The lawyer for a sergeant who led a squad of Marines during an incident that left civilians dead in Haditha, Iraq, says his client insists his unit was following military rules of engagement, did not intentionally target any civilian, and did not try to cover up what it had done. Neal Puckett said Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich described to him a house-to-house hunt that went wrong in the midst of a confusing battlefield, but denied any vengeful massacre in the deaths of 24 civilians last November.
Wind-power projects in Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, have been halted pending the outcome of Defense Department studies on whether large turbines interfere with military radar, according to The Washington Post. Proponents of the wind farms claim that those already in military radar areas have posed no problems.
About 30 members of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups rallied Saturday at the Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, Md., as 200 federal, state, and local officers watched to ensure peace and to act as a buffer between the Klan and about 30 counter-demonstrators. The protest was the third by extremist groups at national parks in the past three years.
San Francisco slugger Barry Bonds wants to cooperate with Major League Baseball special investigator George Mitchell, his attorney said, but will only talk to him if he is assured the information won't be given to federal prosecutors.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Saturday that he will introduce legislation in the coming days that would require an updated national intelligence estimate on Iran, with an unclassified summary made public.