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November 22, 2018

OLDEST PEARL HARBOR SURVIVOR DIES

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The oldest U.S. military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor that plunged the United States into World War II has died at age 106.

Ray Chavez’s daughter, Kathleen Chavez of Poway, California, tells The Associated Press her father died in his sleep yesterday.

Chavez had visited Washington in May where he was honored by President Donald Trump during Memorial Day services.

He was assigned to the minesweeper USS Condor when Japanese war planes bombed Pearl Harbor.

Hours before the attack, he and others had spotted a Japanese submarine near the harbor and notified a destroyer, which sunk it.

Soon after, his ship docked, and he returned to his nearby home. Minutes later, he would race back to the harbor when Japanese warplanes began to attack.

JAIL’S CREATION OF “GOD POD” CHALLENGED

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A regional jail in Virginia is being sued over allegedly setting up a Christians-only unit dubbed the “God Pod.”

A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday by a Muslim civil rights group says the Riverside Regional Jail has set aside a housing pod exclusively for Christian inmates.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations alleges that inmates housed there must promise to live in accordance with the Bible. The group says the Christian pod violates the Constitution by favoring one religion over others.

The lawsuit accuses jail officials of discriminating against Muslim inmates and others by preventing them from participating in programs that teach their faith and excluding them from the housing unit, nicknamed the “God Pod” by inmates.

Jail officials did not immediately respond to a call and emails seeking comment.

TRAIN PROBLEM CAUSES TWO AMTRAK CARS TO SEPARATE

NEW YORK (AP) — Two cars have separated on a New York City-bound Amtrak train, but there are no reports of injuries.

The train experienced what Amtrak called a “mechanical issue” just before 7:30 p.m. last night near Albany, New York.

Train 68, called The Adirondack, was heading from Montreal the night before Thanksgiving in the U.S., one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Amtrak says another engine was being dispatched to transfer passengers from the disabled train. The train was carrying 287 passengers and crew.

There is no word on what caused the problem.

DNA USED TO SOLVE OLD MURDER CASE IN NO. CAL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Northern California authorities say they have cracked a 45-year-old murder case using the same publicly available DNA database investigators accessed to arrest alleged serial killer Joseph DeAngelo.

The Santa Clara County sheriff’s department says officers arrested 74-year-old John Arthur Getreu on suspicion of killing 21-year-old Leslie Perlov in 1973. Perlov’s body was found under an oak tree near Stanford University and her panty hose were stuffed in her mouth. She had been strangled and the case went unsolved for decades.

Investigators taking another look at the case in July found an unknown man’s DNA among the evidence. They sent the DNA sample to the Virginia-based DNA technology company Parabon NanoLab.

The company’s results led investigators to Getreu, who was arrested at his Hayward, California, home on Tuesday.

MMA FIGHTER ARRESTED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGES AFTER ASSAULT ON WIFE

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu police arrested a mixed martial arts fighter on charges of attempted murder after he allegedly punched his wife and fellow fighter in the head, face and ribs, fracturing her eye socket.

Honolulu police arrested Arnold Berdon on Tuesday after he turned himself in.

His wife, Rachael Ostovich Berdon, filed a request for a temporary restraining order alleging he punched her on Sunday after a night out with family. She says she fell to the ground, gasped for air and escaped through a balcony.

Her representative, Brian Butler-Au, posted on social media that she won’t compete in a January UFC bout against Paige VanZant because of her injuries.

Berdon was in custody Wednesday. Police declined to make him available for comment. His attorney’s name was not immediately available.

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