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Deputy U.S .marshal, suspect killed in West Virginia

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Deputy U.S. marshal and suspect killed

Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, 24, was killed and two others were wounded Wednesday when a drug suspect opened fire on them with a shotgun and then was shot dead. It happened at 8:30 a.m. as deputy marshals entered a residence in Elkins to serve a search warrant, U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Dave Oney said. The suspect, Charles E. Smith, 50, was wanted on charges related to possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

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Florida gets health care exemption

The Obama administration has granted broad waivers to four states, including Florida, allowing health insurance companies to continue offering less generous benefits than they would otherwise be required to provide consumers this year under the new federal health care law.

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Somali pirate gets 33 years in prison

A federal judge sentenced Somali pirate Abduwali Muse to 33 years and nine months in prison for hijacking the container ship Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean in 2009. Muse pleaded guilty in May to two counts of hijacking maritime vessels, two of kidnapping and two of hostage taking.

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Attack on agents not premeditated

Gunmen who shot up an SUV carrying two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents knew they were attacking law enforcement officers, according to U.S. officials. The two agents, however, were not targeted ahead of time but stopped in the wrong place at the wrong time in a blue Suburban — a vehicle coveted by drug cartels. Special Agent Jaime Zapata, 32, died and a second agent, Victor Avila, was wounded Tuesday on a four-lane federal highway in northern Mexico.

Elsewhere

Bell, Calif.: The mayor, vice mayor and four other past and present officials accused of ripping off millions of dollars from the blue-collar Los Angeles suburb will stand trial on nearly two dozen fraud charges.

Montana: Defying federal authority over gray wolves, Gov. Brian Schweitzer encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on their livestock — even in areas where that is not currently allowed — and said the state will start shooting packs that hurt elk herds.

South Dakota: A bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to include killing in the defense of an unborn child was postponed indefinitely after an uproar over whether the legislation would put abortion providers at greater risk.

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Deputy U.S .marshal, suspect killed in West Virginia 02/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 16, 2011 11:38pm]

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