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In brief: Court-martial urged for Manning

Washington – An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Lt. Col. Paul Almanza’s recommendation to try Pfc. Bradley Manning on all 22 counts, including aiding the enemy, now goes up the chain of command for a final determination.

Manning, a 24-year-old native of Crescent, Okla., allegedly gave more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks for publication.

Holloway officially declared dead

Birmingham, Ala. – The parents of Natalee Holloway looked on somberly as a judge on Thursday declared their child dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished during a high school graduation trip to the Caribbean island of Aruba.

After a brief hearing, Dave Holloway said the judge’s order closes one chapter in a long ordeal, but added: “We’ve still got a long way to go to get justice.”

Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on May 30, 2005. The 18-year-old was last seen leaving a bar early that morning with a young Dutchman, Joran van der Sloot. Her body was never found.

Thursday’s hearing was scheduled long before van der Sloot – a suspect questioned in Holloway’s disappearance – pleaded guilty Wednesday in Peru to the 2010 murder of a woman he met at a casino in Lima.

Republican Lewis leaving Congress

Washington – Rep. Jerry Lewis of California became the latest Republican to announce his retirement from Congress after new boundaries drawn through redistricting promised to make the road to re-election more difficult.

Lewis, 77, is the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. He made his mark in Congress by steering hundreds of millions of federal dollars over the years to a congressional district that includes portions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.


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