Shannon Conley has been sentenced to four years in jail in Colorado after she pleaded guilty to trying to help the militant group Islamic State (ISIS).
Shannon Conley, a 19-year-old Muslim convert, was arrested in April while trying to board a flight to Turkey en route to Syria to marry an ISIS fighter.
Prosecutors offered a reduced term if she helped share information about other Americans looking to join ISIS.
Shannon Conley, who now calls herself Halima, said she deeply regrets her actions.
Handing down the verdict at a court in Denver, Judge Raymond Moore said the sentence was meant to deter others who wanted to join Islamic militants.
The judge also expressed doubt about Shannon Conley’s claim that she had disavowed jihad.
“Defiance has been a part of her fabric for a long time,” he said, adding that Shannon Conley needed mental help.
Shannon Conley appeared in the courtroom wearing a headscarf with her prison uniform. She had earlier pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The woman had faced up to five years in prison.
Shannon Conley, who is a nurse’s assistant, told her parents she planned to marry Yousr Mouelhi, who she met online and believed to be a Tunisian ISIS fighter.
The FBI became interested in Shannon Conley after she alarmed employees of a church in Denver by taking notes on the layout of the building.
Over the course of eight months, FBI agents repeatedly tried to discourage Shannon Conley from travelling abroad, suggesting she explore humanitarian work instead.
Shannon Conley’s father, who had refused to let her marry her Tunisian suitor, discovered a one-way ticket to Turkey with her name on it.
Oklahoma and Nebraska have asked the US Supreme Court to nullify a 2012 law that made marijuana legal in Colorado.
The two states allege that Colorado’s law is in violation of federal law.
They say that they are suing just Colorado, and not Washington state where marijuana is also legal, because they do not share a border with Washington.
Colorado’s attorney general said their suit was without merit.
“Federal law undisputedly prohibits the production and sale of marijuana,” said Nebraska attorney general Jon Bruning in a press release.
“Colorado has undermined the United States Constitution, and I hope the US Supreme Court will uphold our constitutional principles.”
Colorado’s attorney general John Suthers said in a statement that the state had been expecting legal action after Nebraska and Oklahoma complained about marijuana grown in Colorado coming into their states.
He said he would vigorously defend Colorado’s law as “it appears the plaintiffs’ primary grievance stems from non-enforcement of federal laws regarding marijuana, as opposed to choices made by the voters of Colorado”.
Colorado’s citizens voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, and earlier this year the state became the first in the US to offer marijuana for sale for recreational use.
Already, Colorado has collected $7 million in taxes from marijuana sales, adding a valuable revenue stream to the state’s coffers.
Washington state passed a similar measure in 2012, but marijuana only went on sale for recreational use there in 2014.
Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia recently voted to legalize marijuana in November.
Industry trade groups criticized the legal action.
“Colorado has created a comprehensive and robust regulatory program for the sale of marijuana in Colorado,” said Mike Elliott, the director of the Marijuana Industry Group.
“If Nebraska and Oklahoma succeed, they will put the violent criminal organizations back in charge.”
More than 500 people are missing and at least 4 people have died, with another victim believed to be dead, after flash floods hit Colorado.
Many residents are still stranded in their homes as rescue workers try to reach them. Boulder county officials fear rescue attempts will be hampered by the extra 4in of rain due on Sunday.
Authorities who still haven’t reached all the stranded victims of floods in northeastern Colorado are bracing for a new round of storms on Sunday.
Already it is estimated that it will cost $150 million to repair more than 100 miles of road and at least 20 bridges that have been washed away.
County transportation director George Gerstle told CNN the repair bill is likely to be 10 to 15 the annual budget.
A sheriff’s office spokesman said hundreds of people were unaccounted for, but added that some residents may have reached safety but not been able to contact relatives to tell them.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said authorities had to be “realistic” about the chances that the death toll will rise.
With the rain never seeming to end and the waters continuing to rise, more than 4,000 people near Boulder, Colorado, have been evacuated as nearby Milliken has been surrounded by water and turned into an island, according to reports.
More than 500 people are missing and at least 4 people have died, with another victim believed to be dead, after flash floods hit Colorado
The reality of what is becoming a long-term disaster is setting in, flooding has affected parts of a 4,500-square-mile area almost the size of Connecticut.
In the most recent developments, people are stranded in Milliken after the main road out of town was washed away by raging floodwaters, according to CBS Denver. As the devastating rapids rise, they wash away more of the road, and flood ever closer to even more homes.
