Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Doctor sentenced in Utah wife's murder

A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster.

The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress.

"My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who asked the judge to give MacNeill the maximum penalty. "My father is a monster. He has never shown remorse for any of his crimes."

Judge Derek Pullan gave MacNeill, 58, the harshest term possible: at least 15 years and up to life on the murder charge, plus one to 15 years on an obstruction of justice charge.

Fence jumper forces White House evacuation * Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday after someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion.

The incident happened just minutes after President Barack Obama and his daughters left the White House on Friday evening aboard Marine One on their way to Camp David.

White House staffers and Associated Press journalists inside the West Wing were evacuated by Secret Service officers, some with their weapons drawn. A Secret Service agent at the scene said someone had jumped over the fence on the north side of the White House.

Those evacuated were later allowed back into the White House.

Spokane bishop will be Chicago's next archbishop * Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., will be named the next archbishop of Chicago, The Associated Press has learned.

Cupich will succeed Cardinal Francis George, according to a person with knowledge of the selection, who spoke Friday on the condition of anonymity because the person wasn't authorized to speak publicly. George, 77, has been battling cancer and has said he believes the disease will end his life.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled a news conference for today. …

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