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US, Pennsylvania : Target of Murder Plot Hatched on Facebook is Killed

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Corey White, left, and ex-girlfriend London Eley are seen in these undated photos.
A man who authorities say was the target of a murder-for-hire plot hatched on Facebook by the mother of his child was shot and killed in Philadelphia, police said on Tuesday.

Corey White, 22, died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday shortly after being shot in the chest on a Philadelphia street, police spokeswoman Tanya Little said.

White's ex-girlfriend, London Eley, 19, and Timothy Bynum, 18, who have been implicated in an alleged plot to kill White, were in jail at the time of the shooting, Little said.

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US: Remains of Missing 3-Year-Old Missouri Girl Found

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An undated photo provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children shows Breeann Rodriguez. Authorities say Shawn Morgan has confessed to suffocating Rodriguez, a 3-year-old neighbor girl who had been playing in his pool.
Remains believed to be a 3-year-old Missouri girl who went missing more than a week ago were found Tuesday near a series of ditches where authorities say a neighbor is suspected of dumping her body after suffocating her with a plastic bag.

A joint statement sent Tuesday night from prosecutors and law enforcement officers in the area said a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer searching by boat found the body of Breeann Rodriguez near the floodway ditches about eight miles southeast of the girl's family's home in Senath.

"We appreciate all the help and support from the community in what has been a difficult time for all," Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder said in the statement. "We are saddened to confirm our fears but glad we have been able to recover her for her parents."

The girl's parents were notified shortly after she was found, according to authorities.

More than four dozen investigators searched a floodway near the Mississippi River earlier Tuesday. Breeann was last seen Aug. 6 riding her pink bike with training wheels in front of her home.

Her parents insisted she would not have ridden farther than the end of the street - and they were right.

On Saturday, authorities announced they had arrested a neighbor, Shawn Morgan. Morgan, 43, told agent Tim Trowbridge of the Bootheel Drug Task Force that he found the child on a ladder in his backyard pool, grabbed her and carried her inside his home, where he suffocated her with a white plastic trash bag, according to a probable cause statement the agent filed.


Leaked "Rape" Report Sparks New Strauss-Kahn Furor

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Nafissatou Diallo
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Former International Monetary Fund (IMF) Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn (L) and Nafissatou Diallo are seen in this combination photo.
Opposing lawyers disputed the meaning of a medical report that said "rape" caused injuries sustained by the woman who has accused former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

L'Express magazine on Tuesday reported the contents of a medical file from the woman's first hospital examination in New York shortly after the May 14 incident.

"Cause of the injuries: assault. Rape," the report said, according to the French translation in L'Express.

A lawyer representing the accuser said the report proves the attack occurred.

But defense lawyers for Strauss-Kahn criticized her team for releasing the report, calling it "misleading and deceitful" because it was based almost entirely on her account.


Canada, British Columbia: BC Hydro, Government to Set Timeline for Cuts and Job Losses

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A BC Hydro crew in the Beach Grove neighbourhood of Tsawwassen, B.C., Sunday, February 5, 2006.
Energy minister Rich Coleman will sit down Tuesday with the president of BC Hydro to hammer out a timeline for $800-million in spending cuts at the Crown corporation that will spell major job losses.

"We're going to walk through the recommendations and set out expectations - I don't want this to sit on the shelf and collect dust," Mr. Coleman said in an interview Monday.

The cuts are recommended in a review, commissioned by Mr. Coleman and made public last week, that aims to rein in proposed electricity rate hikes.

BC Hydro's president, Dave Cobb, has agreed with the government's demand that Hydro cut its requested rate hikes in half - to 16 per cent from 32 per cent over three years.


Canada, British Columbia: Police Deny Link Between Kelowna and Surrey Gang Shootings

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Man shot at outside Mirage nightclub Monday night

Police say there is no direct link to a targeted shooting in Surrey Monday night and the murder of Jonathan Bacon. But investigators admit the man who was shot at does have gang connections.

The 32-year-old was getting into an SUV outside the Mirage nightclub around 10:40 p.m. when a gunman sprayed the vehicle with up to eight bullets.

