Monday, May 21, 2018
News Roundup

Sentence upheld for Bulger's girlfriend

Mob girlfriend's sentence upheld

The longtime girlfriend of reputed gangster James "Whitey" Bulger lost her bid to reduce the eight-year prison sentence she received for helping Bulger during his 16 years as a fugitive. A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Friday that it found no basis to change the sentence that Catherine Greig received after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud. The panel included retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Bulger, the former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, fled Boston in late 1994 and remained a fugitive until he and Greig were captured together in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011. Prosecutors say Greig helped Bulger in multiple ways while he was hiding from law enforcement. Bulger, 83, is scheduled to go on trial in June on charges that he participated in 19 murders.

$1M in jewelry stolen in Cannes

A French police official says jewelry worth about $1 million has been stolen from a safe in a Cannes hotel room, against the backdrop of the Riviera resort town's film festival. Cmdr. Bernard Mascarelli, a judicial police spokesman in the nearby city of Nice, said a culprit or culprits ripped the safe out of the wall of the Novotel hotel room overnight where an employee of the Swiss-based watch and jewelry maker Chopard was staying.

Vatican opens gauchos exhibit

If Pope Francis is feeling a bit homesick these days, he need only go downstairs to St. Peter's Square. The Vatican on Friday opened an exhibit on Argentine gauchos, the legendary horsemen of the pampas — a show that has been years in the works and coincidentally opened under the first Argentine pope. Officials weren't sure when Francis might swing by "The Gaucho: Tradition, Art and Faith," which opened in an exhibition space underneath the piazza's colonnade.

Associated Press

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