Jury gives bin Laden driver light sentence

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba - A military jury gave Osama bin Laden's driver a stunningly lenient sentence on Thursday, making him eligible for release in just five months despite the prosecutors' request for a sentence tough enough to frighten terrorists around the globe.

Salim Hamdan's sentence of 51/2 years, including five years and a month already served at Guantanamo Bay, fell far short of the 30 years to life that prosecutors wanted. It now goes for mandatory review to a Pentagon official who can shorten the sentence but not extend it.

Laura Bush visits refugees

THA SONG YANG, Thailand - First lady Laura Bush, meeting with refugees who fled a brutal campaign by Myanmar's military junta, urged China and other countries on Thursday to join the U.S. in imposing sanctions against the country.

Mrs. Bush, who is traveling in Asia with President Bush, flew to the Thai border with Myanmar, previously known as Burma, to visit the Mae La refugee camp and a health clinic run by a woman known as the 'Mother Teresa of Burma.'

US nuclear submarine leaked radiation

TOKYO - An American nuclear-powered submarine leaked radiation for more than two years, releasing the bulk of the material in its home port of Guam and at Pearl Harbor, Japanese and U.S. officials said Thursday.

On Aug. 1, the U.S. Navy notified Japan that the USS Houston had leaked water containing small amounts of radiation during three calls to the southern Japanese ports of Sasebo and Okinawa in March and April this year but caused no threat to people or the environment.

Great Escape veteran dies

LONDON - Eric Dowling, nicknamed 'Digger' for helping excavate tunnels used in the breakout from a World War II German prison camp that became known as the 'Great Escape,' has died. He was 92.

Dowling played a key role in planning the 1944 escape by 76 prisoners from Stalag Luft III prison near Sagan in eastern Germany - now Zagan, Poland. He forged documents, made maps and helped dig three tunnels code-named Tom, Dick and Harry.