cbxChris Brown Pleads Guilty to Assault
It was going to be another highly anticipated, media-clogged celebrity courtroom showdown, pitting pop singer Rihanna against her erstwhile boyfriend, R&B star Chris Brown. But it fizzled Monday when Brown accepted a deal in which he pleaded guilty to felony assault but avoided a trial and jail time. The plea agreement, under which Brown, 20, will serve 180 days of community service and undergo domestic-violence counseling, was announced at the start of a preliminary hearing here. “Do we have a deal?” Judge Patricia Schnegg asked after calling the hearing into session. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Signs Landmark Law to Regulate Tobacco
President Barack Obama, citing his own struggle to give up smoking, signed a law on Monday giving the U.S. government broad regulatory power for the first time over cigarettes and other tobacco products. Obama said the law would curb the ability of tobacco companies to market their products to the young. “Almost 90 percent of all smokers began at or before their 18th birthday,” Obama said at a White House ceremony before signing the bill. (Continue Reading…)

Former Rwandan Official Gets 30 Years Over Genocide
A former senior Rwandan government official was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) over his involvement in the 1994 genocide. Callixte Kalimanzira, who was head of cabinet at the interior ministry during the massacres, was sentenced on genocide charges by the UN-backed court which sits in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha. Kalimanzira was notably investigated over his involvement in killings that took place on April 23 in the southern Butare province. (Continue Reading…)

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