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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

Bihar, India (Image: Wikipedia)

12-year-old Indian boy beaten to death for cookie theft

A 12-year-old Indian boy was stripped, hung upside down and beaten to death in front of his family on Sunday in Bihar for allegedly stealing some cookies from a village shop, a Dubai newspaper reported. Published December 30, 2013

** FILE ** Under a new policy, women in the Marine Corps are eligible for combat-related positions, such as scout sniper. The Pentagon formally announced Jan. 24 that the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy had been rescinded. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Marines delay 3-pullups requirement for women

The Marine Corps announced quietly that it is delaying its pullup requirement for women, because most recruits would be unable to pass the test. Published December 29, 2013

FILE - In this Nov. 5 file photo, villagers belonging to a self-defense group that formed to fight organized crime stand at a checkpoint in the town of Las Colonias, in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. Mexico’s human rights body said Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013 the government shouldn’t be allowing the formation of vigilante groups in some parts of Mexico where people have risen up to battle drug gangs. It says they could lead to more violence and undermine the rule of law. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

Five headless bodies found in Western Mexico: police

Authorities found five headless bodies on Saturday in western Mexico, with letters left with the corpses apparently signed by Jalisco New Generation drug cartel, the Agence France-Presse reported. Published December 29, 2013

Jen Palmer of Utah, seen here in a screen shot, said she and her husband face $3,500 in fines and a damaged credit score for posting a negative review online about a company they had tried to buy Christmas presents from several years ago. (

Couple faces $3,500 fine for negative online review

A Utah couple is facing $3,500 in fines and a damaged credit score after they posted a negative review online about a company they had tried to buy Christmas presents from several years ago. Published December 26, 2013

** FILE ** An electronic cigarette and the filter end that holds the liquid nicotine solution is on display. E-cigarettes are plastic and metal devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution in a disposable cartridge, creating vapor that the "smoker" inhales. A tiny light on the tip even glows like a real cigarette. (Associated Press)

NYC council bans use of e-cigarettes indoors

The New York City Council approved legislation Thursday that treats electronic cigarettes similar to tobacco cigarettes, by banning their use in indoor public spaces. Published December 19, 2013