WASHINGTON: 13 years for spying for Israel

A former government space scientist was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in prison after admitting he tried to sell space and defense secrets to Israel in what turned out to be an FBI sting operation. Stewart Nozette said in federal court he is "paying for a fatal lack of judgment." Prosecutors and defense agreed to the 13-year sentence, with credit for two years that Nozette has spent behind bars. He had high-level security clearances during decades of government work on science and space projects at NASA, the Energy Department and the National Space Council under President George H.W. Bush.

WISCONSIN: Mystery booms jolt town

Sleepless families in the town of Clintonville longed for quiet Wednesday after mysterious booming noises over the past few nights roused them from bed and sent residents into the street, some still in pajamas. The strange disturbance sounded like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused or merely curious, but after three restless nights, aggravation is mounting. The booming continued Monday and Tuesday nights and into Wednesday morning. There have been no reports of injury or damage, despite some residents saying they could feel the ground roll beneath their feet. City officials were baffled, saying they have investigated every possible human cause.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Gay nuptials law upheld

The State House rejected a bill Wednesday that would have made their legislature the first to repeal a gay marriage law. The vote was 211-116 to kill the measure, ending a push by the new Republican majority to rescind the 2-year-old law. Both sides pledge to keep fighting over it into the fall.

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