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Commander of US Army Forces in Japan Suspended -- The U.S. Army suspended Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison, commander of the U.S. Army Forces in Japan from his duties for alleged failure to report or investigate at least one allegation of sexual assault.

The sexual abuse case in question took place within the last 12 months, says USA Today. While Maj. Gen. Harrison was relieved of his duties by Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, he is not himself accused of any form of sexual misconduct.

The U.S. Department of Defense announced in a press release that Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, formerly the deputy commanding general of the United States Army in Europe, will serve as the interim commander in Japan until the Army's investigation is complete.

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Kindergartner Suspended Over Bubble Gun Threat

ABC News(MOUNT CARMEL, Pa.) -- A 5-year-old girl was suspended from school earlier this week after she made what the school called a “terrorist threat.”

Her weapon of choice? A small, Hello Kitty automatic bubble blower.

The kindergartner, who attends Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Pennsylvania, caught administrators’ attention after suggesting she and a classmate should shoot each other with bubbles.

“I think people know how harmless a bubble is. It doesn’t hurt,” said Robin Ficker, an attorney for the girl’s family. According to Ficker, the girl, whose identity has not been released, didn’t even have the bubble gun toy with her at school.

The kindergartner was ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation during her 10-day suspension, which was later reduced to two days.  The evaluation deemed the girl normal and not a threat to others, Ficker said.

The girl’s family is considering a lawsuit against the school to get the blemish — all because of bubbles — off their daughter’s record.

“The mother has tried to get the girl in another school since this time, and they won’t take the little girl because of this mark on her record,” Ficker said.

The suspension comes one month after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, which has created a heightened sense of alert at schools across the country.

The Mount Carmel Area School District told ABC News, “We are confident that much of the information supplied to the media may not be consistent with the facts … The Mount Carmel Area School District takes the well-being and safety of students and staff very seriously.”

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Maryland Fourth Grader Suspended for Composing 'Kill List'

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(DEALE, Md.) -- A nine-year-old Maryland girl was suspended from school for what administrators claim was a hit list she put together.

They discovered two weeks ago that the fourth grader from Deale Elementary School in Anne Arundel County put dozens of names on what was initially called a "kill list" but was later changed to "people mean to me."

Despite the rewording, school officials notified police as well as the parents of 35 kids who were allegedly on the list.

Some of the parents believe the child who compiled the list should be expelled and suggested other disciplinary action.  Others said the girl was troubled and needed compassion.

Among the names found on the list: singer Justin Bieber.

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Texas Judge Who Beat Daughter Sought Suspension, Lawyer Says

Hillary Adams speaking with ABC News(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A prominent Texas judge who was placed on leave while the court investigates the circumstances surrounding a video of him beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her proposed the suspension himself, his lawyer said.

Judge William Adams and the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct filed a joint motion to temporarily suspend his official duties as presiding judge during the course of the investigation.  The Texas Supreme Court approved the motion last Tuesday, Nov. 22.

Adams had already taken immediate voluntary leave upon learning that the video of "a family disciplinary event" had been made public, his lawyer William Dudley of Corpus Christi, Texas, said in a statement Sunday.

"The agreed temporary suspension is neither a fault sanction imposed by the Texas Supreme Court following an adversarial hearing, a finding of fault or wrongdoing by the commission, or admission of fault or wrongdoing by Judge Adams," Dudley said.

The suspension will allow the commission to "investigate allegations in a complete and yet expedient manner," he said.

After the video went viral on the Internet earlier this month, Adams said that he was merely disciplining his child and did nothing wrong.

"No, in my mind I haven't done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing.  And I did lose my temper, but I've since apologized," he Adams told KZTV.

Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen being beaten in the video, secretly recorded the beating seven years ago and recently uploaded it to YouTube on Oct. 27.  The video was then posted on Reddit, a link-sharing website, where it racked up millions of views and incited anger among viewers.

"I just wanted somebody to see it and tell me, 'No, Hillary this wasn't right and I'm glad you were able to grow up and move on past this' and 'No, your dad wasn't right,'" Hillary Adams told ABC News' Chris Cuomo.

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Texas Judge Seen Beating Daughter in YouTube Video Suspended

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The Texas judge who was seen hitting his 16-year-old daughter with a belt in a 2004 video that garnered millions of views when it hit the Internet, has been suspended by the state Supreme Court.

Judge William Adams of Arnasas County, Texas, was suspended with pay pending an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the court announced Tuesday.

Hillary Adams, the daughter who is seen in the video, secretly recorded the beating seven years ago and uploaded it to YouTube on Oct. 27.  The video was then posted on the link-sharing website Reddit, where it racked up millions of views and incited anger among viewers.

In the video, Judge Adams is seen beating his daughter with a belt and cursing at her.  He has previously said that he does not feel that he did anything wrong, because he was meting out parental discipline: “No, in my mind I haven’t done anything wrong other than discipline my child after she was caught stealing.  And I did lose my temper, but I’ve since apologized,” the judge told CBS News' Corpus Christie, Texas affiliate KZTV after the video went viral on the Internet.

Both Hillary and William Adams have said the beating took place as punishment for then-16-year-old Hillary illegally downloading from the Internet.  She said the beatings were a regular part of her life during those years, but she did not publish the video until now because she feared it would incite more violence.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced publicly on Nov. 2 that it had opened the investigation.  William Adams has not sat on the bench since the video went viral; he insisted in a statement that she released the video when he threatened to cut off his financial support if she dropped out of college.

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Florida Air Traffic Controller Suspended After Close Call

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A Florida air traffic controller supervisor has been suspended after officials said he compromised the safety of passengers by letting two planes fly too close to each other, officials said.

The incident happened in the skies near Orlando on Sunday night.

A small private Cirrus SR22 plane heading to a nearby general aviation airport in Kissimmee, Florida had been out of radio contact for over an hour, despite repeated attempts to reach the pilot.

The air traffic controller asked a Southwest Airlines jet heading to Orlando International Airport to check on the Cirrus' status.  It was then that the Southwest plane got so close to the Cirrus that the pilots could see the two people in the cockpit.

The Cirrus was flying at 11,000 feet.  The Southwest Boeing 737, carrying 137 passengers at the time, was at 12,000 feet and some 10 miles behind.

Cirrus pilots contacted controllers and both aircraft landed safely at their intended airports.

In a statement, FAA administrator Randy Babbitt said, "... the air traffic controller compromised the safety of everyone involved.  This incident was totally inappropriate."

The mishap comes just a week after the lone overnight air traffic control supervisor at Washington's Reagan National airport fell asleep in the tower, forcing two commercial planes to land without help.  The American Airlines and United Airlines planes were both in contact with regional air traffic controllers before being handed off to controllers at Reagan National.

The suspended controller in the Florida case has not been identified.

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Suspended: MSNBC Pulls Plug on Keith Olbermann

Photo Courtesy - MSNBC Photo(NEW YORK) -- MSNBC has suspended political commentator Keith Olbermann as a result of donations he made to three Democratic congressional candidates during the midterm elections.

“I became aware of Keith's political contributions late last night,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement issued Friday. “Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

The cable network, which falls under the NBC News umbrella, prohibits employees from taking part in behavior that may “jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.”

The policy specifically prohibits contributions to political campaigns.

Olbermann is the host of MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann.

Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont Friday expressed his opposition to the network's decision to suspend Olbermann.

“It is outrageous that General Electric/MSNBC would suspend Keith Olbermann for exercising his constitutional rights to contribute to a candidate of his choice. This is a real threat to political discourse in America and will have a chilling impact on every commentator for MSNBC," he said.

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