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A 22-year-old soldier was killed in Iraq from injuries suffered by an improvised explosive device, his family and the military said Tuesday.

Spc. Christopher T. Neiberger, 22, of Gainesville, died Monday, the Department of Defense said. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany.

Neiberger was born in the Bronx but was raised in Gainesville, his sister, Ami Neiberger-Miller, said. Her brother graduated from Gainesville High School in 2003 and attended Florida State University for two years before joining the Army in 2005, Neiberger-Miller said.

"He always wanted to be a soldier. He was the kind of person who grew up loving to play with things that crackled and exploded," Neiberger-Miller said. "He was very drawn to the military."

Neiberger had been in Iraq since September 2006 and was serving a 15-month tour, his sister said.


CNN asks that suit over suicide be tossed

Lawyers for CNN and Nancy Grace have asked a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them by the family of a woman who killed herself after appearing on the TV host's show.

The defendants said the lawsuit brought by Melinda Duckett's family would "severely chill" journalists' coverage of missing person cases. In federal court documents filed Friday in Florida's Middle District, CNN also asks for a hearing with oral arguments on the motion.

Kara Skorupa, a lawyer for Duckett's estate, said a response would be filed by next week.

Duckett, 21, was on Grace's show a year ago after her son, Trenton, disappeared from her apartment. Grace grilled the woman, accusing her of hiding something because Duckett did not take a lie-detector test and answered vaguely regarding her whereabouts. Police later named Duckett the prime suspect in the boy's disappearance.


Report: Girl became disoriented on ride

An amusement park ride on which a teen sustained severe head injuries was spinning fast and disoriented her, limiting her ability to control her movements, a new report said.

The state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection's initial report said Natashia West, 14, probably didn't follow instructions to remain seated and caused her own injuries. The Tamarac girl hit her head on the tea cup ride at Boomers amusement park in June and still has trouble speaking, her father said.

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