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Haiti Crossroads-Education: Students of Lycée Louis Joseph Janvier desperate to return to school
Students of Lycée Louis Joseph Janvier Carrefour sink into despair and fear of losing the school year, because so far no decision on their fate.

Vanessa is in philosophy class. Every morning she saw her sister go to school while she is biting brakes at home. Vanessa completed his secondary education at Lycee Louis Joseph Janvier Carrefour.

This public school...

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Planes nearly collide at California airport

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the near collision of a Southwest Airlines jet and a small private plane at Southern California's Bob Hope Airport.

Southwest's Flight 649, carrying 119 passengers and five crew members on board a Boeing 737-700, was landing at the airport's runway 8 on Monday while the Cessna 172, departing on runway 15, just cleared the jet.

The Cessna was performing a practice maneuver known as a "touch and go," in which the aircraft briefly lands before...

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Official: Abuse victims receive threats in Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil – A Brazilian official said Friday that three former altar boys who accused a Roman Catholic priest of sexual abuse have received threats and are under police protection.
The three were threatened after they denounced Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa for allegedly molesting former altar boys in northeastern Alagoas state, according to an adviser to the Senate pedophilia commission.

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Haiti trains in the USA for the friendly match against Argentina

Haiti: are national team players Haitian private structures from the earthquake that devastated their country in January, has resumed training in Texas for the friendly match against Argentina on May 5

If no footballer has died in the earthquake that killed at least 220,000 deaths and nearly 1.3 million homeless, the Haitian Federation has lost 32 employees and its offices were destroyed.

The main national stadium in Port-au-Prince as well as playgrounds in cities affected by the...

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New ash cloud could extend air travel threat

London, England (CNN) -- The eruption of an Icelandic volcano, which had slowed in recent days, strengthened Monday, spewing a new cloud of ash that officials said was heading toward the United Kingdom, possibly posing a renewed threat to air travel.
"This demonstrates the dynamic and rapidly changing conditions in which we are working," the United Kingdom's National Air Traffic Service said in...

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Laura Silsby still behind bars

Laura Silsby, one of ten American missionaries arrested Jan. 30 at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic for illegal trafficking of children, is always kept in prison. The other nine have already been released by the Haitian justice.
Haiti: Accused of starting criminal association and trafficking of children, prosecutors changed the charges against Laura Silsby. "Now, he is accused...

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Haiti: the bulk of U.S. troops will be gone by June

Haiti: The United States was preparing to close on June 1, the mission of U.S. troops who took part in humanitarian operations in Haiti after killer earthquake of January 12, said a high-ranking American at a press conference Monday.

According to Gen. Ken Keen, some 2,200 U.S. troops are still there, against 22,000 in February, at the height of international relief operations initiated in the Caribbean country after the earthquake that killed more than 220,000 deaths.


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Volcanic ash cloud grounds 16,000 flights Saturday

London, England (CNN) -- About 16,000 flights are expected to be canceled in European airspace Saturday because of the cloud of ash from the Icelandic volcano, European air traffic authorities said Saturday.
Eurocontrol said it expected about 6,000 flights to take off Saturday, compared with the normal 22,000.

On Friday about 10,400 flights took place in Europe, compared with the normal...

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Haiti denies charges dropped against American missionaries

(CNN) -- Haiti's top prosecutor on Friday denied reports that charges have been dropped against nine of the 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping children after a devastating earthquake hit the nation in January.
Attorney General Joseph Manes was responding to news from the office of U.S. Sen Jim Risch, R-Idaho, whose staff on Thursday said the charges had been dropped against all...

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N. Korea accuses South of framing it in ship sinking

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea accused South Korea on Saturday of spreading false rumors that the communist North was to blame for the mysterious explosion that sank a southern warship near the tense sea border.
North Korean officials have denied involvement in the blast that broke the 1,200-ton Cheonan into two pieces March 26 during a routine patrol near sea border, killing at least 38.

