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David Zucchino

North Carolina Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Killing Of 3 Muslims

North Carolina killer of 3 Muslims wrote on Facebook: “Some call me a gun toting Liberal, others call me an open-minded Conservative.”

April 6, 2015

Racially Segregated War-Memorial Plaques Divide South Carolina Town

The mayor of Greenwood tried to desegregate a war memorial — and was threatened with arrest.

February 23, 2015

Slayings Of 3 In North Carolina Arouse Muslim Fears

Muslims have long feared an incident like Tuesday’s shooting in Chapel Hill.

February 12, 2015

Millions Of Tons Of Toxic Coal Ash Are Piled At Power Plants Across The Nation

An unlikely environmental battle is brewing in rural North Carolina.

February 3, 2015

Families Of U.S. Journalists Missing In Syria Filled With Dread

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Friends and relatives of Austin Tice, an American journalist who disappeared in Syria two years ago, were preparing to hold a candlelight church vigil for him in Houston on Tuesday when they received shattering news: James Foley, an American journalist whose family had befriended the Tice family, had been […]

August 21, 2014

Husband Of Ebola Patient Leaves Quarantine, Visits Wife In Isolation Ward

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times The husband of an American missionary diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus has ended his quarantine in North Carolina and visited his wife Sunday at an isolation room at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, a Christian missionary group announced Monday. David Writebol, who was quarantined as a precautionary measure […]

August 18, 2014

VA Audit Tracks Mental Health Care

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Andrew Danecki, a Marine Corps veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffers from sleep apnea that left him nodding off on the sofa and behind the wheel of his car. He said he waited eight months to get a sleep study performed at the Durham VA […]

June 18, 2014

General Dempsey: Army May Still Pursue Desertion Charge For Bergdahl

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times The Army may consider pursuing an investigation of possible charges of desertion or other violations by Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed Saturday after nearly five years in Taliban custody, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. Army General Martin Dempsey noted that U.S. military leaders […]

June 3, 2014

Army General Sinclair Tearfully Pleads With Judge At Sentencing

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, N.C. — His eyes red, his head bowed, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair strode uneasily to a courtroom lectern Wednesday and glanced up at a silver-haired military judge who will sentence him for offenses he admits he committed. Exactly two years had passed since a young Army captain […]

March 20, 2014

Army General Sinclair Breaks Down, Asks Judge To Not Punish Family

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, NC — Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair broke down in tears Wednesday at his sentencing hearing, asking the judge to allow him to retire at a reduced rank instead of dismissing him from the Army, which would deprive him of military benefits and “punish” his family for his adulterous […]

March 19, 2014

Duke Energy Accused Of Mishandling More Coal Ash Wastewater

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times MONCURE, N.C. — While poring over regulatory documents for Duke Energy coal ash ponds, environmentalists at the Waterkeeper Alliance grew suspicious of how the giant utility was handling the toxic ash waste left over from burning coal. They sent a team up in an aircraft to photograph Duke’s retired […]

March 18, 2014

Army General Pleads Guilty In Sex Case, Says ‘I Failed Her’ As A Leader

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times DURHAM, N.C. — Brig. Gen. Jeffery Sinclair formally pleaded guilty Monday morning to maltreating a subordinate under his command, telling a military judge in halting voice that he deceived her during their illicit three-year affair and caused her “emotional distress.” Sinclair, one of only a handful of generals to […]

March 17, 2014

Accuser In General’s Sex Assault Trial Says She Feared She’d Be Fired

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, NC — The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year […]

March 7, 2014

Brigadier General Sinclair Pleads Guilty To Inappropriate Relationships

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, NC — Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, one of the highest-ranking officers ever to face a court-martial, pleaded guilty at the start of his trial Thursday morning to several charges, including an illicit affair with a female captain, possessing pornography, impeding an investigation and pressuring other female officers […]

March 6, 2014

Military Judge Nixes Porn In Opening Of Brigadier General Sinclair’s Trial

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A military judge refused Wednesday to let prosecutors show pornographic images during opening statements in the sexual assault trial of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, the former deputy commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. The judge, Col. James L. Pohl, also ruled that prosecutors may […]

March 5, 2014

U.S. Widens Inquiry Of Duke Energy’s Coal Ash Spill In North Carolina

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times RALEIGH, N.C. — Federal prosecutors have broadened their criminal investigation of state environmental regulators after a massive coal ash spill February 2 that contaminated the Dan River in North Carolina, issuing 20 more subpoenas demanding documents about communications and possible payments and gifts. The subpoenas, disclosed Wednesday, require the state […]

February 20, 2014

Case Against American Man Illustrates Canada’s Zero-Tolerance Gun Policy

By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times Louis DiNatale didn’t intend to enter Canada when he and his wife wound up on a bridge from New York state to Ontario province one day in September, misdirected by an unreliable GPS. What began as an American couple’s getaway to Vermont quickly turned into a lesson on the […]

February 3, 2014