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WASHINGTON (AP) National Public Radio is suspending its search for a top news executive while its board searches for a new chief executive officer. Officials say the next CEO of the public broadcasting outlet should help in the selection of the top news executive.

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Carlos Beltran returned to the Mets' lineup with a hit and a sliding catch in right field as New York defeated the Washington Nationals 8-2 today. Beltran had not played in a major league spring training game for three weeks because of tendinitis in his left knee.

WASHINGTON (AP) Federal prosecutors say a man charged with fatally shooting a man at a D.C. bar has been wanted by immigration officials since 2007. Prosecutors argued at a hearing yesterday that 24-year-old Alexis Pineda of Suitland, Md., should be held in the D.C. jail and was a fugitive after immigration officials found him in Arizona and ordered him deported. He is a native of Guatemala.

WASHINGTON (AP) As the cherry blossoms hit peak bloom in Washington, the U.S. Park Police are warning drivers of some traffic restrictions around the Tidal Basin. The festival brings thousands more visitors to the area around the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument.

WASHINGTON (AP) Metro's general manager says efforts to maintain and refurbish the transit system would take a big hit if Congress gives final approval to a $150 million cut in funding. But General Manager Richard Sarles says safety initiatives would continue even without the $150 million.

WASHINGTON (AP) Advocates for congressional voting rights for the District of Columbia plan a series of meetings with U.S. senators to call attention to a budget bill that would affect government programs in Washington. The U.S. House has passed the bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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