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Accident involving a Spanish helicopter, no trace of 4 soldiers

Haiti: A Spanish military helicopter crashed Friday morning in Haiti, near the border with the Dominican Republic, and the four occupants were not located by the rescue, said the UN said.

The number 2 of the Spanish Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Juan Pedro Gomez, has refused to confirm the deaths of four people on board, saying he expected more details.

The accident occurred in Fond Verrettes, south-east of Haiti, at about 10:30 local time (1530 GMT), told AFP George...

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Iceland's volcanic ash halts flights across Europe

LONDON – Ash clouds from Iceland's spewing volcano disrupted air traffic across Europe on Thursday as authorities closed air space over Britain, Ireland and the Nordic countries.
Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded as flights were canceled and it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again.

Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said non-emergency flights would be banned...

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Adults with depression more likely to smoke

Adults with depression are more likely to be cigarette smokers than those without depression
according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics that reinforces previous findings. (watch video)

More than half of men with depression ages 40-54 were current smokers compared with 26 percent of the men who did not have depression. For...

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Quake in western China kills 400, buries more

BEIJING – A series of strong earthquakes struck a mountainous Tibetan area of western China on Wednesday, killing at least 400 people and injuring more than 10,000 as houses made of mud and wood collapsed, officials said. Many more people were trapped and the toll was expected to rise.
The largest quake was recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey as magnitude 6.9. In the aftermath, panicked people, many...

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Michelle Obama visits quake-ravaged Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit Tuesday to the ruins of the Haitian capital, a high-profile reminder that hundreds of thousands of people remain in desperate straits three months after the devastating earthquake.
The first lady and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, took a helicopter tour of Port-au-Prince, where hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless...

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Michelle Obama will visit Haiti this tuesday
Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States, will visit on Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Press Network has learned. The U.S. First Lady will meet with Haitian authorities.
The visit of the wife of President of the United States in Port-au-Prince comes as the country prepares to mark the third month since a massive earthquake devastated the capital and several other cities in Haiti .

Michelle Obama spend...

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Spanking Kids Leads to More Aggressive Behavior

Disciplining young children is one of the key jobs of any parent - most people would have no trouble agreeing with that. But whether or not that discipline should include spanking or other forms of corporal punishment is a far trickier issue.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not endorse spanking for any reason, citing its lack of long-term effectiveness as a behavior-changing tactic. Instead the AAP supports strategies such as "time-outs" when children misbehave, which focus on getting...

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Earthquake hits southern Spain; damage said unlikely

(CNN) -- A strong earthquake struck near the Spanish city of Granada early Monday, but at a depth that made damage to the medieval Moorish capital unlikely, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.
The magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck at 12:08 a.m. local time Monday (6:08 p.m. Sunday ET), the USGS reported.

It was centered about 24 kilometers (15 miles) southeast of Granada and about 370 kilometers...

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Haiti's police struggle to control ravaged capital

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – A police inspector taunted the gangster they call "Obama" through the bars of a downtown lockup. Stuffed into a tiny cell with nine other men, the 23-year-old inmate looked panicked, exhausted and freshly beaten.
It's guys like this, the pudgy cop said, who threaten to upend Port-au-Prince three months after the earthquake, exploiting the continuing chaos to commit...

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Polish president's coffin returns home to Warsaw

WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish President Lech Kaczynski's coffin returned home to a stunned nation on Sunday, a day after he and much of the country's political and military elite perished in a plane crash in Russia.
Poland's Acting President Bronislaw Komorowski, Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Kaczynski's twin brother Jaroslaw and his daughter Marta were among those welcoming the coffin, draped in the red...

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National Palace, demolition or restoration

Haiti: In a press note # 009 dated April 8, 2010 received on Friday in the journal, the Directorate General of the Institute for the Protection of National Heritage (ISPAN) has
in a cryptic language, informed, "she began this Thursday, April 8, 2010, removal of dangerous elements or deemed uncollectible from the ruins of the National Palace in Haiti, damaged by the earthquake of January 12, 2010. "...

