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Copter collision kills 7 Marines in Calif. in one of Corps’ deadliest crashes in years

By Associated Press, Thursday, February 23

SAN DIEGO — A collision that killed seven Marines in one of the Marine Corps’ deadliest aviation training accidents in years occurred over a sprawling desert range favored by the U.S. military because its craggy mountains and hot, dusty conditions are similar to Afghanistan’s harsh environment.

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