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US: Plea deal in California gay classmate killing

A Southern California teenager pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder for killing a gay student during a computer lab class three years ago in a plea deal that will send him to prison for 21 years and avoid a retrial.

Brandon McInerney, 17, pleaded guilty to the murder charge, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm, said Ventura County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Frawley. McInerney is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.

The case drew wide attention because of its shocking premise: McInerney, in a fit of homophobic rage, killed 15-year-old Larry King at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard because he was offended by King's dress and how the victim interacted with him.

Larry King's father, Greg King, told KABC-TV he understands why prosecutors agreed to the plea deal.

"I don't think that 21-year sentence is justice for my son, but I understand the reality that was facing the DA of trying to convict a defendant who was 14 ... when he committed the murder," Greg King said.


US, South Carolina: Sesame Street, Disney music composer charged with making and distributing child pornography

Fernando Rivas, a former Porter-Gaud School instructor and local composer, has been charged with producing, distributing and possessing child pornography.
The Emmy and Grammy-award winning composer pleaded not-guilty to all charges

An Emmy and Grammy-award winning composer who wrote music for Sesame Street was arraigned on charges of coercing a child "to engage in sexually explicit conduct" in South Carolina on Monday, court documents showed.

Fernando Rivas, 59, a Cuban-born musician educated at New York's Julliard School, was arrested on April 19 after an investigation led police to his Charleston home. Police discovered photographs of a 4-year-old girl naked and "restrained in handcuffs and other bondage-type devices," according to Charleston's Post and Courier.

Rivas admitted to handcuffing the child, taking the photos and emailing them to two other individuals, the newspaper said, citing police documents.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also included production and distribution of child pornography and is currently under house arrest, according to the Post and Courier.


Armed man sparks siege at US Air Force base

A siege is underway at a US Air Force base after an armed man barricaded himself inside a building.
Schriever Air Force Base

The unnamed man is said to be carrying a handgun and is a member of the 50th Security Forces Squadron, a unit responsible for guarding Schriever Air Force base.

As yet no shots have been fired and the man has not taken any hostages but security personnel are surrounding the employment process building where he is based.

The building has been evacuated and "special control measures" are in place at the base, which is just south of Denver.

"The security of Schriever personnel and their families is paramount. We are taking every precaution to ensure their safety," Colonel James P. Ross, 50th Space Wing commander said in a statement.

The 50th Security Squadron is tasked with security at the 6,000-strong base and it is likely that the armed man's comrades are involved in the siege.

A negotiator from the El Paso County Sherriff's office has been sent to help with the situation.


Egypt's Cabinet submits resignation amid protests, violence

Cairo - Egypt's Cabinet offered to resign Monday night, government officials said, as thousands of people gathered again in Cairo to protest the military-led government.

The military leadership accepted the mass resignation soon after the prime minister's office said it was offered, said Lt. Col. Amr Imam, a spokesman for the ruling Supreme Council for the Armed Forces.

But a short time later, a spokesman for Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said that the resignation was not complete. Mohammed Hegazy said around 11 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) that Egypt's ruling military council "is currently in another session with the Cabinet and has not accepted" the Cabinet members' proposed mass resignation "yet."

Tahrir Square -- the hub of the activist movement that led to the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago -- was packed again Monday with protesters calling for Egypt's military leaders to step down.


Former AIG chief sues U.S. for $25 billion

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Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, former chairman of American International Group (shown in 2003 file photo), is back in court with a lawsuit against the federal government.
Former American International Group CEO Maurice "Hank" Greenberg thinks he got a raw deal, and he wants the government to pay up. Greenberg filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims asserting that the government bailout and takeover of the insurance giant was an unconstitutional seizure of private property, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. Greenberg's Starr International Co., which used to be AIG's biggest stakeholder, is seeking $25 billion in damages, based on the value of the 80 percent stake in AIG the government took after providing it with an $182 billion bailout.

Those funds allowed AIG to pay off counterparties like Goldman Sachs in full and reward executives with $165 million in bonuses in 2008, even though AIG lost $61.7 billion in the fourth quarter of that year. This situation raised considerable ire among both the public and investors. AIG's own value plummeted and it was reduced to selling off assets to pay back the government, both moves of which hurt Greenberg's stake in the firm.

