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POSTED September 18, 2013 10:16 p.m.


VIDEO CONFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO FATAL DUI IN OHIO: COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Confronted at a hospital by police who said he'd just killed a man, drunk driver Matthew Cordle was angry and in denial.

"He became very irate, and began yelling, he didn't kill anyone, he didn't do it, and he wasn't going to give them any blood sample," Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said Wednesday.

Sober and in recovery, Cordle had a change of heart. He decided to plead guilty as quickly as possible, and made an online video confessing to the crime. He didn't waver from the position he took in the Sept. 3 video, and on Wednesday he made good on his pledge and pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide.

"I drank so much I was blacked out," Cordle told Franklin County Judge David Fais near the end of a 38-minute hearing.

"So I would say this was a binge drinking situation, correct, Mr. Cordle?" Fais asked.

"Yes, your honor," Cordle said.

His guilty plea came just over a week after he was indicted, light speed compared to most court cases which can drag on for weeks or months.

Sentencing was set for Oct. 10. Cordle, 22, faces two to 8 ½ years in prison, a $15,000 fine and loss of driving privileges for life. He also pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. His blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

MARK WAHLBERG NO LONGER A HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT : BOSTON (AP) — Mark Wahlberg is now a high school graduate — 25 years after dropping out of a Boston high school.

The 42-year-old actor-producer finished his diploma requirements after taking classes online. He dropped out of Copley Square High School, now known as Snowden International School at Copley, in the ninth grade.

Wahlberg wrote of the struggles he faced growing up surrounded by "drugs, violence and crime" in a column in The Huffington Post on Monday. He says he's been taking classes and studying while on movie sets, traveling and at home.

In June 2012, Wahlberg announced he was going back to school with the help of Snowden headmaster Kerry Torndorf, who enrolled Wahlberg in his school's Accelerated Learning Academy.

Cara Livermore, the current headmaster, said it took Wahlberg about a year to finish all of his courses online. She said his graduation requirements were based on the number of credits he would have had to earn in the late 1980s, which have increased for current students. His classes included algebra and trigonometry.

ASSAD DENIES HIS FORCES CONDUCTED CHEMICAL ATTACK: WASHINGTON (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said a United Nations report finding "clear and convincing evidence" sarin nerve gas was used in Syria painted an "unrealistic" account, and he denied his government orchestrated the attack.

In an interview with Fox News Channel conducted in the Syrian capital of Damascus and aired Wednesday, Assad said terrorists were to blame for the chemical attack, which the U.S. says killed more than 1,400 people, including hundreds of children. He said evidence that terrorist groups have used sarin gas has been turned over to Russia and that Russia, through one of its satellites, has evidence that the rockets in the Aug. 21 attack were launched from another area.

While the U.N. report did not lay blame, many experts interpreting the report said all indications were that the attack was conducted by Assad forces. The U.S., Britain and France jumped on evidence in the report — especially the type of rockets, the composition of the sarin agent and trajectory of the missiles — to declare that Assad's government was responsible.

 

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