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Nation Digest

Ex-staffer admits passing secret data

Newark, N.J.

A former White House and FBI staffer pleaded guilty Thursday to passing classified information to plotters he said were trying to overthrow Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

During a federal court hearing, the former intelligence analyst, Leandro Aragoncillo, outlined five years of efforts to pass the information. He worked as a military aide to vice presidents Al Gore and Dick Cheney, and later became a civilian employee of the FBI.

Aragoncillo, 47, did not identify by name the current and former Philippine officials to whom he gave secrets except for ex-Philippine police official Michael Ray Aquino, who was arrested with him in September. Aquino is accused of passing information from Aragoncillo about Filipino leaders to current and former officials of that nation.

Aragoncillo, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in the Philippines, faces 15 to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 14.

Bartow, Fla.

Ex-aide out on bail in child-sex sting

A former Homeland Security Department press aide accused of having sexually explicit conversations with someone he thought was a teenage girl posted bail Thursday and was released from jail.

Brian J. Doyle, 55, faces 23 felony charges, including 16 counts of sending pornographic movie clips to a minor. He appeared Thursday before state Circuit Judge J. Dale Durrance after being extradited Wednesday from Maryland, where he has been held without bond since his arrest April 4. His arraignment was set for May 23.

Doyle, who resigned from the department, allegedly provided his government-issued office phone and cellphone numbers, showed off his department ID and may have used his official computer in the communications with an undercover Polk County sheriff's detective who was posing as the 14-year-old girl. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.


6 accused of fraud in Big Dig project

Six men who worked for the Big Dig's largest concrete supplier were arrested Thursday on federal charges accusing them of falsifying records to hide the inferior quality of concrete delivered to the massive highway project.

The six, all current or former employees of Aggregate Industries, face a variety of charges including making false statements, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the government between 1996 and August 2005. The indictment charges the men with recycling concrete that was too old or already rejected by inspectors, and in some cases double-billing for the loads. Lawyers for Aggregate Industries have defended the quality of its concrete and said it never delivered any that did not meet strength specifications called for in its state contract.

The Big Dig buried Interstate 93 in tunnels beneath downtown and connected the Massachusetts Turnpike to Logan Airport with a third tunnel beneath Boston Harbor. The project was plagued by long delays and cost overruns that ballooned from $2.6 billion to $14.6 billion.

Rockville, Md.

Muhammad: I was seeking my children

John Allen Muhammad said Thursday he was only searching for his children when he and Lee Boyd Malvo were arrested in Maryland in October 2002, denying that they were the Washington-area snipers.

Muhammad told jurors in opening statements at his trial on six Maryland killings that he and Malvo were shocked when a SWAT team pulled them from their car on Oct. 24, 2002, while they slept at a highway rest stop. Inside the Chevrolet Caprice, authorities found a Bushmaster rifle that was linked through ballistics evidence to most of the 10 sniper murders and three woundings.

Muhammad, 45, has already been sentenced to death for a Virginia sniper killing, and Malvo, 21, faces life in prison. In Maryland, Muhammad is charged with shooting six people in Montgomery County.

Huntsville, Texas

Man executed for girl's rape, murder

A man convicted of raping and strangling a 5-year-old girl after kidnapping her from her bedroom in 1988 was executed Thursday night.

"Thank you for being there for me, and all these people here will find the one who did this damn crime," Jackie B. Wilson said to his wife, sister and friends as they watched from a nearby window. "I am going home to be with God."

Wilson was convicted in the November 1988 slaying of Lottie Margaret Rhodes.

Compiled from The Associated Press

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