PANAMA CITY (AP) - THE DEATH OF FORMER PANAMANIAN DICTATOR MANUEL NORIEGA HAS BROUGHT A MUTED RESPONSE FROM OPPOSITION FIGURES. AURELIO BARRIA, WHO LED THE CIVIL CRUSADE (CRUZADA CIVILISTA) OPPOSITION MOVEMENT, SAYS NORIEGA'S DEATH "ENDS A PERIOD THAT WE SHOULD TRY NOT TO FORGET SO IT IS NOT REPEATED IN PANAMA." NORIEGA DIED MONDAY AT AGE 83.

BAGHDAD (AP) - IRAQI OFFICIALS SAY AT LEAST 27 PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE LATEST BOMBINGS IN BAGHDAD, INCLUDING A MASSIVE NIGHTTIME EXPLOSION OUTSIDE A POPULAR ICE CREAM SHOP IN CENTRAL BAGHDAD THAT WAS CLAIMED BY THE ISLAMIC STATE GROUP. THE BLAST OUTSIDE THE ICE CREAM PARLOR IN THE BUSTLING KARRADA NEIGHBORHOOD KILLED 15 WHILE A SECOND ATTACK, A CAR BOMBING DURING RUSH HOUR IN DOWNTOWN BAGHDAD KILLED AT LEAST 12. THE ATTACKS CAME AS IS LOSES TERRITORY TO U.S.-BACKED IRAQI FORCES IN MOSUL.

AUSTIN, TEXAS (AP) - LAWMAKERS IN THE TEXAS HOUSE SCUFFLED AND EVEN THREATENED GUN VIOLENCE WHEN HUNDREDS OF PROTESTERS OPPOSING THE STATE'S TOUGH NEW ANTI-"SANCTUARY CITIES" LAW LAUNCHED A RAUCOUS DEMONSTRATION FROM THE PUBLIC GALLERY MONDAY. THE ACTIVISTS STARTED CHEERING, DROWNING OUT LAWMAKERS CONDUCTING A SESSION BELOW. THE NEW LAW THREATENS AUTHORITIES WITH JAIL OR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE IF THEY DON'T COMPLY WITH FEDERAL REQUESTS TO HOLD CRIMINAL SUSPECTS FOR POSSIBLE DEPORTATION.

PORTLAND, ORE. (AP) - CELLPHONE VIDEO SHOWS THE SUSPECT IN THE DEADLY STABBINGS OF TWO MEN WHO INTERVENED IN AN ANTI-MUSLIM RANT AGAINST TWO YOUNG WOMEN ON A PORTLAND TRAIN GOING ON A RACIST TIRADE A DAY EARLIER. POLICE SGT. PETE SIMPSON CONFIRMED MONDAY THAT VIDEO FROM A PASSENGER POSTED BY TV STATION KOIN SHOWS JEREMY JOSEPH CHRISTIAN. IN THE VIDEO TAKEN THURSDAY, CHRISTIAN USES EXPLETIVES AS HE RANTS ABOUT MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS AND JEWS. AT ONE POINT, HE THREATENS TO STAB THE DRIVER OF THE TRAIN.
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A WYOMING FEDERAL JUDGE SENTENCED THREE PEOPLE LAST WEEK FOR THEIR ROLES IN A METHAMPHETAMINE CONSPIRACY IN SHERIDAN.

THE WYOMING U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYS CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE NANCY FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED CHRISTOPHER BUCHHOLZ, MELISSA MILLARD AND AUSTIN BURROUGHS FOR CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE 50 GRAMS OR MORE OF A SUBSTANCE CONTAINING METHAMPHETAMINE LAST YEAR.

BUCHHOLZ AND BURROUGHS ALSO WERE CHARGED WITH HAVING A GUN IN RELATION TO A DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME.

FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED THIRTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD BUCHHOLZ TO SIX YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT, TO BE FOLLOWED BY FOUR YEARS OF PROBATION, AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY $250 IN COMMUNITY RESTITUTION.
SHE SENTENCED TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD BURROUGHS OF AUBURN, NEW YORK, TO FIVE-AND-A-HALF YEARS OF IMPRISONMENT, TO BE FOLLOWED BY THREE YEARS OF PROBATION, AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY $400 IN COMMUNITY RESTITUTION.
FREUDENTHAL SENTENCED THIRTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD MILLARD OF BILLINGS, MONTANA, TO FOUR YEARS NINE MONTHS OF IMPRISONMENT, TO BE FOLLOWED BY FOUR YEARS OF PROBATION, AND WAS ORDERED TO PAY $600 IN COMMUNITY RESTITUTION.
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THE WYOMING ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE HAS DECLINED TO CONSIDER THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY'S COMPLAINTS AGAINST AN ORGANIZATION THAT SENT VOTERS MAIL LAST YEAR PRAISING DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES AND CRITICIZING THEIR GOP OPPONENTS. JOY GREENWALD REPORTS.

RECENT LETTERS SENT BY SENIOR ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL MICHAEL ROBINSON TO PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THE GRIEVANCES SAY THE OFFICE WON'T INVESTIGATE THE COMPLAINTS BECAUSE THEY CAME FROM A POLITICAL PARTY.

ROBINSON WROTE THAT STATE LAW SPECIFIES COMPLAINTS MUST COME FROM QUALIFIED ELECTORS AND A POLITICAL PARTY IS NOT A QUALIFIED ELECTOR UNDER STATE LAW.

THE GOP'S COMPLAINT HAS BOUNCED AROUND AMONG THE AG'S OFFICE, SECRETARY OF STATE AND THE ALBANY COUNTY ATTORNEY BECAUSE OF DISAGREEMENT OVER WHO SHOULD HANDLE IT.

A NUMBER OF STATE OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT STATE LAW NEEDS TO BE CLARIFIED.
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