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Man pleads guilty in explosives case

TRAVERSE CITY — A man accused of buying and hiding more than 4,000 pounds of explosives with enough potential firepower to equal the Oklahoma City bombing pleaded guilty to one count, though his attorney insisted Wednesday that his client had no violent intentions.

In exchange for his plea, four other counts were dropped against John Francis Lechner, 64. He could get up to 10 years in prison when sentenced May 25.

He was arrested in September.


Tribe seeks order to limit beer sales in adjacent town

LINCOLN — Leaders of an American Indian tribe in South Dakota who are suing beer makers, distributors and retailers are now asking a judge to limit alcohol sales in a tiny Nebraska town near their reservation.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe added the request late last week to a federal lawsuit that seeks $500 million in damages for the alcohol-related problems on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

From wire dispatches and staff reports.