Colo. mother sentenced to 8 years in terror case; Alaska group moves closer to pot vote


Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (Courtesy of Christine Mott/AP)
January 8
NATIONAL SECURITY
Colo. mother sentenced in terror plot

A Colorado woman who found love and Islam online was sentenced to eight years in prison for supporting the work of her husband, an Algerian terror suspect.

Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 35, got a break after helping the FBI investigate the al-Qaeda-linked figure and others, including a Pennsylvania woman who called herself “Jihad Jane.”

Prosecutors sought a 10-year term, chiefly because Paulin-Ramirez took her 6-year-old son to join a terror cell in Ireland, where he was taught to be a warrior and hate non-Muslims.

Paulin-Ramirez, of Leadville, Colo., went to Waterford, Ireland, in 2009 to marry Ali Charaf Damache, whom she had met online as she researched and converted to Islam. Paulin-Ramirez also came to know Colleen LaRose, who called herself “Jihad Jane” in YouTube videos and was looking for other American women to help the cause.

— Associated Press

TEXAS

Alaska group moves closer to pot vote: A citizens group hoping to make Alaska the third state in the nation to legalize recreational use of marijuana took a step closer Wednesday, submitting more than 46,000 signatures to the state election office. If enough signatures are verified — they need about 30,000 qualified signatures — the question of whether to make pot legal in the nation’s northernmost state will go before voters in the Aug. 19 primary. Signatures must come from at least 7 percent of voters in at least 30 House districts. Voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized marijuana in 2012.

Hunting club receives threats over permit auction: The FBI is investigating death threats made against members of the Dallas Safari Club that intends to auction off a rare permit to kill an endangered black rhino, an FBI spokeswoman said Wednesday. The club plans Saturday to auction a permit that the African country of Namibia granted for the hunt. The group says all proceeds will go toward rhino conservation efforts.

Giffords skydives on attack anniversary: Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords marked the third anniversary of being shot in the head at a Tucson political rally by skydiving Wednesday, while across the city, others gathered for bell-ringing and flag-raising ceremonies to remember the six people killed and 13 injured, including Giffords, in the Jan. 8, 2011, attack.

Two killed in California fire: Two people were killed and five others were injured, including a firefighter, in a fire early Wednesday at a group home for developmentally disabled women in Santa Ana, Calif., authorities said.

— From news services

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