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Dealer of missile parts 
is set for sentencing

EL PASO — A British businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to buy missile parts and resell them to Iran is about to learn his punishment.

Christopher Tappin is scheduled to appear before U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas, on Wednesday.

The 65-year-old pleaded guilty in November in a deal that calls for a 33-month prison sentence. The agreement opens the door for him to serve part of his sentence in Britain near his ailing wife.

Tappin’s extradition to the U.S. in February last year touched a nerve in Britain, where many think extradition arrangements with the United States are weighted unfairly against British citizens.

After his extradition, Tappin spent several weeks in a New Mexico jail and was later released on bond. He has since lived in Houston.


Man hit by bus gets up, 
walks to Starbucks

SEATTLE — The Seattle fire department says a man who was hit by a bus downtown got up and walked a block to a Starbucks, even though he was bleeding from the head.

Department spokesman Kyle Moore said the well-dressed 32-year-old man apparently suffered a concussion Tuesday morning and wasn’t making a lot of sense when firefighters arrived.

He was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

A police drug-recognition officer determined that the bus driver showed signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, so he was arrested. The driver gave a blood sample and was released pending test results.


Fishing tournament prize 
to be determined in court

RALEIGH — The crew of the fishing charter boat Citation landed a record 880-pound marlin in one of the country’s richest deep-sea fishing tournaments, but the fight continues for the $910,000 prize.

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