Canadian man sentenced for sailor's murder

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - A Canadian man convicted of manslaughter in the stabbing death of a U.S. sailor was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison.

Justice Felix Cacchione of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court sentenced Cory Wright to 15 years, but reduced his time in jail to 11 years after taking into account time already served.

Wright pleaded guilty two years ago to fatally stabbing Damon Crooks during a 2006 bar brawl at a Halifax, Nova Scotia nightclub.

Crooks, a 28-year-old sailor from Jacksonville, Florida, was serving on the USS Doyle, one of two American naval vessels in Nova Scotia to take part in exercises with the Canadian navy.

Crooks left behind a pregnant fiancee, Schyla Washington, who gave birth to a girl almost two months after the killing.

Searchers struggle to find more bodies

RECIFE, Brazil - Military ships and planes struggled in worsening weather Friday to find more bodies and debris from the Air France jet that likely cracked apart over the Atlantic Ocean.

On the coast, investigators examined corpses and received the first wreckage: two plane seats, oxygen masks, water bottles, and several structural pieces, some no bigger than a man's hand.

Other debris from the jet - which went down May 31 with 228 people on board - will arrive by ship in Recife on Sunday and be taken to the same Air Force hangar in Recife. The most important piece recovered to date is the virtually intact vertical stabilizer, which could give the French investigative agency BEA solid clues about what prompted the crash.

Top Sunni lawmaker killed

BAGHDAD - The moderate leader of the largest Sunni bloc in parliament was assassinated Friday after delivering a sermon at a Baghdad mosque, a killing that could set back efforts to reconcile differences between the two Muslim sects before national elections.

Harith al-Obeidi, 47, was an outspoken advocate for prisoners' rights, one of the most divisive issues in relations between the disaffected Sunni minority and the Shiite-led government.

He was killed a day after colleagues said he called on parliament to summon interior and defense ministry officials to answer allegations of torture in Iraqi jails. Although most detainees are Sunni, al-Obeidi promoted human rights for all Iraqis.