Friday, May 25, 2018
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Montana senator says he had PTSD when he wrote thesis that contained plagiarism

Helena, Mont.

Senator's thesis plagiarized in part

Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers. The Democrat said Wednesday he had post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Iraq, was on medication and was dealing with the stress of a fellow veteran's recent suicide when he wrote the paper. Walsh said he did not intend to plagiarize. "I don't want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a factor," Walsh said. "My head was not in a place very conducive to a classroom and an academic environment." Walsh is running against Republican Rep. Steve Daines to keep the seat he was appointed to in February when Max Baucus resigned to become U.S. ambassador to China. National Democrats say they remain "100 percent" behind him.

Denver

Judge strikes down gay marriage ban

A federal judge declared Colorado's gay marriage ban unconstitutional Wednesday, but issued a temporary stay of the ruling to give the state until next month to appeal. Judge Raymond P. Moore's ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed July 1 by six gay couples who asked the court for an injunction ordering that the state's ban no longer be enforced. Republican Attorney General John Suthers and Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper requested a stay so the issue could eventually be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, though both agreed the state ban should be declared unconstitutional.

Elsewhere

Washington: Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The weak link seemed to be call centers that handled applications for consumers unable to get through online.

Washington: A study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates more than 10 million adults gained health insurance by midyear as the coverage expansion under President Barack Obama's law took hold in much of the country.

Philadelphia: Johann Breyer, an 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect, died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial on charges of aiding in the killing of 216,000 Jewish citizens at Auschwitz.

Times wires

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