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March 2013 was the third month of that common year. The month, which began on a Friday, ended on a Sunday after 31 days.

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  • A judge declines to throw out the case against actress Lindsay Lohan in which she is accused of lying to a California police officer after a car accident in 2012. (Star Pulse)
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  • Scottish Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week due to allegations of sexual impropriety, admitted his past sexual misconduct and apologized for it. (USA Today)
  • While on the way to the hospital due to complications in a pregnancy, a young Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish couple from a Brooklyn enclave are killed in a hit-and-run; the baby was delivered prematurely by C-section but died the next day of its injuries. The car owner was arrested soon after; the driver was arrested days later after a search. (CNN)
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  • A black American political candidate "was dragged and set on fire" during his murder in the U.S. state of Mississippi, say his family. The corpse of Marco McMillian was found bruised and burned near a levee on the Mississippi River. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Eddie Maher, who spent almost 20 years as a fugitive in the United States, is jailed for five years for stealing a security van containing £1.2m in Suffolk, England. (BBC)
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  • Japanese carrier Willcom announces the Phone Strap 2 WX06A, which weighs only 32 grams. The company advertises it as the world's "smallest and lightest phone". (The Verge)
  • Scientists in the United States publish the most detailed scans of the human brain to date as part of a project to understand how the organ works. (BBC)
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    • The Greek-owned oil tanker MT Smyrni is released along with its 26 crew members for a reported ransom of $9.5 million after being held hostage for 10 months. (Reuters)
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  • Former Barclays chief executive Bob Diamond is set to be paid about £2m ($3m) in July, a year after he left the bank following its Libor interest rate fixing scandal. (News24)
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  • A twin-engine Embraer 821 plane crashes in the Brazilian state of Pará, killing all nine passengers and the pilot. (SAPA via News24)
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  • A shooting spree leaves four dead and two wounded in the villages of Mohawk and Herkimer in Herkimer County, New York. Police storm the gan abandoned bar in Herkimer where the gunman, Kurt R. Myers, 64, had holed himself up. After the gunman shot at officers and killed Ape, an FBI dog, police shot and killed him. (AP via ABC News) (WKTV) (Observer-Dispatch) (Syracuse.com) (USA Today) (MSN News)
  • Seven men are executed for theft in Saudi Arabia after their appeals for clemency are denied. (BBC) (CNN)
  • Hundreds of heavily armed Australian police raid motorcycle gangs in Sydney and its suburbs and seize explosives, guns, drugs and cash and arrest high-ranking members. (AFP via News24)
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  • A 19-year-old man is arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Washington, D.C., United States, on March 11, that injured 13 people. (AP via Fox News)
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  • Scientists working on the Lazarus Project announce that they have successfully rejuvenated cells of Rheobatrachus silus, a species of frog extinct since 1983. (Science 2.0)
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  • 2012–2013 Cypriot financial crisis: A deal is reached between Cyprus and the ECECBIMF troika. The terms of the €10 billion "bailout" package cause widespread anger among Cypriots who queue from early morning to withdraw their savings as it emerges that up to 10% of each citizen's deposits are to be wiped out to raise billions. (BBC) (RTÉ News) (The Guardian)
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  • Leigh Nugent resigns as the head coach of the Australian swimming team following negative reports into the culture of the team. (ABC News Australia) (The Australian)
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  • Brazilian police charge 16 people in connection with the Kiss nightclub fire last January including the owner of the club which killed 241 people and injured 168. (The Daily Telegraph)
  • Eleven inmates are missing and two guards injured after gunmen attacked a prison in Trikala, Greece, less than a week after a hostage siege at a different jail. (BBC)
  • Dominican Republic authorities arrest 35 people including military, police, and custom officials in a drugs bust. (CNN)
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  • Around 1,000 dead ducks are pulled from Sichuan River in southwest China, sparking health and environmental concerns among residents. Also, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been pulled from Shanghai's Huangpu River over the past two weeks. (BBC)
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  • Two people are killed and one seriously injured when a century-old wall collapses on them in Carlton, Australia. (The Age)
  • At least 100 people are left homeless after a fire razes 40 houses in Samal, Davao del Norte, Philippines. (ABS via CBN News)
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  • Musical innovator and fourteen-time Grammy Award winning producer Phil Ramone dies at the age of 79. (The Washington Post)
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  • A judge dismisses the majority of the lawsuit charges against a group of American banks related to the Libor scandal. (AP via USA Today)
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  • 2013 Korean crisis: North Korea declares it is in a state of war with South Korea, and will conduct any further dealings under "wartime regulations". Russia urges calm on both sides. North Korea threatens to shut down the industrial plant in Kaesong, on the border with South Korea. (Reuters) (RT) (CBS News)
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  • Nuon Chea, the most senior surviving Khmer Rouge leader, is declared fit for trial by a United Nations-backed court in Cambodia. (CNN)
  • The Eiffel Tower is evacuated for a time after an anonymous caller made a bomb threat. No explosives were found, police are still searching for the caller. (Fox News)
  • Three people are shot (one critically) at three stores at the Edgewood Towne Center shopping plaza near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The victims were taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital while police searched the area. (NBC News)
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  • Two Chinese provinces pass restrictions on house sales designed to dampen a booming housing market. (The New York Times)
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