Twenty-Two New Charges Against Pvt. Bradley Manning, Accused WikiLeaks Source

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Army late Wednesday filed 22 new charges against PFC Bradley Manning, suspected of passing classified information to the WikiLeaks website. The charges include "aiding the enemy," which is a capital offense, but Army prosecutors told Manning's lawyers that they would not be seeking the death penalty in this case.

The new charges come after a seven-month investigation into whether Manning was the person who leaked the hundreds of thousands of classified military and State Department cables that were made public by WikiLeaks.

Since his arrest last June in Baghdad, Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, has been detained under 12 similar charges that he illegally transferred classified data and provided the information to an unauthorized source. Wednesday's filing updates those original charges.

Since last July WikiLeaks has published incident reports from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as diplomatic cables that created an international firestorm.

Though not mentioning WikiLeaks by name, the new charge sheets indicate Manning is now being charged with having illegally downloaded the hundreds of thousands of cables and military incident reports that were provided to "an unauthorized source" and ultimately made public by WikiLeaks.

The charge sheets say Manning illegally obtained and transferred 380,000 records from a U.S. military database of military incident reports in Iraq, as well as another 90,000 records from a similar database for Afghanistan. He is also charged with obtaining a video of a 2009 U.S. bombing incident in western Afghanistan that resulted in many Afghan civilian deaths, another item that WikiLeaks has promised to reveal publicly.

According to an Army press release, Manning is being charged with introducing "unauthorized software onto government computers to extract classified information, unlawfully downloaded it, improperly stored it, and transmitted the classified data for public release and use by the enemy.

"The new charges more accurately reflect the broad scope of the crimes that Pvt. 1st Class Manning is accused of committing," said Capt. John Haberland, a legal spokesperson for the Military District of Washington. "The new charges will not affect Pvt. 1st Class Manning's right to a speedy trial or his pre-trial confinement," he added.

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Colorado Boy, 12, Held After Parents Found Dead

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(BURLINGTON, Colo.) -- Police are holding a 12-year-old boy after his parents were found shot to death -- and his brother and sister severely wounded -- in the eastern Colorado plains town of Burlington.

Authorities announced the boy was in custody at a news conference in Burlington but gave few details and did not take any questions.

The boy's name was not released because he is a juvenile.

"The case has been referred to the district attorney's office for the filing of formal charges," said Steve Johnson, the assistant director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Police found the bodies of Charles Long, 50, and his wife Marilyn, 51, in their Burlington, Colo., home Tuesday night after receiving a 911 call from the 12-year-old boy, ABC affiliate KMGH-TV reported.

A five-year-old sister and nine-year-old brother also were found critically wounded and were airlifted to a Denver hospital, KMGH reported.

The 12-year-old reportedly was not hurt.

"There are no other suspects at this time," Johnson said.

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Booty Recall: Bishops Drop Word from Bible

Phot Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- American Bishops have come out publicly against gratuitous booty.

To be more precise the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has ordered up a new translation of the Bible, one that -- among other changes -- replaces the word "booty" with "spoils."

But before anyone howls about censorship or the purity of the original text, church leaders are swift to point out that the latest translation aims to be more accurate, more contemporary and even more poetic. The newest edition of the New American Bible, the English-language Catholic Bible, comes out on Ash Wednesday, March 9.

"Our official line is that this is the Bible in high-def," Mary Elizabeth Sperry of the U.S. Conference told ABC News. "It's not a new Bible; it's not a new story. It's the same text you've known but hopefully you'll be able to see it in great detail."

Ergo, "booty" is out and "spoils" of war -- which is simultaneously truer to the original intent of the text and less likely to set off a round of giggles in Sunday school -- is in.

Earlier this year, a Mark Twain scholar kicked up a storm of controversy when he oversaw the publication of a new version of "Huckleberry Finn" -- one that swaps the "N-word" which occurs 219 times throughout, for "slave."

