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Death Penalty Sought in Fort Hood Killings:  The commanding general of the Fort Hood military post announced today that accused murderer Maj. Nidal Hasan will be tried in a military court and face the death penalty, reports Angela K. Brown of the AP.  Hasan is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder stemming from a November 2009 shooting spree.

Alleged Rape Victim Testifies at Accused Serial Killer's Trial:  Thomas J. Sheeran of the AP reports a woman who said she was raped by accused serial killer Anthony Sowell defended her accusation during an aggressive cross examination today by Sowell's defense team.  The woman told jurors she was choked and violently raped by Sowell after a night of partying in October 2009, about a week before police discovered the first two bodies in his home.  Jurors were also shown a cellphone video that prosecutors say show a woman falling from an attic window of Sowell's home and a naked man, identified by the witness as Sowell, attempting to move her motionless body.  Sowell's defense team questioned her about her conflicting versions of the attack, including her claim to police that her injuries were from a car accident - a story she testified she told to save her life. 

ATF Head Denies Knowing Details of "Fast and Furious" Operation:  In his first detailed comments about ATF's "Fast and Furious" gun tracking operation, acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson claimed he had only a superficial understanding of the program until after the controversy erupted.  Melson's claims contradict testimony and previously-released documents indicating that he had much more involvement in the operation, including emails released at a hearing last month showing Melson seeking to watch from his desk live hidden camera footage from cooperating gun shops that sold ATF-tracked guns.  Evan Perez has this story in The Wall Street Journal. 

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