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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A Marine convicted of kidnapping and conspiring to murder an Iraqi civilian, killed by troops looking for an insurgent, will not serve a prison term, a military jury decided yesterday.

Cpl. Trent Thomas was sentenced to a bad-conduct discharge and a reduction in rank to private, which carries lower pay. He could have received life in prison for his role in the April 2006 killing of the retired Iraqi policeman in the village of Hamdania.

Thomas, of Madison, Ill., was among seven Marines and a Navy corpsman accused of snatching 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad from his house, marching him to a nearby ditch and shooting him after they botched an attempt to capture a suspected insurgent.

Senate OKs bill for student aid

The Senate passed a bill early yesterday to increase aid to college students.

The bill would give more money to Pell Grant recipients, who are among the poorest. They get a maximum award of $4,310 annually now, but that would be bumped up to $5,400 by 2011.

To pay for the proposal, lawmakers would cut roughly $18 billion in federal subsidies to banks that issue government-backed student loans.

The bill passed 78-18.

Bolten may face contempt citation

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee warned the White House on Thursday that Chief of Staff Joshua B. Bolten could face a contempt citation if he does not immediately comply with a subpoena for documents related to the firings of U.S. attorneys.

In a letter to White House Counsel Fred F. Fielding, Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat, gave Mr. Bolten until Monday to announce whether he will comply.

The Bush administration has declared that any documents between White House officials regarding the firings are protected by executive privilege, to preserve the flow of candid advice the president receives.

Man sentenced for terror training

HOUSTON — A U.S. citizen was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence possible, for training with al Qaeda militants in Somalia in 2006.

Daniel Maldonado, 28, stood quietly in handcuffs with a chain around his waist as U.S. Judge Gray Miller sentenced him. Maldonado earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of receiving training from foreign terrorists.

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