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NORTH CAROLINA: $7.5M 'Blackwater' settlement

The international security contractor formerly known as Blackwater has agreed to pay a $7.5 million fine to settle federal criminal charges related to arms smuggling and other crimes. Documents unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh said the company, now called Academi LLC, agreed to pay the fine as part of a deferred prosecution agreement to settle 17 violations. The list of violations includes possessing automatic weapons in the United States without registration, lying to federal firearms regulators about weapons provided to the king of Jordan, passing secret plans for armored personnel carriers to Sweden and Denmark without U.S. government approval and illegally shipping body armor overseas.


OHIO: Husband held in ICU killing

A man suspected of calmly walking into a hospital's intensive care unit and shooting his wife in the head in what may have been a mercy killing appeared perplexed at an attempted murder charge when he stood before a judge Tuesday, asking whether his wife was indeed dead. A medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. John Wise, 66, with a full white beard, appeared before an Akron Municipal Court judge via video from jail on an aggravated attempted murder charge. Wise, who lived in Massillon, is charged with shooting his wife of 45 years, Barbara, 65, in Akron General Medical Center on Saturday. He has cooperated with investigators.


A well-armed moviegoer

A northeast Ohio man took a gun, ammunition and knives to a showing of the Batman movie because he wanted to protect himself in case someone tried to replicate last month's deadly Colorado theater shooting, attorney Matthew Bruce said Tuesday. Scott A. Smith, 37, had no intention of causing harm or inducing panic, Bruce said. His client "felt a sense of fear" about going to a theater, and chose the Batman movie by coincidence.

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