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National news briefs — compiled on Jan. 21

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Kashkari from Stow declares

Republican Neel Kashkari, a native of Stow and a graduate of Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, announced Tuesday he is running for governor of California with a campaign that will focus on boosting jobs and improving public schools. Kashkari is a former U.S. Treasury official who was the architect of the nation’s bank bailout at the height of the recession. Kashkari will face long odds against incumbent Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat who has not yet declared his intention to run for re-election but has amassed $17 million in his campaign account. Kashkari, 40, has never before sought public office.

Beltsville, Md.

Link to bee disease

A virus that typically infects plants was found in honeybees and could help explain their decline, researchers in the U.S. and China wrote in the American Society of Microbiology’s online journal. Routine screening turned up the tobacco ringspot virus, or TRSV. ‘‘The results of our study provide the first evidence that honeybees exposed to virus-contaminated pollen can also be infected and that the infection becomes widespread in their bodies,’’ said Jilian Li of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science in Beijing.

RICHMOND, Va.

Ex-governor, wife indicted

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal corruption charges accusing the couple of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in loans, shopping sprees, money for their daughter’s wedding — and even a joyride in a Ferrari — from the owner of a company that makes health supplements. The 14-count indictment portrays McDonnell as deep in credit card debt and willing to accept gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who sought endorsement of his products.

Compiled from wire reports.


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