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When an artillery shell exploded at a Mississippi recycling yard, Chris Smith watched his co-worker bleed out. Later, a second shell was found. The sheriff’s department said they were the kind used in long-range cannons.

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When an artillery shell exploded at a Mississippi recycling yard, Chris Smith watched his co-worker bleed out. Later, a second shell was found. The sheriff’s department said they were the kind used in long-range cannons.

The Marine Corps demolition specialist was worried — about America, and about the civil war he feared would follow the presidential election. And so, block by block, he stole 13 pounds (6 kilograms) of C4 plastic explosives from the training ranges of Camp Lejeune.

At Kings Bay, while one Marine altered paperwork to make it appear explosives had been used, others took them away after burying them near a “shoot house” on base, the records show.Former military members who take explosives don’t always face punishment.

The Army didn’t know the explosives had been missing for years. At trial, an Army expert suggested a faked form said they had been exploded.On a shelf in a bedroom closet, they found a black backpack, and inside was an ammunition can that contained a cornucopia of munitions. Five feet of detasheet, a thin, malleable explosive that comes in rolls like wrapping paper. Fuse cord. Blasting caps. Parts of a land mine.

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Seems someone should’ve known where two military artillery long range shells came from. I'm old enough to remember when the AP was a respected news organization, not the bunch of amateurs it's turned into. Artillery have rifling so its technically a rifle therefore OK it falls under the 2nd Amendment or so the NRA told me.

💔 How did they get there to begin with? Well, this needs to be fixed asap

AP: US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world | AP NewsThe Marine Corps demolition specialist was worried — about America, and about the civil war he feared would follow the presidential election. And so, block by block, he stole 13 pounds (6 kilograms) of C4 plastic explosives from the training ranges of Camp Lejeune. horrible Inside proud boys arming outside proud boys? Ask Mike Flynn. I bet he knows where they are at.

A world ablaze, captured by AP photographers in 2021 | AP News“Some say the world will end in fire,” wrote the poet Robert Frost -- and for much of 2021, Associated Press photographers captured scenes of a world ablaze, amid rumblings of ruin. In New Delhi, a man sprints amid the funeral pyres of COVID-19 victims -- too many fires, too much heat, too many victims. Not mostly peaceful? Riots looting murder. Very hopeful Wrong year. That was 2020:

WTA to AP: Loss of China events over Peng could go past '22 | AP NewsThe suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women's professional tennis tour told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Lebron said she’s fine. Bravo wto more corporation should follow this lead protecting MeToo victim and human rights. Good for them 👏👏👏👏

Facebook: Fake scientist used to spread anti-US propaganda | AP NewsA disinformation network with ties to China used hundreds of fake social media accounts — including one belonging to a fictitious Swiss biologist — to spread an unfounded claim that the U.S. pressured scientists to blame China for the coronavirus, Facebook said Wednesday. Really yeah? nah....anti China propaganda I know about 5 of em so does this mean people like Pottinger weren't pressuring people to do this and support the lab leak fairy tale?

New US ambassador to New Zealand seeks to work with China | AP NewsWELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tom Udall, the new U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, says he wants to find areas of common ground with China in a region where tensions often run high. Udall, a former U.S. In New Zealand, that would be at the local Pub .... (you all thought I was going to say the local sheep farm, didn't you?)

Christmas tree buyers face reduced supplies, higher prices | AP NewsALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Even Christmas trees aren’t immune to the pandemic-induced shortages and inflation plaguing the economy. Extreme weather and supply chain disruptions have reduced supplies of both real and artificial trees this season. Traditions change with time and need. Google 'No room for a Tree' or 'No tree Christmas tree' and get some ideas. Stop tree farming anyway the waste is incredible. its hardly a shortage if you can just go without.

AP: Some stolen US military guns used in violent crimes That’s what happened in 2018, when a former Marine’s father tipped off investigators about his son’s Colorado home.that the military give lawmakers detailed loss and theft reports every year.A world ablaze, captured by AP photographers in 2021 By The Associated Press December 1, 2021 GMT https://apnews.FILE - WTA CEO Steve Simon appears during a retirement ceremony for Martina Hingis in Singapore.

