Arizona

Jodi Arias gets life without parole

Jodi Arias, at the center of a long-running saga of murder and sex, apologized for killing her ex-boyfriend and was then sentenced to life without parole. Arias, now 34, shot and stabbed a former boyfriend whom prosecutors say she killed in a jealous rage in June 2008. A previous jury convicted her of murder in 2013 and agreed that the case could qualify for the death penalty but could not agree on imposing it. Arias, whose murder trial drew nationwide attention, had been in a state of legal limbo since then.

New Jersey

Carjacker ID'd via iPhone gets prison

A man who was identified by the "find my iPhone" feature on a smartphone he stole during an armed carjacking was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison. Lee Carraballo, 28, of Newark, was convicted last November on numerous charges including theft of a motor vehicle by force. Prosecutors say Caraballo carjacked a Rutgers University law student at gunpoint in the driveway of the student's home in November 2012, stealing his wallet and cellphone before fleeing in the victim's car.

Sudan

As vote opens, many resigned to outcome

Only a trickle of voters, some in uniform, showed up at a polling station in Sudan on Monday as the country took part in an election that will almost certainly extend the 25-year rule of President Omar al-Bashir, the world's only sitting head of state wanted on genocide charges. As polls closed on the first of three days of voting, election employees counted ballots. In one middle class neighborhood, just 3 percent of more than 3,000 registered voters had turned up.

China

Three feminist activists to be released

Chinese authorities have decided to release at least three of five feminist activists detained last month as they were planning a public outreach campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation, associates of the women said. The arrests have attracted worldwide attention, including condemnations from Secretary of State John Kerry, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, European Union officials and others.

Israel

Aid groups call for end to Gaza blockade

A coalition of international aid groups urged the world to deliver on aid promises for Gaza reconstruction and pressure Israel to lift its blockade of the territory, where rebuilding efforts have stalled since last summer's Israel-Hamas war. Donor countries pledged $3.5 billion six months ago for rebuilding thousands of homes and businesses destroyed in the war, but reconstruction has barely begun and living conditions in the territory of 1.8 million people have only worsened, according to a report by the Association of International Development Agencies.

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