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FIRST ON 3: Marine pleads guilty in urination case; deal limits sentence

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video He once fought for his country as a scout sniper during the war in Afghanistan. The Marine's conduct in battle, though, could have cost him his military career, but it won't. Full story...
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Court-martial next week for Marine accused of urinating on dead bodies

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videoThe court-martial for a Marine accused of urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters in 2011 will begin next week at Camp Lejeune. Full story...
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Wounded soldier returns home to Wilmington with optimistic outlook on future

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videoSgt. James Pierce came home to a hero's welcome last weekend. Now, he must work to get his body, mind and spirit healed after surviving the devastating attack that killed another local soldier. Full story...
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North Carolina-based Marine killed in Afghanistan

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Military officials say a U.S. Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune has died in Afghanistan. Full story...
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NC-born Army soldier killed in Afghanistan

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Military officials say an Army soldier from North Carolina has died in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense announced Friday that 25-year-old Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr. of Rocky Mount died Nov. 13, in Kandahar province. Full story...
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Hometown hero Butler laid to rest

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video A hometown hero was laid to rest today in the Port City. This morning, hundreds of family, friends and supporters came out to pay their respects to Sgt. T.J. Butler. Though his death was a shock to those who knew him, it was clear today that Sgt. Butler's sacrifice not go unnoticed. Full story...
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Fallen soldier returns home to Wilmington

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video Fallen soldier Sgt. Thomas J. Butler has returned home for the last time. His body arrived at Wilmington International Airport around 9:30 a.m. Full story...
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Funeral arrangements set for Sgt. T.J. Butler; protest, show of support planned

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video A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church, 411 Market Street, Wilmington, with Dr. Jim Everette officiating. Interment will follow in Wilmington National Cemetery with full military honors. Full story...
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NC, Florida soldiers die in Afghanistan

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The Pentagon says soldiers from North Carolina and Florida have been killed in combat in Afghanistan. Full story...
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Fallen Wilmington soldier's family releases statement

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The wife of a soldier from Wilmington killed in Afghanistan earlier this week released a statement Friday. Full story...
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National Guard confirms details of Wilmington soldier's death

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The body of a Wilmington soldier killed in Afghanistan is back on American soil. Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV’s body arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware last night. Fellow service members made what the military calls the dignified transfer in the rain. There is no word yet on when Butler’s body will return to Wilmington. Full story...
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Wilmington soldier killed in Afghanistan

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video A Wilmington man is among three American soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday. Sgt. Thomas J. Butler, known as T.J., was killed in action. His body will arrive back in the United States tonight. Full story...
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Two Marines to be court-martialed in urination case

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The Marine Corps says it will court-martial two non-commissioned officers for allegedly urinating on the bodies of Taliban fighters last year in Afghanistan and posing for unofficial photos with casualties. Full story...
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Family signs line roads to welcome Marines home

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Families of deployed Marines are busy painting their hearts out to make welcome signs as their fighters come back from Afghanistan and Iraq. Full story...
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NC man dies of injuries suffered in Afghanistan

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A North Carolina man has died from injuries he suffered from enemy small-arms fire in Afghanistan. Full story...
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