News in brief: Marine killed by bomb to be buried in Indiana

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- The funeral for a Marine killed by a bombing in Afghanistan has been set in northern Indiana.

Twenty-two-year-old Lance Cpl. William Crouse IV of Woodruff, S.C., grew up in Fort Wayne and Angola, Ind., before moving to South Carolina while in high school.

Crouse was killed last week in the bombing, which his family says happened six weeks after he arrived in Afghanistan for his first tour of duty.

The Journal Gazette reports his funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Assembly of God in Fort Wayne. His burial with full military honors will follow at Covington Memorial Gardens.

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‘Limping Bandit’ appealing sentence

CHARLESTON -- A man known as the “Limping Bandit” because of the way he walked away from a string of 23 bank robberies is appealing his 25-year federal prison sentence.

Court records filed earlier this month show that Cecil Stephen Haire of Douglas, Ga., has filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence.

Haire was sentenced last month. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to robberies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Haire was arrested in July 2009 after witnesses followed him from his 13th South Carolina bank robbery. The spree started three years earlier in Tifton, Ga. At the time, Haire was still on parole for a 1987 robbery conviction.

Haire earned his nickname because of the limp he has as a result of childhood polio.

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NRC: Savannah River safety plans sufficient

AIKEN -- Federal regulators have released their final safety evaluation report for a plant to make nuclear reactor fuel from plutonium waste at the old nuclear bomb plant in South Carolina.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in the report released Monday that plans for the mixed oxide fuel facility at the Savannah River Site near Aiken have adequate safeguards.

Construction on the facility to convert weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear reactor fuel called MOX began in 2007. Officials say the facility is on schedule and should be running in 2016.

Reactors at the nuclear weapons complex that once produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs have been shuttered for more than 15 years. The NRC says final licensing for the MOX plant is still several years away.

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