Environmental protest planned at White House

Thousands of people are expected to mass at the White House on Sunday to send an environmental message to President Barack Obama: Say no to a proposed pipeline that would import highly polluting oil from Canada.

It’s likely to be the biggest environmental protest in Washington in a long time. Protest organizers, speaking at a news conference Friday, said the event is meant to show the president that they’re passionate about cleaner energy and want Obama to take their side in the controversy


Senior U.S. officer loses job over remarks about Karzai

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan has fired a senior officer from his job as the No. 2 general in charge of training for making inappropriate public remarks about Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his government.

Gen. John Allen issued a statement Friday saying that Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has been relieved of his duties as deputy commander for the Afghan training mission.

In a recent interview with the website Politico, Fuller characterized Afghan leaders as erratic, ungrateful and isolated from reality. The interview quotes him as saying Afghan leaders don’t fully recognize America’s sacrifices on their country’s behalf.

McALLEN, Texas

Prosecutors say lashing with belt not federal offense

Federal prosecutors have consulted with police and determined there was no federal offense in the video that shows a Texas judge lashing his teenage daughter with a belt.

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Angela Dodge said Friday that federal prosecutors who discussed the case of Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams determined it was not a federal matter.

Officials already have said Adams won’t face state criminal charges because the statute of limitations has expired since the video was recorded in 2004. Adams’ now-23-year-old daughter, Hillary Adams, posted the video online last week.

A state commission on judicial conduct and state child protective services are still investigating the case.