National briefs (3/17/13)
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More sentences added to term
WASHINGTON -- Aaron Thomas, known as the East Coast Rapist, was sentenced Friday to two life terms in prison for a May 2001 attack in suburban Loudoun County, Va.
Thomas, 41, had pleaded guilty in November to abducting and raping a woman who was moving out of her Leesburg apartment, binding her with rope and threatening her with a screwdriver before stealing her clothes and leaving her naked.
Thomas is also serving more than three life sentences for a Halloween 2009 attack on three teenage trick-or-treaters in suburban Prince William County, Md., the last in a string of at least 13 attacks linked to him by DNA in Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia and dating to the 1990s. Because Virginia has no parole -- and because Thomas now has five life sentences to serve -- he almost certainly will never be released from custody.
N.J. to allow fantasy bets
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Peyton Manning's touchdown passes, Adrian Peterson's first downs and Darrelle Revis' interceptions could combine to make someone rich this fall. New Jersey is allowing casinos in Atlantic City to offer fantasy sports betting in a pilot program that will be announced today.
The state Division of Gaming Enforcement has told casinos it will allow them to accept entry fees from gamblers and pay out winnings from the casino cash cages.
WASHINGTON-- The Federal Communications Commission on Friday accused two robocalling groups of illegally bombarding wireless phone users with millions of unsolicited campaign calls in 2011 and 2012.
The companies placed calls for both GOP and Democratic campaigns without permission from consumers, the FCC said in its citations. The firms, Dialing Services and Democratic Dialing, also failed to properly identify themselves to people they called, the FCC alleged.
Manager had tax liens
DETROIT -- The auto-industry turnaround expert picked to steer Detroit back from the brink of financial ruin had tax liens on his Maryland home, records show.
Kevyn Orr, Detroit's new emergency financial manager, had two outstanding liens on his $1 million home in Chevy Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011, The Detroit News reported Saturday. The Maryland state records also show that two other liens of more than $16,000 in unemployment and income taxes were satisfied in 2010 and 2011.
Mr. Orr, a partner in the Cleveland-based law firm of Jones Day who represented Chrysler during its successful restructuring, was appointed Detroit's financial manager by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published March 17, 2013 12:00 am