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HEWLETT, N.Y. (AP) - A funeral will be held Friday for one of the victims killed in this week's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.

The Boulevard-Riverside-Hewlett Chapel on Long Island confirms that an 11:30 a.m. service will be held for U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser.

The 20-year-old sophomore was traveling from the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, to his home in New York City when he was killed in Tuesday night's accident. He was one of eight people killed in the derailment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at the U.S. Naval Academy's graduation next month.

The academy announced Tuesday that Biden will address the class of 2015 at the school's commencement, which is scheduled for May 22 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.

About 1,000 students will graduate from the academy this year and become commissioned as officers. Many will be commissioned as Navy ensigns, and others will be commissioned as 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Biden spoke at the academy's graduation in 2010.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski says the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress includes $120 million to build a cybersecurity center at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Mikulski said in a news release Thursday that the bill, signed this week by President Obama, provides funding for a Center for Cyber Security Studies.

The Naval Academy is implementing a new cyber warfare curriculum and a cyber major.

The planned center will include a multi-story academic building with classroom and research labs, offices and lecture halls.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Vice Adm. Walter Carter is the new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

The academy held a change-of-command ceremony Wednesday in Annapolis.

Carter was recently president of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He graduated from the academy in 1981. Carter also is a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, Top Gun.

He has commanded the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group 12. He also was commander of the USS Carl Vinson, one of the Navy's largest nuclear-powered super carriers. He has flown 125 combat missions.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski says a Senate vote on $120 million for a new building for cybersecurity training at the U. S. Naval Academy could be three weeks away.

Mikulski told member of the academy's Board of Visitors Monday that there is "tremendous support" for the building to help best prepare future Navy leaders in cybersercuity. The House of Representatives would need to concur with the provision.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama appointed a new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy, the defense secretary said Friday.

The appointment of Navy Rear Adm. Walter Carter, who would be promoted to the rank of vice admiral, needs U.S. Senate approval. Carter is now serving as president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Carter would replace Vice Adm. Michael Miller, who became the 61st superintendent of the academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 2010.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A military judge has found a former U.S. Naval Academy football player not guilty of a sexual assault charge.

The judge on Friday acquitted Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., of one count of aggravated sexual assault.

Tate chose to be tried by a judge rather than a military jury.

Prosecutors initially accused Tate and two other students of sexually assaulting a female student during a 2012 party at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md., where the school is located.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy says a midshipman has been found dead after an automobile accident in a creek.

The academy said Monday an automobile was found in College Creek, near the Nimitz library on academy grounds in Annapolis.

An Anne Arundel County Fire Department dive team searched the vehicle, which was found Sunday, and discovered a body underwater near the seawall.

The academy says the midshipman's family has been notified. The school says it is withholding the victim's identity until 24 hours after the notification of kin.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - CBS and CNN have let a 72-hour window lapse to appeal a military judge's order releasing un-aired interview footage of a woman at the center of a sexual assault case.

Jennifer Zeldis, a military judiciary spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that neither network gave notice of an appeal during the window.

Attorneys for Joshua Tate, a former U.S. Naval Academy football player charged with sexual assault, wanted the footage, saying it is relevant to preparation for his March trial.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for a woman at the center of a sexual assault case involving two U.S Naval Academy midshipmen says military prosecutors plan to recommend dropping a charge against one of the men.

The lawyer, Ryan Guilds, said prosecutors told the woman and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping the charge against Midshipman Eric Graham of Alabama.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A court-martial has been scheduled for February for a U.S. Naval Academy student accused of aggravated sexual assault.

Midshipman Josh Tate appeared at an arraignment Monday at the Washington Navy Yard.

The court-martial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10.

The case stems from an April 2012 party at an off-campus house in Annapolis. The alleged victim had been drinking heavily and has testified that she cannot remember having sex with Tate.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman accused of sexual assault to recuse the academy's superintendent from the case.

Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, said Wednesday he still hopes to prevail in arguing later that undue command influence has prompted the case to move forward to a court-martial amid a heightened focus on sexual assault in the military.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A lawyer for a U.S. Naval Academy student accused of sexual assault is asking a federal judge to remove the superintendent from deciding who will serve on a court-martial panel that will decide the case.

Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, wrote in the court filing submitted Tuesday night that Vice Adm. Michael Miller decided to refer the case to a court-martial, despite recommendations from an investigating officer and Miller's own senior counsel not to do so.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy superintendent says two of three midshipmen should face a court-martial in a sexual assault case.

Vice Adm. Michael Miller on Thursday said he has referred the cases of Midshipmen Eric Graham and Joshua Tate to general court-martial. He decided not to refer Midshipman Tra'ves Bush.

The case of the former football players has drawn attention at a time when the White House, Congress and Pentagon are focusing on sexual assaults in the military.

The case stems from an alcohol-fueled April 2012 party at an off-campus house.

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The district offices of Congressman Andy Harris have been closed and his district staff furloughed as the effect of the government shutdown begins to spread.

The Eastern Shore Republican says he is preparing to donate his paycheck as the government shutdown takes hold.

His Washington office will be manned by two staff members.

In a statement issued on Tuesday Harris blamed the President and Senate for the shutdown calling the Affordable Care Act a disaster that will cripple the Maryland economy.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Naval Academy spokesman says an investigative officer who presided over a hearing involving three midshipmen in an alleged sexual assault case has forwarded his recommendations to the academy's superintendent.

Cmdr. John Schofield, the academy spokesman, confirmed Monday the report has been sent to the academy. Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the superintendent, is currently the commanding authority assigned to decide whether the case will proceed to a court-marital.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Navy investigator has testified in a hearing to help determine whether three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will face a court martial on sexual assault charges.

Special Agent Michelle Robinson testified Tuesday from Bahrain by video teleconference in the Article 32 hearing at the Washington Navy Yard. Robinson testified that the woman at the center of the case told her in an interview that she was unsure whether sexual encounters with the men were consensual or not.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen testified Monday at a hearing to help determine whether three students will be court-martialed in a sexual assault case.

Midshipman Christa Kamon, a friend of the alleged victim, testified she saw her fall down while dancing at an alcohol-fueled, off-campus toga party in Annapolis, Md., in April 2012. Kamon also testified her friend was slurring her speech. Defense attorneys questioned Kamon's recollection.

The woman has testified she has no memory of having sex with any of the three midshipmen who are accused in the case.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A recorded telephone call shows that a female Naval Academy student told one of the midshipmen accused of sexually assaulting her not to talk to investigators.

A defense attorney for one of the three midshipmen accused in the assault played a recording of the telephone call Thursday while cross-examining the woman.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman who is accusing three fellow Naval Academy midshipmen of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus party has testified that she doesn't remember the alleged attack but that rumors spread quickly that she had sex with six to nine people.

The senior testified for more than two hours Wednesday at the Washington Navy Yard at a hearing that will determine if the three former football players will face court-martial.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is trying to make training about ways to prevent sexual assault part of the regular academic work day.

Capt. Bill Byrne, the commandant of midshipmen, said Wednesday that's a change, because the training has been done at night, during briefings and in role-playing venues outside of classroom hours. He says it's believed the change will improve the training by making it part of the core curriculum.

Byrne says the academy will implement the change for the spring semester.