Authorities discovered four blocks of C4 stuffed into the son’s boots and, in his hoodie pocket, cord to detonate them. They also found eight 40 mm armor-piercing grenades, court records show. ___ Explosives are more difficult to account for than firearms. The items came from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. On a beach near the village of Limni, Greece, the horizon is lit by the flames of wildfires raging across the eastern Mediterranean. The former Marine had been part of a security force guarding the nuclear-powered fleet there. Although at least two people are supposed to sign consumption reports, it’s an honor system. At Kings Bay, while one Marine altered paperwork to make it appear explosives had been used, others took them away after burying them near a “shoot house” on base, the records show. “This is an organizational effort that is really addressing something that’s about what’s right and wrong.

That case spawned a parallel investigation into further explosive thefts from Kings Bay. Explosives may not have individual serial numbers for tracking, and plastic explosives are easily concealed because, like Play-Doh, they can be cut or shaped. Not all of the combustion is so literal. According to the investigative file, 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of plastic explosives were stolen. In trained hands, much less C4 than that would be deadly if detonated close to people, and could destroy vehicles or damage bridges or buildings, military and civilian explosive experts said. That criminal investigation also revealed that a second ammunition technician took four fragmentation grenades by falsely recording that they were exploded during training, an assertion no one questioned. In all, six people pleaded guilty. Capitol; Mexican demonstrators against gender violence, hurling themselves at barricades; an Ethiopian woman’s wrath as she fights for every split pea in starving, war-torn Tigray. Former military members who take explosives don’t always face punishment. The Army provided a chart that totaled nearly 1,900 entries for missing explosives, about half of which it said were recovered. In the month since, Simon has made repeated calls for China to carry out an inquiry into the 35-year-old Peng’s accusations and to allow the WTA to communicate directly with the former No.

In 2016, a Pennsylvania man who had retired from the Marines as a lieutenant colonel two decades before was found with 10 pounds (5 kilograms) of C4, detonating cord and blasting caps, in his home. A federal prosecutor declined the case, citing the statute of limitations and the apparent lack of criminal intent. Other categories included artillery, mortars, land mines, grenades, rockets and armor-piercing 40 mm grenades shot from a launcher. And in Haiti, the wife of slain President Jovenel Moise, Martine, leaves a memorial gathering in black widow’s weeds and mask. In Florida, a former Army Special Forces soldier was acquitted by a civilian jury of taking boxes of TNT, grenades and dynamite. He testified that his supervising officer allowed him to take the explosives from Fort Bragg, North Carolina — a claim the supervisor denied. Col. The Army didn’t know the explosives had been missing for years. There were moments of hope. The second element of that is that we want a full and transparent — without any level of censorship — investigation on the allegations that were made.

At trial, an Army expert suggested a faked form said they had been exploded. Even with that review, researchers couldn’t always determine amounts, so for example it was not possible to know exactly how many pounds of C4/TNT were represented in the 1,066 entries, Kelley said. ___ The story of the recovery of Camp Lejeune’s purloined explosives begins with teenagers breaking into a vacant house. On a shelf in a bedroom closet, they found a black backpack, and inside was an ammunition can that contained a cornucopia of munitions. Over the past decade, the Army “has maintained proper accountability of 99. He stands in his protective gear on a hillock, like an emissary from COVID times who somehow found himself in a South Asian remake of “The Sound of Music. Five feet of detasheet, a thin, malleable explosive that comes in rolls like wrapping paper. Fuse cord. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the Marine Corps released data that was too unclear to calculate a precise tally. If not, the events could be moved to other countries, as happened this year, when the tour’s Asian swing was called off because of COVID-19 concerns; the WTA Finals, for example, were shifted to Guadalajara, Mexico, last month.

Blasting caps. And the man and woman caught in a passionate embrace in Barcelona, Spain, are not characters in a romantic comedy; behind them, a riot rages over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy. Parts of a land mine. “Some of it was later recovered and often these reports are attributed to human error, such as miscounts or improper documentation,” Capt. A Marine sergeant named Alex Krasovec had left the backpack, according to the investigative file. As a demolition instructor at Camp Lejeune in early 2017, he grabbed the can at the end of one training exercise. He wrote the Marines have “appropriate policies and procedures . The items inside should have been exploded. 21 that he spoke with Peng — a three-time Olympian — on a 30-minute video call.

