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Sep 15, 2011, 9:43 p.m.

South Carolina man sentenced to prison for threatening Obama

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A South Carolina man was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday for threatening to kill President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and other dignitaries, authorities said. Gregory Dale Brockman, 33, of Hollywood, South Carolina, wrote letters threatening to kill Obama, Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania's Eastern District.

Casey Anthony must pay some $100,000 in probe costs

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) - Casey Anthony, the young Florida mother acquitted of killing her daughter, was ordered on Thursday to pay almost $100,000 to cover some of the expenses incurred after she falsely claimed 2-year-old Caylee had been kidnapped. Judge Belvin Perry ruled that Anthony must reimburse $97,676.98 in investigative costs incurred between July 15, 2008, when Anthony first told detectives that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny, and September 29, 2008, when detectives determined Caylee likely was dead rather than missing.

Top court stays Texas death row inmate execution

WASHINGTON/AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Supreme Court gave a reprieve on Thursday to a Texas death row inmate in a case tinged by racial controversy, granting a stay more than 90 minutes after the scheduled time of execution. The high court issued the stay for Duane Buck, 48, who had been scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time in Huntsville, Texas, for a pair of shotgun murders in 1995 in Houston.

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