2 groups of suspected pirates seized by European navies appear in Kenyan court

Somali piracy suspects in Kenya court

MOMBASA, Kenya — Eighteen Somali men who were brought ashore in Kenya by European navies crowded into a Mombasa court Thursday to face piracy charges.

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In Florida, a respected judge’s career ends amid accusations he helped stripper hide her money

Fla. judge’s career finished over ties to stripper

TAMPA, Fla. — Thomas E. Stringer spent more than three decades quietly building his legal career in Florida. He was the first black graduate of his law school. He worked his way onto an appeals court in the Tampa Bay area.

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Lawsuit claims tannery sludge tainted land, caused brain tumors in Cameron, Mo., residents

Lawsuit claims Mo. tannery byproduct caused tumors

CAMERON, Mo. — A tannery in northwest Missouri was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of contaminating farmland with a chemical that caused brain-tumor cases in the town of Cameron.

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Suspect in Chandra Levy slaying charged with first-degree murder in DC

Suspect charged with murder in Chandra Levy case

WASHINGTON — Nearly eight years after federal intern Chandra Levy’s disappearance, the man accused of killing her was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder.

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Tenn. man sentenced to die for raping, strangling SC college student with her own bikini top

Man gets death for raping, strangling SC student

PICKENS, S.C. — A Tennessee man who raped and strangled a South Carolina college student with her own bikini top was sentenced to death Wednesday, hours after he told a judge he deserved to die because he was too violent to be rehabilitated in prison.

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Experts: Prosecutors seemed to throw the book at teenage pirate in unique case

Prosecutors beefed up charges against scrawny teen

NEW YORK — When U.S. prosecutors brought piracy charges against a teenager from Somalia, they dusted off a law that has been on the books since George Washington was president.

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Boston medical student ordered held without bail in masseuse’s Craigslist death

Med student held without bail in Craigslist death

BOSTON — A Boston medical student accused of targeting women who advertised exotic services on Craigslist was ordered held without bail Tuesday on charges that he sought to rob a masseuse, but bashed her in the head and shot her through the heart when she fought back.

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Group says students’ rights violated by Wis. school district’s graduations at megachurch

Wis. school district sued over church graduations

MILWAUKEE — A group of students and parents sued Wednesday to stop a Wisconsin school district from continuing to hold high school graduations in a Christian megachurch.

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Lawyer representing victims of salmonella outbreak tours Texas plant, says he sees leaks, gaps

Lawyer in salmonella lawsuits tours Texas plant

DALLAS — A lawyer said he found leaks and places where animals could get in when he toured a Texas plant Wednesday that belongs to a company linked to a deadly nationwide salmonella outbreak.

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Lawsuit filed by prof claims university president in Alabama plagiarized doctoral dissertation

Ala. college president accused of plagiarism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The president of Jacksonville State University, whose use of a ghostwriter for newspaper columns caused a stir two years ago, now has been accused of plagiarizing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Alabama.

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