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MIAMI (AP) - A military judge on Friday dismissed two relatively minor charges against the five prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay deten tion center who have been accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Army Col. James Pohl accepted a defense argument that the five year statute of limitations had run out on two non capital charges: attacking civilian objects and destruction of property. The men still face vastly more serious charges, including nearly 3,000 counts of mur der in violation of the law of war for their alleged roles planning and aiding the ter rorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001. They could get the death penalty if convicted. The defendants include Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, who has portrayed himself as the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. All five face the same charges for their alleged roles plan ning and providing logistical support to the hijackers who carried out the plot. Mohammad and the oth ers were initially charged in February 2008. Charges were later refiled in May 2011 after reforms adopted by Congress and President Barack Obama to the military commission, which combines elements of the civilian and military justice systems to prosecute men held at the U.S. base in Cuba for war crimes. The case has been bogged down in the pretrial stage largely because of issues related to the harsh treatment the men were sub TIMES UNION $1.00 8 2 32320 00002 Today: High 63 Low 43 Sunny. Sunday: High 71 Low 58 Mostly cloudy. TIMES UNION April 8 & 9, 2017 WARSAW, IN - $1.50 - FOUNDED 1854 - NO. 84 @TUonline Times-Union - Warsaw timesuniononline.com Politics Senate confirms Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court. Page 6A World Hijacked truck crashes into Stockholm store. Page 7A Contact Us: PHONE: 574-267-3111 MAIL: P.O. Box 1448, Warsaw, IN 46581-1448 EMAIL: news@timesuniononline.com Sports Rickie Fowler among four tied for lead at Masters. Page 1B Drop in. Call (888) 522-2265 A great rate . No debate . lakecitybank.com For more details 2 . 99 APR* % HOME EQUITY LINE OF CREDIT 5 YEAR FIXED RATE Weekender IN OUR 163RD YEAR OF CONTINUOUS SERVICE TO KOSCIUSKO COUNTY The General Manager Gary Gerard is on vacation. News Views, his column of local opinion, will return April 22 in the TIMES-UNION . $1.50 Spring Break First Friday Left, kids patiently wait in line for their turn to have their faces painted as Marina Rodriuez from Touch of Life Church puts the fiinal touches on Enrique Lozano. Above, Fallon Drummond of Silver Lake tries his hand at sand sculpting during last night's First Friday held in downtown Warsaw. Photos by Gary Nieter, TIMES-UNION The public is invited to celebrate the diversity of Kosciusko County agriculture on Tuesday at "A Taste of Agriculture in Kosciusko County: A Family Affair." The event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kosciusko County Fairgrounds. All attendees receive a gift for attending. Organizers are excited to be celebrating the 18th anniversary of this event. Top gifts include $1,500 in gro cery gift certificates and over $1,000 in other door prizes. This includes product or gift certificates of varying amounts that will be given for locally raised products such as soy candles, beef, pork, dairy and duck. The ever popular T shirts also will be included in the cele bration, a provided news release states. The coloring contest con tinues for children. Full con test rules and entry forms BOURBON - Invisible Fence of South Bend has donated a pet oxygen mask kit to the Bourbon Fire Department, ac- cording to a news release from the fire department. This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence Brand's Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks. These masks allow fire- fighters and EMS staff to give oxygen to pets who are suf- fering from smoke inhalation when they are rescued from fires and often save pets' lives. Invisible Fence Brand has donated more than 12,400 pet oxygen masks to fire stations all over the U.S. and Canada throughout the life of the program. Over 150 pets have been saved by the donated masks so far, including one family dog by the Rochester Fire Department in early September. "When a family suffers the tragedy of a fire, lives are turned upside down," said Ed Hoyt, director of Invisible Fence Brand. "Pets are valued family members, so we want families to know that their pet can be cared for if tragedy strikes." "We realize that humans are the first priority, but in many cases, pets can be saved if firefighters have the right equipment," said Hoyt. "Project Breathe program is simply a way of giving firefighters the tools necessary to save pets' lives." Bourbon is now joining the ranks of cities like Seattle, Chicago, Denver and Salt Lake City who have all received donated pet oxygen masks from Project Breathe program, the release states. Although the number of pets that die in fires is not an official statistic kept by the U.S. Fire Administration, in- dustry websites and sources have cited an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, most suc- cumbing to smoke inhalation. In most states, emergency responders are unequipped to deal with the crisis, the re- lease states. Taste Of Ag Is Tuesday STAFF REPORT See AG- Page 2A Bourbon Fire Department Receives Pet Oxygen Mask Kit STAFF REPORT Judge Drops Two Non-Capital Charges In 9/11 Case At Guantanamo Bay See CASE- Page 2A SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Government investigators looking into how Google pays its employees have accused the tech giant of shortchanging women doing similar work to men. A U.S. Department of Labor official disclosed the agency's allegations during a Friday court hearing in San Francisco. "We found systemic com pensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce," Janette Wipper, a Labor Department regional direc tor, testified, according to a report published by The Guardian. Google said it vehemently disagreed with the charges, which the Mountain View, California, company said it hadn't heard until Wipper's court appearance. "Every year, we do a com prehensive and robust analysis of pay across gen ders and we have found no gender pay gap," Google said in its statement. Google and other technol ogy companies have been trying to improve hiring practices that have histori cally doled out most of their technical jobs to white and Asian men. Their efforts to strike a better balance have been mostly unsuccessful so far. For instance, only 19 per cent of Google's technology jobs are held by women. Overall, nearly one third of Google's more than 70,000 workers are women. The Labor Department's probe evolved from a lawsuit filed in January seeking to bar Google from doing busi ness with the federal gov ernment unless the compa ny complied with an audit of its employee compensation records. Google has said it has turned over some of the requested records, but with held other information that it believes would invade its workers' privacy. While Google and its peers have been disclosing embarrassing sexual and racial imbalances in their workforces for the past few years, the technology indus U.S. Regulators Accuse Google Of Underpaying Female Workers This March 23, 2010, file photo shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels. Photo by As ociated Pres See GOOGLE- Page 2A

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