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Wash. man pleads guilty in Facebook bigamy case


TACOMA, Wash. (AP)  – A Washington man whose wife discovered through Facebook that he had married a second woman has pleaded guilty to attempted bigamy.

Alan O’Neill, 42, was charged in March after his first wife learned of his second wife through a Facebook “people you may know” notification and alerted authorities.

The second woman’s profile photo showed her with O’Neill, dressed in fancy clothes and standing near a wedding cake, The Tacoma News Tribune reported Friday.

O’Neill, who was accompanied to court by the second woman, told Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant he never meant to commit a crime.

“I’ve never done anything intentionally wrong in my life,” he said Thursday.

O’Neill was spared jail time but will be on probation for a year. The charge is a gross misdemeanor.

He has annulled his second marriage

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Va. man in Capitol bomb plot sentenced to 30 years


ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia man convicted of plotting to detonate a suicide bomb at the U.S Capitol was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed under a plea deal he struck.

Amine El-Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria expressed no remorse for his actions at Friday’s sentencing hearing.

“I just want to say that I love Allah. That’s it,” he told U.S. District Judge James Cacheris.

He was arrested in February in a parking garage near the Capitol, wearing what he thought was an explosive-laden suicide vest. In an undercover sting, agents posing as al-Qaida operatives had supplied him with an inert explosive vest and an inoperable gun.

Under El-Khalifi’s guilty plea, the judge could only sentence him to a range from 25 to 30 years.

Public defender Kenneth Troccoli argued for

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Sneiderman, in-laws settle child custody case


ATLANTA (AP) – The widow of an entrepreneur gunned down outside a suburban Atlanta preschool in 2010 has reached a settlement with her murdered husband’s parents in a custody battle over her children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that notice of the settlement was filed Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court. Conditions of the agreement were not disclosed. Attorneys for Andrea Sneiderman and for her in-laws Don and Marilyn Sneiderman declined to comment.

Andrea Sneiderman was indicted on charges of malice murder, insurance fraud and racketeering, perjury and false statements in her husband’s November 2010 murder. Prosecutors say she plotted with her former boss to kill her husband. Neuman admitted to the killing and was sentenced in March to life in prison.

Andrea Sneiderman has denied involvement in the murder.

 

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Probation department looking at filmmaker


WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal probation officials are investigating the activities of a southern California filmmaker convicted of financial crimes who has been linked to an anti-Islamic movie inflaming protests across the Middle East, a spokesman for the U.S. federal court system said Friday.

The probation department in California’s central district is reviewing the case of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, who was previously convicted on bank fraud charges and was banned from using computers or the Internet as part of his sentence. The review is aimed at learning whether Nakoula violated the terms of his five-year probation.

Karen Redmond, a spokeswoman for the administrative office of the U.S. courts, confirmed Friday the review is under way. If the probation department determines Nakoula violated terms of his release, a judge could send him back to

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Police Pick Up Suspected Anti-Muslim Filmmaker

The man behind the anti-Muslim film The Innocence of Muslims, which sparked international controversy, has spoken with local probation officers, reports NBC News. Nakoula Besseley Nakoula, who was picked up by authorities at his Southern California home shortly after midnight Saturday morning, has told reporters that he is not the director of the incendiary film, but evidence suggests he was involved.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore confirmed to NBCLA that Nakoula, 55, was taken to the Cerritos sheriff’s station for interviewing by federal probation officers aimed at determining whether he violated the terms of his 5-year probation by uploading a video to the Internet …

Whitmore added that Nakoula, who has denied involvement in the film in a phone call to his Coptic Christian bishop, agreed to the interview prior to the deputies arriving at

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Chicago Teachers, Mayor Work on Labor Details

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Watch Kanye West Rap With His Mom

Kanye West is known for many things, and the most tender of his sometimes wild traits is his love for his late mother, Dr. Donda West. The Chicago State University professor passed away in 2007 following a complications during a surgical procedure, but before she died, her son immortalized their relationship through tracks like “Hey, Mama.” Recently, reports Billboard, a 2003 clip surfaced of West and his mother remembering rhymes the star cobbled together as a high school kid and her words of encouragement.

Watch the West family in their element below:

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Kansas Republicans Halt Obama Citizenship Attack

In Kansas, birtherism is alive and well. Recently, a group of Republican leaders trying to get President Barack Obama’s name removed from the voting ballots in November because they said he did not have a legitimate birth certificate. Now, they are reining in their efforts, according to Kansas City’s Fox 4 News local station.

Obama’s mother was born in Kansas but his father was born in Kenya. That alone does not make Obama a U.S. citizen. But the long-form birth certificate Obama released shows he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Hawaii officials confirm he was born there. That would make Obama a legal U.S. citizen. Montgomery, though, claims the birth certificate was doctored and questions whether Obama is truly a U.S. citizen since his father was not an American.

The Kansas Objections Board consists

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Voters target GOP senators backing gay marriage

The count of thousands of absentee ballots from Thursday’s GOP primary will take days.

Among the four Republican senators who cast the deciding votes to legalize gay marriage in June 2011, two — Sen. Roy McDonald and Sen. Stephen Saland — are now fighting for their political lives; one — Sen. James Alesi — retired this year in the face of opposition from his vote; and a fourth, Sen. Mark Grisanti of Buffalo, won his primary.

The Republicans said they agonized over their vote a year ago and ultimately cast votes of personal conviction, immediately angering their base. In response, a frustrated McDonald famously shouted publicly that if voting his conscience isn’t the right thing to do, critics can “take this job and shove it.”

According to unofficial results compiled by The Associated Press, Saland of Poughkeepsie, who cast the deciding vote for gay marriage, is

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Teen to get chance to confront assaulters


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Louisville teenager will have the opportunity to confront the two teenage boys who sexually assaulted her and express her thoughts to a judge about the court’s handling of the case at a sentencing hearing.

District Judge Angela McCormick Bisig will allow 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich to speak Friday at the sentencing of the pair that pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her in August 2011. The case initially gained public attention when Dietrich turned to Twitter and sent out details of her case to show frustration with the plea deal.

In interviews with police in February, the two boys said they assaulted Dietrich because “we thought it would be funny, but it wasn’t.”

Bisig has rejected Dietrich’s efforts to have the prosecutor removed from the case based on allegations of bias.

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