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POSTED January 5, 2012 8:20 p.m.

RENO MAN DEPORTED 3 TIMES BEFORE SENT TO PRISON: RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno man with ties to a gang that originated in El Salvador and has been deported three times for illegal entry to the United States has been sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for a fight that left a man paralyzed.
Daniel Lopez-Bonilla asked Washoe District Judge Janet Berry for leniency Wednesday because he's already serving two years for unlawful reentry by an alien and soon will be deported again.
But Deputy District Attorney Kelly Ann Kossow said each time he has returned to the U.S. and committed more crimes. He and another man were convicted of battery with a deadly weapon in the 2010 beating and shooting of a Reno man.
Police said both have ties to the Hispanic gang known as MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
 NAVY SEAL ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS SELF: SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego police say a Navy SEAL is on life support after accidentally shooting himself in the head.
Officer Frank Cali tell said that officers were called to a home in Pacific Beach at about 2 a.m. Thursday on a report that a man had been playing with a gun and accidentally shot himself.
Cali says the man was showing guns to a woman he'd met earlier at a bar and put a pistol he believed was unloaded to his head. Cali says he then pulled the trigger.
In a statement, Commodore Collin Green says the Naval Special Warfare community is saddened by the incident and extends "our hearts and prayers" to the family in this difficult time.
DC COUNCILMAN RESIGNS POST AHEAD OF GUILTY PLEA: WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. councilmember charged with stealing more than $350,000 in government funds and filing false tax returns announced his resignation Thursday and plans to plead guilty, bringing an end to one of several recent scandals that have plagued District of Columbia government.
Harry Thomas Jr., a 51-year-old Democrat, was charged earlier in the day in a criminal information following plea discussions between his attorneys and federal prosecutors. That document typically indicates a defendant's intention to plead guilty, and a plea hearing was scheduled for Friday morning in federal court in Washington.
After facing calls for his resignation throughout the day from Mayor Vincent Gray and from several colleagues, Thomas issued a statement through his lawyer Thursday night saying he would step down, effectively immediately. He apologized for what he called "very serious mistakes" and "inadequate and flawed judgment."
NAVY VETERAN INJECTED 2 ALASKA TEENS: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 26-year-old Navy veteran who served as a medic in Afghanistan pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he injected two Alaska teens with drugs on separate occasions, giving one of them a fatal dose.
Sean Warner initially was charged with injecting one girl — a 14-year-old from Anchorage who authorities say died from the heroin dose almost a week later. Court records show he also faces a new charge of injecting another teen with heroin sometime between Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.
Police Lt. Dave Parker said the other teen — identified as R.H. — is a 17-year-old girl. He said she was injected multiple times by Warner.
Anchorage authorities believe Warner didn't intend to harm the girls.
ANNUAL SNOW SCULPTURE EVENT CANCELED IN NEVADA: ELY, Nev. (AP) — Making fire is easy. But making snow when temperatures in eastern Nevada are a balmy 60 degrees? Not so much.
The lack of snow is forcing the cancellation this month of a snow sculpting contest at the annual White Pine Fire and Ice show at Cave Lake south of Ely.
The event that features fireworks and snow sculptures began seven years ago. Attendance has grown over the years, with hardy souls bundling up to brave normally cold and snowy January weather and enjoy the quirky festivities held on a frozen lake.
MAYOR: DETROIT WON'T RUN OUT OF CASH BY APRIL: DETROIT (AP) — Detroit is no longer at risk of running out of cash by April because cost-cutting and other measures are taking effect, Mayor Dave Bing said Thursday, but the city council president and others do not share Bing's optimism.
Bing presented a financial and operational restructuring plan update to the council Thursday afternoon. It highlights cost savings from 1,000 imminent layoffs, overdue payments from the Detroit Public Schools district and a corporate tax increase he says will mitigate a cash shortfall.
The 18-month plan calls for $102 million in savings through June and $258 million over the 2013 fiscal year. Auditors had previously warned Detroit could run out of money as early as April.
TITANIC ITEMS TO BE SOLD 100 YEARS AFTER SINKING: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Items as small as a hairpin and as big as a chunk of the Titanic's hull are among 5,000 artifacts from the world's most famous shipwreck that are to be auctioned in April, close to the 100th anniversary of the disaster.
Nearly a century after the April 15, 1912, sinking of the ocean liner that hit an iceberg in the North Atlantic, a New York City auction is being readied by Guernsey's Auctioneers & Brokers.
That auction house has garnered headlines in the past by selling off such historical curiosities as prized Beatles photos, famous jewels of the late Princess Diana, beloved Jerry Garcia guitars and a police motorcycle used in the Texas motorcade when John F. Kennedy was slain. But nothing as titanic as the so-called Titanic collection.

 

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