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Woman gets life term in murder of co-worker

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) -- A woman convicted of killing her co-worker at an upscale yoga clothing shop in the Washington suburbs, then spinning an elaborate lie about being attacked by two masked men, was ordered Friday to spend the rest of her life behind bars.

A judge sentenced Brittany Norwood, 29, to life in prison without parole, rejecting defense pleas that she deserved an eventual shot at rehabilitation and freedom.

A jury in November convicted Norwood of first-degree murder for bludgeoning and stabbing Jayna Murray, 30, a co-worker at the Lululemon Athletica shop in Bethesda. Prosecutors said Norwood brutally attacked Murray with at least five weapons, including a knife and a hammer, during a fight March 11 after they closed the shop for the day. They said Norwood then doctored the scene to support her story that intruders had attacked and sexually assaulted them.

Murray was found the next morning in a pool of blood at the back of the store, with more than 330 distinct wounds. Norwood was found nearby, tied up, with superficial wounds on her hands and face.


Quick work promised on damaged bridge

AURORA, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's governor on Friday promised speedy work to begin replacing a bridge that partially collapsed when it was struck by a cargo ship hauling parts for a space rocket.

Two spans of the Eggner Ferry Bridge were destroyed Thursday night by the Delta Mariner, which was too tall to pass beneath the structure. No injuries were reported on the bridge or in the boat, which was hauling rocket components from Decatur, Ala., to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The ship was traveling upriver toward the Kentucky Lock and Dam when it hit the aging steel bridge, which was built in the 1930s and handles about 2,800 vehicles a day.

The cargo was not damaged.

Robert Parker was on the bridge Thursday night and said he had to slam on his brakes when he saw a section missing ahead of him.

"All of a sudden I see the road's gone and I hit the brakes," said Parker, who lives in Cadiz. "It got close."


Illegal fungicide found in imported juice

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Food and Drug Administration said Friday it has detained several shipments of imported orange juice after finding traces of an illegal fungicide.

The government said the residue is still far below dangerous levels and said the juice is safe to drink.

The FDA said it has detained about 11 percent of orange juice imports since it started testing earlier this month.

All the shipments were from Brazil and Canada.

The fungicide is Carbendazim. It's not currently approved for oranges in the United States, but it's used to fight mold in other countries.

The FDA started testing after Coca-Cola-owned Minute Maid reported finding the chemical in its own juice and competing juices.