WWII vet's dog tag returns to Michigan


BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- Relatives of a Michigan World War II veteran will receive his dog tag found in the Netherlands 70 years after his deployment.

The Lansing State Journal reported (http://on.lsj.com/WXZk1l) Monday that 66-year-old Piet van Schuppen of Gelderland, the Netherlands, is sending the dog tag of Phillip Nichols to his cousin in Battle Creek. The Lansing veteran and former Oldsmobile employee died in 2003.

Nichols went to the Netherlands in 1944 with the U.S. Army after fighting in Normandy on D-Day.

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could have landed him in prison for decades, pleaded guilty Monday to a single mis-demeanor

tax charge for shortchanging the Internal Revenue Service of $3,782. As part of the deal, the 42-year-old Chicago Democrat pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Chicago to one new count of delivering a false federal income tax return, which carries a maximum sentence of a year behind bars.

Execution trial: A judge ruled Monday that Jodi Arias can

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