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Last hope gone: 4 W.Va. coal miners found dead

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Searchers found four bodies deep in a West Virginia coal mine shattered by an explosion, raising the death toll to 29 and ending an excruciating week for families holding onto faint hopes that their missing miners had somehow survived.
Crews are to soon begin the bleak task of carrying out 22 bodies from Massey Energy Co.'s Upper Big Branch mine, though officials said Saturday no timetable...

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How car dealers make their money

"Follow the money," is good advice for someone trying to understand the hidden side of any business. Nowhere is this more important than on a car lot.
Rows of shiny new cars on a dealer's lot make consumers believe that's where the big money is. But if you follow the trail of dollars, it leads in a surprising direction. And knowing where the profit is will make you a better shopper.

Oren Weintraub, a former general...

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Airline fees: Where will they pop up next?

(CNN) -- Traveler outrage grows with each new airline fee, and this week's air travel chatter has fliers wondering how many more ways the airlines can devise to nickel and dime passengers.
Discount carrier Spirit Airlines announced Tuesday that it would charge passengers for carry-on luggage stowed in overhead bins. European low-cost airline Ryanair has generated buzz with an article in its in-flight magazine...

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Allergy season: Nothing to sneeze at

(CNN) -- Feel like you can't breathe? Do you have the uncontrollable urge to rub your eyes every 10 seconds?
The trees are blossoming and shedding pollen early this year, and that's bad news for millions of Americans who are suffering from allergies.

You probably think your area has it the worst, but the true champion of allergies in America is Knoxville, Tennessee, according to the Asthma and Allergy...

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Polish president feared dead in plane crash

(CNN) -- Polish President Lech Kaczynski was likely killed early Saturday when the plane he was traveling in with his wife crashed at a western Russian airport, a spokesman for Poland's Foreign Ministry told CNN.
"It's probably that all people on board were killed," said Piotr Paszkowski.

The plane was approaching the airport at Smolensk, Russia, and probably hit some trees at the end...

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Slum disappears in Rio mudslide; 200 feared dead

NITEROI, Brazil – They are all gone. The Evangelical church where worshippers were praying. A daycare center where kids were playing. The pizza parlor where a family was eating.
All were buried under a mountain of mud, garbage and stone when yet another landslide hit metropolitan Rio de Janeiro late Wednesday. This one swept through the Morro Bumba slum, engulfing as many as 200 people and 60 homes....

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10,000 tents en route to Haiti

Haiti: Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico, announced Tuesday, April 6, that the ship "Zapotec", had left the Mexican port of Coatzacoalcos, in Veracruz, to Haiti. The ship loaded with 160 tons of humanitarian aid and equipment, carrying a precious cargo of 10,000 tents. This first batch of tents was part of a total of 50,000 promised by President Rene Preval Calderon at the summit of Latin America and the Caribbean, held on 22 and 23 February last in the Mexican town of Playa del Carmen .

Mexico has...

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7.8-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

(CNN) -- A tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled the nation early Wednesday, according to geological officials.
The temblor struck 125 miles off the coast of Sibolga on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake hit at a depth of 28.6 miles at 5:15 a.m. (6:15 p.m. ET, Tuesday) USGS said.

There were no immediate reports of damage...

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W. Virginia mine disaster worst since 1984

MONTCOAL, W.Va. – Four coal miners were missing after an explosion that killed 25 and poison gases blocked rescuers Tuesday from resuming their search in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.
Rescuers began drilling three deep holes to vent methane and carbon monoxide from the mine so that search teams can go back in. But it will take until evening to get the first hole done and see if...

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India: Dozens of police dead after Maoist ambush

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- Seventy-two police officers were killed in an attack early Tuesday by suspected Maoists in eastern India, authorities said.

