Waiting and watching: A prisoner swap didn’t go through yesterday, and the fate of two hostages held by ISIS is up in the air. A video purportedly from the Islamist extremists demanded Jordan drop off convicted terrorist Sajida al-Rishawi at the Turkish border before sundown. Jordan said they weren’t willing to do that without a sign their hostage was still alive. The video message included a threat to kill the Jordanian pilot and a Japanese hostage, if al-Rishawi was not released. But it didn’t mention any promise of releasing the two in exchange for her.
Up to no good, maybe: Remember those five Taliban Gitmo detainees released in return for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl? U.S. intelligence officials say one of them may be trying to get back into militant activities. He lives in Qatar, but he’s been in contact with suspected Taliban members in Afghanistan, they say. It’s fairly common for former detainees to go back to old ways. A congressional report says 17% are confirmed to have done so, and about 12% more are “suspected” of it.
‘I love you:’ When it comes to justice, love doesn’t matter in the state of Massachusetts. Couples can be called to testify against each other. That means former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who is on trial for the slaying of his buddy Odin Lloyd may have to watch his own fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins take the stand to possibly incriminate him. That’s the prosecution’s intention. She’s on their witness list, but she’s already in trouble with them, because, they say, she lied during grand jury hearings. In the courtroom, Hernandez can often be seen mouthing the words to her: “I love you.”
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