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Another death in Disney town

Authorities in Florida are investigating another death in the town that Disney built. This time it’s a man who apparently killed himself after shooting at deputies. An Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report says 52-year-old Craig Foushee barricaded himself in a home in Celebration on Thursday for more than 14 hours. Authorities say he shot at deputies several times. Deputies entered the home early Friday and found him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. No deputies were injured. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain says there is no connection between Foushee and Matteo Patrick Giovanditto, who was found slain in a condominium
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Top military leaders still opposed to open gay service

The top uniformed officers of the Army and the Marines say letting gays serve openly in the military at a time of war would be divisive and difficult, sharply challenging a new Pentagon study that calculates the risk as low. Their assessment, expected Friday at a Senate hearing, was likely to become political ammunition for Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republicans fighting to keep Congress from repealing the 1993 law that prohibits gays from acknowledging their sexual orientation. Democrats have promised a vote this month to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, although its chances of passing this
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White House tries to contain damage from WikiLeaks

The Obama administration moved forcefully Monday to contain damage from the release of more than a quarter-million classified diplomatic files, branding the action as an attack on the United States and raising the prospect of legal action against online whistle-blower WikiLeaks. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that WikiLeaks acted illegally in posting the material. She said the Obama administration was taking “aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information.” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the U.S. would not rule out taking action against WikiLeaks. Attorney General Eric Holder said the administration would prosecute if violations
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Pentagon study shows gay service would not harm military

The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Officials familiar with the 10-month study’s results have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings hadn’t been released. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen,
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Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

After the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the government is setting in motion a new information “big chill,” reversing almost a decade of post-Sept. 11 efforts to nudge U.S. officials into sharing sensitive documents. The Pentagon has detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to copy and reveal so many secrets. The clampdown parallels efforts at other agencies. For the military it represents a throttling back of initiatives to let other agencies see more of the vast trove of data the Pentagon collects. The new attitude may also make intelligence
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Bomber’s friends claim he was set up

A defense attorney and friends suspect that a teenager accused of plotting mass killings in Portland was set up — groomed and talked into a plot to detonate what he thought were six 55-gallon drums of explosives in a van. But prosecutors led by Attorney General Eric Holder say Mohamed Osman Mohamud plunged into a what turned out to be government sting, dismissing talk of backing out and also exhulting in the mayhem he expected as Portlanders gathered by the thousands last week for a Christmas tree-lighting celebration. Mohamud “was told that children — children — were potentially going to
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Swastika becomes race/hate issue in New Mexico town

Three friends had just finished their shifts at a McDonald’s when prosecutors say they carried out a gruesome attack on a customer: They allegedly shaped a coat hanger into a swastika, placed it on a heated stove and branded the symbol on the arm of the mentally disabled Navajo man. Authorities say they then shaved a swastika on the back of the 22-year-old victim’s head and used markers to scrawl messages and images on his body, including “KKK,” `’White Power,” a pentagram and a graphic image of a penis. The men have become the first in the nation to be
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The bull hits the fan on ‘Face the Nation’

Presidential biographer Edmund Morris didn’t think much of a question asked by Bob Schieffer of CBS News Sunday when the host of “Face the Nation” asked the often acerbic Morris, author of a new biography of Teddy Roosevelt, what he thought the former President wold think of today’s politics. “You keep asking these presentist questions Bob,” Morris replied. “As the immortal Marisa Tomei said in My Cousin Vinny, ‘that’s a bullshit question!’ because you cannot pluck people out of the past and expect them to comment on what’s happening today.” Schieffer took the question in stride and moved on although
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A terrorist plot or an FBI propaganda stunt?

Didn’t take long for the conspiracy theorists to turn the FBI‘s latest bust of an allleged would-be terrorist in Oregon into a purported government-sponsored hoax designed to drive fear into the hearts of Americans as they head into the holiday season. Depending on who you talk to, Mohamed Osman Mohamud is either a Somali-born university student who planned to blow up Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremonies — killing hundreds of attendees — or he is just another dupe of of a government that manufactures such plots and then finds idiots like himself to be an unsuspecting part of an
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Willie Nelson busted again for pot

A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas. Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana. Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested. Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed
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