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Nellis AFB airman to stand trial in wife slaying

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A judge in North Las Vegas ruled that a 33-year-old Nellis Air Force Base technical sergeant should stand trial on a murder charge in Nevada state court in the slaying of his wife.

Justice of the Peace Natalie Tyrrell found enough evidence to bind the case against Rickey Lee Massey Jr. over for trial in Clark County District Court.

Massey's public defender, Rafael Nones, says his client will plead not guilty at his arraignment April 17.

Massey is accused of killing 34-year-old Theresa Rivera during a family argument late Jan. 16.

The coroner found that Rivera died of asphyxia.

Police say Massey told them he was angry that his wife wanted a divorce after being married less than a year.

Massey deployed four times during his 13-year Air Force career.

Adapted-sports athletes to compete for Team Air Force

Adapted-sports athletes to compete for Team Air Force

Some of the top athletes in adapted sports from around the country will gather in southern Nevada next week.

Nellis Air Force Base will host the inaugural Air Force Trials for the U.S. Air Force Wounded Warrior Program, starting Monday.

Athletes will compete to be on Team Air Force in several different adapted sports, including wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, archery and cycling.

The athletes who are chosen will represent the Air Force during the 2014 Warrior Games held in Colorado Springs, Colo. in the fall.

The Wounded Warrior Program will also be developing a second roster of athletes to be part of the 100-person Team USA, which will represent the Department of Defense in the Invictus Games that will be hosted by the United Kingdom later this year.

Pentagon: No US deaths in Afghanistan in March

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon says there were no U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in March -- the first zero-fatality month there since January 2007.

American casualties in Afghanistan have declined as the number of U.S. forces has grown smaller and their role has shifted away from combat. U.S. troops are focused on training and advising Afghan forces.

The Pentagon says there are about 33,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, down from a 2011 peak of about 100,000.

The international combat mission is scheduled to end in December; whether a new mission to train Afghans is undertaken in January has yet to be decided.

Pentagon statistics show there were 132 U.S. deaths in Afghanistan in 2013, compared with 313 the year before and 415 in 2011.

Las Vegas home to second female double in NHRA history

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Alexis DeJoria won in Funny Car and Erica Enders-Stevens topped the Pro Stock field Sunday in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals for the second female double in NHRA history.

Enders-Stevens and Courtney Force also accomplished the feat in the 2012 Northwest Nationals.

Tony Schumacher won in Top Fuel for his division-record 73rd victory and eighth at Las Vegas.

DeJoria, also the winner this year in Chandler, Ariz., beat Robert Hight with a 4.026-second pass at 309.98 mph in her Toyota Camry. She also topped Hight in the final in Arizona.

Air Force meets recruiting goal for fiscal 2014

Air Force meets recruiting goal for fiscal 2014

The Department of Defense announced Friday that all four active services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal year 2014 through February 2014.

According to the department, the Air Force recruited more than 11,000 people, hitting 100 percent of its goal.

The department also announced that retention numbers were strong for fiscal 2014.

Earlier this month, Nellis Air Force Base Commander Col. Barry Cornish said that 400 airmen have already chosen to voluntarily separate from the Air Force and more are expected to leave over the next year.

The departures come as the Air Force plans to cut 25,000 airmen over the next five years as part of a downsizing by the military now that active military efforts are shutting down in Afghanistan.

Commanders fired in nuke missile cheating scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Air Force is firing nine mid-level commanders and disciplining dozens of junior officers at a nuclear missile base in response to an exam-cheating scandal that spanned a far longer period than originally reported.

The Air Force says the firings are unprecedented in the history of the intercontinental ballistic missile force, which consists of 450 Minuteman 3 nuclear-tipped missiles at bases in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota.

No Air Force general is being punished, but Col. Robert Stanley, the top commander at the Montana base, which is where the exam cheating was discovered in January, has resigned.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James was announcing the moves -- as well as measures designed to improve morale, working conditions and ICBM force leadership -- at a Pentagon news conference Thursday.

Hearing begins for Nellis airman in wife slaying

Rickey Lee Massey, Jr.

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) -- A judge says she'll hear more evidence next week before deciding if a 33-year-old Nellis Air Force Base technical sergeant will stand trial in Nevada state court on a murder charge in the slaying of his wife.

Rickey Lee Massey Jr. remained in custody following the start of his preliminary hearing Wednesday in North Las Vegas Justice Court. The hearing will continue April 2.

Massey is accused of killing 34-year-old Theresa Rivera during a family argument late Jan. 16. The Clark County coroner determined Rivera was asphyxiated.

Police say Massey told them that he and his wife were getting a divorce after being married less than a year.

His public defender, Rafael Nones, says he plans to plead not guilty.

Massey deployed four times during his 13-year Air Force career.