April 1st, 2010
07:26 AM ET

On the Radar: Flooding, Roeder sentencing, Iraq

Floodwaters leave a car partially submerged Wednesday in Fall River, Massachusetts, after heavy rainfall in New England.

Rhode Island floods - A flood-weary Rhode Island surveyed the damage as waters started receding, with officials saying Thursday the long-term recovery could take months. The Northeast, particularly Rhode Island, battled flooded roads and basements for most of the week. Many of the schools in the region remained closed Thursday.

Doctor killer's sentencing – Scott Roeder, who gunned down one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers and is facing life in prison, gets an opportunity to speak at his sentencing on Thursday at 10 a.m. and we'll be carrying it live. Roeder also has asked some longtime friends to testify as character witnesses. The 52-year-old was convicted in January of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the May 31 death of Dr. George Tiller at the doctor's church.

Under Kansas law, Roeder faces, at a minimum, a mandatory life sentence with the possibility of parole after 25 years. A judge must decide whether to impose a harsher sentence sought by prosecutors requiring Roeder to serve at least 50 years before being considered for parole.

Iraq elections - A controversial committee that nearly derailed the Iraqi election in January has resurfaced. Led by Ahmed Chalabi, a former ally of the Pentagon, the committee this week announced that six winning candidates in the March 7 parliamentary election are connected to the former regime of Saddam Hussein and must be disqualified.

Critics say it's no coincidence disqualifying them will erase the lead of secular candidate Ayad Allawi and his Iraqiya alliance of Shiites and Sunnis. Allawi's electoral list won 91 seats in parliament and topped the State Of Law coalition of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, which won 89 seats.

South Korea child death – A South Korean couple's trial begins Friday on charges stemming from their 3-month-old baby's death. The baby allegedly died of malnutrition while the couple nurtured a virtual child during marathon sessions playing an online game.

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