Sometimes, troops will gather the leftovers from a training and blow them up, rather than turning them back in — and filling out additional forms.. It’s known as a junk shot, safety shot or clean-up shot. Instead of returning the explosives, or blowing up the can, Krasovec took it. The Air Force provided a chart that reported about 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of C4, more than 800 feet (244 meters) of detonating cord and several dozen 40 mm armor-piercing grenades had vanished without being recovered. Krasovec, who declined an interview request from AP, would tell Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents that his idea was to go to his family home in Ohio — to have some fun, maybe blow up some tree stumps. Before he could, the teenagers who had slipped out of a sleepover in Jacksonville, North Carolina, found the stash. “The Air Force does very well regarding accountability of explosives,” Fiocco wrote in response to questions. A number of Chinese businesspeople, activists and ordinary people have disappeared in recent years after criticizing ruling Communist Party figures or in crackdowns on corruption or pro-democracy and labor rights campaigns.

They took it, and kept it, until one of them was overheard talking about having military explosives at home. NCIS investigator questioning Marine Sgt. When the AP produced military investigative records showing an additional 24 grenades had been reported missing from a ship’s armory in 2012, Navy spokesman Lt. Alex Krasovec about why he took explosives from Camp Lejeune in 2017 (Naval Criminal Investigation Service via AP) A forensic lab identified Krasovec’s fingerprints on the explosives. In questioning him about a year later, NCIS agents stumbled upon a second insider, Sgt.” Aldridge added: “We are committed to transparency and following proper procedures and take accountability of explosives seriously. Travis Glosser. “We are always firmly opposed to acts that politicize sports,” Wang said in a one-sentence response to journalists at a daily ministry briefing.

As a demolition trainer at Camp Lejeune, Glosser also had exceptional access to C4. These reporting gaps mean official loss and theft numbers collected by the Office of the Secretary of Defense undercount the problem’s full extent. During the summer of 2016, Glosser feared Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump in the presidential election, and society might disintegrate. So he began accumulating leftovers until he had what he described as “a respectable amount” of C4 — 10 blocks, weighing nearly 13 pounds (6 kilograms). “The numbers are exceedingly small for loss of explosives,” chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told AP in June. “I mean, you know how crazy the world is nowadays,” Glosser told an NCIS agent in June 2018, when he surrendered. “So it’s like well, you know, I’ve also got that just in case if the world does start coming to an end or anything crazy like that, I could protect me and my family. In the majority of these 63 cases, the military didn’t realize any explosives were gone until someone recovered them where they shouldn’t be.” International Tennis Federation spokeswoman Heather Bowler said the ITF Board would meet Thursday to discuss the matter.

” After Trump won, he carefully buried the explosives just beyond the tree line in the backyard of his home off Camp Lejeune. They remained there until, more than a year later, word began circulating that Krasovec was in trouble and there would be an inventory review. Authorities discovered four blocks of C4 stuffed into the son’s boots and, in his hoodie pocket, cord to detonate them. Glosser first told investigators on the Krasovec case that he didn’t know about any stolen C4. Before sunrise the next morning, he used a military shovel to bury the explosives in nearby woods. The items came from Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia. He then went to the gym, and reported to work. But news of the first #MeToo case to reach the political realm in China has not been reported by the domestic media and online discussion of it has been highly censored.

Later that day, consumed by the mistake he knew he’d made, Glosser confessed, then told bomb handlers where he had buried the munitions. At Kings Bay, while one Marine altered paperwork to make it appear explosives had been used, others took them away after burying them near a “shoot house” on base, the records show. Both Krasovec and Glosser pleaded guilty to theft of military property. Each was sentenced to less than two years of confinement in military prison, and both were knocked down in rank. According to the investigative file, 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of plastic explosives were stolen. Krasovec was booted from the service with a bad conduct discharge; Glosser is appealing his case. Glosser’s wife told the AP that he would not comment. In all, six people pleaded guilty.” ___ More AP tennis: https://apnews.

Under questioning from authorities, he insisted he never planned to wreak havoc and said he had no ties to a militia. “At no time did I ever intend or even think about selling, giving, or even showing anyone” the explosives, he wrote. In 2016, a Pennsylvania man who had retired from the Marines as a lieutenant colonel two decades before was found with 10 pounds (5 kilograms) of C4, detonating cord and blasting caps, in his home. “I also have never had any intent to harm anyone.” ___ . In Florida, a former Army Special Forces soldier was acquitted by a civilian jury of taking boxes of TNT, grenades and dynamite.