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Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

Jul 17, 2014

Texas woman who sent ricin gets 18 years in prison

A Texas woman was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. A federal judge gave Shannon Guess Richardson, 36, the maximum sentence under her plea deal on a charge ...

Jul 16, 2014

Taco Bell worker shoots customer with BB gun

Police say a Taco Bell employee used a BB gun to shoot a customer who was enraged when no one came to the drive-thru window to take his order. Twenty-six-year-old Steven Noska was to be arraigned Tuesday on charges including assault and battery with ...

Jul 16, 2014

Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court. A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled ...

Pistorius gets into nightclub argument

Jul 16, 2014

Pistorius gets into nightclub argument

Oscar Pistorius was in an altercation at an upmarket nightclub over the weekend, his family said Tuesday. Pistorius went with a cousin to a trendy Johannesburg nightclub on Saturday, where he was accosted by a man who aggressively questioned him about his murder trial, ...

Jul 16, 2014

Feds: Terror support defendant a risk to reoffend

Authorities are worried that a British citizen facing sentencing for supporting terrorists in Afghanistan will return to the same conduct when he gets out of prison, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday. Prosecutor Stephen Reynolds told a judge that Babar Ahmad has not shown remorse ...

Jul 16, 2014

Madoff sons took millions for real estate, trustee alleges

Bernard Madoff’s sons created accounts out of thin air and engineered sham loans to buy pricey Manhattan real estate as they diverted tens of millions of dollars of money from their father’s firm, a court-appointed trustee said Tuesday. In an amended lawsuit against Andrew ...

Invasive giant African snails seized at L.A. airport

Jul 15, 2014

Invasive giant African snails seized at L.A. airport

U.S. customs inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of several dozen live giant African snails, considered a delicacy in Nigeria but also voracious pests that can eat paint and stucco off houses, officials said on Monday. Weighing nearly 2 pounds (0.9 ...

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. jails struggle as stopgap asylums

Many of the 3,300 jails across the U.S. have seen a rise in the number of inmates with serious mental illnesses, most arrested for nonviolent crimes. They have become in many cases, treatment centers of last resort. And they are awash in a tide ...