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Aug 6, 201304:29 PM

Cheat Sheet: August 6, 2013

Fort Hood trial begins

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood targeted fellow soldiers in a planned attack that included stockpiling bullets and researching Taliban leaders calling for jihad, a military prosecutor said today during the opening of the trial. The shooting, which killed 13 people and injured more than 30 others on the Texas military base, remains the deadliest mass shooting ever on a U.S. military installation. Hasan, who is acting as his own attorney, countered prosecutors’ detailed portrait of the attack with a simple statement: “The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter.” (Source)

Charges dropped against women dropped in abortion case

Today prosecutors dropped charges against two women who were accused of trying to induce an illegal abortion. Jessica Renee Carpenter, 20, gave birth on April 11 to a 25-week old baby that died 20 minutes later. A prosecutor moved to dismiss charges again Carpenter and her friend Rachael Anne Lowe, 27. Each had been charged with one count of producing an illegal abortion and one count of conspiracy to commit a felony. Prosecutors felt they had insufficient evidence to proceed, according to a spokeswoman for Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Underwood. (Source)

Water parks in Iran

The kinds of water parks popular in America have begun to open their doors in the Islamic republic, and popularity is skyrocketing. The parks have brought welcome relief to young people suffering through the hottest Iranian summer in nearly a half-century—which has coincided with the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are expected to fast from sunrise to sundown. The advent of water parks suggests that public officials and private sector investors now see opportunity in offering citizens new ways to have fun. (Source)

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