Marine to get Medal of Honor

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WASHINGTON -- Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter doesn't remember much about the day in 2010 when he and a fellow Marine were caught in the blast of a hand grenade in southern Afghanistan while manning a rooftop security post.

Remarkably, Cpl. Carpenter survived, despite horrific wounds. Just as remarkable is how he sustained them -- by throwing himself on the grenade in an attempt to save his friend and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Nick Eufrazio, from harm.

On Monday, the White House announced that it would award Cpl. Carpenter, 24, with the Medal of Honor for his actions.

Congressional honors

WASHINGTON -- Golfer Jack Nicklaus, Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Monuments Men, whose story was depicted in the recent George Clooney movie, would be among the latest recipients of Congress' highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, under legislation approved by the House.

A number of the measures that passed Monday seek to pay tribute to World War II-era groups such as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders before it's too late. For example, of the approximately 350 men -- and women -- of the Monuments Men who worked to return Nazi-looted artworks to their owners, only six survive.

Planes' midair near miss

NEWARK, N.J. -- Two aircraft, one landing and the other taking off, came within just dozens of yards of colliding with each other at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport last month, according to a preliminary federal report.

The National Transportation Safety Board report describes the April 24 incident as "a near midair collision," of a United flight carrying 155 passengers and six crew members from San Francisco and an ExpressJet with 47 passengers and three crew members bound for Memphis.

D'Souza admits fraud

NEW YORK -- Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative political commentator and author who made the film "2016: Obama's America," pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating U.S. campaign contribution law by using straw donors to exceed federal limits.

Mr. D'Souza's guilty plea came on the day he was to begin trial on felony charges that he illegally reimbursed two close associates for contributing a total of $20,000 in 2012 to Senate candidate Wendy Long, a New York Republican. Federal law limits campaign contributions to $5,000 per individual in an election cycle.

Traffic jam inquiry

TRENTON, N.J. -- A former aide to Gov. Chris Christie whose job included getting re-election endorsements from mayors said Tuesday that he was "dumbfounded and disappointed" to learn that a northern New Jersey mayor was apparently targeted in a political payback plot orchestrated by Christie loyalists.

The former aide, Matt Mowers, spoke to New Jersey lawmakers investigating the traffic jam scandal that has engulfed the governor's administration.

Antibiotics, bronchitis

CHICAGO -- About 7 in 10 patients who go to a doctor seeking treatment for acute bronchitis wind up leaving their appointment with a prescription for an antibiotic, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

That's a problem, the study authors say, because the ideal prescription rate should be 0 percent. More than 40 years of clinical trials have demonstrated that antibiotics do not help patients with acute bronchitis.

-- Compiled from news services

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