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Mom sentenced for drowning autistic son

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Patricia Corby is shown at her April arraignment. She has pleaded guilty in San Diego Superior Court to second degree murder for drowning her 4-year-old autistic son, Daniel.
A San Diego Superior Court judge sentenced Patricia Corby, a Carmel Valley woman who drowned her 4-year-old autistic child in a bathtub in March, to 15 years to life in prison Monday.

Corby had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Dec. 27 for killing her son, Daniel, on March 31. Judge Charles Gill handed down the sentence at a hearing where distraught relatives of Daniel blasted the 37-year-old mother for killing her son.

"You are a loathsome person, and you deserve everything you get," said Duane Corby, the boy's father.

During the hearing, Patricia Corby sobbed loudly and hung her head, at one point moaning, "Stop, stop," at the harsh comments from family members.

Bad Guys

Bodies found in Mexico may be missing band members

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A Mexican soldier stands guard at a drug processing laboratory in November. Thousands of people have died since a crack-down on illegal drug cartels began six years ago. On the weekend police found at least eight bodies in a well near the northern city of Monterrey
At least eight bodies were found in a well in northern Mexico on Sunday near the site where 20 people went missing late last week, including members of a Colombian-style band, according to a state forensic official.

Gov. Rodrigo Medina told a local television station that four of the bodies had been pulled from the well, and said it could hold as many as 10 cadavers.

Mr Medina said experts were still working to identify the corpses, but noted "we have evidence that indicates that (the bodies) may very well be the members of this band."

The Nuevo Leon State Investigative Agency was still working at the well in a vacant lot in the town of Mina near the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, and the body count could rise, the forensic official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.


Sexual healing: Nursing home provides strippers, prostitutes

Woman in Short Skirt
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A proper British nursing home offers its residents strippers and prostitutes, sparking a debate over sexual rights of the disabled.
To provide complete care for its residents, Chaseley Trust - a venerable British nursing facility housed in an ornate seaside mansion - offers amenities such as a movie theater, a gymnasium and a pool table. It also, from time to time, invites prostitutes and strippers to provide their services to residents.

"People have needs," said manager Helena Barrow, as quoted in The Sun. "We are there to help. We respect our residents as individuals so that's why we help this to happen. If we refused, we would not be delivering a holistic level of care."

The revelation has ignited a nationwide debate over the rights of the disabled, and over the role of sex in assisted living facilities. The local East Sussex County Council has started an investigation into the home's use of strippers and prostitutes, according to The Inquisitr.

"This has the potential to place vulnerable East Sussex residents at risk of exploitation and abuse," a council spokesman told The Inquisitr.

Nonetheless, Barrow claims the practice has the support of Chaseley's staff, who said they might otherwise be sexually harassed by the
residents - some of whom are as young as 18 years and have neurological conditions.

Black Magic

Oral sex 'assassination plot': Woman accused of putting poison in her privates in bid to kill husband

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Brazilian wife accused of planting toxic substance on her genitals before luring her husband to bed

A woman is being sued by her husband for allegedly trying to kill him by putting poison in her genitals and then asking him to perform oral sex.

The Brazilian wife is accused of planting a toxic substance on her genitals before luring her husband to bed.


Kazakhstan plane crash kills 20 - airline

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The scene of a passenger plane crash in the vicinity of the Kyzyltu Village, Almaty Region. All 16 passengers and five members of the crew were killed when the Bombardier CRJ200 of the SCAT airlines fell down off the Almaty airport
A plane has crashed in Kazakhstan with five cabin crew members and at least 15 passengers on board, Interfax reported, quoting local Emergency Ministry workers.

Reuters, however, quoted a list published by the prosecutor-general's office which said the number of people killed in the crash was 21, not 20.

The plane, which according to reports is a Challenger-200, crashed near Almaty, the largest city in the country. At 1:15pm local time (7:15 GMT) it disappeared from radar.

The passengers were mostly business professionals, with one child among those on board, local authorities said. The plane broke into several parts after falling to the ground, they added.

No Entry

California police look for 'idiots' who shut down busy highway by driving in circles

The California Highway Patrol hopes to locate a group of drivers who briefly shut down the I-880 near Oakland by doing donuts in the middle of the highway.

A YouTube video entitled "Idiots start drifting in the middle of the highway" showed about half a dozen tuned cars driving in circles and peeling out as traffic piled up behind them.

Heart - Black

Georgia man guns down immigrant after GPS sends him to wrong driveway

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A 69-year-old war veteran and former missionary was arrested over the weekend on the suspicion of killing a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant who mistakenly arrived in his driveway because of faulty GPS directions.

Gwinnett County jail records obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution indicated that Phillip Walker Sailors was charged on Sunday with the murder of Rodrigo Abad Diaz.

Friends who were in the car with Diaz told WSB-TV that they were trying to pick up a friend on the way to ice skating on Saturday but their GPS directed them to the wrong address. The friends said that they waited in the driveway for a few minutes before Sailors emerged from the house and fired a gun into the air.


South African thieves steal man's dreadlocks

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A Zimbabwean man was recently robbed of his dreadlocks at a South African night club to feed a growing demand for human hair extensions, a local paper reported Tuesday.

The Times said Mutsa Madonko had his long locks that he has grown for 10 years, cut off while partying at a Johannesburg club.

Natural dreadlocks are sold as hair extensions for anything between 200 rand ($22, 16 euro) and 2,500 rand ($204, 278 euro) depending on the length, said The Times.

Arrow Down

North Koreans reportedly turn to cannibalism due to 'hidden famine'

North Korea Famine
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The North Korean famine remains one of the most muffled horrors of modern times.
News out of North Korean in notorious unreliable, but food shortages in the country have gotten so bad and people so desperate that there are now reports of men murdering their own children for food. These startling reports were compiled by independent reporters commissioned by Asia Press, a independent press agency focusing on Asia, and were published by the Sunday Times. And here's one of the most disturbing thing you'll read this morning:
The source said: "While his wife was away on business he killed his eldest daughter and, because his son saw what he had done, he killed his son as well. When the wife came home, he offered her food, saying: 'We have meat.'

"But his wife, suspicious, notified the Ministry of Public Security, which led to the discovery of part of their children's bodies under the eaves."
And another from Gu Gwang-ho, one of the Asia Press's citizen journalists said:
"There was an incident when a man was arrested for digging up the grave of his grandchild and eating the remains."
The big question here is whether this is all true or new urban legends. Considering this is North Korea and taking into account the country's propensity to keep secrets and publish propaganda pieces - we'll likely never get real confirmation from their end. But Asia Press has worked with citizen reporters in the famine-struck regions of North and South Hwanghae for the past year, and The Independent considers their reports credible.


U.S. polluting water it may someday drink

Regulators have long deemed deep aquifers too expensive to tap, but what happens if traditional reservoirs dry up?

Mexico City plans to draw drinking water from a mile-deep aquifer, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. The Mexican effort challenges a key tenet of U.S. clean water policy: that water far underground can be intentionally polluted because it will never be used.

U.S. environmental regulators have long assumed that reservoirs located thousands of feet underground will be too expensive to tap. So even as population increases, temperatures rise, and traditional water supplies dry up, American scientists and policy-makers often exempt these deep aquifers from clean water protections and allow energy and mining companies to inject pollutants directly into them.

As ProPublica has reported in an ongoing investigation about America's management of its underground water, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued more than 1,500 permits for companies to pollute such aquifers in some of the driest regions. Frequently, the reason was that the water lies too deep to be worth protecting.