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U.S. Rep. Conyers allowed on ballot

Michigan

U.S. Rep. Conyers allowed on ballot

A judge on Friday ordered U.S. Rep. John Conyers' name placed on the August primary ballot, trumping Michigan election officials who said the Democrat was ineligible because of problems with his nominating petitions. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Matthew Leitman capped a turbulent day of law and politics and appeared to diminish the possibility that Conyers — No. 2 in seniority in the House — might have to mount a write-in campaign to keep his 50-year congressional career alive. Conyers needed 1,000 petition signatures to get a spot in the Democratic primary. But many petitions were thrown out because the people who gathered names weren't registered voters or listed a wrong registration address. That left him more than 400 short. But Leitman issued an injunction putting the 85-year-old Conyers on the ballot.

Denver

Ethiopian guard sentenced for crimes

A brutal Ethiopian jail guard who tortured and killed dozens of people during government-sponsored violence in the 1970s should spend 22 years in prison for immigration crimes, a federal judge ruled Friday. Kefelgn Alemu Worku was convicted of assuming another man's identity and lying on U.S. immigration forms by denying he committed acts of political persecution.

Paris

Warlord sentenced to 12 years in prison

The International Criminal Court in the Hague sentenced a Congolese militia leader, Germain Katanga, to 12 years in prison Friday for his role in an attack on a village in 2003 where more than 200 civilians were shot or hacked to death, limb by limb. The court had convicted him of aiding and abetting murder and looting in the village, Bogoro, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2003.

Elsewhere

Washington: The United States is suspending $3.5 million in military aid to Thailand, its first punitive step against the Asian country after a military coup, the State Department announced.

Afghanistan: Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Indian Consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday, though its diplomatic staff escaped unharmed, police said.

Los Angeles: Christopher Evans Hubbart, 63, the so-called "Pillowcase Rapist" who attacked at least 40 women in the 1970s and 1980s, will be freed and allowed to live in a remote Southern California area, a judge ordered.

Dallas: Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts of America, says he would have moved further than the youth organization last year and admitted openly gay adults.

New Mexico: Authorities say the death toll now stands at seven after a fiery multi-vehicle crash along Interstate 10 in southwestern New Mexico.

Times wires

U.S. Rep. Conyers allowed on ballot 05/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:43pm]
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