10 Afghan Prisoners
Moved to Guantanamo
The military has transferred 10 prisoners from Afghanistan to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the first time new detainees have arrived at the naval base in 10 months.
The Pentagon provided no information on the prisoners, citing operational and security considerations it did not specify. Military officials said the prisoners' potential intelligence value and threat to U.S. interests guided the decision to send them to Guantanamo.
The last time new prisoners arrived at Guantanamo was in late November 2003, said Lt. Cmdr. Flex Plexico, a Pentagon spokesman.
In the time since, the Supreme Court has ruled that the prisoners at Guantanamo have the right to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts. That has led to speculation that the military would no longer send prisoners to Cuba but would keep them at detention facilities outside the purview of American courts.
The move comes as other prisoners are being transferred out. The Pentagon also announced that 11 more were released in Afghanistan on Wednesday.
For Anti-Gay Comment
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Christian evangelist Jimmy Swaggart apologized for saying in a televised worship service that he would kill any gay man who looked at him romantically.
A complaint was filed with a Canadian broadcasting group, and Swaggart said his Baton Rouge-based Jimmy Swaggart Ministries has also received complaints from gay rights groups over the remarks made Sept. 12.
In the broadcast, Swaggart was discussing his opposition to same-sex marriage when he said, "I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry."
"And I'm going to be blunt and plain: If one ever looks at me like that, I'm going to kill him and tell God he died," Swaggart said.
Swaggart said he has jokingly used that expression thousands of times, about all sorts of people. He said the expression is figurative and is not meant to harm.
* FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- A retired zoo director died after he was stung about 1,000 times by European yellow jackets when he fell onto their nest from a ladder while cleaning windows at his home. Earl Wells, 75, had been in a coma at Lutheran Hospital since the Sept. 12 attack near Huntertown, about 10 miles north of Fort Wayne. He died Tuesday at the hospital. Wells directed the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo from its opening in 1965 until he retired in 1994.
* OREGON CITY, Ore. -- Ward Weaver, 41, who was accused of killing two of his daughter's friends and hiding their bodies in his back yard, avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty in the 2002 deaths of Ashley Pond and Miranda Gaddis. He received two life sentences.
* MILWAUKEE -- An 11-year-old boy was charged with raping a 76-year-old neighborhood woman as three of his friends -- ages 11, 12 and 13 -- watched, police said. Police said that for a week before the attack, the boys had been "terrorizing" the woman in her house, repeatedly breaking in and taking items.
-- From News Services