January 2010

Army Leans Towards Suicide Ruling


Robert Gavin
Times Union
January 23, 2010

The mother of Staff Sgt. Amy Seyboth Tirador, a Colonie, New York native slain in Iraq in November, said Friday she believes military investigators are “leaning toward” ruling her daughter’s death a suicide.

Tirador, 29, was killed November 4th, the victim of a gunshot to the back of her head while walking to an evening work shift on the U.S. military base Camp Caldwell in Kirkush, Iraq, near Iran.

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Mayor-Elect of Okinawa Opposes U.S. Base


Martin Fackler
The New York Times
January 25, 2010

A candidate who opposes the relocation of an American air base on Okinawa won a crucial mayoral election on Sunday, raising pressure on Japan’s prime minister to move the base off the island, a move opposed by the United States.

The election in the small city of Nago could force Japan to scrap, or at least significantly modify, a 2006 deal with the United States to build a replacement facility in the city for the busy Futenma United States Marine air station.

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Californian Charged in Craigslist Rape


William Browning
Casper Star-Tribune as posted in the Billings Gazette
January 20, 2010

Prosecutors on Tuesday formally charged a California man with five felonies in connection with allegations that he posted an advertisement on an Internet site requesting the rape of a Casper woman.

Jebidiah James Stipe is accused of posting the Craigslist advertisement that led to the brutal rape of a 25-year-old woman inside her Casper home on Dec. 11.

The 27-year-old Marine — who has been in custody since Dec. 16 — made his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court on Tuesday. With his hands and ankles shackled, he wore a dark-green jumpsuit during the proceeding.

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