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Man in toddler-slapping plane case gets 8 months
Written by KATE BRUMBACK, Associated Press   
Monday, 06 January 2014 15:10

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to slapping a crying toddler on an Atlanta-bound flight to serve eight months in federal prison.

Joe Rickey Hundley was accused of using a racial slur to refer to the 19-month-old boy, who's black, and hitting him under the eye as the flight from Minneapolis descended to the Atlanta airport last February. He pleaded guilty in October to simple assault after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of six months in prison, and Hundley reserved his right to argue for a lower sentence. U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman said he imposed a higher sentence in part because of Hundley's criminal history, which includes a prior assault.

Hundley's lawyer, Marcia Shein, objected to the deviation from the recommendation in the plea agreement and said after the hearing that she believes the sentence is disproportionate.

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Arrest made in consulate fire in California
Written by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Monday, 06 January 2014 15:04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The FBI said Monday it has made an arrest in a fire set intentionally at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.

One suspect had been taken into custody, FBI spokesman Peter Lee said.

Lee did not provide further details, saying FBI Special Agent in Charge David Johnson would have more information at a news conference.

No one was hurt in the New Year's Day blaze that charred a doorway and damaged the lobby of the building.

Federal officials said shortly after the fire that it was not being investigated as an act of terrorism.

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Liz Cheney quitting bid to unseat Wyoming's Enzi
Written by DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press   
Monday, 06 January 2014 11:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, on Monday abruptly abandoned her effort to unseat Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming.

Cheney cited "serious health issues" that "have recently arisen in our family" as the reason for her decision.

But her candidacy had raised hackles in the Republican Party and caused a public rift with her sister, Mary, a lesbian, over Liz Cheney's opposition to gay marriage.

In her withdrawal statement, Cheney did not mention those controversies.

"Serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign. My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and they will always be my overriding priority," Cheney said. She did not specify those health issues.

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'Jihad Jane' gets 10 years in plot to kill artist
Written by MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press   
Monday, 06 January 2014 13:09

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who called herself "Jihad Jane" online and plotted to kill a Swedish artist was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison after telling a judge she was once obsessed with jihad.

Colleen LaRose had faced a potential life term. But Judge Petrese Tucker accepted a government request to reduce the sentence, because of her extensive cooperation with investigators.

Prosecutors still asked for decades in prison, fearing she remains dangerous.

Larose, 50, of Pennsburg, Pa., told the judge she once had thought about jihad from morning to night, saying she was "in a trance."

"I don't want to be into jihad no more," she said.

She was sentenced to 10 years in prison plus five years of supervised release. She could be out in a little over four years, given the more than four years she has already served and the potential for time off for good behavior.

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Staff seize bosses at restive French Goodyear site
Written by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press   
Monday, 06 January 2014 11:50

PARIS (AP) — An official with Goodyear says workers at a restive plant in northern France have detained two managers in a conference room at the tire factory.

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

"Boss-napping" became rampant in France in 2009 at the height of the economic meltdown, although the practice has since tapered off.

But the Amiens plant has an especially contentious past. Goodyear has been trying to restructure or close the factory for more than five years. Sometimes violent workers' protests, government concerns and France's prolonged layoff procedures have stalled the process.


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