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Fort Hood suspect's beard raises bias questions
By DAVID DISHNEAU
FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) -- An Army appeals court in Virginia is questioning whether the Fort Hood shooting suspect can be forcibly shaved.
Judges on the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals also delved Thursday into a claim by Maj. Nidal Hasan's lawyers that the judge who issued the order is biased and should be replaced.
Hasan's murder trial in Texas is on hold for the appeal stemming from his refusal to shave. The American-born Muslim psychiatrist says he grew the whiskers for religious reasons. Army rules prohibit beards but allow for religious exceptions.
Military judge Col. Gregory Gross has rejected Hasan's religious arguments. He ordered him forcibly shaved unless he shaves himself.
Hasan faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 attack that killed 13 people at the Texas Army post.
Posted: Friday, October 12 2012, 07:13 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Tornado watch for western and central OK until 11 pm Saturday night. Severe t'storms may also produce large hail and damaging winds. ...
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.