Lawyer says U.S. offered prisoner swap for ex-Marine held in Iran

The armed forces identification card of Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati, who has been sentenced to death by Iran's Revolutionary Court on the charge of spying for the CIA, is seen in this undated still image taken from video

DUBAI (Reuters) – A lawyer for an Iranian-American former U.S. Marine jailed in Tehran was reported on Tuesday as saying the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap, but officials in Washington denied any proposed exchange. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabai, attorney for former Marine Amir Hekmati, told Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency that the United States had made the request and it had been put to Iran’s judiciary, which has not yet responded. “The US has submitted the request via its interest section in Iran,” Tabatabai was quoted by Tasnim as saying. …

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Texas police investigate deaths of four people in Fort Worth area home

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Police in Texas responding to a possible suicide at a home in suburban Fort Worth found the bodies of a man, two women and a girl inside the residence, officials said on Monday. A 9-year-old boy found alive in the home has been placed in protective custody and is being interviewed about the incident that took place on Sunday, police said. The boy called a relative, saying there was a man inside who was trying to kill himself. That relative then called police who went to the house in Crowley, south of Fort Worth. … …read more

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