Study: Suicides up among vets
Every day about 22 veterans in the United States kill themselves, a rate that's about 20 percent higher than the Department of Veterans Affairs' 2007 estimate, according to two-year study by a VA researcher. The study indicates more than two-thirds of the veterans who commit suicide are 50 or older, suggesting the increase in suicides is not primarily driven by those returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Obama campaign, DNC end '12 in debt
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee ended 2012 with large debts. Campaign finance reports filed Thursday show Obama's campaign had $5.8 million in debt while his party's political arm, the DNC, owed $21.4 million. The two groups ended the year with a combined $7.5 million in the bank. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, ended the year debt-free and started 2013 with $4.7 million in its coffers.
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Censorship halted in Sept. 11 case
The military judge in the Sept. 11 conspiracy case angrily ruled Thursday that government censors and intelligence officials can no longer shield the proceedings from public view and that he will decide when to cut off a live audio/video link in instances where classified information is discussed. Judge James L. Pohl, an Army colonel, also is considering halting the entire case to investigate allegations that censors use technology to improperly eavesdrop and spy on defense lawyers' private conversations with their clients in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Judges indicted in ticket fixing case
Federal prosecutors Thursday unveiled fraud charges against nine sitting and former traffic court judges accused of dismissing or reducing traffic citations for political, business and social associates in return for favors like free car repairs and shipments of seafood. The judges and three business associates were indicted on charges of conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud. Those seeking to have traffic tickets fixed, including local politicians and associates of the Democratic City Committee, regularly contacted the defendants from July 2008 to September 2011, the indictment said.
Former Mayor Koch in intensive care
Former Mayor Ed Koch, who has been hospitalized since Monday with lung problems, was placed in the intensive care unit Thursday, his spokesman said. Koch's lead doctor "said he wanted to monitor the former mayor more closely," said spokesman George Arzt, who declined to elaborate. Koch, 88, is at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, where he has been a frequent visitor lately for a series of health problems.