Nun, 84, jailed for protest
An elderly nun who broke into what was supposed to be one of the most carefully guarded nuclear facilities in the country was sentenced to 35 months in prison on Tuesday, media reported. Sister Megan Rice, 84, cut through fences and several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares — a pacifist group — in July 2012. They spent two hours in the complex before being caught by security guards. In that time, they hoisted banners, spray painted messages like “work for peace not war” and tossed human blood on a building used to store and process the highly enriched uranium used to make nuclear bombs.
Arrest made in Alps killings
Police in Annecy on Tuesday arrested a 48-year-old man, described by a source as a former police officer, over the 2012 killings of a British-Iraqi family and a cyclist in the Alps, in their first breakthrough in the case. Checks on the man’s telephone “put him in the zone at the moment” of the murders of the al-Hilli family and the cyclist on Sept. 5, 2012, another source said. Annecy prosecutor Eric Maillaud said the man, from the Haute-Savoie region, was placed in formal custody and detained following the release in November last year of an identikit image of a mysterious motorcyclist seen near where the quadruple murder took place.
Marvis Gallant dies at 91
Mavis Gallant, the Montreal-born writer who carved out an international reputation as a master short-story author while living in Paris for decades, died on Tuesday at age 91, her publisher said. The bilingual Quebecoise started out as a journalist and went on to publish well over 100 short stories in her lauded career, many of them in the New Yorker magazine and in collections such as The Other Paris, Across the Bridge and In Transit.
Former politician arrested
Former US representative Mel Reynolds has been arrested for allegedly possessing pornography and violating immigration laws. The former politician, who lost his seat in the US Congress almost two decades ago because of a statutory rape conviction, was arrested on Monday by police and immigration officials at a Harare hotel, according to the state-controlled newspaper the Herald. He allegedly brought several models and other women to his hotel room where he took photographs and videos. In Harare, Reynolds has accumulated hotel bills worth US$24,500 which he has not yet paid, the Herald reported. Reynolds could face up to two years’ imprisonment or a hefty fine if found guilty of possessing pornographic material and deportation for breaching immigration laws.
Killer of Iraqi family dies
A former US soldier jailed for raping an Iraqi teenager and executing the girl and her family in 2006 has died in an apparent suicide in prison, a spokesman said. Steven Dale Green, convicted in 2009, died on Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. Guards discovered the 28-year-old “unresponsive” in his cell on Thursday last week, during regular rounds, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman John Stahley said in a statement released on Tuesday. Staff immediately called for assistance and began life-saving measures, with Green being transported to a local medical center. However, he died on Saturday, Stahley said.