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Coroner IDs man shot, killed near Cheyenne and Nellis

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man found dead in the street near Cheyenne Avenue and Nellis Boulevard as 24-year-old Dan E. Archie of North Las Vegas.

The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the abdomen and the manner of death is homicide.

According to Metro Police, at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the area on a report that an injured man was lying on a sidewalk. When officers arrived, they found Archie dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

During their investigation, officers found that Archie had been shot at a nearby apartment complex and then walked to the area where he was found dead.

Police say Archie had been involved in an argument with three other people shortly before the shooting.

There is no word on suspects or motive, at this point.

Hagel: Military should review transgender ban

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the military should continually review its policy barring transgender individuals from serving in the military.

Hagel did not indicate whether he believes the policy should be overturned. However, Hagel says every qualified American who wants to serve the country should have that opportunity if they fit the qualifications and can do the job.

Transgender individuals have a sexual identity that is not clearly male or female.  A panel convened by a think tank at San Francisco State University recently estimated that about 15,450 transgender personnel serve in the military and in the National Guard and Reserves.

In 2010, Congress passed legislation allowing gays to serve openly. Hagel said the issue of transgender serving in the military is more complicated.

Hagel spoke on ABC's "This Week."

 

 

 

House GOP budget spares weapons, military benefits

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Republicans are sparing aircraft, military bases and benefits from budget cuts by chipping away at money the Pentagon spends in preparing the military for war.

Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon, the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, unveiled the $601 billion measure on Monday. The committee will consider the bill on Wednesday.

The legislation rejects Pentagon attempts to close unnecessary military bases and shift more out-of-pocket costs to the military for housing, groceries and health care for families and retirees.

It bars funds to retire the U-2 spy plane and calls on the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage rather than retire the aircraft.

In a trade-off, the bill cuts tens of millions in repairs and training accounts.

Nellis Air Force pilot gets award for rescue

LAS VEGAS -- A Nellis Air Force pilot was recognized for actions in rescuing a downed pilot in the Atlantic Ocean last summer.

Captain Gregory Farrell's day began like most normal work days, but changed suddenly when two F-16's taking part in a routine training exercise were involved in a mid-air collision in the dark of the night. One pilot made it to safety, but the other, who was badly injured, ejected and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean.

Captain Farrel, who is an F-16 operational test instructor pilot, was trying to find the downed pilot and the darkness of the night didn't help.

"I was looking out my window with my night vision goggles, looking for him in the water," he said.

Farrell hoped the downed pilot would call out on his radio, but there was silence. His fuel started to get low and doubts about the pilot's survival creeped into his mind.

"I had a friend that was in a similar experience.









Military sex assault reports up 50 percent

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform. And he says the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assault.

Hagel says reports of sexual assaults by military members rose 50 percent last year, showing that more victims have confidence in the system.

The Pentagon is releasing its annual report on sexual assaults.

Hagel says he's ordering six new initiatives. They include efforts to get more male victims to come forward and a review of alcohol sales and policies.

He says the review must address the risks of alcohol being used as a weapon by predators.

There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual abuse filed in 2013, compared with more than 3,000 in 2012.

More details about barricade involving 2 children

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have released more information about the barricade situation that happened Tuesday involving two children.

According to police, they were first called to home of Jerry Stewart, the father of suspect Cassandra Percival, on a report that Cassandra and her husband Jessie Percival had forcibly taken their two kids away from him.

Child Protective Services had put the children, ages 13 and 10, in Stewart's care after they deemed the Percivals to be unsafe.

Stewart told police that during the struggle over the kids, his finger was caught in the door and the tip had been cut off, when his daughter had slammed the door. He was taken to University Medical Center where he was treated for the injury.

Police tracked the children and the Percivals back to their house near Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard. The couple refused to come out of the house.

Number of military suicides dropped last year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Officials say suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year but rose among Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers.

   The overall totals provided by the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps give some hope that the broad swath of prevention programs and increased efforts to identify troops at risk may be taking hold after several years of increasing numbers.

   The rise in suicides among Army National Guard and Reserve members raises questions about whether those programs are getting to the citizen soldiers who may not have the same access to support networks and help that their active duty comrades receive.