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Spy for Iraq gets four years

DETROIT | A judge in Michigan has sentenced a man to nearly four years in prison for supplying information to Iraq before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds rejected a claim by Najib Shemami, 62, that he was under duress by the regime of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

The man from the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights pleaded guilty in January to aiding Iraq without approval from the U.S. government.

There is no dispute that Shemami told Iraqi authorities about the activities of Iraqi expatriates living in the U.S. He also reported on U.S. military movements in Turkey.

Shemami apologized to the judge Tuesday and said he acted because he was “so scared” of Saddam.


Official wrestles gun from man

ORANGETOWN | A man walked into a suburban New York middle school with a handgun Tuesday but was wrestled to the floor by the district superintendent, who wrenched the weapon away and pinned the man until police knocked down a door and arrested him, authorities said.

No one was injured, and it appears no shots were fired at South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt, authorities said.

The man walked into the school about 11:45 a.m. and confronted Ken Mitchell, the South Orangetown Central School District superintendent, about an unspecified “minor” issue, said Orangetown Supervisor Thom Kleiner.

Mr. Mitchell talked the man down, wrestled him to the ground and took the gun away, Mr. Kleiner said.

Authorities did not identify the man.


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