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Air Force conducts sweep

Hoping to fight sexual assault in its own ranks, the Air Force said Friday a sweep of air base offices worldwide found thousands of suspect materials ranging from pornographic films to a beer bong.

It's not clear what the inspection, and the odd assortment of items it turned up, tells Air Force leaders about the link between the workplace environment and the growing problem of sexual violence. But it was meant to impress on Air Force commanders that they need to attack the underlying problem of unprofessionalism.

When airmen work in a setting consistent with our core values, they perform with honor and distinction, the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. Mark Welsh, said when he ordered the inspections in late November.

PSU lauded for response

The former U.S. senator monitoring Penn State's response to NCAA sanctions for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal praised the university Friday for offering its full cooperation with his oversight team.

George Mitchell reiterated the findings from his initial report in November in addressing the school's Board of Trustees at a regularly-scheduled meeting. The university governing body also was scheduled to elect new leaders, among other actions, on Friday.

Mitchell said he or his team visits the university weekly, already having conducted 150 interviews in athletics and through the school.

In my report, I stated that in my judgment, Penn State is off to a very good start in complying with the provisions of the athletic integrity agreement, Mitchell said. His next report is due in February.

Lottery winner exhumed

The medical examiner helping to investigate the alleged cyanide poisoning of a Chicago man says pathologists have been able to get samples from the man's exhumed remains.

Dr. Stephen Cina said at a news conference Friday that the remains of Urooj Khan, a recent lottery winner at the time of his death in July, were in an advanced state of decomposition. But Cina says pathologists were able to obtain samples from most major organs as well as the man's hair and fingernails.

Final results from autopsy won't be complete for a few weeks.

Cina said he hopes investigators will be able to determine exactly how Khan ingested the cyanide. He says he didn't see anything that would change his conclusion that Khan was a homicide victim.

Gov. Walker's law is upheld

A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights, a victory for Republicans and a decision that runs contrary to one issued last year in state court.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago found the law is constitutional and its ban on the automatic deduction of union dues is acceptable. In September, a state circuit court judge said the law was unconstitutional as it applied to school and local government workers.

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