As the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, the Army is preparing to deploy a division headquarters to Iraq.
Officials have not identified the division that will deploy -- the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011.
An official announcement is expected in the coming days. But Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno recently confirmed the Army "will send another division headquarters to Iraq to control what we're doing there, a small headquarters."
It's unclear how many soldiers will be sent, or how long they will deploy. Division headquarters average between 100 and 500 soldiers and deploy for one year. read more
In 2007, Lerner responded directly to a complaint that some major labor unions reported completely different amounts of political expenditures when filing with the IRS and the Department of Labor.
At the time of the email, Lerner was the Director of Exempt Organizations at the IRS.
Lerner wrote, "We looked at the information you provided regarding organizations that report substantial amounts of political activity and lobbying expenditures on the DOL Form LM-2, but report little to no political expenditures on the Form 990 filed with the IRS."
"We believe this difference in reporting does not necessarily indicate that the organization has incorrectly reported to either the DOL or the IRS," Lerner concluded.
A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons. Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed. Police failed to produce a murder weapon linked to the killing, gunpowder residue tests on Barajas' hands were negative and no witnesses saw anything that transpired on the dark December night.
A Clark County prosecutor dismissed firearm-related charges against a Vancouver, Washington, man following an incident in July when he fired a shotgun into the air in an attempt to scare off prowlers he caught on his property and who he suspected were breaking into cars, The Colombian reported.
Jeffrey Barton was originally charged with illegal aiming or discharging a firearm because he fired the shots from within a county-designated no-shooting zone. But Barton made headlines after placing the blame on advice given by the vice president.
"I did what Joe Biden told me to do," Barton said following the incident. "I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air."
Barton was referring to an interview in February when Biden, in essence, said AR-15s, or other semi-automatic weapons, aren't needed for home defense because shotguns are sufficient.
Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family's request to conduct the separate autopsy. read more