Judge declares Sandusky dangerous....11 die of fungal meningitis...NATO supports Turkey

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Associated Press

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 1:03 PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Declaring him dangerous, a Pennsylvania judge has sentenced Jerry Sandusky to a minimum of 30 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys. The 68-year-old former Penn State football coach won't be eligible for parole until he's served that minimum. In a rambling statement, Sandusky continued to profess his innocence. The lead prosecutor described Sandusky's statement as "a masterpiece" of self-delusion.

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say 11 people have now died from a rare fungal meningitis that's been tied to steroid shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of people sickened in the outbreak has now reached 119 cases in 10 states.

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO is making its strongest statement of support yet for alliance member Turkey after a week of artillery and mortar exchanges with Syria. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (AHN'-derz fohg RAHS'-moo-sihn) says has "plans in place to protect and defend Turkey," though he adds that the alliance hopes it won't need to use them. The expression of solidarity appears largely symbolic for now. NATO officials say the plans have been around for decades and were not drawn up in response to the Syria crisis.

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi and U.S. officials say al-Qaida is rebuilding in Iraq. They say the insurgent group has taken advantage of regional instability and government security failures to set up training camps in the nation's western deserts, more than doubling the numbers of fighters from a year ago to about 2,500. Pentagon data shows it is carrying out an average of 140 attacks a week.

VAN METER, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney says he's scratching his head over President Barack Obama's focus on Big Bird. The president is featuring the "Sesame Street" star in a new campaign ad mocking Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. Campaigning in Iowa today, Romney said Obama's focus should be on saving the American people and family farms.

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