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US, Philadelphia: Two Abortion Clinic Employees Plead Guilty to Murder

© The Associated PressThe "house of horrors"... The Women's Medical Society in Philadelphia, where Dr Kermit Gosnell allegedly made millions from abortions.
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Two employees of a Philadelphia abortion clinic where live, viable babies were allegedly killed and a patient died after being given on overdose of painkillers pleaded guilty on Thursday to murder.

Guilty pleas to third-degree murder were entered by Adrienne Moton, 34, and Sherry West, 52, who both worked for Dr. Kermit Gosnell at what prosecutors have described as a decrepit and unsanitary clinic known as Women's Medical Society in West Philadelphia.

Due to a court-issued gag order, attorneys declined to comment on reports that no plea agreement was reached in the case.

Sentencing was set for December 2 by Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner. The maximum penalty for third-degree murder is 40 years in prison.


Peace or War? Merkel Wants 'permanent' Supervision of Greece

© Valentina Pop'Nobody should take peace for granted,' says Merkel
Peace should not be taken for granted if the euro fails, German chancellor Merkel told MPs Wednesday (26 October) ahead of the eurozone summit where an increase of the bail-out fund firepower may lead to Germany's own state assets being taken as collateral.

In a dark blue jacket reflecting the mood in and about the eurozone, Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war.

"Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That's why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails," Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.

"We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe's unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail."

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Former British MP Baroness Jenny Tonge: 'Israel must return Palestinians' land'

Jenny Tonge
Former British Member of Parliament Baroness Jenny Tonge
Former British Member of Parliament (MP) Baroness Jenny Tonge has said that the Israelis must give back Palestinian people's land in order to solve the Palestinian issue, Press TV reports.

"They (the Israelis) really must solve this huge problem that they have made for themselves, entirely their fault, they have made this problem and they have got to solve it by giving the Palestinians their land back and creating a secure and prosperous day to Palestine," Tonge said on Press TV's program Remember Palestine.

Baroness Tonge said people are furious about the plight of the Palestinians and it is a problem that we have to solve for the future of our children and grandchildren.


US: One dead, 6 injured in Missouri shooting

Wellston Food Market
the Wellston Food Market in St.Louis, Missouri
One person has been killed and six others sustained injuries during a shooting spree in the suburb of Saint Louis in the US state of Missouri.

The incident took place on Thursday near a food market in the town of Wellston and continued in two other locations, the Associated Press reported.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. James McWilliams confirmed that a person had been killed in an apartment complex as a result of injuries, but did not reveal the victim's identity.


US: Olbermann sez Oakland mayor must fire police chief or resign

Keith Olbermann on his show Wednesday night called on Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to fire the city's acting police chief after officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse "Occupy Oakland" protesters.


Paranoia Alert! US, Wisconsin Capitol to allow guns for no good reason...

Scott Walker
© Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who likes to play with guns
Walker policy would allow weapons on Assembly floor

The public will be able to carry guns into most parts of the state Capitol, under a policy being developed by Gov. Scott Walker.

Lawmakers are developing their own policies that would allow individual lawmakers to decide whether to allow guns into their offices.

Under rules planned for one chamber, guns would be allowed on the Assembly floor and in the Assembly viewing galleries, said sources who have been briefed on the plans. That would mean the public could bring guns into the viewing galleries but would still have to adhere to other existing rules, including one that bars the use of still cameras and video cameras.

"People who carry concealed can come in my office, I don't care," said Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester).


US: Submachine Guns Drawn, Police Break Down Door of Medical Marijuana Patient, Push Him to the Floor, and Raid His Home

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The Seattle Police Department and the mayor's office have repeatedly insisted that marijuana possession, per city law, is the lowest law enforcement priority. They also adhere, they say, to a state law that makes it legal for authorized patients to use and grow marijuana.

But last night provided evidence that Seattle police are willing to invest tremendous resources in the smallest of pot cases - even cases where the pot is legal - and the mayor's office will remain silent.

Just before 9:00 p.m., officers at SPD's East Precinct held a briefing about the complaint of marijuana at a four-unit apartment building in the Leschi neighborhood. One week earlier, officers applied for a search warrant from King County Superior Court, sent an officer with a K9 to sniff at the door, confirmed the scent of marijuana, and were in the process last night of planning a raid. "Once the briefing was completed, officers donned their raid equipment clearly marked 'Police' on all sides," according to a draft incident report filed by police.


2 Policemen in Egypt Get Seven Years for Killing Activist

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Two policemen were sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday for killing a 28-year-old activist in a 2010 crime that sparked nationwide anger and helped spur this year's revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak's police state.

Sgt. Awad Suleiman and patrolman Mahmoud Salah Mahmoud were found guilty of manslaughter in the beating death of Khaled Said in the coastal city of Alexandria.

"The court sentences the defendants to seven years in jail for using cruelty against the victim," Alexandria Criminal Court Judge Moussa Nahrawy said in a statement read out during the hearing.

Widely viewed as one of the main triggers igniting the Jan.25 revolution that overthrew Mubarak, Said's death epitomized for many Egyptians the brutality of Mubarak's regime toward dissidents and political opponents.

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Anger in China as bodies 'fall from carriages' during train crash clean-up

There was growing public anger in China in the wake of a major rail crash at the weekend after a video appeared to show bodies tumbling out of wrecked train carriages as officials hurried to clear up the scene of the disaster.

On Sunday, less than a day after two bullet trains collided in the south of the country, killing at least 43 people and injuring a further 210, eight mechanical diggers began to dig trenches to bury two twisted and broken train carriages.

The crash occurred on Saturday night after a bolt of lightning hit one bullet train, causing it to lose power and grind to a halt. A second train then hit it from behind, causing six carriages to derail and two to fall off the side of the elevated tracks.

Locals immediately accused the government of trying to cover up the disaster and questioned how a full investigation could be carried out without an inspection of the wreckage.

A video then emerged which appeared to show at least two bodies falling out of the carriages as they were being moved. The video has now been watched over 1.2 million times in less than a day.


US, New York: Feds Arrest 11 People Connected to Multimillion Dollar LIRR Pension Scam

© Jefferson Siegel for NewsThe arrests capped a three-year probe into the stunningly high approval rate of disability pensions for retiring LIRR employees.
A $1 billion disability scam for retiring Long Island Rail Road workers was exposed Thursday with the arrest of 11 people - including a pair of crooked doctors, authorities said.

Orthopedists Peter Ajemian and Peter Lesniewski recommended nearly 1,000 LIRR employees for illegal benefits between 1998-2009, turning their offices into "disability mills," according to a criminal complaint.

Arrested along with the two physicians were Ajemian's office manager, a former LIRR union president, a one-time official with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) and a half-dozen ex-LIRR employees.

"The defendants and their co-conspirators participated in a massive fraud scheme in which LIRR workers who were ready to retire falsely claimed to be disabled," federal authorities charged in a 74-page criminal complaint.

The arrests capped a three-year probe into the stunningly high approval rate of disability pensions for retiring LIRR employees.

The complaint charged that Ajemian recommended at least 734 LIRR workers for disability over the 11-year stretch, while Lesniewski approved 222 railroad employees.