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Two top Navy officers removed after probe

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The Navy says two top officers of a Virginia-based ship have been relieved of their duties after an investigation into hazing and other incidents aboard the vessel.

The Navy says Cmdr. Etta Jones, commanding officer of the Norfolk-based Ponce, an Austin-class amphibious transport dock, was relieved Saturday because she failed to properly investigate, report and hold sailors accountable for hazing incidents. The Navy says she also failed to properly handle a handgun during a security alert, which endangered some of her crew.

The Navy says Lt. Cmdr. Kurt Boenisch, the ship's executive officer, was removed because of his failure to provide support to the command and commanding officer.



Miner's body recovered from April 15 collapse

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The operator of a northern Idaho silver mine says workers have recovered the body of a miner who was trapped when a tunnel collapsed nine days ago.

Hecla Mining Co. says the body of Larry Marek, 53, was found Sunday afternoon. Marek and his brother, Mike, were working in the mine when the ceiling collapsed in a 6,150-foot-deep tunnel. Mike Marek escaped unharmed.

Crews fought for days to reach Larry Marek, but by Sunday, officials had determined he could not have survived.

No cause has been established for the April 15 cave-in.



Wounds from shootout prove fatal to deputy

VENUS, Texas (AP) -- A North Texas deputy has died after being shot in the line of duty in a small town south of Dallas-Fort Worth, and a suspect also was fatally shot, authorities said.

Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said in a statement that the shooting erupted Saturday afternoon near Venus and that a suspect was shot to death by deputies.

Alford did not identify the suspect or the officer in his news release, but local media said Alford later spoke with reporters outside a Fort Worth hospital where the deputy had been rushed and identified him as Clifton Taylor, 31.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram said Taylor, who had been with the department for little more than three years, had been shot three times -- in his neck, side and back.

Venus is about 30 miles south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

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