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vWash­ing­ton: Re­tired gen­eral faces rape charges

The Army on Fri­day an­nounced rape charges against a re­tired gen­eral for as­saults against a mi­nor dat­ing to the 1980s.

Re­tired Maj. Gen. James Grazio­p­lene faces six charges of rape of a mi­nor be­tween 1983 and 1989, the Army an­nounced. The crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains open, ac­cord­ing to the Army.

Grazio­p­lene, in a brief in­ter­view by phone, de­clined to com­ment and ex­pressed sur­prise that the Army had an­nounced the charges. Grazio­p­lene, an ar­mor of­fi­cer, re­tired in 2005. As a re­tiree, he is still sub­ject to mil­i­tary law, the Uni­form Code of Mil­i­tary Jus­tice.

vAt­lanta: Lawyers: Bridge sus­pect may be scape­goat

At­tor­neys for a home­less man charged in the In­ter­state 85 bridge col­lapse in Atlanta say they’re con­cerned he is be­ing used as a “scape­goat.”

Basil Eleby’s le­gal team and some civil rights lead­ers have crit­i­cized the fo­cus on their client. Eleby was in­dicted on charges of ar­son and crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty. Po­lice say he was us­ing drugs un­der the bridge and then lit a shop­ping cart on fire.

Eleby’s at­tor­neys said the Ge­or­gia De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion should be held ac­count­able for stor­ing con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als un­der the bridge.

vSyria: Blast re­port­edly kills at least 100 evac­uees

Syr­ian res­cue work­ers who op­er­ate in op­po­si­tion ar­eas say at least 100 peo­ple were killed in a blast that ripped through a bus de­pot where evac­uees waited to be trans­ferred to gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

The Syr­ian Civil De­fense in Aleppo prov­ince says its vol­un­teers re­moved at least 100 bod­ies from the scene of the blast.

The huge ex­plo­sion Satur­day came as a pop­u­la­tion trans­fer deal stalled while the gov­ern­ment and rebels bick­ered over who should be evac­u­ated.

Those killed in­cluded civil­ians as well as rebel fight­ers. The gov­ern­ment blamed the rebels for the at­tack.

vI­taly: World’s old­est per­son dies at 117

An Ital­ian doc­tor says Emma Mo­rano, at 117 the world’s old­est per­son, has died in her home in north­ern Italy.

Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press that Mo­rano’s care­taker called him to say the woman had passed away Satur­day while sit­ting in an arm­chair in her home in Ver­ba­nia, a town on Lake Mag­giore.

Bava said he had last vis­ited Mo­rano on Fri­day. He said “she thanked me and held my hand” as usual.

Mo­rano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, was be­lieved to have been the last sur­viv­ing per­son in the world who was born in the 1800s.

vAfghanistan: Deaths from US bomb rise to 94

The num­ber of mil­i­tants killed in an at­tack by the largest non-nu­clear weapon ever used in com­bat by the U.S. mil­i­tary has risen to 94, an Afghan of­fi­cial said Satur­day.

Ataullah Kh­ogyani, spokesman for the provin­cial gover­nor in Nan­garhar, said the num­ber of Is­lamic State group dead was up from the 36 re­ported a day ear­lier.A Min­istry of De­fense of­fi­cial had said Fri­day the num­ber of dead could rise as of­fi­cials as­sessed the bomb site in Achin district.

“For­tu­nately, there is no re­port of civil­ians be­ing killed in the at­tack,” Kh­ogyani said.

The U.S. at­tack on a tun­nel com­plex in re­mote eastern Nan­garhar prov­ince near the Pak­istan bor­der killed at least four IS group lead­ers, Kh­ogyani said. He said a clear­ance op­er­a­tion to as­sess the site of the at­tack was con­tin­u­ing.

IRNA/AP

Vil­lagers weep for mem­bers of their fam­ily miss­ing af­ter flash floods hit Chenar vil­lage in north­west­ern Iran on Satur­day. At least 30 peo­ple are be­lieved to have died.

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