National briefs: GI claiming jailing abuse

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- An Army private charged in the biggest security breach in U.S. history is trying to avoid trial by claiming he has already been punished enough by being locked up alone in a small cell and having to sleep naked for several nights.

Pfc. Bradley Manning is expected to testify about his treatment during a pretrial hearing today at Fort Meade.

The intelligence analyst has not spoken publicly about his nearly nine months at the Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Va., but he has complained in writing about being confined alone in a 6-by-8-foot cell for at least 23 hours a day. For several days in January 2011, all his clothes were taken from him each night until he was issued a suicide-prevention smock.

Pvt. Manning, 24, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified Iraq and Afghanistan war logs and more than 250,000 diplomatic cables to the secret-spilling website WikiLeaks while he was working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad in 2009 and 2010.

Space endurance bid

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A former space shuttle commander whose twin brother is married to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year aboard the International Space Station beginning in 2015.

Both countries' space agencies announced the names of the two veteran spacefliers on Monday.

Insect contestant's autopsy

MIAMI -- A Florida man choked to death after downing dozens of live roaches to win a contest earlier this year in which the grand prize was a python, according to an autopsy released Monday.

Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach died as a result of "asphyxia due to choking and aspiration of gastric contents," according to the report released by the Broward County medical examiner's office. It said his airway was obstructed by the roach body parts, which caused him to not be able to breathe.

2 drown trying to save son

SAN FRANCISCO -- The search was called off Monday for a 16-year-old boy whose parents were killed after they plunged into the cold, powerful surf in Northern California after their son tried to save the family dog from drowning.

Eureka residents Mary Elena Scott, 57, and Howard Gregory Kuljian, 54, both drowned Saturday, said Ariel Gruenthal, a deputy coroner in Humboldt County. The boy, Gregory James Kuljian, is presumed dead.

Ten-foot waves had pulled the dog into the ocean as it ran to retrieve a stick at Big Lagoon, about 300 miles north of San Francisco, authorities said.

Secrets become confetti?

NEW YORK -- When Thanksgiving Day parade-goers in Manhattan looked into the confetti-filled sky last week, they may have seen more than they bargained for.

Nassau County police announced Monday that they are investigating how some of their confidential records -- including Social Security numbers and even details about a motorcade for Mitt Romney, then the GOP presidential candidate -- ended up as joyous scraps raining from buildings on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

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