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SOLDIER IS STATE'S LATEST IRAQ CASUALTY

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.

OCALA

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.

"The law does not permit people to recover money from reporters who ask routine questions while covering ongoing stories of national significance to the public," lawyer Judith Mercier wrote.

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, went missing 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.

Trenton, who would turn 3 on Friday, has not been found.

DANIA BEACH

Report: Girl became disoriented on ride

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

The state Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection's initial report said Natashia West, 14, probably did not follow instructions to remain seated during the ride 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.

Additional interviews and tests done for the bureau's new report found West became dizzy and nauseated because the cup she was riding in with her twin sister, Tatashia, and a 9-year-old friend was spinning so fast.

"No deficiencies were found on the ride that could account for this accident," wrote Robert H. Jacobs, chief of the fair rides bureau.

The report noted there is no sign warning riders about spinning too fast.

The girl's family was not happy with the reports. Donnie Jackson, her father, said she slurs her speech, has blurred vision and sleeps a lot.

ORLANDO

Fourth person dies after Monday crash

A fourth person died Wednesday, two days after the van she was in was struck by a car that ran a red light, authorities said.

Anethea Stanley, 20, was removed from life support at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Florida Highway Patrol spokeswoman Kim Miller said.

Three others in the van died in Monday's crash. Shantrilla Stanley, 21, and Rhonda Demonia, 39, both of Orlando, died at the scene. Nine-month-old Marqueise Jackson died at a hospital.

The driver of the van, Brenda Whitaker, was in serious but stable condition Wednesday.

No one in the van was wearing a seat belt and the baby was not in a car seat, Miller said.

Officials were trying to determine who was driving the car that caused the crash. One occupant fled but was quickly apprehended. Two others were caught as they tried to exit the car.

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