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Published Jun. 27, 2012


A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gases contribute to global warming and are a threat to public health. States and trade groups that oppose government regulations on carbon emissions argued that EPA rules setting emissions standards for cars and light trucks, and requiring construction and operating permits for the nation's largest emitters of greenhouse gases, such as coal-fired power plants, were based on a faulty interpretation of the Clean Air Act, and therefore capricious and heavy-handed. But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the EPA's "interpretation of the ... Clean Air Act provisions is unambiguously correct."

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Kan. man gets life in cheerleader's murder

A Kansas man who killed a 14-year-old cheerleader and burned her body at the asphalt plant where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Adam Longoria, 38, was formally sentenced to life imprisonment without the chance of parole for the murder of Alicia DeBolt.

She was last seen leaving her home in Great Bend for a party just before midnight on Aug. 21, 2010. Text messages prosecutors showed jurors during the trial showed Longoria picked Alicia up that night. He had started pursuing the girl after meeting her at a party the month before. Her family reported her missing the next day, and her body was found three days later at the Venture Corp. plant where Longoria worked.

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Contractor's body released after debate

The body of an American contractor who was found dead in Baghdad was flown back to the United States on Tuesday after a two-week bureaucratic debate over whether the Iraqi government would perform an autopsy on his remains.

Officials said Michael David Copeland, 37, is among a handful of Americans working for the U.S. government to die in Iraq since December. That's when a security agreement between the two nations expired, eliminating immunities that shielded the U.S. military from local laws.

Officials said Copeland, of Colbert, Okla., moved to Iraq within the last month to take a job on an aviation project with DynCorp International under a State Department contract. His body was found in his bed on June 9, family members said. No foul play was suspected.

Under Iraqi law, local authorities must issue a death certificate before releasing a body to survivors outside the country. The documents must state a cause of death. In Copeland's case, there were no obvious signs of trauma or illness.

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WASHINGTON: An internal investigation has concluded that Gregory Jaczko, the departing chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, engaged in bullying and intimidation, creating a tense working environment at the agency.

PAKISTAN: Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone has fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan, killing at least four suspected militants. The officials say two other militants were wounded in Tuesday's attack in the South Waziristan tribal region.

COLORADO: Air Force Academy officials were evacuating roughly one-third of households on the school's grounds Tuesday night as heavy smoke billowed from a wildfire that has burned homes near Colorado Springs. The school said it was evacuating 693 residents in Pine Valley Housing.