National Briefs: Nurse kicked off Gitmo

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GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba — A U.S. Navy nurse who refused to force-feed hunger strikers at the prison in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base has been sent back to the United States with no resolution of his case.

The nurse has never been identified. Last month, a lawyer for Abu Wael Dhiab, a cleared, force-fed hunger striker, told the story of the Navy lieutenant, a nurse, who refused to take part in the feedings — and the military confirmed it.

The officer was then assigned to administrative duties at Joint Task Force-Guantanamo while the commander decided what to do with him.

Wis. governor’s scandal

WASHINGTON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker solicited heavyweight conservative donors such as Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone, hedge fund manager Paul Singer and real estate magnate Donald Trump to give large contributions to an allied tax-exempt group that backed him and other state Republican lawmakers facing recall efforts, according to newly released court documents.

The aggressive efforts by the governor and his campaign staff to raise funds for the organization, which allegedly served as a de facto arm of his campaign, are the latest details to emerge about a controversial two-year investigation into whether Mr. Walker’s campaign illegally coordinated with outside groups.

No charges have been filed in the investigation, which was still underway when it was halted by a federal judge in May. Mr. Walker was not a target at the time it was stopped, according an attorney representing the special prosecutor overseeing the case. The case is now pending appeal and is set to be argued next month before a federal appeals court.

Mr. Walker’s campaign on Saturday described the newly released material as an effort to “smear” the governor.

Funds for police officer

ST. LOUIS — An online fundraising drive for the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot an unarmed African-American teenager to death on Aug. 9 surpassed $300,000 by Saturday afternoon, as dozens of people gathered at a St. Louis pub to rally on the lawman’s behalf.

One fundraising Web page raised so much money in so few days that it was shut down and a second page was opened, with its donations being directed to a fund managed by the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge. Altogether, the two pages, both on the crowdfunding website gofundme, have raised more than $300,000 for the officer, Darren Wilson.

Obama targets bank

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Mr. Obama urges business owners to lobby Congress to renew the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

The bank provides loans, loan guarantees and credit insurance to foreign buyers of U.S. products. But it will cease functioning unless Congress renews its charter before October.

Rocket launch fails

McGREGOR, Texas — A Space Exploration Technologies’ Falcon 9 rocket suffered an anomaly shortly after launch on a test flight Friday in Texas, triggering its automatic termination system, the company said in a statement.

There were no injuries, SpaceX said, and the vehicle remained in its designated flight area throughout the test and subsequent termination.

— Compiled from news services


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