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AIDS SCANDAL: An appeals court in Paris Tuesday upheld a four-year prison term for Dr. Michel Garretta, the former head of the national blood transfusion center, for helping set a policy of using AIDS-tainted blood in transfusions. The court also upheld the sentence and ordered immediate imprisonment for another figure in France's largest public health scandal, in which 1,200 hemophiliacs were contaminated with the AIDS virus and more than 300 died.LIFE SENTENCE: A Texas woman was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for smuggling heroin, becoming the first American convicted of drug dealing in Bangladesh. Eliadah McCord, 20, of Houston, said she would appeal after Judge Ansaruddin Sikdar of the Sessions Court found her guilty of "carrying, transporting and possessing" 7 pounds of heroin last year. Under Bangladesh law, a life sentence is a maximum of 15 years in prison and can be reduced to 10 years for good behavior. The judge said he didn't order her executed because she wasn't a professional drug dealer.

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HEAT DIPS SOUTH: The heat wave eased its deadly grip on the Northeast but showed no mercy on the Southeast. In much of the Northeast, a high-pressure system Tuesday was expected to lower humidity and drop temperatures into the mid-80s and lower 90s. On Monday the mercury hit the mid-90s, compared with more than 100 during the past week. Extremely hot weather was expected to linger in the South, which on Monday endured its 10th straight day of temperatures of 99 or higher. The mercury was expected to reach 110 in North Carolina Tuesday.

GUILTY: A man avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to murdering five men he encountered hunting, fishing or jogging. Thomas Lee Dillon, 43, struck a plea bargain on Monday in Caldwell, Ohio, and received life in prison with no chance of parole for 165 years. He admitted shooting the outdoorsmen in rural Ohio between 1989 and 1992. In an interview in March with the Akron Beacon Journal, Dillon said he had a compulsion to kill. "I have major problems. I'm crazy," he said. "I want to kill. I want to kill."

NAZI: An 82-year-old who lied about his past as a Nazi concentration camp guard was ordered deported to Germany if his health improves. Immigration Judge J. Daniel Dowell issued the order Monday in the case of Anton Baumann. The retired carpenter from suburban West Allis, Wis., has heart disease and has had a stroke. He underwent bypass surgery in January.

CONVICTED: A 19-year-old man was convicted Monday of the 1991 execution-style killings of nine people at a Buddhist temple in Arizona's worst mass murder. A Phoenix Superior Court jury deliberated nine hours before finding Jonathan Doodey guilty of nine counts of first-degree murder. He faces the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.