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Texas man's effort to aid al-Qaida draws 20 years in prison


al-qaida links lead to 20-year prison term

A Texas man convicted of trying to sneak out of the country to give al-Qaida restricted military documents, GPS equipment and money was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison, the maximum punishment he could receive. Barry Walter Bujol Jr. also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine at his sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge David Hittner. Bujol was convicted in November of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and aggravated identity theft.

sana, yemen

Attack kills 35 al-Qaida militants

Yemen's military launched an attack Thursday on an al-Qaida hideout in the country's south as part of a wider offensive, killing 35 militants, the Defense Ministry said. The attack came four days after al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on a military parade rehearsal in the capital, killing 96 soldiers. Since May 12, the military has been pushing an offensive to uproot al-Qaida militants from territory they overran during internal political turmoil in Yemen.

greensboro, n.c.

Day 5 of Edwards trial deliberations

After five days, the jurors in the federal corruption case against former Sen. John Edwards continue to grapple with the six charges against him. The jury looked at about 20 exhibits during discussions Thursday. Most were financial records involving money given by a wealthy Texas lawyer. Prosecutors say Edwards used the money as part of a plan to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 White House. Deliberations enter a sixth day today.

ouagadougou, burkina faso

30 killed in clashes at border with Mali

At least 30 people from the Peul ethnic group were killed in clashes over land rights at the border of Burkina Faso and Mali this week, and as many as 1,000 others have fled fearing more violence, according to the governor of Burkina's northern region. Reached by telephone, Gov. Boukary Kalil Bara said the clash between the Peul, who are traditionally herders, and the Dogon, who are farmers, erupted Tuesday in the village of Sari, 9 miles inside the Mali border. The violence appears to be one more ripple effect of Mali's 2-month-old coup that overturned two decades of democracy.


CHARDON, Ohio: Seventeen-year-old T.J. Lane will be tried as an adult in the school shooting deaths of three students in February, a juvenile court judge ruled Thursday.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.: A judge ordered a new trial Thursday to decide who can claim a $1 million scratch-off lottery ticket prize, three weeks after ruling that a woman who said she bought the ticket but mistakenly discarded it was entitled to the money.

VATICAN CITY: The president of the Vatican bank, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, was effectively ousted Thursday after a unanimous no-confidence vote from bank overseers for having leaked documents and failed to do his job at a critical time in the Holy See's efforts to show financial transparency.

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico: Authorities on Mexico's Pacific Coast prepared emergency shelters Thursday as Hurricane Bud churned toward an area of beach resorts and small mountain villages.

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