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Soldier given life sentence in sergeants' slayings

SAVANNAH, Ga.

Life sentence in sergeants' slayings

An Army sergeant based at Fort Stewart was sentenced Wednesday to life in a military prison without parole for shooting and killing his infantry squad leader and another U.S. soldier in Iraq after they criticized him for poor performance. The military jury's sentence also calls for Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, 41, of Minneapolis to be demoted in rank to private and to receive a dishonorable discharge.

The same court-martial convicted him of premeditated murder May 25 in the slayings of Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson of Pensacola and Sgt. Wesley Durbin of Dallas at a small patrol base outside Baghdad on Sept. 14, 2008. Bozicevich's civilian defense attorney, Charles Gittins, said he accomplished his main priority by making sure Bozicevich was spared the death penalty.

WASHINGTON

Arizona files appeal in immigration law case

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has appealed to the Supreme Court to revive the state's disputed immigration policing law, seeking a ruling that could free states to take aggressive enforcement action against illegal immigrants. Former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement, filing the appeal, urged the justices to rebuke the Obama administration for its "extraordinary step" of intervening in court to block the Arizona law from taking effect. If the justices take up the case, they would hear arguments in the winter and likely hand down a ruling in the late spring as the presidential race gets under way.

MOGADISHU, Somalia

U.S. security company trains African troops

The State Department is indirectly financing Bancroft Global Development, a private U.S. security company, to train troops in Africa who have fought a pitched urban battle in the ruins of Mogadishu against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group allied with al-Qaida, the Associated Press and New York Times reported Wednesday. The Pentagon has turned to strikes by armed drone aircraft to kill al-Shabab militants and has approved $45 million in arms shipments to African troops fighting in Somalia.

London

New arrest in phone hacking scandal

Police in London arrested a 12th suspect Wednesday in connection with Britain's widening phone hacking scandal, and British news reports identified the person as Greg Miskiw, a former editor at News of the World, the now-defunct tabloid owned by the Rupert Murdoch media empire. Miskiw, 61, left News of the World in 2005 and later moved to Florida. He has a home in Delray Beach.

Elsewhere

Diocese pays $6.3M: A clergy sex abuse case with misconduct dating back to the 1970s ended Wednesday when James Wisniewski's attorney was handed checks totaling $6.3 million in Belleville, Ill. Wisniewski, of Champaign, Ill., and now in his early 50s, says disgraced priest Raymond Kownacki sexually abused him as a child.

North, South Korea lob shells: South Korea's military returned fire Wednesday after three North Korean artillery shells fell in waters near a South Korean island the North attacked last year, Defense Ministry officials said. South Korea responded by broadcasting a warning and then firing three artillery shells on the northern line.

New granddaughter for Palin: Sarah Palin is a grandmother again. Kyla Grace Palin was born Saturday to Palin's eldest son, Track Palin, 22 and his new wife, Britta Hanson, 21.

Runaway SUV kills 3: An SUV drove onto a sidewalk and killed three elderly women before crashing into a New York church. Authorities said driver Luann Burgess, 55, may have gotten her foot stuck on the gas pedal.

Pakistan extradites Bali suspect: Umar Patek, who allegedly built the bombs used in the 2002 Bali attacks, arrived in Indonesia today after Pakistani authorities extradited him more than six months after he was captured in Pakistan's northwest. The attacks killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists.

Times wires

Soldier given life sentence in sergeants' slayings 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:05am]

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