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PARIS (AP) — French fighter jets have joined U.S. military aircraft in the skies over Iraq -- and they're already having an impact on the militant Islamic State group. French officials say their planes today destroyed a logistics depot used by the militants. Iraq's military spokesman says dozens of extremist fighters were killed, but France says it hasn't completed the damage assessment. France is the first foreign country to publicly add military muscle to the U.S. airstrikes against the group.
NEW YORK (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the 1998 plot to bomb U.S. embassies in Africa. It's part of a plea deal that would greatly reduce his sentence. Adel Abdul Bary pleaded guilty to making death threats against Americans. But the judge put the deal on hold -- saying he wants to hear additional arguments before agreeing to drop more serious terrorism charges. Those charges carry a possible life sentence. Bary admitted that he had essentially acted as an al-Qaida spokesman after the bombings that killed 224 people in Kenya and Tanzania.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — The head of a peanut company that distributed salmonella-tainted peanuts has been convicted of conspiracy and other charges. The peanuts sickened hundreds of people across the U.S. five years ago, and the outbreak was linked to nine deaths. Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, was found guilty today during a federal trial in Georgia. He'd been on trial, along with his brother and a company manager, on federal charges stemming from the outbreak.
PROVO, Utah (AP) — A Utah doctor has been sentenced to 17 years to life in prison after being convicted of killing his wife. Martin MacNeill was found guilty of giving his wife drugs prescribed after cosmetic surgery and leaving her to drown in the bathtub of their home in 2007 so he could begin a new life with his mistress. MacNeill has maintained his innocence, and his attorney has said an appeal is likely. The case against the 58-year-old doctor became a national true-crime cable TV obsession.
BELL, Fla. (AP) — More details are emerging about the ex-convict who authorities say killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself yesterday near Gainsville, Florida. According to authorities and prison records, Don Spirit had been in and out of jail and spent time in prison for accidentally shooting his son to death during a hunting trip. A sheriff says Spirit couldn't legally have had a gun because he was a felon.
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