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Five Somali pirates get life in prison for attack

NORFOLK, Va.

Five pirates get life in prison for attack

Five Somali men convicted of attacking a Navy ship in April were sentenced to life in prison on Monday, the harshest sentences yet for accused pirates as the United States tries to halt piracy off Africa's coast. Last month, a Somali pirate who kidnapped and brutalized the captain of a U.S.-flagged merchant ship off the coast of Africa in 2009 was sentenced to more than 33 years in prison.

CAPE CANAVERAL

Shuttle worker falls to death

A space shuttle worker fell to his death Monday at the launch pad, the first fatality there in decades, NASA officials said. He was identified as James Vanover, an engineer for United Space Alliance, a NASA contractor. Neither the company nor NASA released any details, including where he was working on the pad when the accident occurred.

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J.

Crash of luxury bus leaves 2 dead

A luxury bus carrying 25 to 30 people crashed Monday night on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing the driver and another person, police said. Several people were badly injured. The bus, operated by a company from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., slammed into a guard rail and a concrete abutment while traveling south, police said.

LOS ANGELES

Chancellor faults rant on Asians

UCLA chancellor Gene Block said Monday he was "appalled by the thoughtless and hurtful comments" that a white student made about her Asian classmates in a video. Alexandra Wallace posted a three-minute rant on YouTube called "Asians in the Library," in which she criticizes the school for accepting "these hordes of Asian people" who she said have no manners. The political science major also faulted Asian students for disrupting her at the library by calling family members after Friday's earthquake.

Elsewhere

Iraq: A suicide bomber detonated a car packed with explosives in Kanan, about 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing 11 Iraqi soldiers, security officials said.

Washington: The Obama administration on Monday urged former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to delay his return to Haiti until after a presidential runoff vote Sunday.

Times wires

Five Somali pirates get life in prison for attack

03/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 12:00am]
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