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"Every day I try to put on a smile," says sister Rebecca Leonard. "I try to seek okay, but I'm not. I feel lost."
The family of the woman Benson killed is in court, explaining how this accident changed everything.
"Ms. Benson, my daughter will never come back," says mother Marty Leonard. "I'll never hear her laugh."
Steffanie Leonard's laugh was cut short in the early morning hours of February 22. Investigators say Benson was so drunk she didn't even realize she was driving. As part of her sentence, Benson will have to spend time speaking to high school and college students.
"As much as it can be done," says sister Jennifer Leonard. "Justice has been served."
It's something this family says is important. They feel Steffanie's memory will live on if Benson helps others understand what can happen if you get behind the wheel drunk. Rebecca Benson has not spoken to Leonard's family, but she did write them a letter recently, saying she was sorry about the accident.
Monday, November 19 2012, 08:24 PM CST
Afghan pilots learn air assault tactics from 101st
May 19, 2013 16:48 GMT
By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan (AP) -- With Afghan troops increasingly leading combat operations on the ground, the Afghan Air Force's fledgling helicopter fleet based in Kabul has learned new techniques to support them from the air.
The U.S. Army's 101st Combat Aviation Brigade started a new training program at Bagram Air Field for Afghan helicopter pilots to learn how to perform air assault missions, which they have started to use in combat operations.
101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander Col. Paul Bontrager said the Afghans need to be weaned off American aviation during the drawdown of U.S. forces this year.
The ability of Afghan helicopters to quickly drop soldiers into combat is a new and critical role.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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By SCOTT MAYEROWITZ
AP Business Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.