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30 arrested at rally for WikiLeaks suspect

TRIANGLE, Va. -- Hundreds rallied outside a Virginia Marine Corps base to protest the treatment of an imprisoned Army private suspected of providing classified data to WikiLeaks.

About 30 people were arrested Sunday at the rally protesting the pretrial detention of Pfc. Bradley Manning. About two dozen rallies were held around the world.

Manning is being held in solitary confinement at the Quantico base's brig. He's confined to his cell 23 hours a day and forced to strip naked before bed. The military says the conditions are justified.

Protesters chanted "Free Bradley Manning" and confronted dozens of police officers in riot gear outside the entrance to the base. A short scuffle ensued. The arrests were made after protesters refused to vacate the intersection at the base entrance.


Train ride overturns, killing 6-year-old boy

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) -- Officials in South Carolina say a train ride at a park overturned, killing a 6-year-old boy and sending a dozen children and adults to the hospital.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger says 6-year-old Benjamin Samuel Easler of Gaffney died Saturday. About 20 people were on the train when it crashed at Cleveland Park.

Spartanburg Police spokesman Art Littlejohn says more than a dozen children and adults were taken to the hospital.

The county runs Cleveland Park. Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt says the train was inspected Wednesday and went on several test runs before Saturday, its first day of operation for the season.


Man charged in killing of police officer

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) -- A northern Ohio man has been charged with aggravated murder in the fatal shooting of a police officer.

Erie County Sheriff's Capt. Paul Sigsworth says 50-year-old Kevin Randleman of Sandusky was charged Sunday.

Police haven't said why Sandusky Officer Andrew Dunn tried to stop Randleman as he rode a bicycle early Saturday or what prompted the gunbattle that followed.

Dunn was killed. Randleman suffered a gunshot wound and was listed in stable condition Sunday.


Gunman kills officer before shooting self

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man opened fire on police during a six-hour standoff at a house, killing one officer and critically wounding another, authorities said.

Police in Fond du Lac, about 65 miles northwest of Milwaukee, were called to the house around 6:30 a.m. Sunday to investigate a sexual assault.

SWAT teams surrounded the house during the standoff. Hours later, the suspect, James Cruckson, 30, was found dead inside the house from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz, 28, was shot in the upper chest and killed, Police Chief Tony Barthuly said. K-9 Officer Ryan Williams was shot twice and taken to an area hospital, where he was in critical condition.

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