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NEW YORK

Study looks at youth sex assault

Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4 percent of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds. While those most likely to report initiating unwanted sexual contact in their early to mid-teens were boys, girls were among the perpetrators as the age of respondents increased. Latino and African-American youths, and those from low-income families, were less likely to have coerced another person to engage in sex than were whites and those from higher-income families, the study found. The research was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

ITALY

Divers find ‘wall’ of bodies in ship

Deep sea divers “unpacked a wall of people” from the hull of a smuggler’s trawler on the sea floor near an Italian island on Monday, gingerly untangling the dead would-be migrants in the latest and most painstaking phase of a recovery operation following the ship’s fiery capsizing. It was the first time the divers had been able to reach the hull, and authorities said 38 more bodies were recovered, raising the death toll from last Thursday’s tragedy to 232. Scores more are believed missing; most, if not all, were Eritreans trying to reach Europe in search of a better life.

WASHINGTON

Three arrested in soldier’s fatal stabbing

Authorities investigating the stabbing death of a Washington-based soldier said Monday they arrested three other soldiers who serve at the same military installation. Detectives had been investigating whether the stabbing was racially motivated — and potentially a hate crime. But Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler said Monday that there was no indication that there was racial hatred or that the men were seeking out people of a certain race to attack that night. Police said the suspects in the stabbing of Tevin Geike are soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

IRAQ

Attacks kill at least 45 people

A string of attacks across Iraq, including a coordinated wave of evening bombings in Baghdad, killed at least 45 people Monday as al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a recent spate of rare suicide attacks in the relatively peaceful Kurdish north. Monday’s bombings marked the third day in a row that insurgents were able to unleash attacks powerful enough to claim fatalities numbering in the dozens. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s attacks.

MISSOURI

Al-Qaida backer sentenced to 14 years

A Kansas City businessman who swore an oath of allegiance to al-Qaida and three years ago pleaded guilty to providing financial support to the international terror group was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison. Khalid Ouazzani, 35, who had faced up to 65 years in prison for bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to support a terrorist group, was sentenced in federal court in Kansas City. Federal prosecutors claimed Ouazzani provided more than $23,000 to al-Qaida and had pledged more.

CALIFORNIA

Governor vetoes non-citizen juror bill

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday vetoed legislation that would have made California the first state in the nation to allow legal immigrants who are not citizens to serve on juries, deciding it went too far. The governor, who in recent days approved bills providing driver’s permits and the ability to practice law to immigrants who are in the country illegally, drew the line at having non-citizens on juries. “Jury service, like voting, is quintessentially a prerogative and responsibility of citizenship,” Brown wrote in his veto message.

CALIFORNIA

Cooler weather helps slow base fires

A nearly 4-square-mile wildfire on the Marine Corps’ Camp Pendleton slowed Monday as hot, dry Santa Ana winds faded and a cooling trend began as a storm approached. About 230 residents returned to their homes near Lake O’Neil on Sunday evening, base officials said. About 30 patients removed from a base hospital also returned. Full containment of the fire was expected today.

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