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California woman drugs husband and cuts off his penis, says he ‘deserved it’

LOS ANGELES — A 48-year-old Californian was arrested for drugging her husband’s dinner then cutting off his penis, saying he “deserved it,” police said Tuesday. Catherine Kieu Becker was booked for poisoning and assault with a deadly weapon after the incident in which she tied him to the bed Monday…

Report: Friends of former IMF chief tried to bribe assaulted maid’s family

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have spent the last week and a half behind bars and under house arrest since he allegedly tried to rape a hotel maid in New York on May 14, but associates of his have been busy on his behalf. The New York Post reports…

Man beheads British woman in Tenerife supermarket

MADRID (Reuters) – A British woman was decapitated in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife on Friday by a man who then fled into the street grasping her head, the local emergency services said. The mayor of the town of Arona, quoted by Spanish media, said the…

Body of US tsunami victim found on beach

LOS ANGELES – The body of a US man swept away by Japan’s tsunami when it hit California has been found on a beach, officials said Tuesday, a month after the disaster. The corpse of Dustin Douglas Weber, who disappeared when waves from the March 11 quake and tsunami hit…

NY serial killer could be a cop: investigators

Echoing the popular TV show Showtime, Dexter, in which a cop leads a double life as a serial killer, New York cops think the serial killer who has murdered at least four women may be a former or current law enforcement official, the New York Times reports. Investigators say that…

US serial killer feared loose after 8 bodies found

NEW YORK (AFP) – The discovery of eight bodies buried on a Long Island beach in the northeastern state of New York has raised suspicions here there is a serial killer on the loose. The remains of four prostitutes, aged 22 to 27, who worked through online ads posted on…

Israel’s ex-president Katsav gets 7 years for rape

TEL AVIV (AFP) – Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav was on Tuesday sentenced to seven years behind bars after being convicted on two counts of rape and other offences in a scandal which has rocked Israel. The judges also handed him a two-year suspended sentence and ordered him to pay…

Madoff victim paybacks in ‘near future’: trustee

NEW YORK — The court-appointed trustee hunting down assets diverted by jailed fraudster Bernard Madoff has said that payments to victims could start in the “near future.” However, Irving Picard said in a conference call that legal challenges were holding up distribution of the bulk of the funds collected so…

US man wrongfully jailed shares cautionary tale

In the 27 years Michael Anthony Green spent locked up in a cramped Texas prison cell for a crime he didn’t commit, he often dreamed of moments like this one. Green stood a free man on the stage of a Houston high school auditorium and looked out at row after…

Victim’s family sues Schwarzenegger over commuting sentence

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The parents of a college student stabbed to death 2 1/2 years ago sued former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday over his decision to reduce the prison term of a politically-connected assailant convicted in the slaying. Some legal experts said the lawsuit has little chance…

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