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Explosive kills soldier serving in Afghanistan

KINGSTON (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Defense says a 20-year-old Kingston man serving in Afghanistan has been killed in an improvised explosive device attack.

Pfc. Douglas Cordo died of his injuries Friday in Zabul, Afghanistan.

"I loved him to death," Douglas Cordo Sr., the soldier's father, told the Kingston Daily Freeman newspaper. Cordo said the Army sent two military officers to his home to tell his family about his son's death.

"They didn't tell me a great deal, just that he was on a mission strike in Zabul. He was driving, when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device," he said.

Asked about the younger Cordo growing up, his father said, "Yes, he was mischievous as a boy. But he was a leader. He wanted to make the Army his career."

The Defense Department says he was assigned to the First Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, First Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.


Schumer favors move to curb cellphone thefts

ALBANY (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer says cellphone carriers can effectively put an end to a spike in phone thefts by deactivating the phones themselves instead of their data storage or SIM cards.

Schumer, D-N.Y., says cellphones have unique identity numbers assigned, and that the technology is already effectively used in Europe to deter stealing.

He notes that 41 percent of all property crimes in New York City in the first half of this year were related to cellphones, with devices like the iPhone and Android phones easily resold on the black market.

In letters, he is asking AT&T, T-Mobile and Nextel to follow Verizon's approach in the United States and turn off stolen phones.


Turtles return to ocean after stint in rehab

HAMPTON BAYS (AP) -- Some green sea turtles are back at home in ocean waters after a rehabilitation stint on Long Island.

The four turtles were released back into the wild on Saturday by volunteers from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

Newsday reports the turtles were rescued off the East End of Long Island in November suffering from cold-stunning. That's when the animals are exposed to water temperatures that are too cold. The cold-blooded reptiles can't regulate their own body temperatures and stop eating and swimming.