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4-star US Army general being investigated for lavish spending

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A four-star United States Army general could lose his title after allegedly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel, hotels, and other items.

General William "Kip" Ward was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command and is now facing demotion. According to officials, there are multiple allegations that Ward allowed unauthorized people such as family members to use government planes, and excessively used funds to pay for hotels, transportation, and other items.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to make a decision on Ward's fate soon. If demoted, it could cost Ward approximately $1 million in retirement pay.

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