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Edwards deposed in sex tape lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C.

Edwards deposed in sex tape lawsuit

Two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has testified under oath in a lawsuit over a videotape that purportedly depicts him in a sexual encounter, an attorney for a former Edwards aide said.

Robert Elliot said Edwards was deposed last week as part of a dispute between former Edwards aide Andrew Young and Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter. Elliot declined to discuss the content of the testimony.

Hunter has sued Young to reclaim materials, including a video that Young has said depicts a sexual encounter involving Edwards and a woman he assumes to be Hunter. Young has said he helped cover up the affair and contends the tape was found amid trash Hunter left behind in a home he was renting.

TUCSON, Ariz.

Border activist guilty of double slaying

The leader of a group fighting illegal immigration was convicted Monday in a home invasion robbery that left a 9-year-old girl and her father dead in what prosecutors said was an attempt to steal drug money to fund the group's operations.

A Tucson jury found Shawna Forde, 42, guilty of murder in the May 2009 killings of Raul Flores, 29, and his daughter Brisenia at their home in Arivaca, a community 10 miles north of Mexico. Forde, the leader of the Minutemen American Defense, was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder for the shooting of Flores' wife and related aggravated assault and robbery counts.

NEW YORK

Ex-member of al-Qaida released from prison

An al-Qaida operative who helped set up the camp where the 2005 London suicide bombers were trained has been sentenced to 10 years of probation after serving less than five years in prison.

Mohammed Junaid Babar, 35, confessed in 2004 to setting up the camp in South Waziristan, Pakistan, and could have received 70 years in prison on terrorism charges. But the U.S. government says at least 10 people were convicted in terrorist cases because of his testimony.

On Dec. 10 he was sentenced to time served and 10 years of probation as a reward for his cooperation. He spent only four years and eight months behind bars.

Mexico

18 killed in shootings in drug-plagued town

A series of shootings left 18 people dead Monday in Padilla in northern Mexico where a turf war has raged between two brutal drug cartels.

The violence damaged the city hall, a court and the police headquarters, the state government of Tamaulipas said.

In neighboring Nuevo Leon state, gunmen killed a top intelligence officer, then torched his car, the state government said.

Elsewhere

WASHINGTON: The United Nations said Monday it had begun an assessment of impoverished North Korea's food needs and planned more than 300,000 tons of humanitarian assistance, but Sen. Richard Lugar warned the Obama administration against resuming such aid without adequate monitoring.

Honduras: A small commercial airliner crashed Monday near the capital, Tegucigalpa, killing all 14 people aboard, including a senior government official and a top union leader, authorities said.

Hungary: A 96-year-old former Hungarian police officer, Sandor Kepiro, has been charged with war crimes for the killing of four civilians during a 1942 mass slaughter of 1,200 people in Serbia, prosecutors said Monday.

China: The government today ordered makers of films and TV shows to limit the amount of smoking scenes, the latest effort to curb rampant tobacco use.

Times wires

Edwards deposed in sex tape lawsuit 02/14/11 [Last modified: Monday, February 14, 2011 11:18pm]

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