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Mitch Seavey (Associated Press/Photo by Bill Roth/The Anchorage Daily News)


Mitch Seavey, 53, became the oldest man to win Alaska’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Seavey, who won the competition in 2004, finished the 1,000-mile race on March 13 with a time of nine days, 7 hours, 39 minutes. Seavey’s son, Dallas, won the race last year but finished seventh in 2013.


Two Canadian prisoners were captured March 18 after using a helicopter to escape from a Quebec prison the previous day. Two armed men allegedly held up a tour company helicopter, forced the pilot to fly to the prison, then used cables or ropes to free Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, 36, and Danny Provencal, 33. All four men were in police custody within 24 hours.


Matthew Keys, 26, a deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters, was charged March 14 in federal court with conspiring with the Internet hacking group “Anonymous.” Keys, whom Time named one of the top 140 people to follow on Twitter in 2012, faces up to 25 years in prison and fines totaling $750,000. Reuters immediately suspended Keys with pay.


A New York City man was charged March 7 with negligent homicide in the deaths of three people after the SUV he was driving killed a couple, both 21, and their unborn baby. Julio Acevedo, 44, fled the scene of the accident but later surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania. The couple’s child lived one day after being delivered from his deceased mother’s womb.


A Russian soldier who went missing in the 1980 invasion of Afghanistan has been found living with local tribesmen where he was lost in battle. Bakhretdin Khakimov, who now goes by the name Sheikh Abdullah, was nursed back to health by Afghans after he sustained a head injury in a battle in Shindand. He converted to Islam in 1993 and is a practicing traditional healer.


The bus driver charged in the gang rape of a 23-year-old Indian woman hanged himself with a blanket in a New Delhi jail on March 11. Ram Singh was one of six men charged in the Dec. 16 attack, which injured the woman’s male friend and led to her death. The incident sparked protests across India calling for stronger rape laws to protect women.


Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) announced on March 12 the retirement of Michael Milton, 54, as RTS chancellor and CEO. Milton has served in leadership positions since 2006, but he could no longer continue as chancellor, a position he assumed last June, due to an undisclosed chronic illness. The retirement takes effect May 1, and the search for a new chancellor is underway.


Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, pleaded not guilty when he was arraigned in Manhattan federal court on March 8 in New York City. The FBI captured Ghaith on Feb. 28 and secretly brought him to the United States after tracking him for more than a decade. He is charged with crimes connected to the 9/11 attacks in New York and other activities including threatening similar attacks.