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  • A Bosnian man living in Jacksonville is getting his US citizenship revoked for lying to immigration officials about his role in the Bosnian Conflict in the 1990s. 56-year-old Slobo Maric pleaded guilty in July 2016 to unlawful procurement of naturalization. The sentence given to him today includes a loss of citizenship as well as 18 months in prison.  Prosecutors say Maric didn’t disclose during his naturalization process that he used to be in the Bosnian Army and that he committed crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Conflict. The plea agreement says Maric served as second in command to the warden at a Bosnian detention facility for soldiers, where he would choose detainees for abuse and participate in the abuse himself. Maric was charged by the Bosnian government, and- while he was in the US- he was convicted for war crimes.  The plea agreement says Maric knew about the court proceedings in Bosnia, but never disclosed them. He also lied about his conduct on his citizenship applications.  Maric became a naturalized US citizen on October 31, 2002.
  • Police are investigating after a vandal targeted the Islamic Center of Fort Collins in Colorado over the weekend, breaking glass and throwing a Bible into the center’s prayer room. >> Read more trending stories The attack drew condemnation from police, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and hundreds of Fort Collins residents, who took to the streets Sunday in support of the religious center. “This incident has a very real impact on our Muslim friends and neighbors,” Fort Collins police Chief John Hutto said in a statement. “The criminal act against their sacred space is unacceptable.” Police on Monday released images of the vandal, described as a man in his late teens or early 20s. He overturned benches, broke windows and threw a Bible into the center around 4 a.m. Sunday. Surveillance footage released by police appeared to show the man trying to get inside the building. The Islamic Center said in a Facebook post that the man had a screwdriver with him. “He tried to break in using a screwdriver, kicking at the door,” the center’s president, Tawfik Aboellail, told The Denver Post. “Finally he broke two back doors with five-pound rocks. … Thank God no one was here.” Police said they are investigating the case as a “bias-motivated crime.” Under Colorado law, such a crime is committed when, among other things, a person damages another person’s property based on the other person’s “actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.” “The Bible being thrown into the prayer hall is a message in itself,” Aboellail told the Post. “We are peaceful people. We love our Christian and Jewish brothers. We don’t have any problems with anyone.” The Council on American-Islamic Relations called for the case to be designated a hate crime in a statement released Sunday. The group said it has tracked 34 other similar cases this year targeting mosques in more than 11 states. Police continued to investigate Monday.
  • Researchers at the Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute have turned spinach leaves into human heart tissue, using the vein network in the spinach leaf to carry blood, similar to the blood vessel network in the heart.  They stripped the spinach leaves of plant cells, replacing them with human heart tissue that beat for up to three weeks. >> Read more trending news “We have a lot more work to do, but so far this is very promising,” WPI biomedical engineering professor and study author Glenn Gaudette said in a press release on the study results.  “Adapting abundant plants that farmers have been cultivating for thousands of years for use in tissue engineering could solve a host of problems limiting the field,” Gaudette added. The demand for healthy heart muscles for heart attack victims and for heart transplants cannot keep up with the supply.  Almost 120,000 Americans are on the national transplant list, and 22 die every day waiting for an organ, according to government statistics. Every year, the number of people on the waiting list increases, as well. Scientists looked at current bioengineering techniques, including 3-D printing, as a possible solution for creating a new heart, for example, WPI officials said, but, they “can’t fabricate the branching network of blood vessels down to the capillary scale that are required to deliver the oxygen, nutrients, and essential molecules required for proper tissue growth.” In addition to spinach, scientists are also studying other plants, like parsley and sweet wormwood, which they believe may also have medical value in tissue regeneration studies. The study was published in the journal Biomaterials.  
  • If you were at the Orange Park mall over the weekend, you may have seen this.   The Clay County Sheriff's Office has arrested two women for allegedly stealing more than $700 worth of merchandise from Victoria's Secret and then trying to run from deputies.   According to the arrest reports for Khadrede Brown, 22, and Cheneta Duffy, 24, the women were traveling at a high speed through the parking lot and refused to stop for a deputy who had his lights on. They eventually flipped their vehicle, while trying to take a turn.   They both took off running, but deputies caught up with them a short time later.   According to the Sheriff's Office, all of the stolen merchandise was recovered and returned to Victoria's Secret.
  • Three days after a GOP health care bill melted down in the U.S. House before a vote, the White House said President Trump is not giving up on his desire to overhaul the Obama health law, as Republicans in the Congress also urged the President to keep pushing ahead on major health insurance changes. “I don’t think it’s dead,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of the failed GOP health bill, which foundered even after repeated efforts by the President to twist the arms of reluctant Republican lawmakers. “We’re at the beginning of a process. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of health care,” Spicer added, labeling the Obama health law, “an abysmal failure.” Spicer said the White House is currently going through a post-mortem on what went right and what wrong in their effort, as he said members of both parties in Congress had already reached out to both the White House and Mr. Trump about finding some common ground on health care policy. Spicer: Trump has received calls from Republicans and Democrats offering to work with him to improve health care https://t.co/ZQHMnWGI3O — CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 27, 2017 On Capitol Hill, both parties were still sifting through the embers of the GOP health care bill, which was yanked off the House floor on Friday afternoon before a final vote, clearly short on support, as it divided Republicans along several fault lines. For many GOP lawmakers, the idea of giving up after just 18 days of work on health care changes, was not an option. “We cannot walk away now, without even a vote,” said Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), a junior member of the House GOP leadership, said on the House floor. “I will continue to fight for a conservative bill to repeal Obamacare and rebuild a people-first health care system,” said Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC). But there was no immediate signal on whether the White House or GOP leaders in Congress would look to tinker with the failed health bill of last week, or maybe start to develop a new plan.

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