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Washington, D.C.

Navy replaces admiral leading Mideast strike

WASHINGTON – The Navy has replaced the admiral in command of an aircraft carrier strike group in the Middle East, pending the outcome of an internal investigation into undisclosed allegations of inappropriate judgment.

The Navy announced Saturday that Read Adm. Charles M. Gaouette is returning to the USS John C. Stennis’ home port at Bremerton, Wash. He is being replaced initially by his chief of staff until the arrival of Rear Adm. Troy M. Shoemaker, who will assume command until the investigation is completed.

It is highly unusual for the Navy to replace a carrier strike group commander during its deployment.

The Navy did not reveal details of the allegations, citing only an accusation of “inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East.

Utah

State attorney general drops plans to sue BCS

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said he’s dropping his plans to sue the Bowl Championship Series because of the organization’s recent decision to move to a playoff system.

Shurtleff announced last year that he was seeking antitrust law firms to join a potential federal lawsuit aimed at disbanding the BCS.

But Shurtleff told KTVX-TV on Friday that he believes the lawsuit threat helped prompt the decision to go to a four-team playoff format in 2014.

“We do think what we were doing led to their changes, and at the end of the day that’s what we wanted them to do,” he said. “We wanted them to make the changes.”

A committee of university presidents approved the four-team playoff in June.

The BCS was established in 1998 to run the top tier of college football’s postseason and to set up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 national title game.

Critics contend it has unfairly given some schools preferential access to the title game and other premier bowls – along with the money that comes with it. Under the BCS, the champions of six conferences have automatic bids to play in top-tier bowl games; the other five conferences don’t.

When Shurtleff took up the cause several years ago, Utah was a member of a conference without an automatic bid to a BCS bowl. The school has since joined the Pac-12, a BCS member.

Michigan

Authorities say shooting on freeway linked to spree

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. – A motorist driving along Interstate 96 was shot and wounded Saturday in the latest in a string of shootings in southeastern Michigan, authorities said.

Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said in a news release that the man was taken to the hospital Saturday afternoon after being shot in the left hip by a bullet that came through the driver’s-side door. He was listed in stable condition.

Bezotte said shots were fired earlier into another car, but its two occupants weren’t injured.

No injuries had been reported before Saturday in the series of at least 24 shootings in four counties. Ten of the shootings were in Wixom in Oakland County.

Most of the shootings happened near Interstate 96, though authorities said one occurred while a man was taking out his trash. In another incident, a woman said her car’s rear window was shattered.

Police said Friday that tests on bullet fragments and casings determined that the same firearm was used in the string of shootings up to that point.

Associated Press

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