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Need to Know News: Afghan killings suspect to face murder charges; 3 plead guilty in Miss. hate-crime case
March 23rd, 2012
10:13 AM ET

Need to Know News: Afghan killings suspect to face murder charges; 3 plead guilty in Miss. hate-crime case

Each day, we here at "Piers Morgan Tonight" put together the news you need to know – from what happened last night to what will happen today.

For March 23, 2012 – Afghan killings suspect to face murder charges, 3 plead guilty in Miss. hate-crime case and cocaine contributed to Whitney Houston's drowning...

• Afghan killings suspect to face murder charges: "Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales faces 17 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder when he is charged Friday for his alleged role in the killings of Afghan villagers, a senior U.S. official said. Bales, 38, stands accused of leaving a remote outpost in Kandahar province's Panjwai district on March 11 and going on a deadly house to house rampage."

• 3 plead guilty in Miss. hate-crime case: "Three white Mississippi men pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes Thursday in connection with the 2011 beating death of an African-American man in Jackson, the Justice Department announced. Deryl Dedmon, John Aaron Rice and Dylan Butler each admitted to conspiracy and violating the 2009 federal hate-crimes law in last June's killing of James Craig Anderson."

• The oil industry plans to lower gas prices: "The oil industry recently laid out a set of proposals it believes will instantly lower gasoline prices. The proposals call for more domestic oil production, fewer environmental regulations, and for not raising taxes on the industry. They're basically what the Republican presidential candidates are calling for."

Audit rates of millionaires nearly double: "Millionaires were nearly twice as likely to receive a tax audit last year as they were the previous year, according to data released by the IRS this week. Overall 1.1% of taxpayers were audited last year; that's about the same as in 2010. But for taxpayers with income between $1 million and $5 million, the number jumped to 12% - up from about 7%."

• Cocaine contributed to Whitney Houston's drowning: "Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the 'effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use' were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County coroner said in an initial autopsy report released Thursday."

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  1. ron

    Once again, as with George Zimmerman, it's not the gun's fault, but the person who misuses it. Make a highly publicized example of anyone who murders, by giving them life without parole, hard time. But if you blame the gun, you must take away the military's guns, and the civilian's guns. Then who will get there hands on them? Criminals.

    March 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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