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A not-guilty plea was entered Thursday on Patrick Nagle’s behalf as a formality. He agreed in July to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and cooperate with prosecutors. Nagle was an executive at Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, a defunct company that had Navy contracts.

Prosecutors said the 50-year-old Marietta, Ga., resident made payments on invoices that were inflated by two subcontractors given Navy work by his firm.

Another man, Anjan Dutta-Gupta, already has pleaded guilty. A third man, Ralph Mariano, is awaiting trial.

SOUTH DAKOTA

American-Indian activist Means says he has cancer

PORCUPINE | Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist who led the 1973 uprising at Wounded Knee, says he has inoperable throat cancer.

The 71-year-old said doctors told him the cancer was too advanced for surgery, the Rapid City Journal reported. Mr. Means, who also is an actor known for his role in “The Last of the Mohicans,” said he would not have chosen surgery anyway because it would have meant the removal of his tongue and his ability to speak.

Mr. Means is forgoing mainstream medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy, saying that being fed through a tube and being confined to a wheelchair by extreme fatigue are “unacceptable options.”

“I’m not going to hang on to life under those conditions,” he said. “No way am I going to hang on for that.”

Mr. Means said he’ll turn to alternative treatments and traditional American Indian remedies. Herbal teas and other plants with cancer-fighting properties have come to him from tribes in Guadalajara, Mexico, and the Ojibwe tribe in Minnesota, he said. He also is receiving cancer treatments approved in Europe and Canada but not in the United States at an alternative cancer center in Arizona.

He said he knows his prognosis isn’t good but he is at peace with the possibility that he might die.

“I’m not going to argue with the Great Mystery,” he said. “Lakota belief is that death is a change of worlds. And I believe like my dad believed. When it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go.”

TEXAS

Judge throws out suit in teenager’s death

EL PASO | A judge in West Texas has dismissed a $25 million wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 15-year-old Mexican boy killed by a Border Patrol agent.

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