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Ex-Blackwater guard sentenced to 37 months for Afghan’s death

WASHINGTON — A former Blackwater security guard was sentenced to three years and one month in prison Tuesday for involuntary manslaughter in a Kabul shooting in 2009, the US Justice Department announced. Christopher Drotleff, 31, and Justin Cannon, 29, another former Blackwater employee, were convicted in March of involuntary manslaughter…

Kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard to recount 18-year ordeal on ABC TV

LOS ANGELES — A California woman kidnapped as a girl and repeatedly raped is to give her first media interview about her 18-year ordeal, ABC television said a week after her abductors were jailed. Jaycee Dugard, who was 11 when she was seized and kept in a back yard compound…

New Jersey Gov. Christie takes state helicopter to son’s baseball game

Cameras caught Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Tuesday arriving at his son’s baseball game in a State Police helicopter. Photographer Christopher Costa snapped several pictures of Christie as he exited the $12.5 million aircraft. After touching down at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, the governor got in…

‘Granny’ mugger strikes S. African shopping center

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Police in South Africa are searching for an elderly woman who allegedly persuades young men at a mall to help carry heavy bags from her car, then kidnaps them from the parking lot and robs them. The woman, who works with two male accomplices, targets shoppers standing…

Bomb attacks against Iraqi police kill 29, wound 90

KIRKUK, Iraq – A spate of bomb attacks against police in Iraq’s disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk on Thursday killed at least 29 people, the worst violence to hit the country in nearly two months. A further 90 people were wounded in the three attacks, which drew condemnation from the…

Japanese electric car travels over 200 miles on single charge

TOKYO — Japanese developers have unveiled an electric car they said Wednesday can travel more than 300 kilometres before its battery runs flat. Electric vehicle specialist SIM-Drive, which hopes to take the car to market by 2013 but gave no projected cost, said its four-seater “SIM-LEI” had motors inside each…

84-year-old man allegedly beaten by police officer after calling 911

An Alabama police officer allegedly hospitalized an elderly man who called 911 to report an accident across the street from his house while his wife watched the entire beating from her wheelchair. The Courthouse News Service reported that 84-year-old Dorsey Henderson of Fairhope, Alabama called 911 after investigating the car…

Arkansas man becomes first to be convicted under the federal anti-hate law ‘Shepard Act’

An Arkansas man pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of committing a federal hate crime and one count of conspiring to commit a federal hate crime for his role in chasing a car with five Hispanic men inside until it crashed, the U.S. Justice Department announced Monday. Nineteen-year-old…

Insurgents step up assassinations in Iraq

BAGHDAD — Insurgents have in Iraq stepped up deadly gun attacks against senior officials and military leaders in a bid to undermine public trust in the security forces, officers and analysts said on Sunday. The apparent trend is a major shift from the spectacular car bombs and suicide attacks that…

Anti-Muslim pastor accidentally fires gun after meeting with imam

A controversial Koran-burning pastor accidentally discharged his firearm Thursday night in the parking lot of a TV station after appearing on a talk show with a Muslim cleric. Terry Jones had appeared on Fox 2′s Let it Rip program along with Hassan Al-Qazwini, the leader of Deaborn’s Islamic Center of…

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