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Life term for 1 Blackwater guard; 30 years for 3 others

Blackwater trialA federal judge in Washington gave out prison terms of 30 years to life on Monday to four guards for Blackwater Worldwide convicted in the 2007 fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad, the Washington Post and other news organizations are reporting.

U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth handed down a sentence of life in prison to Nicholas Slatten of Sparta, Tenn., convicted of murder in the incident in which American security officers fired assault rifles and grenades into heavy daytime traffic, the Post reports.

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Documents show Va. woman was shackled before being stunned

natasha mckennaA mentally ill woman who died after a stun gun was used on her at the Fairfax County jail in February was restrained with handcuffs behind her back, leg shackles and a mask when a sheriff’s deputy shocked her four times, incident reports obtained by The Washington Post show.

Natasha McKenna initially cooperated with deputies, placed her hands through her cell door food slot and agreed to be handcuffed, the reports show. But McKenna, whose deteriorating mental state had caused Fairfax to seek help for her, then began trying to fight her way out of the cuffs, repeatedly screaming, “You promised you wouldn’t hurt me!” the reports show.

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Obama and Raul Castro: Together at last

Castro and Obama meetU.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro will share the same stage on Friday in an encounter rich with symbolism as their countries set aside decades of mistrust and attempt to restore diplomatic relations.

The rapprochement is set to dominate the Summit of the Americas meeting, held in Panama, less than four months after they announced they would seek to lower tensions and boost trade and travel between the two Cold War enemies.

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Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out Of Cockpit Before Crash In France

Germanwings pilot locked outAs officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

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Ford recalls over 220,000 vehicles in North America for three issues

Ford recallFord Motor Co said on Wednesday it is recalling more than 220,000 vehicles in North America for potential issues with door handles, vacuum pump relays and sensors.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker said it is recalling 212,911 Ford Explorer SUVs and Ford Police Interceptor utility vehicles from model years 2011 to 2013 because a spring that controls the interior door handle may become loose and cause the door to become unlatched in a side-impact crash, increasing the risk of injury.

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Israel spied on US talks with Iran to undercut deal

israel spied on iran talksWashington has accused Israel of spying on closed-door international talks with Iran about its nuclear program and relaying information from the meetings to the U.S. Congress as a way to build a case against the deal, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Citing more than a dozen current and former U.S. and Israeli officials, the WSJ said Israel eavesdropped on the negotiations and gathered information from “confidential U.S. briefings,” “informants” and “diplomatic contacts in Europe.”

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Seven children from Brooklyn house fire to be buried in Jerusalem

7 children killed in fireThe seven brothers and sisters of the Sassoon Orthodox Jewish family, who died in a fire at home early Saturday, leaving a community in shock will be buried in Jerusalem, Israel.

The children, four boys and three girls, will be buried at 2 p.m. local time on Monday. The family lived in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem for many years, but moved to Brooklyn two years ago.

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