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A court in Norway today found Anders Behring Breivik sane in a unanimous decision. The five judges sentenced the confessed mass killer to 21 years in jail, the longest length of imprisonment under Norwegian law, with the possibility of extension.

Breivik had admitted to killing 77 people when he bombed Oslo and then went on a shooting rampage at a youth summer camp on Utoya island last year.

"Now we won't hear about him for quite a while. Now we can have peace and quiet," said Per Balch Soerensen, whose daughter was killed in the massacre. 

Breivik had wanted a prison term instead of being judged insane, and smiled when hearing the verdict, according to reports. 

Want to know:

Tropical Storm Isaac is continuing to cut a swath through the Caribbean.

Isaac could become a hurricane by the time it hits Hispaniola, the island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, later today. Especially vulnerable are the 400,000 Haitians still living in makeshift camps after the 2010 earthquake.

Isaac will then move on to Cuba and the southern US, where it could pose a threat to Florida during the Republican National Convention.

At Guantanamo Bay, the 9/11 hearings have stalled because of the approaching storm, and evacuation plans are underway. But the nearly 200 prisoners held by the US military are staying put.

Dull but important:

A South Korean court has banned sales of some Apple and Samsung products after ruling that the technology giants had both infringed on each other's patents.

The court imposed a limited ban on national sales of Apple's iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and the iPad and iPad 2. Samsung must also remove products from store shelves in South Korea, including its Galaxy SI and SII smartphones and Galaxy Tab.

The decision comes as the two firms remain locked in a battle over patents in a US court. A jury in California is deliberating on the patent trial where Apple is seeking more than $2.5 billion from Samsung.

Just because:

Lance Armstrong is done fighting. The US cycling star says he will no longer challenge drug charges from the US anti-doping agency.

USADA says it will now strip Armstrong of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles, and ban him for life.

The 40-year-old maintains he is innocent, but says he has grown weary of the "nonsense" accusations that he took performance-enhancing drugs.

"There comes a point in every man's life when he has to say, 'Enough is enough.' For me, that time is now," Armstrong, who retired last year, said in a statement.

Strange but true:

After being bitten by a cobra, Nepalese farmer Mohamed Salmo Miya was angry.

And so he bit the snake back. And killed it.

Miya was working in his rice paddy field when the venomous snake bit him, but instead of killing it with a stick, or — more pressing for most of us — seeking medical help, he chased after the cobra, caught it and bit it until it died.

"A snake charmer told me that if a snake bites you, bite it until it is dead and nothing will happen to you," Miya explained.

Miya eventually went to hospital for treatment, but only after he was badgered by his family, neighbors and police. He has since been released.