FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A military judge declined Monday to dismiss sexual assault charges against an Army general after reviewing what he said was evidence that political considerations influenced the military's handling of the case.
Police have arrested a suspect over a grisly killing in California two years ago, in which a severed head was found near the Hollywood sign, a spokesman said Monday. Gabriel Campos Martinez was detained in Texas over the January 2012 slaying of 66-year-old Hervey Medellin, whose other body parts were subsequently found scattered not far from the world-famous tourist spot. He remains in custody pending extradition to Los Angeles. Hikers found the severed head after their dog started playing with a bag with an object in it near a trail leading up to the Hollywood sign, which attracts millions of tourists every year.
By Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's parliament has ordered a special force to be sent within one week to "liberate" all rebel-held ports in the volatile east, officials said on Monday, raising the stakes over a blockage that has cut off vital oil revenue. The conflict over oil wealth is increasing fears that Libya may slide deeper into chaos or even splinter as the fragile government fails to rein in dozens of militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority. The rebels, who have seized three ports and partly control a fourth in the OPEC member country, said they had dispatched forces to central Libya to deal with any government attack. The North Korea-flagged tanker was undamaged and being escorted to western Libya, culture minister and government spokesman Habib al Amin told Reuters.