Pentagon releases detainee abuse photos
The Pentagon released 198 photographs from detainee abuse investigations in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The pictures consist largely of close-up views of scrapes and bruises on detainees’ bodies. The military continues to block disclosure of about 1,800 photos from the same criminal investigations, saying that their release would endanger U.S. service members. The photographs are a focus of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in 2004 by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Doctor sentenced in landmark overdose case
A judge sentenced a Rowland Heights doctor to 30 years to life in prison for the murders of three of her patients who fatally overdosed, ending a landmark case that some experts said could reshape how doctors nationwide handle prescriptions. The sentence came after a jury last year found Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng guilty of second-degree murder, the first time a doctor had been convicted of murder in the U.S. for overprescribing drugs.
Former astronaut Edgar Mitchell dies at 85
Edgar Mitchell, who as an Apollo 14 astronaut became the sixth person to walk on the moon on Feb. 5, 1971, died at a West Palm Beach hospice. He was 85. Among his recollections was looking at Earth from afar and realizing “how fragile and beautiful our little planet was,” said Anita Mitchell, his former wife. After leaving NASA, he devoted his life to metaphysical study.
Removal of Confederate monuments upheld
A state judge ruled against an effort by preservationists to stop the removal of prominent Confederate monuments in New Orleans. Civil District Court Judge Piper Griffin said the city did not act improperly in deciding to take down four monuments tied to Confederate history, including a towering column and statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Griffin denied a request to stop the city from moving forward with its plans.
Deal could make Nobel laureate president
The democracy movement of Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is negotiating with the military over the composition of the next government. Officials said the party had offered senior government posts to the military as part of a deal in which Suu Kyi would be president. Her party won the election in November by a landslide, but the country’s constitution bars her from the presidency because her children have foreign citizenship.
Mismanagement blamed for Tianjin blasts
The blasts that killed 165 people at one of China’s busiest seaports last year were a result of a culture of mismanagement at a chemical warehouse and lax oversight, a government inquiry found. Officials described the explosions in Tianjin as a man-made disaster that caused $1.1 billion in damage, destroyed more than 300 buildings and injured 800 people. Officials vowed to punish 123 government workers, citing dereliction of duty.