Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman has been sentenced to 78 months in prison.
It means Siegelman is headed back to prison after he was freed to appeal his case. The AP gives us some background:
"Siegelman, 66, and former HealthSouth chief Richard Scrushy were convicted in 2006. They arranged $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a state lottery in exchange for the governor appointing Scrushy to an important hospital regulatory board.
U.S. hurlders Angelo Taylor (second from right) competes in the men's 400m hurdles. He finished first in the heat. Today marks the first day of track and field events.
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Missy Franklin celebrates winning the women's 200m backstroke final with team mate Elizabeth Beisel on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Beisel placed third in the event.
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Michael Phelps competes in the men's 100m butterfly final. Phelps surged from behind to win the event.
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Karl Schulze, Phillipp Wende, Lauritz Schoof and Tim Grohmann of Germany celebrate winning gold in the men's quadruple sculls final.
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Cuba's Idalys Ortiz (in white) tosses Japan's Mika Sugimoto during the women's 78kg judo contest match. Ortiz won the match.
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Sergei Martynov of Belarus competes in the men's 50m rifle prone shooting event. Martynov won the event.
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Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot in the third set against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the semifinal of men's singles tennis. Federer won the match, which took more than 4 hours to play.
Jeremy Renner stars in <em>The Bourne Legacy</em>, the latest in a franchise previously fronted by Matt Damon. But when an actor departs a Hollywood cash cow, it can be less a death knell than a chance for rejuvenation.
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Now Jeremy Renner takes over the franchise (though not as Jason Bourne) with <em>The Bourne Legacy</em>, which opens on Aug. 10.
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Richard Harris' tenure as Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter series was cut short by his death in 2002.
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Daniel Craig has played Bond since 2006's <em>Casino Royale</em>. Six actors have played the licensed-to-kill agent on the big screen.
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Matt Damon played Jason Bourne three times, starting in 2002 with <em>The Bourne Identity</em> and ending in 2007 with <em>The Bourne Ultimatum</em>.
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Sean Connery, seen here in Tokyo filming 1966's <em>You Only Live Twice</em>, was the first actor to play James Bond in 1962's <em>Dr. No.</em>
The Bourne Legacy, which opens in theaters this week, is the fourth thriller in the series, and the first without either Jason Bourne or the star playing him, Matt Damon. They're suddenly not necessary, even though the series is named for Bourne? Why am I not surprised?
Marilyn Monroe, a global symbol of beauty, glamour and sex, died on Aug. 5, 1962. Fifty years later, she's still in style — and making more money than ever. Monroe's come-hither expression is emblazoned on posters, T-shirts and refrigerator magnets. She's become a multimillion-dollar brand, but that may never have happened if not for the will she left behind, a document that reveals a much quieter — and more complicated — side to her legacy.
The British sprint team of Philip Hindes (front), Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy won a gold medal Thursday, but remarks by Hindes caused concerns about athletes' ethics to resurface. The IOC says it will not investigate.
If one thing is clear at these London Games, it's that not doing one's best is not only uncool — it's not allowed. Witness the badminton-to-worstminton scandal that erupted earlier this week, when players turned the tournament structure into a "farce" by attempting to lose in order to manipulate their seeds in the next round.
A new report in the New York Times suggests that the arms upper hand the Syrian regime has had over rebel fighters is deteriorating quickly. Audie Cornish talks with Joseph Holliday, a former American intelligence officer who is now with the Institute for the Study of War.
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What now? That's the question many in and out of Syria are asking, one day after Kofi Annan announced he's quitting as special envoy to Syria. Annan blamed his resignation, in part, on a divided U.N. Security Council. As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, activists are now calling on Washington to work around the U.N. and do more to support Syria's rebels.
August is here and, for many, that means vacation and a last minute scramble for a good book to pass the quiet hours. Well, take heart. Our reviewer Alan Cheuse has reached deep into his pile of new books and found two spy thrillers, perfect, he says, for brisk summer reading.