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US soldier charged in Afghan massacre

Staff sergeant Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of slaughtering more than a dozen Afghan civilians, has now been officially charged with 17 counts of murder, among other charges.

Fake grenade sparks school evacuation

Philadelphia -- Police in Philadelphia said a charter school was evacuated Wednesday morning when a grenade, later found to be fake, was discovered in front of the building.

Investigators said the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School was evacuated Wednesday after a student brought the fake grenade to school and left it out front, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

The police bomb squad was called in and determined the item was a fake, the newspaper said. Officers said the all-clear was sounded and the school was reopened at about 9 a.m.

Police said they were questioning the student who brought the faux-explosive to school, but it was unclear whether any charges would be filed.

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Old grenade found in older Jerusalem wall

Jerusalem -- Archaeologists are trying to determine how a century-old Turkish hand grenade ended up hidden in an even older wall in Jerusalem.

The Israel Antiquities Authority announced the find Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The grenade was discovered Monday by a conservation team working near the Damascus Gate in the Old City.

A police explosives team was called to the scene. The grenade was subjected to a controlled demolition after experts went over it and concluded it dated from the last days of the Ottoman Empire and still contained explosive material.

The Ottoman Turks ruled Jerusalem for 400 years, from 1517 to 1917. The current walls of the Old City were erected by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century.

Grenade detonation riles neighbors

Santan, Ariz. -- Neighbors of Arizona's San Tan Mountain Regional Park complained that they were not warned before authorities used the park to detonate a grenade.

Alden Rosbrook said the explosion late in the evening May 22 knocked pictures off the wall of his home while he was watching TV with his wife, the East Valley Tribune of Mesa, Ariz., reported Thursday.

"I thought a bomb had been thrown through our Arcadia door," Rosbrook said. "That was my first thought."

Rosbrook said he soon discovered that the explosion was the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office disposing of a grenade.