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Bank robbers escape federal jail in Chicago through window using sheets

Bank robbers slip jail using sheets

Two convicted bank robbers escaped from the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago on Tuesday morning by tying bedsheets together and shimmying down about 20 stories to the ground below, officials said. Joseph "Jose" Banks, 37, and Kenneth Conley, 38, were somehow able to climb out of the small window in the cell they shared and make their way down, the officials said. Banks and Conley were awaiting sentencing. A widespread manhunt was under way, led by the FBI.

Judge ousted, beard to stay

The Army psychiatrist charged in the shooting rampage that killed 13 people in Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 apparently will be allowed to keep his beard during his military trial, after a new judge indicated Tuesday that she won't force him to shave. The previous judge's order requiring Maj. Nidal Hasan, 42, to be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his trial had tied up the case for more than three months. An appeals court ousted that judge this month and appointed Col. Tara Osborn.

Dead Sea scrolls in digital library

Israeli authorities said Tuesday that they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google. The digital library launched with the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century B.C. It is part of a broader attempt by the Israel Antiquities Authority to make the celebrated manuscripts broadly available. The Web address is

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by the numbers

16 Percent of people around the world who have no religious affiliation, according to a study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center.

32 Percent who are Christian, the world's largest religious group.

23 Percent who are Muslims.

15 Percent who are Hindu.

7 Percent who are Buddhist.

Bank robbers escape federal jail in Chicago through window using sheets 12/18/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 11:11pm]
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