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Russia Court: Ukrainian Pilot Guilty in Journos' Murder

Judge says Nadezhda Savchenko was driven by 'political hatred'

(Newser) - A Russian court on Monday found Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of complicity to murder two Russian journalists in war-torn eastern Ukraine, the AP reports. The judge who began reading the verdict said that Savchenko, who served in a volunteer Ukrainian battalion at the time, called in the coordinates for... More »

Your Guilt Makes Forbidden Foods Taste Even Better

People made to feel guilty before indulging rated treat more highly: study

(Newser) - If you've ever been on a diet and thought that forbidden piece of chocolate you sneaked tasted even better than usual ... turns out it really did taste even better than usual. A new study finds that guilt can make tasty foods seem even more pleasurable than they otherwise would,... More »

Blagojevich Guilty on 17 of 20 Charges

Could be facing some pretty serious jail time

(Newser) - Turns out Rod Blagejevich was right that President Obama's old Senate seat was worth something: A whole bunch of jail time. A jury today convicted Blago on 17 of 20 charges after deliberating for nine days. Blagojevich showed little emotion after the verdicts were read, notes the Chicago Tribune,... More »

Dog's 'Guilty' Look Is All in Your Head

(Newser) - You can tell when Rover’s misbehaved by that guilty look on his face, right? Ruff—er, wrong, researchers say. If owners believed their dogs had misbehaved, they projected that famed "guilty" expression onto the animals’ faces regardless of whether any rule-breaking had happened, a new study says. Any... More »

After 2 Mistrials, 5 Convicted in Sears Tower Attack Plot

One of the Liberty City Six was acquitted

(Newser) - Five men were convicted today of plotting to join forces with al-Qaeda to destroy Chicago's Sears Tower and bomb FBI offices in hopes of igniting an anti-government insurrection. A jury in Miami acquitted one member of the so-called "Liberty City Six." Ringleader Narseal Batiste was the only... More »

Fritzl Gets Life Sentence

Incest dad found guilty on all charges

(Newser) - Austrian incest dad Josef Fritzl has been found guilty on all charges and sentenced to life in a secure psychiatric facility, the BBC reports. Jurors found Fritzl guilty on charges that included rape, incest, murder, and enslavement after he locked his daughter in a cellar for 24 years, raped her... More »

Madoff's New Home: Much Smaller

(Newser) - Bernie Madoff's new Manhattan home is the size of a walk-in closet, with cinderblock walls, linoleum floors, and a bunk bed. Breakfast will be served before sunrise, and the disgraced financier can stretch his legs outside, but only every other day—in a cage. The Metropolitan Correctional Center took in... More »

Blagojevich Can't Not Look Guilty

Illinois guv's hair and clothes all point to one thing: crime

(Newser) - When it comes to Rod Blagojevich, it’s a little too easy to judge a book by its cover, writes the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan. When he wears black business suits, “he evokes the image of a goodfella engaged in ‘waste management.’” And when he... More »

After Witness Recants, Inmate Goes Free After 25 Years

Los Angeles man says he's happy, not bitter

(Newser) - A man locked up 25 years for a murder he says he did not commit walked free from a Los Angeles prison yesterday after the sole witness recanted. "I'm not bitter," said Willie Earl Green, now 56. "I'm happy today." Among those to greet him were... More »

London Police Blasted in Subway Killing

'05 shooting of innocent mistaken for terrorist endangered public

(Newser) - London police were found guilty today of fatal misconduct in the 2005 subway killing of an innocent Brazilian. The force will have to pay roughly $1.17 million for breaking safety rules and endangering the public. Officers shot the victim seven times in the head after mistaking him for a... More »

Philippine Ex-President Gets Life

Estrada guilty of plundering millions

(Newser) - Disgraced Philippine ex-president and former movie star Joseph Estrada was sentenced to life in prison today for plundering  $85 million from the nation's treasury. Estrada, 70— still popular despite his 2001 ouster amid corruption charges—returned under house arrest to his villa near Manila until his appeals are heard. More »

Vick Will Plead Guilty in Deal

Star QB admits to dogfighting ring, lawyer says; could get 5 years

(Newser) - Michael Vick will plead guilty to federal charges related to a dogfighting ring, his lawyer said this afternoon, as part of a deal for leniency; the judge in the case is expected to announce the plea agreement today in Richmond. "Michael wishes to apologize to everyone who has been... More »

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