Former ‘enemy combatant’ sentenced in Illinois

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A former “enemy combatant” who was held in a South Carolina Naval brig for six years with no charges was sentenced Thursday to eight years and four months in prison, a Justice Department spokesman said.

The 73-year-old bridge spans the San Francisco Bay and carries an average of 280,000 vehicles daily, according to the state transportation department. In the wake of the bridge’s closing, commuters flocked to the Bay Area’s rail system as an alternative. On Wednesday, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) said it had carried the most passengers ever. About 437,200 people took BART, about 26 percent more than on an average Wednesday, the agency said in a news release. When the Bay Bridge does reopen, Bonner said, travelers should not worry about safety. “The public need not fear that the bridge is going to fall down,” he said. “There’s no concern about that.” During the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, a 50-foot section of the bridge collapsed, killing one person and prompting efforts to make it quake-tolerant.