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Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California, foul beaches, air

California oil spill spreads across 9 miles of ocean, blackens beaches, closes campgrounds
Christopher Weber And Brian Melley, The Associated Press

GOLETA, Calif. - An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out.

Up to a fifth of that amount — 21,000 gallons — reached the sea, according to estimates.

Banks fined more than $5B, to plead guilty to market rigging

Group of banks fined over $5 billion, will plead guilty to rigging global currency markets
Ken Sweet And Eric Tucker, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial institution.

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Egypt's ousted Islamist leader sentenced to death over prison break during 2011 uprising
Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the country's first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power.

Bin Laden top aide sentenced to life in embassy bombing plot

Bin Laden aide sentenced to life for conspiring in 1998 bombings of US embassies in Africa
Tom Hays And Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A former top aide to Osama bin Laden was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring in the deadly 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, with the judge rejecting his claims that he is not a violent man.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan said Khaled al-Fawwaz was an eager supporter of bin Laden's goals even before the attacks in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.

Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

Army officer recommends court-martial trial for soldier charged in WikiLeaks case
David Dishneau, The Associated Press

An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

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