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Pennsylvania ex-pastor convicted of killing second wife while awaiting trial for first wife's murder

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Arthur Schirmer is led back into his murder trial at the courthouse in Stroudsburg, Pa., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013
A former Pennsylvania pastor awaiting trial in the 1999 death of his first wife was convicted Tuesday in the 2008 death of his second wife.

Arthur Schirmer, a former associate pastor at a Methodist church in Reeders in northeast Pennsylvania, blamed the second death on a slow-speed car crash and said his first wife fell down the stairs. But authorities ultimately charged him with killing both women.

The verdict came after prosecutors argued in court that Schirmer clubbed Betty Schirmer on the head with a crowbar, then loaded her into their PT Cruiser and staged a low-speed accident.

Monroe County First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso had asked jurors Tuesday to convict the 64-year-old of premeditated murder.

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Dallas stepmom gets 85 years in dehydration death

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This undated file booking photo provided by the Dallas County Sheriff Department shows Tina Marie Alberson, 44.
A Dallas woman whose 10-year-old stepson died after she denied him water, even as temperatures soared over 100 degrees, was sentenced Tuesday to 85 years in prison.

Tina Marie Alberson did not react as her sentence was announced. She was convicted last week of reckless injury to a child, a second-degree felony, in the July 2011 death of Jonathan James.

Jonathan's mother, Krista Bishop, and other relatives said they were pleased with the verdict.

"We got what we needed," Bishop told reporters outside the court.

Police had thought Jonathan's death was heat-related until the medical examiner's report indicated otherwise.

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Norway goat cheese fire closes tunnel

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Brunost has a high concentration of fat and sugar
A road tunnel in Norway has been closed - by a lorry-load of burning cheese.

About 27 tonnes of caramelised brown goat cheese - a delicacy known as Brunost - caught light as it was being driven through the Brattli Tunnel at Tysfjord, northern Norway, last week.

The fire raged for five days and smouldering toxic gases were slowing the recovery operation, officials said.

The tunnel - which is said to be badly damaged - is likely to remain closed for several weeks, they added.

Wolf

Fox 'tried to drag away three-year-old on sledge'

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The Fox locked its jaws around the Alfie Whitelock's boot
The wild animal crept up to Alfie Whitelock as he played in the garden of his home in daylight, before pouncing.

It locked its jaws around the child's boot as he screamed and pulled him along the ground, a newspaper reported.

But Alfie's father Lee Whitelock, 32, then ran to the rescue and chased off the fox. The animal then made a second lunge at the pair from behind.

Mr Whitelock, an estate agent, said he and his wife Saranya, 26, were left fearing what might have happened if their one-year-old daughter had been outside the home in Chislehurst, Kent.

He told The Sun: "We'd never leave Alice outside by herself but I hate to think what would have happened if the fox had attacked her."

Dollars

Law school graduate robs bank because of giant student debt - Says he'd do it again

Can you imagine graduating from a fairly high-ranked law school only to find yourself a few years later working as a janitor with a $250,000 debt?

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Guns don't cause crime, student loans do:
A man who wore a three-dimensional Bucky Badger hat when he allegedly robbed an East Side credit union last week told police that he wants to go to prison and needed the money because he has $250,000 in student debt.

Randall H. Hubatch, 49, of Madison, was charged Friday with armed robbery for the Jan. 11 robbery of the Summit Credit Union, 1799 Thierer Road. What stood out about the robbery was Hubatch's choice of apparel, which included the Bucky Badger hat.

"If the district attorney agrees to send me to prison for a long time, then I will confess and plead guilty," Hubatch told Madison police Detective Tom Helgren after his arrest on Monday, according to a criminal complaint. "Otherwise, I have nothing else to say, and if released I will do it again."

Red Flag

Jeweller found not guilty of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' attack on partner after jury hears she signed a 'sex slave contract'

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Trial: Steven Lock at Ipswich Crown court who was inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey
A jeweller has been found not guilty of attacking his lover after a jury heard she signed a 'sex slave contract.'

Steven Lock said he and a woman partner had agreed a 'master/slave' session after both reading erotic novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

The 43-year-old was today found not guilty of assault occasioning actually bodily harm after Ipswich Crown Court heard the woman had signed a 'sex slave' contract.

In the contract she had promised Mr Lock free use of her body, entitling him to lash her if she did not follow his rules, the jury was told.

Mr Lock explained he only continued whipping for 15 seconds because the woman did not use the safe word 'red.'

Comment: We certainly have some wonderfully inspiring pulp fiction for the masses in today's society.


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City panicked by wave of suspected ritual killings

Cameroon People
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In the past two weeks police have found 18 bodies dumped along the streets, all of the bodies had been mutilated.
Yaounde, Cameroon -- Michele Mbala Mvogo, a 17-year-old high school student, left home to go to school one morning, and she never came back.

On Friday, police found Michele's corpse with four other bodies dumped outside a kindergarten school. Fighting back tears, Deborah Ngoh Tonye described what was left of her sister's gruesome corpse. Someone had removed Michele's genitals, tongue, eyes, hair, and breasts.

Michele's bizarre murder is believed to be part of a wave of killings linked to occult rituals that has triggered panic in Yaounde, the capital city of more than 2 million people in the West African nation of Cameroon.

In the past two weeks police have found 18 bodies dumped along the streets. Authorities said all of the bodies had been mutilated. Officials have not said if the female victims among the 18 bodies had been raped.

State security officials said Tuesday the bodies have been identified. The victims, who are between the ages of 15 and 26, are mostly Yaounde high school students, police said. They said a number of suspects have been arrested in the case, but so far no one has been charged.

State intelligence officials have launched an investigation to track down the killers, said Communications Minister Tchiroma Bakari.

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Ted Nugent claims his 'buddies' are willing to start an armed revolt

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Firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent
Detroit-born southern rockabilly Ted Nugent isn't known for moderation, but from the sound of his latest comments, the re-election of President Barack Obama (D) has made him ever more extreme.

Speaking to fans during an NBC-sponsored gun show, Nugent said that Obama "is attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George that we escaped from in 1776," adding: "If you want another Concord bridge, I've got some buddies."

The comment was a reference to the Battle of Concord, in which a British soldier broke a standoff and fired upon assembled American militiamen, in what later became known as "the shot heard around the world" that helped launch the Revolutionary War.

Health

Pediatrician's body found bound and burning inside her home

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Philadelphia police are investigating the death of a local pediatrician after finding her body tied up and set on fire insider her home on Monday.

Investigators confirmed reports on Tuesday that the victim, 35-year-old Melissa Ketunuti, was taking part in a pediatric fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Ketunuti's body was found with her hands and feet tied behind her and a rope tied around her neck. Police said she was likely strangled to death before being set on fire.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Monday that Ketunuti's dog-walker alerted authorities after finding the body that afternoon. Police said there was no signs of forced entry.

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Christian radio host: Planned Parenthood is a 'Hitler kind of killing machine'

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Liberty Council's Mat Starver
To mark the 40th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court decision recognizing abortion rights for women, Liberty Counsel's Mat Starver took to the airwaves to accuse Planned Parenthood of being a "killing machine" in the tradition mass-murdering dictator Adolf Hitler.

"Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade," Pastor Starver noted on Monday. "A decision in which seven of the nine justices ultimately discovered some so-called right in the Constitution that no one else has ever discovered, that abortion is permissible through all nine months of pregnancy. And from that moment till now, we've slaughtered 55 million children."

Co-host Matt Barber opined that the Obama administration's health care reform law meant that taxpayers would be "in the business of enriching people who make a living killing innocent, unborn children. They are getting filthy rich off of it."