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For­mer Brazil­ian Pres­i­dent Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva was found guilty of cor­rup­tion and money laun­der­ing Wed­nes­day and sen­tenced to al­most 10 years in prison, the high­est-profile con­vic­tion yet in the sprawl­ing graft in­ves­ti­ga­tion that has jailed dozens of Brazil’s elite.

The de­ci­sion by Judge Ser­gio Moro was widely ex­pected, even by Silva’s own de­fense team, but was still stun­ning. The charis­matic leader left of­fice on Dec. 31, 2010, with sky-high pop­u­lar­ity and is cred­ited with pulling mil­lions of Brazil­ians out of poverty and turn­ing Latin Amer­ica’s largest na­tion into an im­por­tant player on the world stage.

Plane at cruis­ing al­ti­tude be­fore prob­lems, crash.

JACK­SON, MISS.» The mil­i­tary trans­port plane that slammed into soy­bean fields Mon­day in the Mis­sis­sippi Delta, killing 15 Marines and a Navy sailor, ap­pears to have de­vel­oped prob­lems while high in the air, a Marine gen­eral said Wed­nes­day.

“In­di­ca­tions are some­thing went wrong at cruise al­ti­tude,” Brig. Gen. Bradley S. James told re­porters Wed­nes­day in Itta Bena, Miss. That squares with com­ments from wit­nesses in­ter­viewed by The Associated Press who said they saw the plane de­scend from high al­ti­tude with an en­gine smok­ing.

The crash of the KC-130 killed nine Marines from New­burgh, N.Y., and six Marines and a Navy Corps­man from Camp Le­je­une in North Carolina, James said.

Kid Rock hints at po­ten­tial U.S. Se­nate run.

LANS­ING, MICH.» Kid Rock is teas­ing his po­ten­tial 2018 can­di­dacy for U.S. Se­nate, al­though it is news to the state’s Repub­li­cans.

Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, said Wed­nes­day that a web­site hint­ing at his cam­paign — kidrock­fors­e­n­ate.com — is le­git. Ritchie could not be reached by The Associated Press to dis­cuss his plans.

Michi­gan Repub­li­can Party Chair­man Ron Weiser said he had not heard from Ritchie, who en­dorsed GOP pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates Don­ald Trump in 2016 and Mitt Rom­ney in 2012.

Third-term Demo­cratic Sen. Deb­bie Stabenow is up for re-elec­tion in 2018 af­ter eas­ily win­ning in 2012 and 2006. Repub­li­can can­di­dates in­clude for­mer state Supreme Court Jus­tice Bob Young Jr. and busi­ness­woman Lena Epstein.

Pro­test­ers strand tourists at Machu Pic­chu. LIMA,

PERU» Pro­test­ers in Peru blocked the train line to the famed Inca citadel of Machu Pic­chu, strand­ing thou­sands of tourists Wed­nes­day. Bri­tish-owned PeruRail said ser­vice was be­ing sus­pended Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day be­cause of the protest by lo­cal res­i­dents de­mand­ing that the gov­ern­ment re­verse its can­cel­la­tion of a planned new air­port. That protest has merged with a strike by some 20,000 teach­ers de­mand­ing pay raises.

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