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“After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs. Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife,” the statement said.

In the statement, Susan Orellana-Clark said she was providing details of what she saw “to honor my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties.”

U.S. officials in Afghanistan referred questions to the Pentagon, which previously referred questions to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, where Clark was assigned.

The Pentagon said previously that Clark’s death remains under investigation.


For chronically unemployed, more bad news for state

MERCED — Across California, 93,000 unemployed workers will receive more bad news: Federal long-term benefits for chronically unemployed workers are set to expire.

On Saturday, they will join 670,000 other jobless Californians whose benefits have already run out.

A drop in the state’s unemployment rate to 11 percent - its lowest mark in three years - is triggering the federal cutoff of the benefits that were granted by Congress to help laid-off workers during the recession.

Under federal law, the rate of unemployment must be 10 percent higher than for the previous three years for the extended benefits to remain in each state. California’s rate has been declining.

The federal program gave the unemployed up to 99 weeks of benefits, the longest on record.


11th hazing death defendant arrested

ORLANDO — The last of 11 band members charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major has turned herself in to authorities.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says Lasherry Codner, 20, surrendered Sunday at the Orange County jail.

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