afghanistan war
August 5, 2014
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The New York Times reports that a U.S. Army major general was shot dead by an Afghan soldier on Tuesday in Kabul, citing Afghan media reports and an unnamed official with the U.S.-led coalition. "The officer was the highest-ranking member of the American military to die in hostilities in the Afghanistan war," according to The Times.

Others were also reportedly shot at the Afghan National Army Officer Academy, including foreign and Afghan soldiers. Agence France-Presse reports that 15 people were wounded overall. The major general's name was not released.

These so-called green-on-blue shootings — carried out either by Taliban infiltrators or Afghan army recruits who have grown disillusioned with the coalition effort — have been a common feature of the war in Afghanistan, undermining coalition efforts to train and equip the Afghan army.

The shooting comes against a backdrop of deep political instability in Afghanistan, with the two candidates in the country's June presidential runoff vote accusing each other of rigging the results.

UPDATE: The New York Times has identified the slain officer as U.S. Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, a 55-year-old logistics expert. Greene is the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed by hostile action abroad since the Vietnam War, The Times adds. Later on Tuesday, an Afghan police officer fired on a group of U.S. soldiers in eastern Paktia Province, but none of the Americans were wounded before the shooter was killed. Ryu Spaeth

face off
2:26 p.m. ET

Rebekah Aversano's brother was struck by a minivan and killed three years ago, when he was 21. Aversano's Maryland family donated Joshua's face to Richard Norris, who received a transplant in 2012 for the teeth, jaw, tongue muscles, and nerves after being severely disfigured in a years-old shooting accident, The Guardian reports. The risky procedure took the University of Maryland team 36 hours.

When Aversano met Norris, a 39-year-old from Virginia, she asked permission to stroke his face.

"Wow, this is the face I grew up with," she said.

The 60 Minutes Australia trailer for the meeting is surreal. Julie Kliegman

Around the world
1:37 p.m. ET
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Police detained about 20 people during an unsanctioned LGBT rights rally in central Moscow on Saturday, Reuters reports, including demonstrators and anti-gay protestors. Authorities have now blocked demonstrators from holding a pride parade 10 years in a row. Police and anti-LGBT protestors attacked, beat, and pepper-sprayed activists.

Activists, who were outnumbered by cops at Tverskaya Square, held a rainbow flag reading "Make love not war" before police took it away. Julie Kliegman

zoinks!
12:33 p.m. ET
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Saved by the Bell actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors related to a barroom stabbing last Christmas, the Associated Press reports. The Wisconsin jury cleared "Screech" of the felony charge, which was recklessly endangering public safety.

Diamond, 38, testified he had not intended to stab anybody. The victim said he hadn't known he was stabbed until he left the bar and talked to police, AP reports.

Carrying a concealed weapon carries a maximum sentence of nine months, and disorderly conduct a maximum of 90 days. Diamond's girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, was also convicted of disorderly conduct. A sentencing date has not been announced. Julie Kliegman

if you say so
12:00 p.m. ET
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter said at a news conference Saturday he has no ties to the governing body's corruption, Mashable reports.

"Arrested for what? Next question," he told a reporter one day after easily winning re-election to his fifth term.

He denied that the "high-ranking FIFA official" who wired $10 million in alleged bribes mentioned in Wednesday's U.S. Department of Justice department was him.

"Definitely that is not me," Blatter said. "I have no $10 million." Julie Kliegman

police shootings
11:38 a.m. ET
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An Ohio prosecutor filed a motion Friday asking a state appeals court to correct "egregious" mistakes in clearing police officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 fatal shooting of an unarmed black man and woman, Reuters reports. Judge John O'Donnell ruled a week ago it was impossible to determine whether Brelo fired the shots that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams after a high-speed car chase. The officer had been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Julie Kliegman

2016 fever
11:03 a.m. ET
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) formally launched his presidential candidacy Saturday in a Baltimore speech.

"I declare that I am a candidate for president of the United States and I am running for you," he told a crowd of supporters with his family by his side.

O'Malley spoke of striving to work toward economic, racial, marriage, and gender inequality. He'll face off against Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and likely former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee for the Democratic nomination. Julie Kliegman

hockey
8:11 a.m. ET
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The Tampa Bay Lightning bought a ticket to the Stanley Cup final with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in Game 7 on Friday night. After a scoreless 40 minutes in Madison Square Garden, Alex Killorn and Ondrej Palat each notched a goal.

The Lightning will face the winner of tonight's Game 7 matchup between the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Stanley Cup finals begin June 3. Julie Kliegman

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