Sgt. Peter Thiessen with the RCMP's "E" Division said while there is nothing tying the incident to the Bacon murder at this point, investigators are exploring any underworld links the man may have.

"We're trying to determine his background, what association he has with gang members or gangs generally and how strong that affiliation or association might be," he said.


Canada, British Columbia: Revenge May be on Horizon After Notorious Gangster Slain, Hells Angel Hurt:RCMP

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Police tape seals off a downtown Kelowna, B.C., street corner at the scene of a multiple shooting on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. Six people were taken to hospital.
A settling of scores could be on the way between gangs in British Columbia after a notorious leader of the Red Scorpions was gunned down and a full-patch member of the Hells Angels was wounded in a very public daylight attack, police say.

The brazen slaying of 30-year-old Jonathan Bacon outside a glamorous waterfront hotel in Kelowna Sunday has the potential to ignite violent reprisals, RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon acknowledged Monday, a day after the shooting that injured at least four others at the time.

"I think retaliation is something we're very cautious of," the officer told a news conference in the B.C. Interior city.

"Where it might happen, whether it'll happen in Kelowna or any community in this province is something that law enforcement officials are very leery of at this particular time.

"I can't comment on expectations. I think it's a possibility that it could happen."

No arrests have yet been made in the high-profile slaying that police described as linked to organized crime. Const. Steve Holmes said it was targeted but he wouldn't say who in the group was the intended victim.


French women don't just tolerate their husbands' affairs - they expect them

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Shock: Lucy Wadham was outraged to discover her now ex French husband's circle of friends frequently had sex with each other
When Lucy Wadham married her charming French lover, she discovered more about the Gallic way of living - and loving - than she had bargained for.

Lucy, 44, a writer, was about to step onto a sexual merry-go-round where casual adultery was the norm.

Here Lucy, who now lives with her English second husband and four children, tells Tessa Cunningham why the French are so different from us.

The first time I realised just how differently the French view sex was at my wedding. I married Laurent Lemoine at his parents' beautiful house in Normandy. Set in acres of lush farmland, it was the perfect bucolic setting.

As I walked down the aisle of the local church, I had never felt happier or more confident - until I caught sight of the guests. Dotted about the church were my husband's ex-girlfriends. Elegant, exquisitely dressed and immaculately groomed, they radiated a mixture of hauteur and sexual confidence.


US: Detroit Police Will Now Ignore Burglar Alarms

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The Detroit Free Press reported today that local law enforcement will now treat burglar alarms with the same indifference as the public treats car alarms.

And it's not because there's just nothing left to steal.

Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. announced that 98% of all burglar alarms that his department responds to are false. (Though he never mentioned the percentage of the alarms police don't respond to.) From here on in, any triggered alarm will require a verified response before dispatch sends a cruiser to the location.

Detroit Police Commander Todd Bettison told the Press, "We at the police department are working hard to serve the citizens; however, nowadays we have to rely more on technology to help solve our problems because we're not getting any more resources." Adding, "We've been looking at this for a long time and from what we've observed this is definitely the way to go. Verified response will take us to the next level."

Bad Guys

UK Riots: Two Men Jailed for Four Years for Inciting Rioting on Facebook

Jordan Blackshaw Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan
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Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan have been jailed for four years for using Facebook to incite rioting
Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan have each been jailed for four years after causing 'panic and revulsion' by using Facebook to incite rioting.

The two men were arrested after trying to organise disorder on the social networking site.


Rampant and Agressive Anti-smoking Propaganda is Spreading: Russia Prepares for a Total Smoking Ban

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Russia prepares for a total smoking ban
By the end of the year, the Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development will submit a bill to the State Duma that could introduce serious complications into the lives of Russian smokers. Cigarettes will become more expensive, they will only be sold in large stores and smokers will be able to light up without considering the people around them in their own apartments and on the street. Experts maintain that the new standards conform to the framework of the WHO Convention on Tobacco Control, which was signed by 157 countries, and they hope to reduce the number of smokers in Russia.

Smokers are driven into their homes

Beginning in 2014, a total smoking ban may be imposed in long-distance trains and cruise ships. The ministry's press service reported on this Friday evening, as well as on other measures to curb smoking, having laid out the content of a new bill on protecting public health against the harmful effects of tobacco use.