Bid to oust controversial sheriff fails
A campaign to force a recall election against the polarizing sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix failed Thursday after recall organizers said they couldn't collect enough voter signatures to bring the lawman to the ballot again. Organizers of the recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio needed to turn in more than 335,000 valid voter signatures by 5 p.m. Thursday to force a recall election. "It is a sad day," said recall campaign manager Lilia Alvarez. "It is a disappointment."
Would-be backpack bomber sentenced
A federal judge raised the specter of the Boston Marathon bombing as he sentenced a Lebanese immigrant Thursday to 23 years in prison for placing a backpack he thought contained a powerful bomb on a busy city street near the Chicago Cubs' baseball stadium. Before he was sentenced, Sami Samir Hassoun, 25, tearfully apologized. U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman said he accepted the defense depiction of Hassoun as a uniquely gullible youth and that an informant may have been eager to please his FBI handlers by leading him on, but said that was no excuse for the crime.
Assassination plot yields 25 years
A Texas man who admitted plotting to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison. Manssor Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen born in Iran, pleaded guilty in October to two conspiracy charges and a murder-for-hire count. He admitted he was directed by Iranian military officials to go to Mexico on multiple occasions in 2011 to arrange the assassination attempt, which never occurred.
London: Since the case involving TV personality Jimmy Savile came to light in October, the BBC has gotten 152 new allegations of sex abuse and harassment by 81 current and former employees, it said Thursday.