New husband's death draws 30-year term
A Montana woman was sentenced Thursday to more than 30 years in prison for killing her husband of eight days by pushing him from a cliff in Glacier National Park after they argued over her regrets about the marriage. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said he saw no remorse from Jordan Graham, 22, in the killing of Cody Johnson, 25. There is no possibility of parole in the federal system, meaning she's likely to serve the full term of 30 years and five months in prison. The judge also ordered her to pay $16,910 in restitution.
Critics find fault with NSA proposal
The White House on Thursday announced President Barack Obama's proposal to end the National Security Agency's controversial bulk collection of information about Americans' cellphone usage, confirming that cellphone companies would have to provide so-called metadata only on specific numbers when ordered by a court. Details of the proposal drew opposition from some civil liberties advocates, who said Obama was giving the NSA too much discretion. Under the proposal, the NSA could investigate all numbers that had been in touch with the targeted phone, plus all numbers the owners of those phones contacted.
Jobless benefits bill advances
The Senate voted Thursday to move forward with a proposal to extend aid to more than 2 million people whose unemployment assistance ran out last year. But despite a compromise that paved the way for passage in the Senate, the measure appeared likely to falter in the House, where Speaker John A. Boehner again called the plan unworkable.
Airport theft ring could involve 25
An investigation into baggage thefts at Los Angeles International Airport has grown rapidly, and authorities said Thursday as many as 25 baggage handlers may ultimately be detained. Police said the theft operation, probably one of the biggest in LAX history, resulted in "thousands upon thousands of dollars" in electronics, jewelry and other items being taken from luggage. Police say thieves worked in tandem, stealing from bags and other property in a secured area of the airport. Some items were sold on Craigslist, they said.
N. Korea missile launch condemned
The United Nations Security Council on Thursday evening condemned North Korea's test-firing of two medium-range ballistic missiles as violations of council resolutions. The launch of the Rodong missiles Wednesday, for the first time since 2009, marks a major escalation from a series of shorter-range rocket launches.
After delay, crew at space station
A Russian spacecraft carrying three astronauts docked with the International Space Station on Thursday evening, 250 miles over Brazil. The American and two Russians blasted off from Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz rocket Wednesday for what was supposed to be a six-hour trip. But an engine burn meant to fine-tune the craft's path never occurred, delaying the docking. The astronauts were never in danger. The new crew will stay in orbit six months.