1 sol­dier killed, 7 in­jured in Fort Bragg train­ing

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Fort Bragg, N.C. — A train­ing ex­er­cise in­volv­ing de­mo­li­tions killed one spe­cial op­er­a­tions sol­dier and in­jured seven oth­ers at the Army’s largest base Thurs­day, just a day af­ter 15 Marines were hurt in a fire while train­ing in Cal­i­for­nia.

The sol­diers were taken to sev­eral hos­pi­tals, in­clud­ing the Wo­mack Army Med­i­cal Cen­ter on base for treat­ment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bock­holt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

Staff Sgt. Alexan­der P. Dal­ida, 32, of Dun­sta­ble, Mas­sachusetts, was killed dur­ing the ex­er­cise, Bock­holt said. The cause of death is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Dal­ida, who en­listed in 2006, was as­signed to 1st Spe­cial War­fare Train­ing Group (Air­borne).

Bock­holt didn’t know the ex­tent of the other sol­diers’ in­juries.

Ini­tial re­ports said the in­juries hap­pened in an ex­plo­sion, but Bock­holt says he could not con­firm that.

Pardoned sher­iff hits speak­ing tour

Las Ve­gas — For­mer metro Phoenix Sher­iff Joe Ar­paio is re­turn­ing to the spot­light with pub­lic ap­pear­ances in Ari­zona, Ne­vada and Cal­i­for­nia fol­low­ing his par­don from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, in­clud­ing a Las Ve­gas event this week­end that was moved be­cause of se­cu­rity con­cerns.

The pres­i­dent pardoned Ar­paio last month fol­low­ing his fed­eral con­vic­tion in an Ari­zona im­mi­gra­tion case, prompt­ing out­rage among Lati­nos and civil rights or­ga­ni­za­tions na­tion­ally. A judge found Ar­paio’s of­fice racially pro­filed His­panic driv­ers in traf­fic stops, and he was con­victed of con­tempt of court for dis­obey­ing a court or­der to halt the traf­fic stops.

Ar­paio has since vowed to re­main ac­tive po­lit­i­cally with­out say­ing whether he’ll run for of­fice again — and he is hit­ting the road for a Satur­day event that has al­ready gen­er­ated con­tro­versy. The 85-year-old law­man will re­ceive a “Courage Un­der Fire” award Satur­day from a con­ser­va­tive-lib­er­tar­ian group in Las Ve­gas, on the same day that Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tions take place across the city.

In other head­lines

En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists sue to block bor­der wall with Mex­ico: Three ad­vo­cacy groups have sued the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to block con­struc­tion of a bor­der wall with Mex­ico, al­leg­ing that the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion over­stepped its au­thor­ity by waiv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal re­views.

The law­suit filed Thurs­day by the Sierra Club, De­fend­ers of Wildlife and An­i­mal Le­gal De­fense Fund seeks to pre­vent con­struc­tion of wall pro­to­types in San Diego be­fore it be­gins. It also asks that plans for re­place­ment fenc­ing in San Diego and Calex­ico, Cal­i­for­nia, be halted.

House backs bill tar­get­ing gang mem­bers for de­por­ta­tion: The House on Thurs­day backed leg­is­la­tion that would make mem­ber­ship in a crim­i­nal gang grounds for de­por­ta­tion as Repub­li­cans warned of the dan­gers of the vi­o­lent street gang MS-13.


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