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BAGHDAD (AP) — Kurdish security forces took over two major oil fields outside the disputed northern city of Kirkuk before dawn Friday and said they would use some of the production for domestic purposes, further widening a split with the central government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
A bipolar house painter arrested with a loaded rifle was sentenced to one year supervised release in New York on Friday for threatening to kill former president George W. Bush. Benjamin Smith, 45, has spent six months in custody since his January 31 arrest in Manhattan in possession of a loaded rifle, a machete, two boxes of ammunition and a gasoline container. He threatened to "kill, kidnap and inflict bodily harm" on the former president and said he wanted to date his daughter Barbara, who heads a non-profit based in New York. US federal Judge Sidney Stein sentenced him to time served and a one-year supervised release, including six months home detention at his mother's property in New York state.