Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nation Digest

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Interior Secretary Salazar to resign

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a ban on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill and promoted alternative energy sources throughout the nation, will step down in March.

A former Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado, Salazar ran the Interior Department throughout President Barack Obamas first term and pushed renewable power such as solar and wind and the settlement of a longstanding dispute with American Indians.

With Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson also leaving the administration and Energy Secretary Steven Chu expected to depart, Obama will have a clean slate of top officials overseeing energy and environment issues.

Nurse is accused in death plot An Ohio man hatched a plot to kill a woman he was in a home-ownership dispute with, authorities say, by approaching an emergency room patient at the renowned hospital where he worked as a nurse with the question, Ever killed anyone?

No, the Cleveland Clinic patient replied, but I once shot a man.

That was good enough, authorities say, for nurse Andrew Martin, 23, who allegedly tried to resolve the dispute by offering the patient $10,000 to kill the woman, who was never hurt.

Martin, of the town of Bristolville, about 50 miles east of Cleveland, has pleaded not guilty. His trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 7 in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. His attorney, Edward LaRue, said theres much more to come in the case.

Marine guility of urinating on bodies of Taliban A Marine pleaded guilty in a court-martial Wednesday at Camp Lejeune, N.C., to urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters and posing for photos with their corpses in one of a string of embarrassing episodes for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola pleaded guilty to the desecration of remains and posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties. …

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