Daily Archives: March 23, 2012

Soldier Charged with 17 Murder Counts for Afghanistan Spree

US Disciplinary barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Ka...

US Disciplinary barracks, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with seventeen counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder related to a March 11 spree in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Bales was flown out of Afghanistan last week and is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The civilian deaths, which included women and children, intensified a debate about whether to pull American troops ahead of their planned 2014 withdrawal.

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3 Plead Guilty to Hate Crime for Murder of Black Man

Seal of the United States Department of Justice

Seal of the United States Department of Justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes in connection with the June 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson.

Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice, and Dylan Butler admitted to killing James Craig Anderson. They face life in prison and $250,000 fine.

Mr. Dedmon had already pleaded guilty to state murder and hate-crime charges Wednesday in a state court and was sentenced to life in prison.

The men are among the first defendants to be prosecuted under the federal hate-crime statute that President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

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Whitney Houston’s Cause of Death Released

Whitney Houston -  Concert in Central Park   /...

The causes of singer Whitney Houston’s death were drowning and the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” the L.A. County coroner’s office says.

She was found dead last month in the bathtub of her hotel room in Beverly Hills, California.

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