December 3rd, 2011
05:12 PM ET

Sheen's ex-wife arrested in Colorado, charged with assault

Brooke Mueller, the ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, was arrested early Saturday in Colorado and charged with assault and cocaine possession, police said.

Shortly before midnight Friday, police encountered a woman at the Belly Up - a bar and performance venue in Aspen - who said Mueller had been "the aggressor" in an assault, the Colorado city's police department said in a news release.

Mueller was found and arrested after midnight at another bar, Escobar, according to Aspen police. She was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, which is a felony, and third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor.

She was released after posting an $11,000 bond, said Aspen police. A court date is scheduled for December 19.

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December 3rd, 2011
04:22 PM ET

Grand jury declines to indict fast-food worker in beating incident

A fast-food worker, whose run-in with two unruly customers was captured on cell phone video last month, will not be indicted on assault charges, prosecutors said Saturday.

A grand jury voted against indicting Rayon McIntosh, who was seen allegedly swinging a metal object against two patrons at a McDonald's restaurant in Manhattan's Greenwich Village.

He had been charged with felony assault, according to Joan Vollero, spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney's office.

The grand jury reviewed evidence and testimony over 11 days, said Vollero.

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December 3rd, 2011
04:19 PM ET

3rd body identified in Ohio killings linked to Craigslist ad

Ohio authorities on Saturday advanced their investigation into killings tied to a Craigslist job listing when they identified the last of three bodies found last month, a sheriff said.

The body of Ralph H. Geiger, 56, of Akron, Ohio, was identified by the Licking County Coroner's office, said Sheriff Stephen S. Hannum of Noble County. His corpse had been discovered by investigators November 25 in a shallow grave in eastern Ohio.

He and two other men found dead - also in different shallow graves - are believed to have been killed after answering a Craigslist ad to work on a cattle farm in eastern Ohio, authorities said.

Brogan Rafferty, 16, of Stow, Ohio, who is a high school sophomore, is facing charges of aggravated murder and attempted murder in the killings, and prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult, according to CNN affiliates WKYC and WJW.

In court documents filed by prosecutors, Richard Beasley, 52, of Akron, Ohio, is also alleged to have been involved in the killings. But he hasn't been charged yet specifically in relation to the case.

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A prison of his own making
The building with its roof damaged and askew sat silent and vacant -- only it wasn’t.
December 3rd, 2011
12:01 PM ET

A prison of his own making

The sprawling Victory Base Complex was America’s largest in Iraq, located near the Baghdad Airport.

It was essentially an American city, at one time home to more than 40,000 troops. 

Now as the United States ends its military mission and troops head home, the base has been turned over to the Iraqis.

There are nine of Saddam Hussein’s palaces here.

The grandest are the four that stand on an artificial lake.

Hussein was so impressed with the ones at Versailles, the story goes, he decided to build his own. 

And one of the four held a secret.

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On a highway to Hilla …
A U.S. convoy arrives at Camp Virginia, Kuwait.
December 3rd, 2011
11:51 AM ET

On a highway to Hilla …

It's rush hour on Hilla Highway, the main road out of Baghdad south to Kuwait, as U.S. forces close up shop on nearly nine years of war. And from what I’m hearing from U.S. military officials, Hilla can be a hell of a drive.

Since the U.S. downsizing began in October, the number of attacks on U.S. troops has been on the increase.

According to Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, chief spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, U.S. troops are attacked on average three times a day. Now that’s nothing compared to the bad old days of 2007 when U.S. and Iraqi forces were being hit 145 times a day.

But the concern of U.S. military leaders is that the level of violence against U.S. forces will increase, perhaps significantly, over the next two weeks just as the U.S. military cuts its numbers and ability to defend itself.

Buchanan says Iranian-backed militant groups such as Asaib Ahl-Alhaq want to give the illusion that U.S. troops are retreating under fire.  Bases have been struck by mortars and rockets.

The good news is there are fewer bases to hit – from 505 at the war’s peak down to six as of this writing.   The bad news is the bad guys know U.S. troops are now concentrated in just a half dozen places.

Then there are the moving targets called convoys.

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