CARSON CITY, Nev.
O.J. asks panel
O.J. Simpson pleaded for leniency Thursday, telling a parole panel he deeply regretted the night he robbed two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.
Simpson, 66, said he has been a model inmate while serving his time at Lovelock Correction Center 90 miles east of Reno, where he has been since 2008, when he was sentenced to up to 33 years.
Simpson was sentenced to consecutive terms on several charges. But some of his sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
Even if the Nevada Parole Board ruled in his favor, he would then begin serving sentences attached to other charges.
Obama won’t call
Egypt a coup
U.S. officials say the Obama administration won’t declare Egypt’s government overthrow a coup, allowing the U.S. to maintain $1.5 billion in annual military and economic aid to the Arab world’s most populous country.
William Burns, the State Department’s No. 2 official, informed lawmakers in closed-doors briefings on Thursday, a day after Washington delayed delivery of four F-16 fighter jets to Egypt.
That was the first U.S. action since the military ousted Mohammed Morsi as president, imprisoned him and suspended the constitution.
GOP leader raps
House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday elevated his criticism of fellow Republican Rep. Steve King, of Iowa, over King’s suggestion that many unauthorized immigrants are drug runners, calling the comments “deeply offensive and wrong.”
Boehner already had issued a written statement earlier in the week condemning King’s comments, but at his weekly news conference he ramped up his criticism even without being asked.
The Ohio Republican took the unusual step of calling King out by name, dramatizing the concern among GOP leaders that incendiary comments from the right can tarnish the the party’s image even as lawmakers struggle to find a solution to the immigration debate.
War death toll
The number of dead in Syria’s civil war has passed 100,000, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday, calling for urgent talks on ending 2½ years of violence even as President Bashar Assad’s government blasted the United States as an unsuitable peace broker.
In the latest example of the relentless carnage, a car bomb killed at least 10 people and wounded 66 in a pro-regime, residential area near the capital.
All international attempts to broker a political solution to the Syrian civil war have failed. Despite a stalemate that has settled in for months, both sides still believe they can win the war and have placed impossible conditions for negotiations.
The U.N. head said the death toll had risen from nearly 93,000 just over a month ago. Syrian opposition groups had made that same estimate a month ago.
The uprising against Assad’s rule began in March 2011 and deteriorated into an insurgency with growing sectarian overtones.