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■ Howard Banks, 92, of Kauf­man, Texas, a legally blind World War II vet­eran who fought as a Ma­rine on Iwo Jima, was left with bumps, bruises and a twisted knee af­ter he con­fronted some­one try­ing to pull down an Amer­i­can flag fly­ing on a pole out­side his home, po­lice said.

■ Den­nis Meehan, owner of Sum­mit Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana in Gar­diner, Maine, of­fered free mar­i­juana to res­i­dents 21 or older who pre­sented a bag of trash col­lected in the city, in what he hopes will be­come a “day of ser­vice” pro­gram that will spread in a state where gifts of pot are le­gal.

■ Lisa Cor­co­ran, 44, of Vi­enna Town­ship, Mich., was sen­tenced to nine months in jail, with credit for time served, plus pro­ba­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vice af­ter plead­ing guilty to steal­ing flow­ers and other items from area ceme­ter­ies that au­thor­i­ties said she used to dec­o­rate her home.

■ Paul LePage, the gov­er­nor of Maine, won his fight to save the life of Dakota, a dog sen­tenced to die for at­tack­ing two dogs last year, killing one, when a judge agreed to a deal that will send the Alaskan husky to a ve­teri­nary hos­pi­tal for train­ing.

■ Guan Zong Chen, a Chi­nese na­tional, pleaded in­no­cent in fed­eral court in Bos­ton to charges of lead­ing a con­spir­acy to il­le­gally smug­gle $700,000 worth of goods made from rhino horns, ele­phant ivory and co­ral from the U.S. to Hong Kong.

■ An­gela Rogers, 29, of Banks, Ala., was charged with ag­gra­vated an­i­mal cru­elty af­ter her 2-year-old Chi­huahua died in a hot car while she cleaned con­do­mini­ums in Panama City Beach, Fla., po­lice said.

■ Todd Labonte, 52, was driv­ing in Rochester, N.H., when he stopped to give Joanne Shaw, 25, a ride, but he then had to chase her down to re­trieve his 20-month-old daugh­ter af­ter Shaw un­buck­led the child from her seat and jumped out, claim­ing the girl wasn’t safe with Labonte, po­lice said.

■ An­ge­lika Graswald, a Lat­vian na­tional who lives in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., pleaded guilty to crim­i­nally neg­li­gent homi­cide for se­cretly re­mov­ing the drain plug from her fi­ance’s kayak, re­sult­ing in his drown­ing in the Hud­son River in 2015, pros­e­cu­tors said. ■ Ob­du­lia Sanchez, 18, of Stock­ton, Calif., lost con­trol of her car while livestream­ing on In­sta­gram, au­thor­i­ties said, and recorded part of the crash that killed her 14-yearold sis­ter, a video that ended with Sanchez stand­ing over the dy­ing girl and say­ing she was sorry.

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