Former Army General Gets Fine but No Jail in Sex Assault Case

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_d59ba188d5.jpgPhotos.com/Thinkstock (FORT BRAGG, N.C.) -- A now former Army general was spared jail time Thursday in a sensational case that involved a female captain accusing him of sexual assault. Instead, Jeffrey Sinclair, who resigned his commission, received a $20,000 fine and an official reprimand, infuriating his accuser as well as some members of Congress who felt the 51-year-old career military man got a slap on the wrist.

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Former NJ Official Cops to Clipping Fortune in Quarters

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_f6466eadde.jpggualbertobecerra/Thinkstock (RIDGEWOOD, N.J.) -- The former public works inspector of Ridgewood, N.J., admitted to stealing at least $460,000 in change over a more than two-year period before his arrest last year, The Record reports. In court Wednesday, 43-year-old Thomas Rica admitted taking pockets full of quarters from the village's coin collection room a few times a week over 25 months -- a total take that would have weighed 11.25 tons, according to the U.S. Mint.

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World’s Largest Solar Farm Generating Pilot Complaints

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_702dcce124.jpgPhoto Credit: www.ivanpahsolar.com (NEW YORK) -- A solar complex in California that claims to generate enough electricity for 140,000 homes is now generating some controversy. In two separate reports filed to the Aviation Safety Reporting System, a pilot and an air traffic controller anonymously complained that reflections caused by the complex’s thousands of mirrors were – according to the air traffic controller – “extremely bright and distracting.”

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Osama Bin Laden’s Son-in-Law Defends Role in Al Qaeda

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_02e6400602.jpg AFP/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law told spellbound spectators in a New York court Wednesday that even though he appeared with his infamous kin in videos shortly after the 9/11 attacks, he didn’t know the attack was coming beforehand and the two never discussed terrorism.

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School Bans 9-Year-Old’s ‘My Little Pony’ Backpack

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_18f2849b9a.jpgABC News (BUNCOMBE COUNTY, N.C.) -- One backpack is at the center of a national firestorm. The always cheerful cartoon horses of “My Little Pony” have made Grayson Bruce, 9, the subject of bullying at his Buncombe County, N.C., elementary school. “It made me feel devastated,” Grayson told ABC News of the behavior he has endured. “I didn’t think I was going to get the reaction that I got.”

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