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Naval Academy Midshipman Accused Of Rape Chooses Judge Over Jury

A Naval Academy midshipman charged with sexually assaulting a classmate has chosen a trial by judge instead of a jury in his court-martial. Jury selection began at the Washington Navy Yard this morning.

Government prosecutors allege Joshua Tate had sexual contact with a female classmate who was so drunk she was unable to consent. They also allege he lied to Navy investigators.

The charges stem from an off-campus party in Annapolis in April 2012. Three midshipman, all members of the football team at the time, initially were accused of sexually assaulting the woman.

Formal charges were not filed against one midshipman, who is now an ensign in the Navy.

Charges were dropped against another midshipman who is now in the process of withdrawing from the academy and is a witness in the case against Tate.

The alleged victim remains at the naval academy and is expected to testify.

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Professional Wrestling World Mourns Longtime Star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

The Canadian entered the WWF as a villain and fought Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in the first Wrestlemania event. The career gave the often-bekilted grappler many chances to show off his bagpipe skills.
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Donald Trump Sues Chef José Andrés Over Hotel Pullout

Trump has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against Chef José Andrés and his companies after Andrés announced that he's canceling plans to have a restaurant inside Trump's Old Post Office hotel in downtown D.C.
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Pacific Trade Pact In Limbo As Talks End Without A Deal

Disagreements remain among the 12 countries regarding drug patents, market access and more, and likely will delay congressional debate of any eventual agreement into 2016.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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