An American Muslim convicted of joining al-Qaeda and plotting to assassinate United States President George Bush was sentenced to 30 years behind bars by a judge who compared him to ''American Taliban'' John Walker Lindh. Prosecutors had asked for the maximum for Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, a 25-year-old US citizen who was born to a Jordanian father and raised in Virginia.
America Online's former chief of human resources pleaded guilty to fraud on Thursday for profiting from a sham consulting contract, and court documents allege he ran similar schemes at two other companies. Prosecutors estimated that Gregory Horton (38) defrauded AOL of Â 000, AutoNation of ,8-million and Qwest Communications of Â 000.
The federal government has stepped into the tussle over which state should get first crack at the Washington area sniper suspects, deciding Virginia had the ''best law, the best facts, and the best range of availability penalties.''