President signs defense bill
President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed a $607 billion defense policy bill despite his opposition to restrictions in the legislation that ban him from moving Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States. In a statement, Obama said the bill “includes vital benefits for military personnel and their families, authorities to facilitate ongoing operations around the globe, and important reforms to the military retirement system” as well as other measures. He added, however, that he is “deeply disappointed that the Congress has again failed to take productive action toward closing the detention facility at Guantanamo.”
Obama spares ‘Abe’ and friend
President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation’s most admired presidents. Obama pardoned “Abe,” the 2015 national Thanksgiving turkey, and “Honest” during a ceremony Wednesday in the Rose Garden. The two will spend their days living it up on a Virginia farm.
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Cadet pillow fights to be banned
Cadet pillow fights like the bloody one that left 30 injured will be banned and actions are being pursued against many of those involved, U.S. Military Academy officials said Wednesday. First-year students organize the annual pillow fight to build camaraderie. But the pillow fight on Aug. 20 escalated into a free-for-all. Injuries included a broken nose, a fractured cheek and 24 diagnosed concussions. One cadet was found unconscious, according to a report.
Facebook user guilty of murder
Derek Medina, who killed his wife and posted a photo of the bloody corpse on Facebook, was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder after failing to convince a jury that he shot Jennifer Alfonso eight times in self-defense in August 2013.
Compiled from wire reports.