About 200 officers from the federal Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a local police group were conducting a road inspection in Chhattisgarh state's Dantewada district when the assault occurred, according to officials.

Dantewada's top district administrator Reena Kangale told CNN that the attackers fired at the security officers...

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How much can a Swedish woman forgive? Ask Elin

STOCKHOLM – When Tiger Woods returns to golf at the Masters this week, the world will be watching to see if his wife Elin is at his side.
It may seem puzzling to many women that the 30-year-old former model hasn't already left her cheating husband. She is, after all, from Sweden — a nation famous for its strong-willed and independent women.

In her homeland, too, there has been some bewilderment...

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Unemployment benefits expire for thousands

(CNN) -- Extended unemployment benefits will temporarily expire for thousands of Americans on Monday because the Senate went on its spring recess without approving a one-month deadline extension.
The extension, which had bipartisan support, would have cost about $10 billion, but a lone Republican, Sen. Tom Coburn, said no until the costs are offset.

The Oklahoma senator objected to a commonly...

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Between camp victims and the ruins of his cathedral, Haiti celebrates Easter

Haiti: Sitting on the rubble of the cathedral in Port-au-Prince or tightened under the tarp protecting the altar accommodation just yards from a camp victims, thousands of Haitians attended Sunday Mass on Easter marked the memory of the January 12 earthquake.
The religious building which was ravaged by the earthquake, which killed including the archbishop of the capital...

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Quakes rattle Pacific Coast; 2 dead in Mexico

(CNN) -- A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck northwest Mexico's Baja California on Sunday, rattling Arizona and southern California, and leaving at least two dead and 100 injured in Mexico, authorities said.
At least one person was killed in a building collapse in Mexicali, Mexico, according to the assistant director of civil protection in Tijuana. The other victim died when he ran from his residence into...

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Hymns and electric guitars: Jerusalem marks Easter

JERUSALEM – With ancient hymns and religious rock bands, Christians from around the world are celebrating Easter Sunday in Jerusalem.
Armenian Christians in ornate robes are holding a ceremony in the dark, incense-filled chambers of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and then resurrected on Easter Sunday at this site.

Outside the Old City,...

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Préval has the billions to shape the new future of Haiti

Haiti: It's nearly half past six in the afternoon in the basement of the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, President Rene Preval talks to a group of Haitian journalists.
A sign that the president is satisfied with his day of March 31, 2010, there is no hurry. The same issues on other forms, patient, he argues, and continued to answer. Journalists are over. Each in turn saves...

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Obama's Census Choice: Simply African-American

WASHINGTON (April 2) -- He may be the world's foremost mixed-race leader, but when it came to the official government head count, President Barack Obama gave only one answer to the question about his ethnic background: African-American.

The White House confirmed on Friday that Obama did not check multiple boxes on his U.S. Census form, or choose the option that allows him to elaborate on his racial heritage. He ticked the box that says "Black, African Am., or Negro."

Obama filled out the form...

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Beware: It's April Fools' Day

April 1 is the only day of the year when deceit and pranks are not just tolerated, but encouraged. Interest in the "holiday" is palpable in the Yahoo! Search box. Web lookups for "best april fools day pranks," "how to trick a friend," and "funny april fools day tricks" are all making more noise than an overinflated whoopee cushion.

But if you ask us, the most interesting prank-related query is this: April Fools' Day history. Would-be Allen Funts clearly want to know why everybody is allowed...

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Donors pledge $9.9 billion for Haiti

UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says donors went "far beyond expectations" and pledged $9.9 billion over more than three years to rebuild earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Haiti had appealed for $3.8 billion for the next two years. The U.N. chief said the $9.9 billion includes pledges of $5.3 billion from governments and international partners for the first 24 months of reconstruction, far-exceeding Haiti's request.

Ban told a news conference at the end of...

