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US: Ohio Man Convicted of 11 Killings Had "Nightmares"

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Anthony Sowell listens during the prosecutions' closing arguments in his trial in Cleveland on Wednesday, July 20, 2011.
The nightmares happened when Anthony Sowell was smoking crack cocaine in the company of women, especially if they reminded him of his ex-girlfriend. And, as he told detectives, the nightmares were all the same: They involved him hurting a woman with his hands.

When he woke up, the women were gone.

"Reminded me of my girl, that's the best I can tell you. It was like everything's cool, she was spending the night or something," Sowell said in a police interrogation that was recorded as authorities were pulling 11 bodies out of his Cleveland home and backyard. "And I'd be like, 'Damn, where'd you go?'"

Sowell was convicted Friday of killing 11 poor, drug-addicted black women whose remains were found in his home and backyard in late 2009. He now faces the death penalty.

During the trial, prosecutors painted Sowell as a man jilted by an ex-girlfriend who made other women pay for his fury. His ex-girlfriend Lori Frazier, the niece of Mayor Frank Jackson, testified that he grew violent when he smoked crack. After she moved out of his home, she often saw him with bloody injuries on his face and neck. Once, she saw him dumping the contents of a bucket into a hole in his yard.

Bug

US, Colorado: Man Dies after Suffering 19 Black Widow Spider Bites


A man from Erie, Colo. died after getting bitten by a black widow spider. Health experts say it's a rare for someone to die from black widow bites.

Jeff Seale, 40, noticed 19 bites on his foot two weeks before he died. His sister says he worked at a horse stable, and she wonders if that's where her brother might've encountered the spider.

Seale was an accomplished baseball player when he was younger.

The Fairview High School baseball team in Boulder is practicing this week for a tournament they are hosting, and even though many of them had never met Jeff Seale, they knew of his legacy.

"When you assess that type of tradition, you definitely look up to him," says Brian Sture, a graduating senior.

Handcuffs

US, California: TSA worker stole watches, debit card from LAX bags, officials say

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A Transportation Security Administration officer has been indicted on five charges in the theft of four watches and a pre-paid debit card from luggage at Los Angeles International Airport, officials announced Friday.

A federal grand jury indicted Paul Yashou, 38, of Torrance, on two felony and three misdemeanor theft counts Friday afternoon.

Yashou is alleged to have stolen the items from luggage going through security at LAX's Terminal 1, the U.S. District Attorney's Office said. According to the indictment, one of the watches was valued at about $15,000, another at $5,000 and two at $1,000. The pre-paid debit card was valued at $1,000.

Vader

Israel PM guards tell women reporters to remove bras

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the conference of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the CIS in Tel Aviv on July 14. Foreign journalists have spoken of their distress after being asked to remove their bras for a security check before being allowed into the offices of the Israeli premier

Foreign journalists on Friday spoke of their distress after being asked to remove their bras for a security check before being allowed into the offices of Israel's prime minister.

The three women were told by security personnel to undress and take off their bras for x-ray in two separate incidents at the Jerusalem offices of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier this week.

All three complied with the request, despite the distress it caused, in an incident denounced by the Foreign Press Association (FPA) as "unnecessary, humiliating and counter-productive."

Bizarro Earth

US: Hudson River, Harlem River, part of East River not fit for recreational activity after sewage spill

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Harlem's Riverbank State park closed due to Wednesday's four-alarm fire at the sewage plant.
Don't expect to beat the heat this weekend in a canoe, a kayak or a windsurfing board off Manhattan.

City officials declared the Hudson River, the East River south of the RFK Bridge and the Harlem River unfit for recreational activity due to raw sewage spilled by a treatment plant fire.

"Right now, there's no impact on public beaches," Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway said. "However, you should not be doing contact recreation on the Hudson River."

Attention

UK Researchers Urge Rules Governing Creation and Use of Human-Animal Hybrids

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Human-Animal Hybrid A British research group is calling for new regulations governing the insertion of human genes into animals for research purposes.

A new regulatory group should be formed to oversee experiments that mix animal and human DNA, British researchers said Friday. While the experiments themselves don't necessarily need stricter regulation, there are a few types of experiments that could "approach social and ethically sensitive areas," so they should have an extra layer of scrutiny, the researchers said.

Although it sounds like something from science fiction, human-animal hybrids are actually very common - at least on a genetic, cellular level. In the past few weeks alone, we've seen mice engineered to express a human form of hemophilia, and cows engineered to produce milk with human characteristics. Human DNA is frequently inserted into mice to study cancer, and so on.

But some experiments are a little more ... bizarre, for lack of a better word. Like fertilizing human eggs in animals. Or experiments that would use human brain cells to alter animal brains. Or giving animals human-like speech or facial expressions.

Eye 1

Dennis Kucinich "War Takes Money From The American People & Gives It To War Profiteers

"There is a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to the hands of a few, and it's going on right now as America's eyes are misdirected to the political theater of these histrionic debt negotiations."


Bomb

Norway: At least two dead as bomb blast hits Oslo

A huge explosion wrecked government buildings in central Oslo on Friday, including Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg's office, killing at least two people and injuring several others, according to reports.

Oslo police said the explosion was caused by a bomb, the NTB news agency said.

A Reuters correspondent counted at least eight injured people.


The blast blew out most windows on the 17-story building housing Stoltenberg's office, as well as nearby ministries including the oil ministry, which was on fire.

Wolf

Baptist Preacher Pleads Guilty to Child Porn

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Michael Alan Crippen

A Baptist preacher from southwest Missouri pleaded guilty yesterday to possession of child porn.

Michael Alan Crippen, was the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Duenweg (just east of Joplin), was arrested last October and charged with having more than 100 pornographic images of children on his home computer, including photos of kids under the age of 10.

According to court documents, Crippen told authorities that he most often viewed pornography early in the mornings before going to work at the church. He would typically download images and then delete them after feeling ashamed at what he'd done. He added that he was praying to God to help him overcome his pornography addiction.

In federal court yesterday Crippen admitted downloading ten images of child pornography from a website in 2009. He also admitted to looking at adult and child pornography for years.

Crippen, 51, could face ten years in prison and fines up to $250,000 when sentenced later this year.

Sherlock

US, Illinois: 'Critical' Clue Unveiled in 1985 Wesselman Murder

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A photo of a ring was unveiled during a news conference at the DuPage County sheriff's office in Wheaton on Thursday. Kristy Wesselman was wearing a ring very similar to this when she was murdered 26 years ago near Glen Ellyn.
DuPage County sheriff's officials sought to reinvigorate their investigation into one of the suburbs' most haunting unsolved mysteries Thursday by disclosing a "critical" clue - a pearl ring - in the 1985 murder of Kristy Wesselman.

Authorities said they believe the 15-year-old's killer took the antique gold ring from Kristy's left hand after raping and stabbing her 26 years ago this week in a field near her home near Glen Ellyn.

For decades, the family heirloom remained a closely kept secret - one police hoped would eliminate false confessors and ultimately lead to a suspect. But now they're reaching out to the public, asking anyone who may have seen or been given the ring - size 4½ with a chip in the pearl - to come forward.

"At this point, with 26 years since her murder, the benefits outweigh the risks," detective Sgt. Robert Harris, who is lead investigator on the cold case, said of disclosing the evidence for the first time. "We feel that sharing this important information ... is critical to gaining the suspect's identification."

Kristy was killed the afternoon of July 21, 1985, as she walked a path through a field south of a former Jewel store toward her home, after buying a bottle of soda and a chocolate bar she planned to share with her mother.