Judge sorry for comment on teen's rape
A judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, but said he "deserved to be chastised" for his comments about the victim. In handing down the sentence Monday against Stacey Rambold, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the victim was "older than her chronological age" and had as much control of the situation as the teacher who raped her. Faced with backlash and calls for his resignation, Baugh, 71, apologized in a letter to the editor to the Billings Gazette. He said his comments were demeaning to all women and not reflective of his beliefs. He later told reporters he was "fumbling around" trying to explain the sentence and "made some really stupid remarks."
Report: Iran slows uranium gathering
In their first report since a new Iranian president took office, international nuclear inspectors said Wednesday that Iran was slowing its accumulation of uranium that could be quickly turned into fuel for an atom bomb. The new report also said Iran agreed to hold a new round of talks with the inspectors next month to discuss outstanding issues, including what the West sees as military aspects of Iran's nuclear program. But the quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency also said Iran is expanding its installation of a new generation of advanced equipment for the purification of uranium, which can fuel nuclear reactors or atom bombs. Iran has long insisted its program is entirely peaceful. Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani has called for "greater transparency" in Iran's nuclear activities.
U.N. peacekeeper killed in fighting
United Nations forces and the Congolese army attacked rebel positions with helicopter gunships, armored personnel carriers and a phalanx of ground troops Wednesday, ramping up the U.N.'s engagement in the latest rebellion to roil this country's tormented east. The fighting was some of the fiercest in the week since the newly created U.N. intervention brigade went on the offensive. One Tanzanian peacekeeper was killed, the U.N. said in a statement. Seven other troops were also wounded, U.N. spokesman Farhan Haq said. The fighting is 9 miles from Goma, a city of nearly 1 million people that was briefly captured by the M23 rebels last year.
Diner owner sorry for tossing out vet
A diner-owner has apologized for throwing out a veteran because he brought in his service dog. Russell Ireland, owner of Big I's, told Air Force veteran James Glaser and his dog, Jack, to leave the diner Saturday. Ireland said he didn't believe Jack was a service dog because Glaser let people pet and feed it. Glaser, who served in Iraq, says the dog helps him deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Texas: Shannon Guess Richardson, accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge said Wednesday.
China: China said Wednesday it plans to land an unmanned exploratory rover on the moon by the end of 2013, advancing its efforts to master the skills of space travel.