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Humanitarian aid for sale to the Dominican border

Haiti: The Dominican authorities have seized last week, large quantities of food given by the international community to earthquake victims in Haiti, goods sold on Dominican territory, more specifically at the border.
The military agency reports that, early yesterday morning, she was also condemned, in a store in Santiago, 3,300 canned food, bread, fruit juices and bottled water at a business owned by two and a Haitian Dominican, who managed to escape.
All the seized goods were handed over to...

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$250 million for abstinence education not evidence-based, groups say

(CNN) -- The health care reform legislation that President Obama signed recently isn't only about insurance coverage -- there's also a renewal of $50 million per year for five years for abstinence-focused education.
Programs that receive this funding must "teach that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted...

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Reconstruction of Haiti: Rene Preval focuses on education

Haiti: Haitian President Rene Preval has placed special emphasis on education Wednesday, "mainline" a revival of their country, devastated by an earthquake but the international community wants to help rebuild.

"No development is possible without education," he told participants at an international conference of donors in New York headquarters of the UN.

"In the case of Haiti, even before January 12th (the date of the earthquake, ie), it was already...

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Clinton co-chair the committee reconstruction

Haiti: Clinton co-chair with Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, Haiti Interim Commission for the reconstruction of Haiti (IHRC), has announced that former U.S. president on Wednesday on the sidelines of the international conference of donors to the UN.

"I am pleased with the invitation of President (Haitian) René Préval to co-chairing" the Commission said in a statement Mr. Clinton, also Special Envoy of the UN in Haiti.

"Haitians want to build a better future for themselves, and I am...

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Flooding 'none of us alive have seen'

(CNN) -- The water-weary Northeast, particularly Rhode Island, braced for more misery Wednesday as it battled flooded roads and basements.
"We're just all ready to throw the keys on the counter and walk out of the houses," one Cranston, Rhode Island, resident said. "It's at that point now, you know?"

The rain eased Wednesday after a storm soaked the area, exacerbating remaining...

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WASHINGTON – Officials say nine people have been wounded in a drive-by shooting in the southern part of Washington, D.C., and that three arrests have been made.

Police Department spokesman Officer Hugh Carew says the shootings of six men and three women happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Fire Department spokesman Pete Piringer says five of the victims had life-threatening injuries. He says all were in their 20s and 30s, except for one teenager.

Several people were shot in one block and another found several blocks away.

Police say three people have...

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Chinese hospital staff disciplined after babies' bodies found by river

(CNN) -- Staffers at an eastern Chinese hospital have been disciplined after the bodies of 21 fetuses and infants were found improperly discarded near a river, according to officials and media reports.

A total of 21 bodies were found near the Guangfu River, Jining City officials said in a statement Tuesday.

"The investigation has found that the Jining Hospital Affiliated Medical College mortuary staff violated hospital management policies/regulations,"...

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RI gov. warns of worst flooding in 100 years

CRANSTON, R.I. – The second major rainstorm of the month pounded the Northeast on Tuesday
pushing rivers over their banks, closing roads and schools, prompting evacuations, and shattering at least one rainfall record. Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri asked residents Tuesday afternoon to get home by dinnertime to avoid traveling in what officials expect to be the worst flooding to hit the state in more than...

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Nine teens charged in bullying that led to girl's suicide

(CNN) -- Nine Massachusetts teenagers have been charged with involvement in a monthslong campaign of bullying that led to the January suicide of a 15-year-old girl, a prosecutor said.
Phoebe Prince's body was found hanging in the stairway leading to her family's second-floor apartment in South Hadley, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel told reporters Monday in the western...

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Group arrested not Christian or militia, insider says

(CNN) -- Members of a militia charged with plotting to kill police were not Christian or a militia, a man acquainted with the group said Tuesday.
"This is a group that I would classify as neither a militia or a Christian group," said Michael Lackomar, a member of the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia. "They're really a fringe group outside of anything we do.


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