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POSTED November 21, 2012 10:12 p.m.

POLICE: CUSTOMER AT NM GUN SHOP ACCIDENTALLY SHOT: SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — An employee at a New Mexico gun shop who was unloading a handgun accidentally shot and wounded a customer in the back, authorities said Wednesday.

The 65-year-old customer, who has not been identified, was airlifted from Silver City to an El Paso, Texas, hospital after the shooting on Tuesday and was listed in good condition, police Capt. Steve Reese said.

The shooting occurred at Copper Country Sporting Arms and involved a .45 caliber handgun, Reese said.

"It was pretty unusual," he said. "We hadn't seen any signs of foul play or anything like that."

Reese said the case had been handed over to prosecutors who will make a decision on whether any charges should be filed.

NY JUDGE REJECTS 9/11 SUIT AGAINST UNITED AIRLINES: NEW YORK (AP) — United Airlines cannot be held responsible for the hijacking of an American Airlines flight and the collapse of a third World Trade Center building after the twin towers fell in the Sept. 11 attacks, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

The airline was not responsible for the collapse of 7 World Trade Center because it had no connection to American Airlines Flight 11 or its hijackers, except that it had shared responsibility for a security checkpoint in Portland, Maine, that screened two of the terrorists, U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein said. Regardless of their air carrier, all passengers at the time passed through the checkpoint.

WIS. MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHILD SEX ASSAULTS: RACINE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin college student accused of molesting six young children and videotaping the assaults under such titles as "Monster Unleashed" has pleaded not guilty to 49 felony charges.

Twenty-nine-year-old Alexander R. Richter, of Racine, entered his plea Wednesday after waiving his preliminary hearing.

 

INTERNAL EMAILS OFFER DETAILS ON BIN LADEN BURIAL: WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.

Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

 

Prosecutors say Richter volunteered to babysit his classmates' children and then repeatedly had sex with the boys and girls on camera as they cried and begged him to stop.

Charges against Richter include possession of child porn and first-degree sexual assault of a child under 13.

TUFTS RESCINDS LANCE ARMSTRONG'S HONORARY DEGREE: MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Tufts University in Massachusetts has rescinded Lance Armstrong's honorary degree.

A university spokeswoman says the school's trustees voted unanimously at their meeting this month to rescind the doctor of humane letters bestowed upon Armstrong in 2006.

During his keynote speech in which he revealed a Tufts cycling jersey beneath his academic robes, Armstrong talked about his battle with testicular cancer and the need for everyone to get involved. He told graduates: "Be active. Be involved. Be heard. Be aggressive. Be smart. Don't be afraid."

The university said Wednesday that while respecting Armstrong's cancer-fighting efforts, the board concluded his "actions as an athlete are inconsistent with the values of the university."

 

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