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Demjanjuk loses bid to regain citizenship

CLEVELAND (AP) -- A federal judge in Ohio Tuesday rejected a bid by convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk to regain his U.S. citizenship.

Judge Dan Aaron Polster ruled against Demjanjuk, a retired autoworker from suburban Cleveland who had argued a newly discovered document suggested an incriminating document against him was a Soviet fraud.

But the judge said the document only reflects the Cold War-era speculation of an FBI agent. He said its theory is "no match" for government evidence placing Demjanjuk at numerous concentration camps.

Demjanjuk was convicted by a German court that found he served as a guard at the Nazis' Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

He denies serving as a guard at any Nazi camp and is free pending appeal.



Shot from rifle kills girl 1.5 miles away

FREDERICKSBURG, Ohio (AP) -- A man cleaning his muzzle-loading rifle shot the gun into the air, accidentally killing a 15-year-old Amish girl driving a horse-drawn buggy more than a mile away, a sheriff said Tuesday. Rachel Yoder was shot in the head Thursday night while traveling to her home in Wayne County, between Columbus and Akron.

She had attended a Christmas party for employees, most of them younger than 18, at an Amish produce farm and was riding home alone when she was shot, Wayne County sheriff's Capt. Douglas Hunter said.

Holmes County Sheriff Timothy Zimmerly said investigators figured out what happened after the gun-cleaner's family came forward and after his neighbors reported hearing a shot at about the time the girl was wounded.

The man had fired the gun in the air about 1.5 miles from where Yoder was shot, Zimmerly said. No charges have been filed.



Man gets jail in bid to bomb King parade

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man who admitted to planting a bomb along a Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade route was sentenced Tuesday to 32 years in prison, the maximum punishment as negotiated under a plea deal that he tried to withdraw and then later denounced.

"I am not guilty of the acts that I am accused of and that I plead guilty to," Kevin Harpham said before U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush handed down the sentence. He only agreed to the deal in September to avoid a possible life sentence, Harpham said.

The statement prompted the judge to impose the higher end of the possible prison sentence. "I am distressed that you appear not the least bit apologetic," Quackenbush said.

Harpham, 37, who has ties to white supremacists, said he did not intend to injure anyone but intended for the shrapnel to hit the side of a building as a show of protest against the multiculturalism celebrated by the parade. The pipe bomb was loaded with lead fishing weights coated in rat poison, which can inhibit blood clotting in wounds, officials said. The bomb was discovered and disabled before it could explode.

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