Good morning, here are our early stories:

-- Former Putin Aide Died Of 'Blunt Force Injuries' In D.C., Medical Report Says.

-- U.S., Russia, Security Council Get A Share Of Blame For Syrian Violence In New Report.

And here are more early headlines:

Carson Endorses Trump For President. ( New York Times)

More Rain Expected In Waterlogged Southern States. ( Reuters)

Obama Holds State Dinner For Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau. ( CBC)

Japan Observes 5th Anniversary Of Quake, Tsunami. ( AFP)

Here's Today's Program For Nancy Reagan's Funeral. ( PBS Newshour)

North Korea's Leader Calls For More Nuclear Testing. ( Korea Herald)

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