Monthly Archives: March 2013

U-S Special Ops Hand Over Nirkh base to Afghans

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A senior U.S. commander says American special operations forces have handed over their base in eastern Afghanistan’s Nirkh district to local Afghan commandos — meeting a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that U.S. forces withdraw from the district after allegations that their Afghan counterparts committed human rights abuses there. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Maine Zumba teacher pleads guilty to prostitution

A dance instructor accused of using her Zumba fitness studio as a front for prostitution pleaded guilty Friday to 20 counts in a scandal that captivated a quiet seaside town. The plea agreement spares Alexis Wright from the prospect of a high-profile trial featuring sex videos, exhibitionism and pornography, and more than a thousand texts and emails detailing the operation. Prosecutors will recommend a prison sentence of 10 months. The 30-year-old Wright was accused of conspiring with insurance agent Mark Strong Sr. to run a prostitution business in which she kept detailed records indicating she made $150,000 over an 18-month period. She was also accused of using a hidden camera to record sex acts without her clients’ knowledge. Continue Reading →

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3 dozen indicted in Atlanta cheating scandal

A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta’s public school system. The indictment was released Friday afternoon. The cheating scandal was one of the largest in the nation. A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools. Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in. Continue Reading →

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Suspect in prison chief death was released early

Evan Ebel was released from prison more than three months early, largely due to his participation in programs designed to coax troubled offenders from solitary confinement that were championed by the man he is suspected of killing, Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, authorities said Friday. Ebel, a 28-year-old member of a white supremacist prison gang with a long felony record, died in a shootout in Texas earlier this month. Investigators say he may be linked to the slaying of Clements as well as a pizza delivery man who was shot to death shortly before the prison chief’s death. Records released Thursday show that Ebel was released on Jan. 28 after serving seven years, 11 months and 24 days in prison. Continue Reading →

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Navy SEAL dead after parachuting accident in Arizona

A Navy SEAL was killed in a training accident in Arizona Thursday after colliding with another SEAL during a parachute jump, Lt. Cmdr. David McKinney confirms to Fox News. The SEAL was transported to the University of Arizona Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second SEAL was also injured and is in stable condition at the same hospital. A press release with the names of the SEALs was expected Friday night, 24 hours after the family was notified. The training was taking place at Pinal Airpark in Marana, north of Tucson. Continue Reading →

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SC teacher that stomped US flag to resign

A South Carolina high school teacher who talked glowingly about the U.S. and the importance of embracing freedom while stomping on an American flag in his classroom has agreed to resign at the end of this school year. The attorney for Chapin High School teacher Scott Compton and the Lexington-Richland 5 School District released a joint statement Friday announcing Compton’s decision. The district’s superintendent recommended that Compton be fired after parents complained about the lesson. But the teacher had been deciding whether to appeal to the school board. Compton’s lawyer says he stomped the flag to show the idea of what America stands for is greater than the material objects like the flag that represent it and that the teacher did not intend to show any disrespect to military members to the country. Continue Reading →

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