“The fire department said Milliken is an island but I found a way out,” Jorge Garza told the station.
A CBS Denver helicopter flying over the town spotted a family of three and their dog being rescued from menacing waters via a motorized raft.
“[Milliken] has turned into a lake with campers, fields and cars submerged,” the station further reported.
172 people are unaccounted for, Boulder County officials told KDVR.
As rescuers broke through to flood-ravaged Colorado towns, they issued a stern warning Saturday to anyone thinking of staying behind: “Leave now or be prepared to endure weeks without electricity, running water and basic supplies.”
Authorities made clear that residents who chose not to leave might not get another chance for a while.
“We’re not trying to force anyone from their home. We’re not trying to be forceful, but we’re trying to be very factual and definitive about the consequences of their decision, and we hope that they will come down,” Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said.
Two of the biggest ever wildfires in the US have hit states of Colorado and New Mexico and hundreds of firefighters have joined efforts to tackle them.
The Colorado blaze shrouded the state capital, Denver, some 60 miles (100 km) away in smoke on Tuesday.
A woman has died in the blaze, which has burned about 43,000 acres (68 sq miles) and is still growing.
A huge fire is also burning in New Mexico – one of a total of 19 fires in nine drought-stricken western states.
The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday that one person had died in Colorado, after investigators found remains in a home that had been burned in the fire.
Two of the biggest ever wildfires in the US have hit states of Colorado and New Mexico and hundreds of firefighters have joined efforts to tackle them
Although the remains have not been conclusively identified, the family of Linda Steadman, 62, has issued a statement saying she died in a cabin that she loved.
They reported her missing after the fire started on Saturday, sheriff’s officials said.
President Barack Obama called the Colorado governor to offer federal personnel, equipment and emergency grants – but was unable to reach his New Mexico counterpart due to poor reception in the fire zone, the Associated Press reported.
The High Park Fire – as it has been dubbed – is still growing, with only 5% contained, reported a national incident information website.
The same website says 30% of the 36,000-acre (56-sq-mile) Little Bear Fire in New Mexico has been contained.
About 118 structures have been damaged or destroyed by the blaze in Colorado – believed to have been started by lightning – and hundreds of people were forced to evacuate, officials say.
Some 600 firefighters are on the scene and up to 200 more are expected.
Additional resources have had to be called in as state and federal authorities rushed to tackle the blaze.
The US Forest Service said on Monday it would contract one air tanker from Alaska and four from Canada to add to the aircraft already combating the fire. Two more air tankers were also being mobilized in California.
Five of the forest service’s 13 tankers have already been deployed to the scene, a spokesman said.
Congressmen from Colorado said in a letter to the forest service that the need for more aircraft was “dire”.
But incident commander Bill Hahnenberg told the Associated Press: “We are a very high priority nationally. We can get all the resources we want and need.”
Harbor is the black-and-tan coonhound with the longest canine ears in the world, according to Guinness World Records.
Guinness World Records has named Harbor the possessor of the longest canine ears on the planet after his ears measurement: the left ear measures 12¼ in (31.11 cm) while the right is longer at 13½ in (34.29 cm).
Harbor, the dog with the biggest ears in the world
Harbor’s breed was developed to hunt raccoons, with the long ears said to help by sweeping scents towards the nose.
But our coonhound, Harbor has had a lifelong struggle with his colossal ears, frequently tripping over them as a puppy and rolling down the stairs.
Now though, the purebred has grown into his lengthy lugholes, which have made him a celebrity.
Harbor’s owner, Jennifer Wert from Boulder, Colorado, US said:
“Cars will literally stop in the street to take a closer look and get a picture.
“Most days I forget how oddly long his ears are,” added Harbor’s owner.
“He’s a phenomenon in the world and he creates smiles wherever we go.”
Harbor takes the Guinness World Records title from Tigger (13.5 inch ears), a bloodhound from Illinois, who passed away of old age two years ago.
Harbor, the coonhound with the longest canine ears on the planet
According to Guinness World Records 2012, Harbor’s ear-span is greater than the height of the world’s shortest man, Junrey Balawing, who is 23.5 inches (about 60 cm) tall.
Harbor’s ears are also wider than the smallest road-legal car, which is 26 inches (66 cm) wide, and you could comfortably fit the world’s shortest dog, 6 in (15 cm) long Brandy, who is also from the US, on each of Harbor’s ears twice.
The next edition of Guinness World Records will be published on September 15.