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North Dakota court overturns life term in cut from womb case

North Dakota court overturns life term in cut from womb caseA judge overstepped by giving a life prison sentence to a man whose girlfriend cut the baby from the womb of an unsuspecting neighbor, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled Thursday, ordering that the man be resentenced. William Hoehn, of Fargo, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the August 2017 attack on Savanna Greywind, who died of her injuries but whose baby survived. Hoehn’s girlfriend, Brooke Crews, admitted that she sliced Greywind’s baby from her womb.



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Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootings

Ex-Blackwater contractor sentenced to life in Iraq shootingsA former Blackwater security contractor was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for his role in the 2007 shooting of unarmed civilians in Iraq that left 14 people dead. Federal judge Royce Lamberth issued the sentence after a succession of friends and relatives requested leniency for Nicholas Slatten, who was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury in December. Prosecutors charged that Slatten, 35, was the first to fire shots in the September 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.



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Only passenger on a Delta flight has the time of his life with the crew

Only passenger on a Delta flight has the time of his life with the crewHave you ever wished you could have a whole plane to yourself? Same.One lucky man, Vincent Peone, recently found himself in that rare position, and as you may imagine it did not suck.Upon learning he was the only passenger on a Delta flight, Peone — who also happens to be a director — recorded his unique experience and spliced together clips to make a hilarious video."Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet…kind of," Peone tweeted alongside the footage.SEE ALSO: Passenger and tarmac worker play rock-paper-scissors through plane windowIn the video you'll see Peone getting special treatment from Delta employees before he even boards the plane."Good evening ladies and gentleman, we're about to board our flight to Salt Lake City from Gate 5, would the only passenger on this flight kindly board at this time," an airport employee announces, to which Peone says, "That's me," and grabs his bag."I'm going to record this," Peone says to an employee as they walk across the tarmac to the plane. He then asks her if she's ever seen anyone fly alone on a plane before, and, crushing his history-making dreams, she says, "Yes they have. Sorry." Peone also recorded crew members "adding weight" to the plane "because there are no people" and himself enjoying a drink while the flight attendant welcomed him and only him over the speakers."Good evening Vincent, and welcome aboard. We look forward to taking care of you today. If you need any assistance getting settled we're delighted to serve you. To ensure an on-time departure please remain in your seat," she said.After Peone's plane landed, he stopped by the cockpit to meet and personally thank his pilots for his private flight, and proceeded to pose for a photograph outside the plane.In an interview with the Washington Post, Peone said he believes the unique circumstance was the result of the flight being rescheduled. He also confirmed that he was allowed to pick his own seat, which is a real dream."I sat window and aisle. I was tempted to try to set a record to sit in every single seat for like, two minutes on the flight, so that I could actually sit everywhere. But I didn't feel that ambitious," he explained.Though Delta hasn't officially reached out to its star passenger, the airline's Twitter account did reply to the video.> Hi Vincent! That looks like an awesome experience! Thank you for the shoutout, and we truly appreciate you for choosing Delta! Take care. ✈️ AJM> > — Delta (@Delta) August 12, 2019It's always nice to hear about positive travel experiences every once in a while, and this one was truly impressive. WATCH: This 'hybrid drone' can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane — Future Blink



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Idaho girl, 9, clings to life after losing 'half of her skull' in freak accident

Idaho girl, 9, clings to life after losing 'half of her skull' in freak accidentShaylyn Bergeson, 9, is clinging to life after falling from a tree and landing on a piece of rebar that punctured the left side of her brain.



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School board member longs for Muslim congresswoman's death in post: 'My life would be complete'

School board member longs for Muslim congresswoman's death in post: 'My life would be complete'Toms River Regional Board of Education member Dan Leonard has come under fire for a series of posts against Muslims.



