Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Panel recommends discharge of Marine officer in 2011 urination case

Quantico, Va.

Panel: Discharge officer over urination case

A Marine Corps panel recommended Thursday that an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan in 2011. The panel of three colonels issued its ruling against Capt. James V. Clement after a three-day hearing. The panel found Clement's performance of duty was substandard. Two lieutenant generals will review the recommendation and determine whether Clement should be given an honorable discharge.

Hartland township, Mich.

Worker intervenes in assault, is fired

A Michigan man says he was fired from his job at Walmart after he tried to help a woman being assaulted in the store parking lot and ended up fighting with her attacker. Sheriff's deputies arrived and stopped the fight. Kristopher Oswald, 30, said Wal-Mart has policies against workplace violence but it appears nothing allows for them to assist in situations of imminent danger and self-defense. A Wal-Mart spokeswoman said the company understood Oswald's intentions, but his actions violated policy.

Miami

Six charged after marine fatalities

Six people on a boat that capsized in the waters off Miami now face federal charges. Four people died when the overloaded boat capsized early Wednesday. Eleven survivors were rescued and taken into federal custody. U.S. immigration authorities are investigating. According to court documents filed Thursday in Miami federal court, one survivor faces a charge of attempted smuggling. Other survivors told investigators he was seen speaking with a known human smuggler in the Bahamas before the journey began. Along with five others, he also faces a charge of attempting to illegally enter the United States after being deported. All the survivors were from Jamaica, Haiti and the Bahamas.

Columbus, Ohio

DUI confessor asks for lesser sentence

An Ohio man who confessed in an online video to causing a fatal wrong-way crash after a night of drinking should receive a sentence well below the maximum of eight years to send a message about the value of taking responsibility, his attorneys argue in a court filing. Attorneys for Matthew Cordle, 22, say it should be below the maximum of eight years and below "a high-range sentence." Cordle's conduct after the crash, including deciding to plead guilty as soon as possible, suggests a long sentence isn't needed for him to understand the seriousness of what he did, according to the filing late Wednesday in Franklin County court.

Chicago

Ark. man asks for directions, is killed

An Arkansas man who police say got lost driving around the city was shot and killed early Thursday, apparently by a man he had just asked for directions. Officials say Robert Franklin, 55, of Blytheville, Ark., was with a friend in a car about 3:45 a.m. when a man Franklin had asked for directions climbed into the back seat and pulled out a gun. Officer Jose Estrada said the gunman robbed the men of cash and as he was exiting the car, shot Franklin four times in the back. Police had made no arrests as of Thursday afternoon.

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Hernando officials seize 36 neglected dogs from sanctuary

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Updated: 1 hour ago
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Updated: 2 hours ago
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Updated: 11 hours ago
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Updated: 12 hours ago
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