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Taxi driver sentenced for plot to aid terrorist

CHICAGO (AP) -- A federal judge sentenced a Pakistani-born Chicago taxi driver on Friday to 7 1/2 years in prison for attempting to send money to a terrorist with alleged links to al-Qaida, telling the suspect he had violated a citizenship oath made to God promising never to do harm to the United States.

Raja Lahrasib Khan, 58, apologized for seeking to send funds to Pakistan-based terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri. "I made a bad decision. I did something for which I am ashamed," he said. "Your honor, I ask for your mercy."

Khan pleaded guilty in February to one count of attempting to provide material support to terrorism.

He was accused him of taking steps to send cash to Kashmiri after Kashmiri indicated he needed money for explosives. Khan believed Kashmiri was getting orders from Osama bin Laden, prosecutors said.

He sent $950 in 2009 to an individual in Pakistan for delivery to Kashmiri; he also took $1,000 from an undercover agent, allegedly believing that it would be used to buy weapons and possibly other supplies.


Prosecutor to review case of Edwards aide

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A prosecutor will decide whether an ex-aide to John Edwards will face contempt charges related to a court fight over a video purported to show the ex-presidential candidate having sex with his then-mistress.

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Michael R. Morgan appointed the prosecutor Friday to consider criminal charges against Andrew Young, his wife and two of their lawyers.

A judge previously found probable cause for contempt charges arising from a lawsuit filed against the Youngs by Rielle Hunter, who was Edwards' mistress as he sought the White House in 2008. The state court ordered sensitive documents in the lawsuit to be sealed.

Young and his lawyers have admitted providing those documents to federal prosecutors investigating Edwards before his 2011 indictment but said they did so only after receiving a subpoena signed by a federal judge.

Young was the star witness at Edwards' campaign corruption trial. Edwards was acquitted last week on one count and the jury deadlocked on five others.


FDA delays decision on daily HIV pill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators have delayed a decision on whether to approve the first pill shown to prevent HIV infection, the drug's manufacturer said Friday.

Gilead Sciences disclosed that the Food and Drug Administration will take three more months to review its application for Truvada, after the company submitted additional materials to the agency earlier this month.

In May, a panel of experts recommended approval of the daily pill for healthy people who are at high risk of contracting HIV, including gay and bisexual men. The vote was nonbinding, though the FDA often follows the group's advice.

Gilead said it submitted updated information on its planned safety materials for patients and doctors using the drug. The FDA typically extends its reviews after receiving such information.

The FDA is now expected to rule by Sept. 14, the company said in a statement.


Televangelist charged with hurting daughter

ATLANTA (AP) -- Megachurch pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar -- who has drawn scrutiny for his flashy lifestyle and preaching that prosperity is good -- was arrested early Friday after authorities say he hurt his 15-year-old daughter in a fight at his metro Atlanta home.

Fayette County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of domestic violence at the home at around 1 a.m., said investigator Brent Rowan. The pastor and his daughter were arguing over whether she could go to a party when Dollar "got physical" with her, leaving her with "superficial injuries," Rowan said.

Dollar faces misdemeanor charges of simple battery and cruelty to children.

"As a father I love my children and I always have their best interest at heart at all times, and I would never use my hand to ever cause bodily harm to my children," Dollar said through his lawyer.