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Planned Parenthood seeks FBI probe

NEW YORK | Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion provider in the U.S., has told the FBI that several of its health centers were visited recently by a man purporting to be a sex trafficker but who may instead be part of an attempted ruse.

Planned Parenthood said the man requested information about health services for underage sex workers.

Spokesman Stuart Schear said Planned Parenthood is requesting an FBI probe of the man’s claims. However, Mr. Schear said the man has links with Live Action, a pro-life group that conducted previous undercover projects to discredit Planned Parenthood.

Live Action’s president, Lila Rose, declined to confirm or deny that the visits were part of a Live Action operation. She did say that an undercover videotape project of some sort is in the works.

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Trucker sentenced in smuggling deaths

HOUSTON | A judge has resentenced a truck driver to nearly 34 years in prison after an appeals court last year overturned the multiple life sentences he received for his role in America’s deadliest human smuggling attempt.

Tyrone Williams, 39, was given his new sentence on Monday during a hearing in Houston federal court.

Williams had faced possible death sentences on 19 counts of transporting illegal aliens. But a jury in 2007 sentenced him to life in prison without parole for the failed May 2003 smuggling attempt, which resulted in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants.

The appeals court said Williams was not death-penalty eligible and his sentence should have been issued by the judge. Twenty other counts Williams was sentenced on were upheld by the appeals court.

During the sentencing hearing, prosecutor Daniel Rodriguez made an impassioned plea that despite the appeals court’s ruling, the truck driver deserved to remain in prison for life for the deadly May 2003 smuggling attempt in which Williams transported a group of immigrants inside a sweltering tractor-trailer.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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