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Pentagon accused of withholding sex crimes info ... Gunmen killed near Dallas ... Christie political allies in court

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 4, 2015 at 2:01 a.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S senator says the number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York says the Pentagon has refused to give her information about sexual assaults at several major bases. The Democrat, who wrote a scathing critique says, "I don't think the military is being honest about the problem."

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings says he'll ask President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to send a bipartisan delegation "to look at what is going on in Baltimore." Cummings says it's "so symbolic of what is going on all over this country." Six police officers are facing charges following last month's death of a Baltimore man whose neck was broken after he was arrested.

GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Police near Dallas have not yet identified two gunmen who opened fire Sunday on a security officer outside a controversial art show. A contest hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative was offering $10,000 to the best cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Many Muslims consider depicting the Prophet Muhammad an insult. Police in Garland shot and killed the gunmen and the wounded security officer was treated at a local hospital and released.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two former political allies of Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are set to appear in court today on charges in a scandal involving politically-motivated lane closures near the George Washington Bridge. Bridget Kelly and Bill Baroni were charged Friday. That's the same David Wildstein, who had worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges, admitting he helped plot lane closures as political payback against Fort Lee's Democratic mayor, who didn't support Christie's re-election campaign.

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's climbing season will likely be called off for the second year in a row. Sherpas are refusing to rebuild a climbing route on Mount Everest that was destroyed by an earthquake-triggered avalanche more than a week ago. Last year, the climbing season was canceled after an avalanche in April killed 16 Sherpa guides.

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