Veterans to put cross back up in the Mojave
A war memorial cross that once stood on a rocky hilltop in a national park before being deemed unconstitutional and ordered removed will be resurrected today at the stunningly stark Mojave Desert site, capping a landmark case for veterans fighting similar battles on public lands. Henry Sandoz, who cared for the original 1930s cross as part of a promise to a dying World War I veteran, will rededicate a new, 7-foot steel cross on the same hilltop. The site is now in private hands as part of a land swap with the National Park Service that ended the long-standing legal dispute. The settlement approved by a federal judge in April permitted the Park Service to turn over the acre of land known as Sunrise Rock to a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Barstow and the Veterans Home of California-Barstow in exchange for five acres of donated property elsewhere in the park.
British soldier killed by attacker in the south
An attacker wearing an Afghan Army uniform killed a British service member in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, NATO said. Afghan officials said international forces returned fire, killing one member of the Afghan Army. Helmand province, where the attack took place, is where most of the 9,500 British forces in Afghanistan are concentrated.
Daughter-beating judge reinstated
A Texas judge shown in a video beating his teenage daughter in 2004 returns to the bench this week after the Texas Supreme Court lifted his suspension. The justices reinstated Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams on Tuesday, a year after the court suspended him when a video of him beating of his daughter became an Internet sensation.
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Garland's 'Oz' dress gets $480K at auction
Judy Garland's blue gingham dress that she wore in The Wizard of Oz has sold for $480,000. Auction house Julien's Auctions says the pinafore fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction of Hollywood memorabilia that attracted bids from around the world.
Strong quakes hit Myanmar, Guatemala
A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck an underdeveloped mining region in northern Myanmar on Sunday, collapsing a bridge and a gold mine, damaging ancient Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead. And, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook Guatemala's Pacific coastline on Sunday, four days after a major quake killed dozens in the Central American country. There were no immediate reports of deaths or major damage.
Lawyer claims poor health care is torture
A lawyer for an American man imprisoned in Cuba has written the United Nations' anti-torture expert, saying Cuban officials' treatment of his client "will surely amount to torture" if he continues to be denied certain medical care. The lawyer for Alan Gross says he has lost more than 100 pounds while imprisoned, and earlier this year he developed a mass behind his right shoulder. Cuban doctors performed tests, but a U.S. doctor said they were inadequate.