Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Cleveland kidnapper to be isolated in prison

The Cleveland man sentenced to life in prison for holding three women captive over a decade and raping them repeatedly will start his term isolated from other inmates.

A spokeswoman for Ohio's prisons department says Ariel Castro won't go into general population once he enters the state's prison system. She says it's for his own protection because of his high profile.

Castro remained in a Cleveland jail Friday, a day after a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole plus 1,000 years. He will undergo medical and mental health evaluations after arriving in prison.

Castro struck a deal with prosecutors that spared him from a possible death sentence before admitting to imprisoning the women in his home. He has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

Jury recommends life sentences for Somali pirates * A jury has recommended that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison in the slayings of four Americans killed aboard their yacht off the coast of Africa.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty. But a federal jury in Norfolk, Va., recommended the only other possible sentence Friday for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar. Formal sentencing will be this fall.

The three men were among 19 who boarded the yacht Quest in February 2011 in hopes of taking the Americans back to Somalia and ransoming them for millions of dollars. The plan fell apart when the U.S. Navy began shadowing the sailing vessel. The yacht's owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey, Calif., and their friends, Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death several days after they were taken hostage at sea.

Veterans group protests flag ruling * A veterans group in New York has filed a free speech lawsuit against officials who banned a "Don't Tread on Me" flag from a city-owned armory because of the flag's recent association with the Tea Party.

The lawsuit says New Rochelle's action, in addition to being unconstitutional, was "unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious" and betrayed a lack of appreciation of history. …

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