But Bible scholars insist that their new translation is a completely different animal. Fifty scholars, linguistics experts, theologians and five bishops spent 17 years on the project. They extensively consulted original manuscripts, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and archaeology findings (or, if you will, booty) unearthed since research behind the current text, published in 1970.

"I actually think it's a good idea," says Curt Niccum, an associate professor at Abilene Christian University who was not involved with the project, told ABC News.

"Similar examples would be the words 'gay' and 'grass' and 'getting stoned'," he said. "All of those ideas are in the Bible, but because our language changes, translations have to better convey the original intent. Avoiding snickers is part of that."

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Woman Survives Wild Ride, Clinging to Hood of Husband's Car

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MANTECA, Calif.) -- A California woman literally held on for her life, gripping the hood of her husband's car for 35 miles as he sped along a highway at speeds up to 100 mph.

The woman tried to stop her husband Christopher Carroll, 36, from driving while he was allegedly in the middle of a drug binge, that included methamphetamines, late Friday night. In an effort to stop him from pulling out of the driveway of their Manteca, Calif., home, she jumped on the hood. As he backed up she was thrown and her foot became stuck on the vehicle's side mirror.

"I was holding on literally by the tips of my fingers and basically my ankles," she told ABC affiliate KGO. "Now I know it was the stupidest thing in my life I've ever done, but I jumped on the hood of the van. He backed out quickly and when he did that it turned me and I got stuck," she said.

The woman, whom ABC News has chosen not to identify because she is the victim of domestic abuse, was able to look her husband in the eye through the windshield as he drove at speeds up to 100 mph, along a highway and through the mountains, heading towards San Francisco.

"He looked crazy," the woman said of Carroll. "That man that was driving was not my husband. He was taken over by the meth."

Police received three 911 calls about the incident. The first caller assumed she had been struck and was stuck to the hood, said Rex Osborn, spokesman for Manteca Police Department.

Thirty-five miles from their home, Carroll slowly pulled over near Pleasanton, Calif., and the woman rolled off the hood. Another driver who was following the van picked her up and took her to a nearby hospital. Carroll returned home to Manteca.

The woman was slightly scraped and bruised. Cops caught up to Carroll at his home where "he acted like nothing had happened," Osborn said.

Carroll was arrested and charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, and spousal abuse. He has not yet been arraigned or retained an attorney, police said.

In a brief jailhouse interview with KGO, Carroll did not answer questions about the incident, saying only, "I want you to know I killed Manuel and his 12 disciples. It ain't nothing on me." 

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Nation’s Highway Traffic Reaches Highest Level Since 2007 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Americans drove three trillion miles in 2010, the most vehicle miles traveled since 2007 and the third-highest ever recorded, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Wednesday. 

The increase in traffic volume comes as the U.S. in 2009 posted its lowest number of traffic fatalities and injuries since 1950.

"More driving means more wear and tear on our nation's roads and bridges," said Secretary LaHood.  "This new data further demonstrates why we need to repair the roads and bridges that are the lifeblood of our economy."

The Secretary noted that Americans drove 0.7 percent more, or 20.5 billion additional vehicle miles traveled (VMT), in 2010 than the previous year. Travel increased by 0.6 percent, or 1.4 billion VMT, in December 2010 compared to the previous December. It is the tenth consecutive month of increased driving. 

The new data, from the Federal Highway Administration's monthly "Traffic Volume Trends" report, show the South Gulf area, a block of eight states ranging from Texas to Kentucky, experienced the greatest regional increase in December 2010 at 46.6 billion VMT, an increase of 624 million miles traveled compared to the previous December.

With an increase of 11.1 percent, or 156 million additional miles traveled, Nebraska led the nation with the largest single-state increase that month, and rural driving out-paced urban driving across the country.

"These data are critical to identifying and evaluating patterns of use on America's road system, which help us to make decisions about investments in critical infrastructure," said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez. "Repairing our nation's roads, bridges and tunnels will help us ensure safety, strengthen the economy and build for the future."

