EX-PRESIDENT CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION
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.