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Forces turn over base to Afghans

on March 30, 2013 10:30 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. special operations forces handed over their base in a strategic region of eastern Afghanistan to local Afghan commandos today, a senior U.S. commander said.

The withdrawal from Nirkh district meets a demand by Afghan President Hamid Karzai that U.S. forces leave the area after allegations that the Americans’ Afghan counterparts committed human rights abuses there.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of Wardak province outside Kabul in which Nirkh is located, confirmed that U.S. special operations forces withdrew and were replaced by a joint Afghan security forces team.

Search on for man who fell from plane

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities in Hamilton County are searching for a man who fell out of an experimental aircraft while he was learning to fly from an instructor.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that police in Collegedale and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office on Friday were searching the ground for the man, who has not been identified.

Collegedale Municipal Airport employee Lowell Sterchi said the man was being trained by an instructor in his Zodiac 601 aircraft at about 2,500 feet when the canopy came off.

The man’s seat belt was not fastened and he was thrown out from the plane over the East Brainerd and Apison areas of the county.

Sterchi said the instructor, who Sterchi would not identify, landed the plane and was not physically hurt.

Pakistan attack kills school official

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A man armed with a gun and grenades attacked a school in southern Pakistan during a prize distribution ceremony today, killing its principal and wounding six children before fleeing.

Police officer Nasir Mehmood said the attacker struck as dozens of children were gathered outside at their private school in Karachi to receive the results of their annual exam.

TV showed panicked relatives of the wounded children, who were between the ages of 8 and 10, crying outside the school in the port city’s Ittehad Town neighborhood.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Another police officer, Asif Ijaz Sheikh, said the slain principal was a local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP).

Ex-lawmaker arrested after chase

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police chased a former lawmaker on a freeway between Las Vegas and Los Angeles and arrested him at gunpoint following a struggle, hours after he became the first person ever expelled from the Nevada Legislature.

Steven Brooks was jailed in California’s San Bern-ardino County after being subdued with punches and a Taser. Police alleged he attacked a police dog with a wrench.

Brooks’ arrest Thursday near the California city of Victorville was his third since January, and came just hours after colleagues in the Legislature deemed the Democrat from North Las Vegas too dangerous and unpredictable to serve his elected term.

San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said Brooks was due for arraignment Tuesday in Barstow.

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