An AIG representative declined to comment on the suit via email; the Treasury Department did not respond to a request for comment. The Journal said that the Treasury Department had no immediate comment.

This isn't Greenberg's first legal tussle with the government, and it's not the first time he's clashed with his former company. Greenberg left AIG in 2005 after an accounting fraud investigation was launched by then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. The criminal charges didn't stick, but in 2009, Greenberg paid $15 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission for accounting violations. Also in that year, a federal judge ruled that Greenberg was entitled to $4.3 billion in AIG shares the company had sued in an attempt to recover.


New York Churches Shelter Occupy Protesters, Now Monitored By New York Police

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United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew
With Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) ratcheting up police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street this week, the New York Times reports that several churches in New York City are sheltering protesters who can no longer stay in Zucotti Park. About 46 protesters spent Wednesday night in the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. However, instead of respecting the sanctuary, police in plainclothes are entering churches to monitor their conduct.

According to church officials, two police officers (one later identified as belonging to the intelligence division) asked to use the bathroom but instead "entered the sanctuary, one remaining near the door while the other advanced down the aisle, apparently counting the demonstrators in the pews." Then, one officer went downstairs to a homeless women's shelter and "asked for information about who was sleeping there" without identifying himself or showing his badge. The church's Rev. James Karpen called the police actions "invasive":
"It is disconcerting that they would actually enter the sanctuary," said the Rev. James Karpen, known as Reverend K, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, on West 86th Street. "Here we had offered hospitality and safety, which is our business as a church; it just felt invasive." [...]

"They are welcome to come in if they just say who they are," Mr. Karpen said. "We have never had that kind of issue with the police before. Usually, they are very respectful of church-state issues."


US: College president vows pepper spraying probe

San Francisco - The president of the University of California system said he was "appalled" at images of protesters being doused with pepper spray and plans an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses, as two police officers were placed on administrative leave in the incident.

"Free speech is part of the DNA of this university, and non-violent protest has long been central to our history," UC President Mark G. Yudof said in a statement Sunday in response to the spraying of students sitting passively at UC Davis. "It is a value we must protect with vigilance."

Yudof said it was not his intention to "micromanage our campus police forces," but he said all 10 chancellors would convene soon for a discussion "about how to ensure proportional law enforcement response to non-violent protest."

Protesters from Occupy Sacramento planned to travel to nearby Davis on Monday for a noon rally in solidarity with the students, the group said in a statement.

Comment: This looks very brutal, the officer in the still images of the video's above has the appearance of watering flowers. True pathology.

Bad Guys

Egypt: 22 killed as thousands continue Tahrir Square protest

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Protesters and police square-off during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday.
Egypt's Health Ministry says 22 people have been killed since Sunday in clashes between police and protesters demanding the country's military rulers quickly transfer power to a civilian government.

About 3,000 demonstrators faced off with hundreds of black-clad riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in Cairo's central Tahrir Square on Monday.

Egypt's Health Ministry said up to 1,750 have been wounded in the clashes since they began Saturday, The Associated Press reported.

The ministry did not specify whether the dead and wounded were protesters, or whether the figures included policemen and army soldiers.

Demonstrations were also taking place in Alexandria, Ismailia, Suez and Al Arish in Sinai, NBC News' Richard Engel reported from Cairo on Monday.

It is the longest continuous protest since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in February.

Arrow Down

US: Fake Dr. Injects Cement, Fix-a-Flat Into Patient's Buttocks

Oneal Ron Morris
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Oneal Ron Morris.

Ross Palombo, Tampa, Florida - An alleged fake doctor has been released from jail, after being arrested for injecting a patient with a dangerous concoction. Authorities say the injection in the backside contained, among other things, cement and a tire sealant.

Oneal Ron Morris walked out of jail stone-faced and with very little to say.

Police say it was a life-threatening mix of mineral oil, cement, super glue, even fix-a-flat. Morris allegedly posed as a doctor and promised enhancement, maybe even hips like his.

"They agreed on a price of $700 for him to enhance her buttocks," said Sgt. Bill Bamford.

Police say an unsuspecting female patient agreed to come to the Miami Gardens home to get the necessary injections.

But unknown to her, authorities say she was injected with a shocking concoction of household chemicals.

Eye 2

US: Child Sex Abuse Cover Up Going On Across The Country

The National Child Abuse Hotline: is 800-4-A-CHILD or 1(422.4453)