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2 arrests in Canada for 1988 New Hampshire slayings

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An undated combination of photos provided by the Nashua, N.H. Police Dept. shows Anthony Barnaby, left, and David Caplin.
Two men arrested in Canada have been charged with killing two women in New Hampshire 22 years ago.

Authorities in New Hampshire say 43-year-old Anthony Barnaby and 49-year-old David Caplin were arrested Monday.

They are accused of killing Charlene Ranstrom and Brenda Warner, who died in their home in Nashua, N.H., in October 1988.

Barnaby was prosecuted three times in connection with the killings, but the three trials ended in mistrials, the last in 1990.

It was not immediately known where in Canada the suspects were arrested.


U.N. Diplomat Denied Private Meeting With Bradley Manning

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A United Nations diplomat charged with investigating claims of torture said Monday that he is "deeply disappointed and frustrated" that U.S. defense officials have refused his request for an unmonitored visit with Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of passing classified material to WikiLeaks.

Juan E. Mendez, the U.N. special rapporteur on torture, said his request for a private interview with Manning was denied by the Defense Department on Friday. Instead, he has been told that any visit must be supervised.

Mendez has been seeking to determine whether Manning's confinement at a military brig at Quantico amounts to torture, following complaints about his treatment and an incident in which the private was forced to strip in his cell at night and sleep without clothing.

"My request . . . is not onerous: for my part, a monitored conversation would not comply with the practices that my mandate applies in every country and detention center visited," Mendez said in a statement Monday, noting that at least 18 countries have allowed unmonitored interviews.


US: Long Island Serial Killer: Some Victims May Have Been Dismembered

Police May Clear Cut Thick Brush Before Spring Growth to Ease Search

The serial killer who dumped his victim's bodies in the thick brush along several miles of New York's breathtaking beachfront may have dismembered several of them, law enforcement authorities have told ABC News.

The grisly twist was the latest revelation as police continued to uncover the murderous path carved along Long Island beaches by at least one killer.

Investigators have determined that bones found Monday were human, bringing the body count to nine and possibly 10 victims. It's still not clear whether a skull found alone Monday was part of victim number 9 or would be victim number 10.

The bodies were strung out over a 3.5 mile stretch of beach with five of the bodies spaced out about 500 feet apart, police said.


US: Fatal Hudson River Accident Ruled a Suicide

The fatal crash that took the life of a mother and her three children is being ruled a suicide by City of Newburgh investigators.

An unidentified woman drove her vehicle into the Hudson River early Tuesday evening drowning herself and three children. Police have not released the names of the victims but have confirmed there were 2 boys ages 5 and 2 and an 11 month old infant girl.

A fourth child was able to escape the vehicle and made a frantic call for help. He told the Newburgh Fire Department that his mother had driven into the river with 3 of her children. City of Newburgh Police and Fire Departments responded to the call but it was too late.

The vehicle was recovered from the river near the boat launch in Gull Harbor next to Gully's with all 4 occupants still inside.

The names of the victims have not been released as an ongoing investigation into a domestic violence call made shortly before the incident is being followed up.

One Newburgh City Firemen said, "This is the worst call I've been on in 12 years."

Eye 1

New tests confirm BP oil still being found on dead dolphins

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Eight months after BP PLC capped the well that spewed 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins are washing ashore in east Louisiana with oil from that spill on their bodies - most recently two weeks ago, a federal stranding coordinator said Thursday.

Blair Mase, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service, said oil may not have had anything to do with the animals' deaths. The causes have not been determined, she said.

"We're still seeing dolphins wash ashore with evidence of oil," she said. She said 15 dolphins with some oil on them have been found since last April, when the Deepwater Horizon well blew wild, and eight of them bore oil from that well. One of those eight was found two weeks ago, she said in a teleconference Thursday.


Film claims discovery of nails from Jesus's cross

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Investigator Simcha Jacobovici holds one of the two nails that are the focus of his latest documentary film, The Nails of the Cross.
Could two of the nails used to crucify Jesus have been discovered in a 2,000-year-old tomb in Jerusalem?

And could they have mysteriously disappeared for 20 years, only to turn up by chance in a Tel Aviv laboratory?

That is the premise of the new documentary film The Nails of the Cross by veteran investigator Simcha Jacobovici, which even before its release has prompted debate in the Holy Land.

The film follows three years of research during which Jacobovici presents his assertions -- some based on empirical data, others requiring much imagination and a leap of faith.

