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April 02, 2009

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Apr 02,2009
SHAKOPEE, Minn. -- A judge in Scott County, Minn., sentenced Michael Anderson to life in prison without the possibility of parole for killing a woman he found on Craigslist. Scott County District Judge Mary Theisen told Anderson, 20, she felt he showed no remorse during his six-day trial for killing 24-year-old Minneapolis resident Katherine Olson, the Star-Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis said Thursday. "You have shown no remorse, no empathy, and I have no sympathy for you," Theisen ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
SONORA, Calif. -- A mass e-mail warning of reservation problems at Yosemite National Park left the U.S. park besieged with telephone calls, an official says. Kenny Karst, public relations manager for Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, said nearly 3,300 people with summer reservations at the national park received an e-mail saying an October landslide was threatening their plans, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee said Thursday. Since the recent e-mail was initially intended to only be ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's state-run hospitals are lacking more than 6,000 physicians, including psychiatrists and emergency room specialists, a media report said. The government should increase wages in the state-run medical facilities to solve the problem for the long term, the Hungarian news agency MTI said. In an effort to cope with the situation, the government plans to invest $4.6 million in a healthcare program and another $16 million from EU funds to lure doctors in the ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
STOCKTON, Calif. -- A California grand jury indicted four people accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy for a year before he escaped wearing underwear and an ankle shackle. Kelly Layne Lau, Caren Ramirez and Anthony Vincent Waiters pleaded not guilty to the accusations outlined in the 17-count indictment, which included charges of assault with caustic chemicals. Michael Luther Schumacher, Lau's husband, postponed his plea until his lawyer reviewed witness transcripts from the grand jury investigation. Lau and Schumacher ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
SAN DIEGO -- U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says a $400 million federal effort will include an upgrading of security at the U.S.-Mexico border. During a California visit Wednesday, Napolitano announced the security upgrades will include searches of rail cars traveling into Mexico as well as inspections of other Mexico-bound vehicles, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday. The Homeland Security official also took time to praise U.S.-Mexico relations and Mexico's commitment to such security efforts. "I ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. defrauded their clients in a diet-drug case out of $94.6 million, an assistant U.S. attorney alleges. Assistant U.S. Attorney E.J. Walbourn said in U.S. District Court the two defendants facing wire fraud charges allegedly took an unfair percentage of a $200 million settlement of a 2001 case involving the diet drug, fen-phen, The (Louisville, Ky.) Courier-Journal said Thursday. The settlement came after the anti-obesity drug was pulled ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
LONDON -- World leaders agreed to a $1 trillion boost for the world economy Thursday, as well as banking reforms, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced. Brown, hosting the Group of 20 summit in London, said the political and financial leaders agreed on a final communique, including a common approach for handling toxic assets and a willingness to "do what it takes" to boost global growth, The Times of London reported. "Today is the day that ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
INVERNESS, Fla. -- Health officials said Thursday that a bobcat that attacked an elderly man and a young boy in Citrus County, Fla., appears to have been rabid. Virginia Crandall, a Citrus County Health Department registered nurse, said as a result of the rabies diagnosis, both 71-year-old Frank Womack and 10-year-old Johnathon Knecht will have to undergo a regimen of shots during a four-week period to ensure their health, The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune said. "The treatment is ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida woman said she survived being attacked by two pit bull terriers in Orlando, Fla., by biting and kicking at the enraged animals. Tracy Lindsey, 22, said while recovering at the Orlando Regional Medical Center that the thought of her daughters, 3-year-old Gabriel and 18-month-old Annabel, urged her to fight for her life, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said Thursday. "I tried everything but it wasn't much of a fight," Lindsey told the newspaper. ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
LONDON -- U.S. President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed to seek penalties against North Korea if it goes through with a planned rocket launch. Obama and Lee "agreed on the need for a joint reaction by the international community, such as referring North Korea to the U.N. Security Council, if the North fires a long-range missile," Lee Dong-kwan, a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said Thursday. Lee and Obama met ahead of the ... [full story]
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