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Hoosier gets 8 months for polygraph trickery

– An Indiana man who taught federal job applicants and others how to beat lie-detector tests was sentenced to eight months in prison Friday in a case that raised questions about the right to teach people how to lie.

Chad Dixon, 34, of Marion, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and obstructing a government proceeding with his business, Polygraph Consultants of America.

Federal prosecutors said Dixon taught dozens of people, including applicants to be federal border guards.

In arguing for probation, Dixon’s lawyer, Nina Ginsberg, said teaching people how to lie on a polygraph was protected by the First Amendment. She said Dixon’s only crime was explicitly advising prospective federal employees they should lie about having received his training.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Phillips said teaching someone to beat a lie detector, when the instructor knows his student wants to foil a federally administered exam, is a federal crime.

Last occupant of Hitler’s bunker dies

Rochus Misch, who spent five years as Adolf Hitler’s bodyguard, courier, telephone operator and all-around attendant and was widely believed to be the last surviving veteran of the Nazi leader’s bunker as the Soviet army closed in on Berlin, died Thursday at 96.

His death, in the German capital of undisclosed causes, was confirmed to the Associated Press by Burkhard Nachtigall, who helped Misch write a best-selling memoir, “The Last Witness.”

Misch was serving in the German army when, in 1939, he was shot in the chest during combat in Modlin, Poland. He received a commendation for bravery. During his convalescence, he was selected for duty in the SS as part of the elite guard escorting Hitler.

Driver charged in fast Manhattan lap

A driver who allegedly posted an Internet video of himself driving the entire perimeter of Manhattan in just over 24 minutes is facing charges of reckless driving, authorities said Friday.

According to a criminal complaint charging Adam Tang with reckless driving, Tang, 30, claimed he never went over 100 mph and ran only one red light at a pedestrian crosswalk.

Police had arrested Tang on Thursday and seized his 2006 BMW Z4 after news reports began surfacing about a YouTube video, posted last week by a user called AfroDuck, that chronicled the nighttime stunt.

Weather keeps crew stuck on volcano

Two researchers and their pilot remained stranded on a remote Alaska volcano Friday, two days after freezing rain left thick ice on their helicopter.

Alaska State Troopers said bad weather kept rescuers from reaching the helicopter on Mount Mageik, about 280 miles southwest of Anchorage at Katmai National Park. Unsuccessful attempts have been made by the helicopter company and Rescue Coordination Center, which was called in Thursday and has sent out a Blackhawk helicopter and a C-130 plane.

Everyone on board the Egli Air Haul helicopter was reported in good condition.

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