He hails the find as historic, but most experts and scholars contacted by Reuters dismissed his case as far-fetched, some calling it a publicity stunt.

Many ancient relics, including other nails supposedly traced back to the crucifixion, have been presented over the centuries as having a connection to Jesus. Many were deemed phony, while others were embraced as holy.

Jacobovici, who sparked debate with a previous film that claimed to reveal the lost tomb of Jesus, says this find differs from others because of its historical and archaeological context.

Bad Guys

Oil price drops more than 3 percent

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A large sign states the property owners stand on a purposed pipeline to prove drinking water to households on Carter Road in Dimock, Pa. in this photo taken Dec. 21, 2010.
New York - Oil tumbled more than 3 percent Tuesday after Goldman Sachs warned investors that crude is due for a "substantial pullback."

Goldman analyst David Greely noted that global supplies remain "adequate" even though the rebellion in Libya shut down production there. Before fighting broke out in February, Libya exported about 1.5 million barrels per day2 percent of global demand - mostly to Europe.

Fears of tightening global supplies have helped push oil prices 33 percent higher since the middle of February.

Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery gave up $3.71, or 3.4 percent, to $106.22 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, shedding nearly two weeks of price increases. At one point it dropped to $105.60. In London, Brent crude lost $3.47, or 2.8 percent, at $119.95 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.


US: Winklevoss twins must accept Facebook deal-court

Winklevoss twins
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Mark Zuckerberg won a legal battle against former Harvard classmates who accuse him of stealing their idea for Facebook, but the feud made famous on the silver screen is not over yet.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss must accept a cash and stock settlement with Facebook that had been valued at $65 million, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday. Meanwhile, a New York man filed an amended lawsuit against Zuckerberg on Monday, citing a 2003 email in which Zuckerberg discusses an urgent need to launch his site before "a couple of upperclassmen" could launch theirs, an apparent reference to the Winklevoss twins.

The Winklevoss brothers argued their settlement with Facebook was unfair because the company hid information from them during talks. But the twins were sophisticated negotiators aided by a team of lawyers, 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for a unanimous three-judge panel.

"At some point, litigation must come to an end," Kozinski wrote. "That point has now been reached."

An attorney for the brothers, Jerome Falk Jr., said on Monday his clients would seek a rehearing before a larger, "en banc" group of 9th Circuit judges.


US: FBI nabs man thought to be synagogue blast suspect

A man believed to be a suspect in the explosion outside a Santa Monica synagogue has been arrested near Cleveland, authorities said Monday.

A man thought to Ron Hirsch, 60, was taken into custody Monday evening in suburban Cleveland Heights after a concerned citizen who came into contact with him called police, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles.

She said the FBI was working with local authorities to confirm the man's identity and had no immediate details of the arrest.

"It's believed to be him but, just as in any arrest scenario, a formal identification must be made," Eimiller said.

A rabbi in the Cleveland area told ABC News that another rabbi who spotted Hirsch at a Cleveland Heights synagogue called police.

"A fellow in our community spotted him in the schul on Taylor Road in Cleveland Heights," said Rabbi Sruly Wolf. "The rabbi who spotted him called the Cleveland Heights police, who immediately responded and called the FBI."

Investigators believed Hirsch boarded a New York-bound Greyhound bus after Thursday's blast near Chabad House Lubavitch of Santa Monica.


US: 9th body on Long Island beach

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Grim task: A State Police officer yesterday examines an object found near Jones Beach during the painstaking search for bodies.
Cops scouring a Long Island beach-turned-graveyard found another set of grisly remains yesterday -- a human skull and torso that were at least a mile apart and might belong to the same body.

"It could be number nine, or it could be number 10, we don't know yet," a source told The Post, in regard to the increasing body count, which could be the work of a serial killer.

A State Police officer with a cadaver dog found the torso at 11:30 a.m. in Nassau County, five to six miles west of where eight other decomposed bodies have been found in Suffolk County since December, said State Police Capt. James Dewar.

Four hours later, a Nassau cop found bones in the JFK Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary at least a mile east of the torso.

"It appears to be a skull," Nassau Detective Lt. Kevin Smith said of the second find. "It's all been very startling. We have a lot of work to do."

The bones were taken to the Nassau County Medical Examiner's Office.

The latest grim discoveries came as roughly 125 Nassau and state cops teamed up to widen the search for missing New Jersey call girl Shannan Gilbert, 24, last seen screaming for help as she ran from the gated community at Oak Beach after meeting a john for sex.