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Suspect in Fort Hood killings to be held until trial

SAN ANTONIO — A military magistrate has ruled that the Army psychiatrist charged in one of the worst mass shootings on a U.S. military base will be held until trial.

For now, Maj. Nidal Hasan will stay in a military hospital in San Antonio.

The magistrate made that decision Saturday during a hearing in Hasan's hospital room. Hasan is recovering from the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded more than two dozen.

He's charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in a military court.

Thanksgiving travelers up slightly from 2008

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans traveling away from home for Thanksgiving will be up only slightly this year from 2008, according to a report from the AAA auto club.

The group, which surveyed 1,350 households, said there will be about 33.2 million people traveling by car this year — a 2.1 percent increase from last year.

But there will be a 6.7 percent decrease in the number of air travelers, totaling 2.3 million this year, continuing a decade-long decline of Thanksgiving air travel.

Online group may have led to boy's beating

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives are investigating an assault on a 12-year-old middle school boy in Calabasas who may have been targeted after a Facebook group urged students to beat up redheads, a sheriff's official said Saturday.

The boy was kicked and hit in two separate incidents on the campus of A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas by as many as 14 of his classmates, Lt. Richard Erickson said. The students who participated in the attack may have been motivated by a Facebook message telling them that Nov. 20 was "Kick a Ginger Day," Erickson said.

A "ginger" is label given to people with red hair, freckles and fair skin.

Fisherman arrested after sea lion was shot

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Authorities arrested a Sacramento fisherman Saturday in connection with the shooting of a sea lion in the head.

California game wardens said they arrested Larry Allen Legans, 43, on misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty, negligent discharge of a firearm, and take of a marine mammal. Legans told authorities he grew tired of competing with the protected animals so he fired his 12-gauge shotgun at the sea lion, injuring the creature.

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