National Briefs: Detainee loses parole ruling

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WASHINGTON — A parole-style panel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has decided to recommend that the military continue to hold a Yemeni man in indefinite wartime detention without trial, according to a military document.

The decision is the first of its kind for the Obama administration’s new Periodic Review Board system. The board, which began operating late last year, examines whether it remains necessary to keep holding at Guantanamo several dozen detainees who have been deemed too difficult to prosecute but too dangerous to release.

The Yemeni man, Abdel Malik al-Rahabi, was the second detainee scrutinized by the board, whose finding was released Wednesday.

Military sex assaults

WASHINGTON — The tumult over how to stop sexual assaults in the U.S. military is a long way from over as Congress grapples to find legislative solutions and new details emerge about a high-profile case involving an Army general and a female captain under his command.

In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate unanimously approved legislation this week to better protect victims within the ranks and ban the “good soldier defense” to make sure a defendant’s fate is determined solely by evidence. But the House has signaled it won’t take up the bill immediately despite the momentum generated by the Senate’s 97-0 vote.

Farmers target water regs

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue regulations that farmers say may require them to get permits for work for which they have long been exempt.

The EPA says the new rules are needed to clarify which bodies of water it must oversee under the federal Clean Water Act, an issue of jurisdiction that the agency says has been muddled by recent court rulings. Opponents say the rules are a power grab that could stifle economic growth and intrude on property owners’ rights.

Goldman trader’s fine

NEW YORK — A once high-flying Goldman Sachs trader dubbed “Fabulous Fab” was ordered Wednesday to pay more than $825,000 in one of the prominent cases stemming from the mortgage meltdown that helped spark the Great Recession.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest decided Fabrice Tourre should pay a $650,000 penalty and give up more than $175,000 of his $1.5 million-plus bonus for 2007. Mr. Tourre was found liable after a civil trial last summer.

Mall-shooting fixation

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — The gunman who killed two people at a Maryland mall appeared obsessed with mass murder and was fascinated by the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, dressing like one of the shooters and timing his attack so that it occurred about the same time as the Colorado massacre, police said Wednesday.

Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said during a news conference that investigators found no indication that Darion Aguilar, 19, knew the victims of the Jan. 25 shooting at The Mall in Columbia. Aguilar killed himself inside the mall soon after the shootings.

Also in the world …

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that she won’t seek a constitutional change that would allow the Republican to run for a third term. … Fire investigators on Wednesday were looking into whether welding work was to blame for a massive blaze that barreled through a San Francisco apartment building construction site.


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