Domingo’s accusers slam his claims

SAN FRANCISCO • Two opera singers who accused Placido Domingo of sexual misconduct said Tuesday that it was disappointing and disturbing that the opera legend recently claimed he has always behaved like a gentleman and never acted improperly toward women.

Angela Turner Wilson and Patricia Wulf were among more than 20 women who accused Domingo of sexual harassment or inappropriate sexually charged behavior in two Associated Press reports this summer.

Their new statement came in response to comments Domingo made in two recent interviews with European publications, in which he disputed the allegations against him and said he never abused his power.

He said he always behaved like a gentleman but that “gallant gestures are viewed differently nowadays.”

Marine charged

with smuggling guns

RALEIGH, N.C. • A Marine caught smuggling guns into Haiti told investigators he wanted to help the country’s military learn marksmanship and defeat “thugs” causing instability there, according to a criminal complaint.

The criminal complaint filed last week in a North Carolina federal court charges Marine Sgt. Jacques Yves Duroseau with smuggling firearms.

Prosecutors say Duroseau flew from North Carolina to Haiti with baggage including eight firearms — at least five of which he bought himself — but lacked needed authorization to take them abroad. Duroseau, an active-duty Marine, and another unnamed person departed an airport in New Bern, N.C., on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, bound for Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, with two plastic containers of firearms and a third with ammunition, according to the court filing.

DeVos looking to split aid operation

WASHINGTON • Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says Congress should consider splitting her department’s financial aid operation into a separate federal agency with the flexibility to operate like a private bank.

DeVos made the comments Tuesday in Reno, Nev., at an annual conference hosted by the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid division, which oversees and manages nearly $1.6 trillion in federal student loans.

Speaking to financial aid professionals, DeVos said the student lending division has become an “untamed beast” after years of tinkering by Congress, and that it needs to become a “world-class financial firm.” Any proposal to spin off lending operations would require congressional approval.

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