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MIAMI -- The Air Force lawyer who quit as chief prosecutor for the Guantanamo Bay war court five months ago because of what he called political interference has asked to leave the U.S. military, he said. Col. Morris D. Davis said he submitted retirement papers last week, because of fallout from his criticism of the Guantanamo court and because of family concerns.

5 Children Die in Ark. House Fire

BENTONVILLE, Ark. -- Five children died in a house fire after their parents could not get to them. Fire Chief Dan White said the children were upstairs when the fire, possibly caused by a space heater, broke out, and their parents were asleep downstairs. The chief said the parents were awakened by a smoke alarm but could not get upstairs because of smoke and flames. The children ranged in age from 7 to 13.

Nebraska Retains Death Penalty

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska lawmakers rejected an attempt to repeal the death penalty, a month after courts left the state with no way to execute its killers. Twenty senators in the unicameral, officially nonpartisan Legislature voted for the bill to change the maximum penalty to life in prison without possibility of parole. Twenty-five votes were required to advance the debate.

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