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South Carolina Legislators Try to Circumvent Lightbulb Law  

Photo Courtesy - Photodisc(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A bill entering the South Carolina legislature proposes the state exclusively make and sell incandescent light bulbs.

The federal government created a nationwide phase-out of incandescent bulbs in favor of energy-saving fluorescent bulbs. However, a growing number of critics are decrying the bulbs, calling them expensive, ugly, and dangerous: experts have proven the bulbs release hazardous chemicals when broken.

The South Carolina proposal would sidestep the federal law if the bulbs were produced entirely in South Carolina, not using raw materials from other states. State lawmakers advocating the bill claim it would improve the economy, since the bulb-manufacturing center would create jobs.    

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Striking Detroit Symphony Musicians Offer Ultimatum

Photo Courtesy - Comstock(DETROIT) -- The striking orchestra members of the Detroit Symphony announced Tuesday that they would not go back to work unless they were offered binding arbitration from the group's management.

The orchestra announced on Tuesday that the musicians would go back to work without a contract, but they would only return to their music stands on the condition of binding arbitration.

The musicians clarified that they would go back to work immediately if such an offer was made.

The announcement could bring an end to the strike, which began in October. It has forced the management to cancel much of its 2010-2011 season.

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Serena Williams Hospitalized

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tennis great and pitchwoman Serena Williams was treated at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday for a blood clot in her lung. Her spokeswoman Nicole Chabot told People magazine that Williams "underwent emergency treatment at Cedars for a hematoma she suffered as a result of treatment for a more critical situation." Chabot's statement said Williams "suffered from a pulmonary embolism which was discovered upon her return to L.A." and that Williams "had been in New York for doctor appointments for the ongoing issues with her foot."

Williams severely cut her foot on glass in Spain last year and has undergone multiple surgeries to try to repair the injury. The athlete was seen out and about at Elton John's AIDS Foundation Academy Awards viewing party on Sunday in Los Angeles, which is why she was taken to Cedars-Sinai for treatment and observation.

On Wednesday, Williams tweeted just a two-word hint of her serious situation: "Tough day."

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Obama to Award National Medal of Arts, National Humanities Medal

Meryl Streep. Photo Courtesy - Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday President Obama will honor some of the most vibrant voices in American literature and music at the White House.

Obama will award the 2010 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 20 recipients, such as musicians James Taylor, Quincy Jones and Van Cliburn.  Actress Meryl Streep and authors Philip Roth, Joyce Carol Oates, and Harper Lee will also be among those awarded for their contributions to the arts.

The complete list of the honorees is :

2010 National Medal of Arts

* Robert Brustein
* Van Cliburn
* Mark di Suvero
* Donald Hall
* Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
* Quincy Jones
* Harper Lee
* Sonny Rollins
* Meryl Streep
* James Taylor

2010 National Humanities Medal

* Daniel Aaron
* Bernard Bailyn
* Jacques Barzun
* Wendell E. Berry
* Roberto González Echevarría
* Stanley Nider Katz
* Joyce Carol Oates
* Arnold Rampersad
* Philip Roth
* Gordon Wood

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Florida Wildfire Spreads; Leaves Firefighter with Burns

File photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MIMS, Fla.) -- The wildfire that has been burning through central Florida since Monday has already consumed 16,000 acres and left one firefighter with injuries on Tuesday.

The flames have engulfed both Volusia and Brevard Counties, leaving charred trees and foliage behind.  Fire crews have been working to control the blaze, which officials announced Tuesday was 25-percent contained.

The injured firefighter, whose name has not been released, received second-degree burns to the face Tuesday while trying to fight a hot spot in Brevard County, ABC News affiliate WFTV-TV in Orlando, Florida reported.  The firefighter was airlifted to a hospital in Orlando for treatment.

No other injuries have been reported.

On another note, Florida Highway patrol has reopened Interstate 95 and U.S. 1, many miles of which were closed because of the wildfire.

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