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Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' appeals life sentence

Drug kingpin 'El Chapo' appeals life sentenceFallen Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, once one of the world’s most powerful and notorious criminals, has appealed his life sentence, court documents published on Monday showed. Guzman, the 62-year-old former co-leader of Mexico’s feared Sinaloa drug cartel, was convicted in February of smuggling hundreds of tons of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana into the United States. A symbolic 30 years was also added to the sentence and he was also ordered to pay $ 12.6 billion in forfeiture — a sum based on a conservative estimate of revenues from his cartel’s sales in the United States.



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Road-tripping couple 'just enjoying life to the full' found dead on the side of the road

Road-tripping couple 'just enjoying life to the full' found dead on the side of the roadChynna Noelle Deese, 24, and Lucas Robertson Fowler, 23, were on a road trip in Canada when police believe they were murdered.



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El Chapo: Mexico president calls life sentence ‘inhumane’ as drug lord moved to supermax prison

El Chapo: Mexico president calls life sentence ‘inhumane’ as drug lord moved to supermax prisonThe Mexican president has described Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s life sentence as “inhumane” after the notorious drug lord was sent to live out his remaining years in a supermax prison in Colorado.Guzman was sentenced to life behind bars in the US plus 30 years after being found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise, having already escaped Mexican prisons twice.In his home country, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador referred to sentences like the one handed to Guzman to be served in a “hostile jail” as "hard” and “inhumane", adding that it made life no longer worth living.The 62-year-old had been protected by an army of gangsters under the Sinaloa cartel, which he founded in 1989, up until his most recent incarceration.In 1993 he was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico, however he was able to bribe guards to receive favourable treatment while also managing the cartel from inside his cell through his brother, who ran the cartel in his absence.In 2001 he escaped from the maximum-security Puente Grande prison in Jalisco, reportedly in a laundry basket.Some 13 years later he was imprisoned for a second time, but escaped again through a tunnel running 30ft beneath the Toluca prison showers to a house under construction a mile away.In 2016 he was arrested after a gunfight in Los Mochis before being extradited to the US, where he has remained since.Guzman has lodged frequent complaints about the conditions of his detention in the US, describing it as “torture”.Just hours after his sentencing, Guzman was flown by helicopter to USP Florence Admax, a top security prison in Colorado dubbed the “Alcatraz of the Rockies”.His fellow prisoners include the “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui and Terry Nichols, who was convicted of being an accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.“I drink unsanitary water, no air or sunlight, and the air pumped in makes my ears and throat hurt,” he said at his sentencing. “This has been psychological, emotional and mental torture 24 hours a day.” It comes as the Mexican president, who took office in December last year, introduces a militarized police force to help limit violence across the country as cartels splinter and smaller groups fight to consolidate territory.In 2016 the drug wars in the country made it the second deadliest place in the world, while in 2018 Mexico broke its own homicide record with 28,816 murder cases opened across the year.Mr Obrador added: “I also have many victims in mind, it’s something very painful.”An opinion poll hosted by Mexican newspaper Reforma found that 52 per cent of people surveyed believed Mr Obrador’s attempts to limit crime in the country were lacking, while 55 per cent said they believed he was failing to reduce violence in the country.



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A Passenger Was Fined $105,000 and Banned for Life for 'Extremely Disruptive Behavior' on an Airplane

A Passenger Was Fined $  105,000 and Banned for Life for 'Extremely Disruptive Behavior' on an AirplaneShe was also banned for life by British budget carrier Jet2



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Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholar

Ex-Illinois student's life spared in killing of scholarA former University of Illinois doctoral student was spared the death penalty Thursday and sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old scholar from China. Jurors deliberated about eight hours over two days before announcing they were deadlocked on whether 30-year-old Brendt Christensen should be put to death for killing Yingying Zhang in 2017 as part of a homicidal fantasy, automatically resulting in a sentence of life behind bars without the possibility of parole. "The Zhang family … must live with the thought that Yingying was ripped away from them by a total stranger, thousands of miles away, fulfilling his self-absorbed and selfish fantasies," he told Christensen.



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