Tuesday, November 21, 2017
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Lawsuit filed by man who lost leg to falling crucifix headed to trial

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Albany, N.Y.

trial set in case of leg lost to falling crucifix

David Jimenez was so elated over his wife's recovery from cancer that he offered to clean the large crucifix outside the Hudson Valley church where he spent many hours praying for her to beat the disease. On Memorial Day 2010, he was scrubbing the 600-pound marble statuary when it toppled over, crushing his right leg. Doctors had to amputate the leg. After the Roman Catholic church where he was hurt denied it was liable for the accident that resulted in six-figure medical bills, Jimenez sued, lawyer Kevin Kitson said. His $3 million lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial in January. Jimenez's bills were paid by charitable foundations, Kitson said.

Howell, Mich.

Man charged in highway shootings

A man suspected in two dozen random shootings along a 100-mile stretch of roadway in southeastern Michigan was charged with several gun crimes Wednesday that are likely the first of many charges. Prosecutors think Raulie Casteel, a geologist, is responsible for the shootings last month that mostly targeted moving vehicles on or near Interstate 96. One person was injured. Casteel, 43, was ordered held on $2 million bail after being charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and other gun crimes.

Beijing

In 1 day, 4 Tibetans self-immolate

Three teenage monks and a Tibetan woman set fire to themselves Wednesday in the largest number of confirmed self-immolations protesting Chinese rule over the Himalayan region in one day, a London rights group said. The three monks set fire to themselves in southwest Sichuan province, calling for freedom for Tibet and the return of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, Free Tibet said, adding it was the first documented case of a triple self-immolation. Since March 2011, dozens of ethnic Tibetans have self-immolated to protest what activists say is China's heavy-handed rule over the region.

Joint base Lewis-McChord, wash.

In Afghan case, 2 views of officer

Prosecutors in the Army's case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of murdering 16 civilians in Afghanistan this year, have portrayed him as a rogue agent, a methodical slaughterer who was rational and conscious of his guilt. But a defense witness who worked closely with Bales told the court Wednesday, in sometimes admiring terms, he had seen great promise in the sergeant's work ethic and leadership ability — traits, he said, that merited promotion. Bales, 39, could face the death penalty if the preliminary hearing that began Monday proceeds to full court-martial as a capital case.

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