A knife carried by a Navy SEAL during the raid that killed Usama bin Laden sold for more than $35,000 at an auction to raise money for a friend's company that's seeking to help the Afghan economy.
Matt Bissonnette, whose pseudonym is Mark Owen, was given the knife by Emerson Knives prior to the bin Laden mission in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, and carried it on a variety of combat missions. He recently donated it for sale at an auction for Combat Flip Flops, a Washington state-based online store that sells high-end flip-flops it hopes to soon manufacture in Kabul. A winning bid of $35,400 by an unidentified buyer secured the knife, according to 24Fundraiser.com.
"I'm donating the knife because the owner of Combat Flip Flops is a friend and when he told me about this auction and all the good that the money raised was going to go towards, I wanted to help in any way that I could," Bissonnette said.
More than $76,000 was raised during the auction and will now go to Combat Flip Flops, which was started in 2010 by two Army Rangers and a musician from Montana. The company's website says it makes the footwear in Issaquah, Wash., and hopes to expand production to Afghanistan to help fill the economic void left as American troops pull out.
Bissonette, whose true identity was revealed in August, has also written a book about the historic raid, entitled "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden."
Ernest Emerson of Emerson Knives will also give the winner bidder a letter of authenticity from Bissonnette.
"That is the real deal — Owen is the real guy and this is the real knife," Emerson said.
O.J. Simpson's former lawyer is in Las Vegas to defend his work before, during and after the 2008 trial that put the former football hero in a Nevada prison for nine to 33 years.
In an email to The Associated Press, Yale Galanter says he arrived Thursday, ahead of his scheduled Friday' testimony as a state's witness in Simpson's bid for a new trial.
He didn't say anything more.
Key among Simpson's claims of ineffective assistance of counsel is the allegation that Galanter knew beforehand about Simpson's plan to recover stolen property and should have stepped away from handling the trial so he could testify on Simpson's behalf.
Simpson testified Wednesday that the two talked about the plan over dinner the night before the ill-fated confrontation in September 2007.
Officials say one U.S. Navy sailor was killed and several others were hurt in a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky.
Fort Knox spokesman Ryan Brus said Friday morning that the accident happened Wednesday night and involved members of a Naval branch at the post in central Kentucky.
Brus had no other details and referred calls to U.S. Navy Lt. David Lloyd. Lloyd did not immediately return a call to The Associated Press.
Fort Knox is about 50 miles southwest of Louisville and is home to about 14,000 military personnel, including active duty members and reserves.
The U.S. Navy has used Fort Knox as a training ground since World War II. Naval architects tested mock-ups of ships at the inland post before the actual vessels were used in combat.