National Guard behavior under investigation

Phoenix

National Guard behavior under investigation

Officials are investigating the Arizona National Guard after a series of news reports disclosed that military recruiters engaged in repeated misbehavior, including sexual abuse, firearms violations and shooting homeless people with paintball guns in "bum hunts." Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered an investigation after the Arizona Republic reported on the so-called bum hunts, staged by noncommissioned officers to harass homeless people in north Phoenix. The newspaper reported that 30 to 35 such raids took place.

Tokyo

2 U.S. Navy sailors arrested in rape

Two U.S. Navy sailors were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman in Okinawa, local news reports said, an episode likely to further fan anger on an island increasingly outraged over the presence of a large U.S. base. The news agency Jiji Press said that the two sailors, both 23, were arrested before dawn Tuesday. One has admitted the rape, the agency said, while the other denied involvement. The Okinawan police refused to comment on the report, but the U.S. ambassador to Japan, John V. Roos, said the U.S. government was "extremely concerned." The case comes two weeks after the arrival of 12 new Marine Corps transport aircraft touched off huge protests among islanders.

Washington

Democrats criticize DOMA spending

The House's top two Democrats are criticizing Republicans for spending nearly $1.5 million over the past 15 months on outside lawyers to defend the Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer say House Speaker John Boehner is wasting taxpayer money in defending the 1996 law. The law signed by President Bill Clinton denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and affirms the right of states to refuse to recognize such marriages.

Netherlands

Ex-Bosnia leader begins defense

He was once known for his virulent speeches throughout Bosnia, but on Tuesday as Radovan Karadzic began his defense in a new phase of his genocide trial, he told international judges that he was a "mild and tolerant man" and instead of standing accused, he should be "rewarded for all the good things I have done." It was the turn of Karadzic, a 67-year-old former psychiatrist, to have his say, after prosecutors presented him as the architect of a brutal three-year war. He said he wrote children's poetry, did not hate Bosnian Muslims — he added that he had a Muslim barber — and did "everything in his power to reduce the war."

Maine

Earthquake rattles New England

An earthquake that hit southern Maine on Tuesday night rattled nearby New England states as far as Connecticut, including the Boston area, but caused no injuries or apparent damage. The U.S. Geological Survey at first estimated the 7:12 p.m. quake as a 4.6 magnitude, but later downgraded that to 4.0. The epicenter, about 3 miles west of Hollis Center, Maine, is about 3 miles deep. That location is about 20 miles west of Portland. About 10 miles away in Waterboro, nearly 20 people at a pizza shop ran outside when they heard a loud bang and the building shook.

Times wires

National Guard behavior under investigation 10/16/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 11:55pm]

    

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