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Soldier in Iraq held in deaths of 2 members of unit

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — A soldier was detained in Iraq after he allegedly opened fire on a superior and another unit member, killing them both, the Army said Wednesday.

The soldier was subdued by other troops, and medics tried unsuccessfully to save the wounded soldiers, said Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo, commanding general at Fort Stewart in Georgia, where the soldiers’ unit is based.

An Army spokesman said the shooting happened Sunday in Tunnis, Iraq. The slain soldiers and the alleged shooter, whose name was not released, belong to the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division.

Senate passes bill raising pay for military personnel

WASHINGTON — The Senate has passed a massive defense bill that includes a pay raise for military personnel. It was a defeat for some Republicans who said Congress had added too many special projects — $5 billion worth — to the legislation.

The 88-8 vote Wednesday night came after a retiring Republican, Sen. John Warner of Virginia, urged his colleagues to show some wartime support for the military by voting yes.

Seven weeks before Election Day, few lawmakers were willing to risk a no vote. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the House’s version before the legislation is sent to the White House for President Bush’s signature.

House panel investigating judge accused of bribery

WASHINGTON — A House panel has taken the first step toward impeaching a federal judge in almost two decades by opening an investigation into a Louisiana case of a jurist accused of bribery and perjury.

The Judiciary Committee’s vote Wednesday opens a probe into accusations against U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous, charged with presiding over a trial in which the lawyers involved had given him money. He’s also accused of filing for bankruptcy under a false name.

Agency branch leaders die in plane crash in Mexico

PRESIDIO, Texas — An intergovernmental agency says all four of those on board a plane that crashed in Mexico after taking off from Texas are dead.

The International Boundary and Water Commission said Wednesday that the dead included the leaders of its U.S. and Mexican branches. The agency maintains the border between the two countries.

Way clear for sentencing ex-cops as hit men for mob

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has reinstated conspiracy convictions against two former New York Police Department detectives accused of moonlighting as hit men for the mob.

A jury found that Louis Eppolito and Stephen Caracappa led double lives, working for the NYPD and Luchese crime family underboss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso. But U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn said when he threw out the convictions that the statute of limitations had passed.

The appeals court disagrees. It restored the convictions and says the men can now be sentenced.

— Wire Reports

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