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Charges dropped against woman who grew organic garden, but new charges filed

A Detroit woman who was facing jail time for growing an organic garden in her home’s front yard is no longer in legal jeopardy on that charge, her attorney said this week — but she’s now facing charges on a new “crime”: not having proper licenses for her two dogs.…

Ohio serial killer heard ‘bad’ voices

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio jurors Thursday got a glimpse into the mind of a man accused of killing 11 women and storing their decomposing bodies for two years, watching a video of his police interrogation. Anthony Sowell, 51, has been little heard from during three weeks of gruesome testimony including…

Indian PM vows revenge for terrorist attacks

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday vowed that those responsible for a series of bomb blasts that killed 17 inMumbai would be tracked down and prosecuted, as he visited the injured. “Perpetrators of (the) Mumbai blasts shall be pursued relentlessly and brought to justice quickly,” the premier said on a tour…

State should take obese children away from parents, say some docs

The government should have the right to remove severely obese children from their parents’ home and place them in foster care, two US doctors argued in a controversial editorial. “State intervention may serve the best interests of many children with life-threatening obesity, comprising the only realistic way to control harmful…

Multiple blasts kill 20 in Mumbai ‘terror’ strikes

Three simultaneous blasts killed 20 people and injured dozens more in Mumbai on Wednesday, in the deadliest attack on India’s commercial capital since the traumatic 2008 assault by Islamist militants. The bombs exploded in busy districts in the south of the city, the same area targeted two and half years…

Multiple blasts rock Mumbai in ‘terror strike’

Multiple blasts rocked India’s financial hub Mumbai on Wednesday evening, police said, in what the Home Ministry described as a “terror strike”. Police gave no details of any casualties, but news channels cited eyewitnesses as saying as many as 10 people might have been killed, in the first major incident…

Pakistan regains control with 95 dead in Karachi

Pakistan announced on Saturday its troops had taken back areas of Karachi occupied by armed groups and arrested more than 100 people after political violence across the vast port city claimed 95 lives. Four days of unrest has been blamed on political and ethnic tensions, with gunmen firing on two…

U.S. soldier still fighting Afghan war at 59

Who says soldiering is a young man’s game? Staff Sergeant Eric Ferguson joined the US army in 1973 and — now approaching his 60th birthday — he is still on active duty, leading distribution convoys through some of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. Armed with an M4 machine gun,…

Sydney woman dead for ‘several years’ in home

SYDNEY — Australian police Wednesday said they had discovered the skeletal remains of a woman in a Sydney house who had been dead for up to eight years. She was found in a home long assumed by neighbours to be deserted, after a call from a sister-in-law — her only…

Top Iowa staffers abandon the Cain campaign

Herman Cain’s top two staffers in Iowa have left their posts over the candidate’s alleged refusal to put forth a serious effort in that state, home of the first presidential primaries of the 2012 election cycle. Politico is reporting that Cain’s Iowa campaign director Tina Goff has resigned, as well…

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