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Nov 11, 2012

U.S. investigator in Afghan rampage case suggests gunman not alone

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – The wife of an Afghan villager killed in a rampage blamed on a decorated U.S. officer told an Army investigator that more than one soldier was present when her husband was shot dead at their home in March, the investigator testified on Saturday.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 10, 2012

Afghan victims say only one U.S. soldier attacked

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – An Afghan villager and two of his sons, who survived a night-time shooting rampage in March, testified on Saturday that they saw only one U.S. soldier attacking their compound, backing the U.S. government’s account.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing 16 villagers, mostly women and children, when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 9, 2012

Afghan victims set to testify in shooting rampage hearing

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Two wounded survivors of a shooting rampage that killed 16 Afghan villagers are set to recount the experience on Friday at a U.S. military hearing to decide if a decorated soldier accused of murder in the case will face a court martial.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his remote camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 7, 2012

U.S. soldier’s testimony on Afghan rampage at odds with prosecution

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. soldier’s testimony appeared to cast doubt on Tuesday upon the U.S. government’s case that a decorated colleague acted entirely alone during a killing spree that left 16 villagers dead near a remote Army base in Afghanistan earlier this year.

Military prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, accusing him of killing the villagers – mostly women and children – when he ventured out of his camp on two revenge-fueled forays over a five-hour period in March.

Nov 6, 2012

Prosecutors seek death for U.S. soldier charged in Afghan rampage

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – Military prosecutors said on Monday they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers when he ventured out of his camp on two drunken forays earlier this year.

The lead prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse, told a preliminary hearing he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nov 5, 2012

U.S. soldier charged with murdering 16 Afghans appears in court

TACOMA, Washington (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in a drunken rampage in March sat quietly in a military courtroom on Monday as prosecutors outlined their case, accusing him of two murderous forays from his barracks into nearby villages.

Prosecutor Jay Morse said he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who is accused of the mass killings.

Nov 5, 2012

Hearing for U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage set to begin

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage in March faces the military version of a preliminary hearing starting on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence for a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages.

Nov 4, 2012

U.S. soldier accused of Afghan rampage faces evidence hearing

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. Army soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers in a drunken rampage will face the military version of a preliminary hearing on Monday to determine if there is sufficient evidence to send him to a court martial.

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan who could face the death penalty if convicted, is accused of walking off his base under cover of darkness and opening fire on civilians in their homes in at least two villages in March.

Nov 1, 2012

Microsoft pushes new Windows to developers

SEATTLE, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Days after launching Windows 8,
Microsoft Corp is mounting a strong campaign to win
over the software developers it needs to kick-start its new
operating system.

A lack of apps is Microsoft’s Achilles heel as it attempts
to catch Apple Inc and Google Inc in the rush
toward mobile computing.

Oct 27, 2012

Surface tablet buzz starts, Windows 8 hype muted

SEATTLE (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers woke up with mild Surface fever on Friday, lining up in moderate numbers to buy Microsoft’s (MSFT.O: Quote, Profile, Research) groundbreaking tablet computer designed to challenge Apple’s iPad.

The global debut of the Windows 8 operating system was greeted with pockets of enthusiasm, but not the mania reserved for some previous Apple Inc (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) launches.

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      "Bill Rigby is Reuters' chief correspondent in Seattle, reporting on Microsoft and Boeing and overseeing coverage of general news in Washington state, Oregon and Alaska. He has been a Reuters journalist since 1998, reporting on banks, insurers, stock markets, defense companies and airlines from Reuters bureaux in London, New York and Seattle."
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