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Woman arrested in cold case has other dead spouses

ALBEMARLE, N.C. - For two decades, Al Gentry begged investigators to take another look at the mystery of who killed his brother, Harold, and left his gunshot-ridden body sprawled on the floor of the home he shared with his wife.

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In this photo provided by the Augusta, Ga., Police Dept. Betty Johnson Neumar is shown at her booking in Augusta, Ga., Tuesday, June 10, 2008. It took years, but authorities have charged the 76-year-old with hiring a hit man, and investigators think she may have also killed her four other husbands in four other states.

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Libya's Kadhafi slams Obama over Jerusalem remarks

Tripoli - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Wednesday criticised Democratic White House candidate Barack Obama for saying that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel and said he hoped the next US president will be a man of peace.

Kadhafi, whose country is Africa's number two oil producer, also blamed US foreign policies and a weak dollar for skyrocketing oil prices, during a speech to mark the 38th anniversary of US evacuation of bases in Libya.


Egyptian president urges measures to tackle overpopulation

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has declared a nationwide campaign to slow down population growth in the Arab world's most populous nation.

Speaking at a national conference on population, Mubarak urged the government, the private sector, and civil society to take measures against overpopulation - something he called a "major challenge" to the country's development.

Egypt is suffering from rampant unemployment and some 40 % of the population lives below or $2 per day.


Bridgend, UK: Tributes paid to the 20th person found hanged

Emotional tributes were last night paid to a young man who is the latest to be found dead in Bridgend.

South Wales Police yesterday confirmed they were investigating the death of Neil Owen - a 26-year-old from the Bettws area of the borough.

Neil, who spent five years working as vice-chairman at his local football club, Bettws FC, lived in the same area where 19-year-old Sean Rees was found hanging in woodlands in April after he had been socialising with friends.



Flashback Bridgend suicides: Some stories need to be told

Press coverage of the Bridgend suicides has caused offence and alarm, but a news blackout is not the answer


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Best of the Web: Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation, Parts V & VI

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Part V
June 6, 2008

"Call them freaks, the underground, the counter-culture, flower children or hippies - they are all loose labels for the youth culture of the 60s ..."
Barry Miles, author of Hippie
"This is how I remember my life. Other folks may not have the same memories, even though we might have shared some of the same experiences."
So begins David Crosby's autobiography, Long Time Gone (co-written by Carl Gottlieb). As it turns out, quite a few other folks seem to remember some people in Crosby's life who are all but ignored in the lengthy book. The names are casually dropped only once, and not by Crosby but rather in a quote from manager Jim Dickson in which he describes the scene at the Sunset Strip clubs when The Byrds played: "We had them all. We had Jack Nicholson dancing, we had Peter Fonda dancing with Odetta, we had Vito and his Freakers."

Following that brief mention by Dickson, Gottlieb briefly explains to readers that, "Vito and his Freakers were an acid-drenched extended family of brain-damaged cohabitants." And that, in an incredibly self-indulgent 489-page tome, is the only mention you will find of "Vito and his Freakers" - despite the fact that, by just about all other accounts, the group dismissed as "brain-damaged cohabitants" played a key role in the early success of Crosby's band. And the early success of Arthur Lee's band. And the early success of Frank Zappa's band. And the early success of Jim Morrison's band. But especially in the early success of David Crosby's band.

Comment: Continue to part VII

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'Sexual psychopath' killer has jail term cut

A 'sexual psychopath' originally from Boston has had two years slashed off his minimum jail term.

Paul Beart, who turned 33 on Saturday, was jailed for life in November 2001 for torturing a hotel worker to death in Cornwall.

Beart was told by the Home Secretary in 2002 that he must serve at least 25 years in jail - but that was cut to 23 years.

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New Zealand: Crown defends use of psychological test data

A murderer considered a psychopath in a Corrections Department report was stuck with the adverse finding after he asked to be assessed for treatment, a High Court judge has heard.


Iran says no plans for nuclear weapons

Iran does not plan to produce nuclear weapons, the country's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali-Hamenei said on Iranian television on Tuesday.

"Iran does not seek to produce nuclear weapons - the possession of such arms makes no sense," Ali-Hamenei said. "No sensible nation is interested in building nuclear weapons."

However, he reiterated that the Islamic Republic would continue pursuing nuclear technology to generate electricity, saying, "We will continue moving down this path even if it causes envy among our enemies".

Tehran has dismissed Western suspicions that it is seeking to build nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear program. The Islamic Republic has also consistently maintained that it has the right to peaceful nuclear research.


'Witches' burnt to death in Kenya

Eleven elderly people accused of being witches have been burned to death by a mob in the west of Kenya, police say.