comes after a sixth-place finish in New Hampshire, where Christie had banked so much of his political capital.

"I love New Hampshire," the governor tweeted Tuesday. "I am comfortable to have my fate in your hands."

Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, speaks after losing the New Hampshire primary to Bernie Sanders. But could she still win?

How Hillary Clinton Might Actually Win In N.H., Even Though She Lost Big

This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET to reflect revised delegate counts.

Bernie Sanders delivered the second-biggest rout in New Hampshire Democratic primary history last night, besting Hillary Clinton by 22 percentage points.

A Fix For Gender-Bias In Animal Research Could Help Humans

There's been a male tilt to biomedical research for a long time.

The National Institutes of Health is trying to change that and is looking to bring gender balance all the way down to the earliest stages of research. As a condition of NIH funding, researchers will now have to include female and male animals in their biomedical studies.

As late as the 1990s, researchers worried that testing drugs in women who could be pregnant or become pregnant might lead to birth defects, so experimental drugs were mainly tested in men. Research in animals followed the same pattern.

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waits to be introduced at a campaign event at Maple Avenue Elementary School on Saturday in Goffstown, N.H.

Carly Fiorina Ends Bid For Republican Presidential Nomination

Carly Fiorina is exiting the Republican presidential race after a seventh-place showing in last night's New Hampshire primary.

"While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them," said Fiorina in a statement.

Corn is delivered to the Green Plains ethanol plant in Shenandoah, Iowa.

The Shocking Truth About America's Ethanol Law: It Doesn't Matter (For Now)

It took Sen. Ted Cruz to finally persuade me to answer a riddle that's bothered me for years. Suppose somebody yanked away the law that currently props up the nation's ethanol industry, as Cruz has proposed. What would actually happen?

Twitter Tries A New Kind Of Timeline By Predicting What May Interest You

It was a rumor that had many Twitter old-timers up in arms: Twitter is changing its signature structure of real-time posts in reverse chronological order.

It's true. The company now says it's got a new algorithm to predict which tweets you might not want to miss. Those selected tweets, minutes or hours old, will display at the top when you log in after an absence. The rest of the tweets below will remain in real-time and reverse chronology.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius waves to members of Parliament on Wednesday during questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius Is Stepping Down

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has announced that he will leave his post in the government.

Fabius, 69, was instrumental in forging the Iran nuclear deal and presided over climate negotiations in Paris last December that saw nearly 200 countries adopt a landmark agreement.

Former Judge Urges Obama To Commute Sentence He Imposed A Decade Ago

In a letter to president Obama, a former federal judge is asking that a sentence he handed down in 2004 be commuted.

"In looking back on the case, it was one of the most troubling that I ever faced in my five years on the federal bench," Paul G. Cassell wrote on Tuesday.

Because of prison terms mandated by law, Cassell sentenced Weldon Angelos to 55 years in prison.

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