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Woman gets jail term in girl's kidnapping


PHILADELPHIA -- A woman convicted of kidnapping an infant during a fire, then raising the girl as her own for years, was sentenced yesterday to nine to 30 years in prison. In court, Carolyn Correa, 43, of Willingboro, N.J., accused birth father Pedro Vera of helping her commit the crime, an allegation he denied. The 10-day-old girl disappeared from her crib in a 1997 fire. Delimar Vera, 7, was reunited with her parents in 2004. (AP)

Man awarded $2.5m over home search
PITTSBURGH -- A federal jury awarded an Egyptian-born doctor nearly $2.5 million for invasion of privacy after a property manager searched his apartment and called police on Sept. 11, 2001. After four days of deliberations, the jury issued the award Thursday to Basem M. F. Hussein, saying the invasion of his privacy was made with ''malice or reckless indifference" to his rights. (AP)


City Council dashes hope for a monorail
SEATTLE -- The City Council yanked its support yesterday for a proposed monorail. The nine-member council unanimously passed a resolution saying the city would deny street-use permits for the 14-mile, $2.1 billion project. A citywide monorail system has been a civic dream here since a 1-mile route was built for the Seattle World's Fair in 1962. (AP)

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Lottery winners to aid hurricane survivors
SOUTH ORANGE -- A retired couple who were the sole winners of a $258 million Mega Millions jackpot say some of their winnings will go to help Hurricane Katrina victims. Harold and Helen Lerner, of Rutherford, had bought the winning ticket from the Sept. 16 drawing. (AP)

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