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Police outside a school bus near Miami where a girl was shot in front of her sister and others.
Police outside a school bus near Miami where a girl was shot in front of her sister and others. (El Nuevo Herald)
Posted: November 21, 2012

3 get prison in Ohio bridge plot

AKRON, Ohio - Three men were sentenced Tuesday to up to 111/2 years in prison after admitting to taking part in an unsuccessful plot to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio with what turned out to be a dud device provided by a government informant.

The father of Connor Stevens, 21, complained to the judge that his son had been entrapped. "My son is guilty," James Stevens said, "and so is the government."

Prosecutors had described the suspects as self-proclaimed anarchists who acted out of anger against corporate America and the government.

All three defendants - Stevens; Douglas Wright, 27; and Brandon Baxter, 21 - apologized in court.

Wright, an Indianapolis man authorities called the ringleader, received the toughest sentence, 111/2 years. Baxter, of Lakewood, outside Cleveland, was given nearly 10 years. Stevens, of Berea, was sentenced to more than eight years.

The men targeted a bridge over Cuyahoga Valley National Park. - AP

N.Y. man guilty of server breach

NEWARK, N.J. - A New York man has been convicted of illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing more than 120,000 e-mail addresses of iPad users including film mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Andrew Auernheimer had been on trial in federal court in Newark. He was arrested last year and charged with identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers. Each count carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Prosecutors say he was part of an online group that tricked AT&T's website into divulging e-mail addresses including those of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The group then shared the addresses with the website Gawker.

A San Francisco man pleaded guilty last year. - AP

Girl, 13, slain on school bus

MIAMI - A 13-year-old girl was shot to death in front of her sister and several other students while riding the bus to a charter school Tuesday, Miami-Dade police said.

A male student was in custody, but authorities did not release his name or age and said they were still interviewing him. A gun was recovered at the scene in Homestead, south of Miami. Authorities didn't say where or how many times the victim was shot.

"We still don't know what the motive may have been," said Detective Alvaro Zabaleta.

Eight other children, including the victim's 7-year-old sister, were on the bus but were not shot. - AP

Elsewhere:

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts is stepping down after three years as planned. Rocco Landesman, a producer known for bringing such hits as Angels in America and The Producers to Broadway, will be succeeded by senior deputy chair Joan Shigekawa until a permanent successor is confirmed.

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