Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National Digest

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Life term is urged in case of tainted food

Federal court officers have recommended a sentence of life in prison for a peanut company executive convicted of selling salmonella-tainted food, a move that attorneys on both sides called "unprecedented" for a food-poisoning case.

Stewart Parnell, 61, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21 by a federal judge in Albany, Ga. The U.S. Probation Office, which prepares pre-sentencing reports to help guide federal judges, concluded the scope of Parnell's crimes "results in a life sentence guidelines range."

A jury convicted Parnell of 71 counts, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud and other crimes related to a salmonella outbreak in 2008 and 2009. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked the outbreak to nine deaths and 714 illnesses.

U.S. drone strike kills terrorist * Nearly 13 years after terrorists killed a Marine from Camp Pendleton who was part of a training exercise off Kuwait, a U.S. drone strike has killed one of the leaders of the attack.

Mushin al-Fadhi, identified as a "longtime al-Qaida operative," was killed by a July 8 drone strike in northwest Syria, the Pentagon confirmed this week.

He was "involved in terrorist attacks that took place in October 2002," including against Marines training on an island off Kuwait, the Pentagon said.

Lance Cpl. Antonio Sledd, 20, of Hillsborough, Fla., was killed. Sledd was among 150 Marines from the Camp Pendleton-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit who were on Faylaka Island in the Persian Gulf.

EU threatens antitrust suit against U.S. movie studios * The European Union on Thursday launched an antitrust case against six major U.S. movie studios and British satellite broadcaster Sky UK, in a move that could shake up the highly lucrative pay-television market in Europe.

The EU's Executive Commission has sent a so-called statement of objections to the companies regarding what it says are "contractual restrictions" preventing EU consumers outside Britain and Ireland from accessing the services of Sky UK.

"European consumers want to watch the pay-TV channels of their choice regardless of where they live or travel in the EU," EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said. …

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