Retired Army Maj. Gen. David Hale was ordered to pay $22,000 and was reprimanded by military judge Col. Stephen Saynisch for seven counts of "conduct unbecoming to an officer" and one obstruction of justice count. Hale was originally charged with 17 charges but nine were dropped in a plea-bargain after Hale agreed to plead guilty.
Based on the charges he faced, Hale could have spent up to 11 years in prison and could have lost his $75,000 annual Army pension. Instead, Hale will pay $10,000 and have $1,000 subtracted from his retirement pay each month for one year.
1/27/2016 Taiwan Elects First Woman President - In a landslide victory, the leader of Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Tsai Ing-wen won the country's presidential election, becoming the first woman in Taiwan's history to hold the position.
Emphasizing her party's commitment to maintaining Taiwan's independence from China, Tsai won over young voters eager to usher in a political changing of the guard following some 70 years of dominance by the pro-Chinese unification party, the Kuomintang (KMT), chaired by presidential opponent Eric Chu. . . .