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February 26, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Two Muslim extremists who butchered a young British soldier on a busy London street in full view of stunned passersby were sentenced Wednesday to long prison terms, including life without parole for the leader of the attack. A judge harshly denounced the men for planning and carrying out a frenzied public “bloodbath” for maximum effect, saying that Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale's “sickening and pitiful conduct” warranted severe punishment. Adebolajo, 29, is to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
February 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- A U.S.-born inmate in an Israeli prison shot and wounded three guards Sunday before being killed by a SWAT team that responded to the attack. Israeli media identified the shooter as Samuel Sheinbein, convicted of the killing of 19-year-old Alfredo Enrique Tello Jr. in Maryland in September 1997. Sheinbein was 17 at the time of the killing. According to media reports, Sheinbein made a bathroom stop while being transferred from one cell to another in the Rimonim prison in central Israel, a maximum security jail.
February 23, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has spent his first night in prison, confined to an underground cell in a maximum-security facility with fellow accused drug traffickers with names like El Hummer, officials said Sunday. The capture on Saturday of one of the world's leading drug traffickers and Mexico's most-wanted billionaire fugitive ended a manhunt of more than a decade. Reporters at the Altiplano prison in the state of Mexico, outside Mexico City, said Guzman did not apparently receive family or lawyers as visitors, although officials were present to begin reading to him some of the many charges against him. The United States has offered a $5-million bounty on him and may seek his extradition.
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
February 21, 2014 | Richard Winton and James Rainey
At the home he shares with his parents, Bryan Stow does his best, but he struggles. It's hard to move his left arm and that hand will barely close. He must wear a diaper, needs help to take a shower and has to be reminded why a plastic shunt juts from the base of his skull. The members of Stow's family who addressed a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday wondered if the two men who attacked the paramedic and father of two outside Dodger Stadium in 2011 knew any of that, or if they cared.
February 21, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Richard Winton
Lawyers for five former Bell City Council members asked for more time Friday to consider whether to accept a deal in which their clients would get no more than four years in prison in exchange for pleading no contest to criminal negligence. George Cole, George Mirabal, Teresa Jacobo, Oscar Hernandez and Victor Bello must all agree to the deal, or the offer will be taken off the table, prosecutors said. The defendants are also required to pay restitution to Bell, but the amount has not been determined.
February 21, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - After a violent week that turned parts of his capital into a war zone, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich agreed Friday to a new election and a coalition government in a deal that appeared likely to seal his political fate and bring his imprisoned rival back onto the stage. It was far from clear, however, that Ukraine could avoid more of the bloodshed that has killed at least 100 people in the country, the worst violence in its post-Soviet history. Crowds enraged by the deaths of protesters in volleys of sniper fire the previous day greeted opposition leaders who signed the agreement with the president with angry shouts and whistles.
February 20, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A Los Angeles charter school teacher was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison after pleading no contest to two counts of committing lewd acts on a child, the district attorney's office said. Juan Ramon Cardoza, 56, of Downey admitted in court last year to abusing four female students at New Designs Charter School between January 2010 and March 2013. The alleged abuse involved a 13-year-old and three 14-year-old girls, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
February 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Two men charged with beating San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow at Dodger Stadium in 2011 would each get prison time under a deal that calls on them to plead guilty to the attack. Marvin Norwood, 30, and Louie Sanchez, 31, face charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and inflicting great bodily injury in the beating of Stow, a 44-year-old father of two. Law enforcement sources said that under the plea deal, Norwood would get four years in prison and Sanchez would get eight years.
February 19, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Praise has continued to pour in for an 84-year-old nun and two other Catholic activists who were sentenced to prison this week for embarrassing the U.S. government two years ago by breaking into a nuclear weapons complex in Tennessee. Trying to draw attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons, Megan Rice, 58-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed and 64-year-old Michael Walli cut through several rings of fences at the Y-12 National Security Complex and sprayed blood on a uranium storage facility.
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