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Prep school student could get seven years...Clinton says she's the standard-bearer...Migrants face death, desperation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 28, 2015 at 12:51 p.m.



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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former senior at a New Hampshire prep school who was accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman now faces up to seven years in prison on the most serious charge for which he was convicted. Nineteen-year-old Owen Labrie was acquitted today of three felony rape charges but convicted of three sexual assault charges and one count of endangering the welfare of a child -- all misdemeanors. He was also convicted of a felony charge of using a computer to lure a minor for sexual contact. He wept after the verdict was read. He had said that he and the girl had consensual sexual contact.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is insisting she is the Democratic party's standard-bearer in next year's election, even as Vice President Joe Biden considers challenging her and Sen. Bernie Sanders draws big crowds. Pointing to big losses in the 2010 mid-term elections, Clinton says the party can't allow that to happen again and must rebuild "from the ground up." She spoke to the Democratic National Committee meeting in Minneapolis.

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The survivor of Wednesday's shooting that killed two TV station employees in Virginia is thinking of the families of the two slain journalists. According to her boss, when Vicki Gardner awoke from surgery yesterday, her first communication with her family was concern for the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward. They were killed by a former employee of the station as they interviewed Gardner, who is with a local chamber of commerce. The head of the chamber says Gardner continues to improve.

VIENNA (AP) — Stories of death and desperation are continuing to emerge from Europe's migrant crisis. Police in Austria say 71 people appear to have suffocated in the back of an abandoned truck. And an estimated 200 people are believed to have drowned off of Libya when two overloaded boats capsized. So far this year, more than 300,000 people have tried to cross the Mediterranean, as European authorities struggle with the largest influx since World War II. Many are fleeing war or persecution in countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military says an Islamic State group hacker who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to carry out "lone wolf" terrorist attacks. A spokesman for Central Command, Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, told reporters at the Pentagon today that the hacker also was responsible for the recent release of identifying information on about 1,300 U.S. military and government employees, and that he tried to inspire violence against U.S. service members.

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