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Update: Porn Star Hunted Over Body Parts

Luka Rocco Magnotta
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Luka Rocco Magnotta
Canada - A porn actor is being hunted over the gruesome case of a dismembered body whose parts were mailed to different places including the headquarters of the Conservative Party of Canada.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, is wanted for homicide, Montreal police said at a news conference. According to an official close to the investigation Magnotta worked as a porn actor and there is video of the crime.

Magnotta, believed to originally be from Toronto, was renting an apartment in a working-class Montreal neighbourhood, behind which police found a man's torso in a suitcase on Tuesday.

The same day, a foot was found in a package mailed to the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa, and a hand was found at postal warehouse in the Canadian capital. Early testing shows the three body parts come from the same man, police said. The packages with the foot and the hand had been mailed to Ottawa from Montreal.

Montreal Police Commander Ian Lafreniere said detectives are investigating the possibility that other body parts might have been mailed. He said the suspect and the victim knew each other, and it was not linked to organised crime.


Virginia Police Officer Indicted on Murder Charge

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Daniel Harmon-Wright and Bethany P. Sullivan
A Culpeper police officer was indicted Tuesday on a charge of murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a female motorist during a confrontation earlier this year.

The indictment, handed up by a special grand jury, is highly unusual. There have been few cases in the United States in which an officer has faced so serious a charge in connection with actions taken on duty.

In addition to the murder charge, the special investigative grand jury indicted the officer on three other counts: malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The woman was identified as Patricia A. Cook, 54, of Culpeper, and the officer as Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, of Gainesville.

In an unusual twist, the officer's mother was indicted Tuesday on three counts of forgery of public documents. Virginia State Police said evidence had come to light concerning efforts by the woman, Bethany P. Sullivan, 56, of Orange, Va., to purge negative information from her son's personnel file. She had been a Culpeper police employee but left in 2010.


140 brothels raided across Ireland

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A handout photo issued by the PSNI of a suspected brothel inside an apartment complex in Belfast city centre.
Three women arrested in a major cross-Border offensive against prostitution walked free today after pleading guilty to running a brothel in Belfast.

Some 140 brothels were raided by the PSNI and Garda yesterday as part of a cross-Border operation called Operation Quest.

Today in Belfast Magistrates' Court the three women, all Polish nationals, each received suspended two month prison sentences for the offence and another charge of possessing criminal property.

Sandra Polewska, Milena Tarnowska (both 23) and Marta Kozakowska (27) were detained during the raids yesterday.

Kozakowska admitted a third offence of obstructing police by swallowing a mobile phone SIM card when police entered their apartment yesterday.

The court heard they were the only ones involved in an unsophisticated brothel based at Alfred Street in the city. Prosecutors said officers seized large amounts of cash, sexual items, condoms and six mobile phones from the property.


Armed man on loose in Seattle, two dead

police Seattle
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Police said at least two people were shot near the 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast and the gunman was on the loose.
A man with a gun is on the loose in North Seattle and police are telling people to stay out of the area around 5800 block of Roosevelt Way Northeast.

Two people were killed, another had life-threatening injuries and and the suspect was last seen fleeing northbound. He is described as a white man, 30-40, 6 feet tall with a medium build. Police say he has a goatee or beard and is wearing a dark shirt.

Seattle police armed with rifles were combing streets near where the victims were shot. The man was believed to be carrying a large semi-automatic handgun.

Police said the shooting happened at Cafe Racer, a bar that also serves espresso at 5828 Roosevelt Way Northeast.


Update: Montreal, Ottawa body parts from same person, police believe

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Janitor Mike Nadeau shows police around the scene where a body was found in a suitcase at the back of 5309 Place Lucy in Montreal on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Dismembered body in Snowdon suitcase was male: police

A human foot and a hand mailed to Ottawa from Montreal in separate packages were both from the dismembered body discovered Tuesday morning in Snowdon, Montreal police said Wednesday.

They cited preliminary test results.

Shortly after the torso was discovered in Montreal, a severed human foot was delivered to the Conservative Party of Canada headquarters in Ottawa. A second package containing a human hand was intercepted at the Ottawa Postal Terminal that night. Police knew the second package was mailed from the same source and tracked it with the help of Canada Post.

"All indications are that these are from the same body" as in Snowdon, a communications agent for Montreal police told The Gazette on Wednesday morning, citing a preliminary report. "We are still waiting for final results."


French Unions Warn of Mass Job Cuts in Reform Talks

Francois Hollande
Paris - French unions pressed President Francois Hollande to prove his job-saving mettle on Tuesday by handing his Socialist cabinet a list of looming company shutdowns that are threatening tens of thousands of jobs at the start of labor talks.

Hollande, who came to power this month against a grim economic backdrop, has promised to reverse rising unemployment and shore up the struggling manufacturing sector, partly by pumping investment into small and medium businesses.

As Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault held his first talks with union leaders to discuss the job situation ahead of a July summit on social issues, Hollande's immediate challenge was to respond to the warnings about layoffs in the pipeline.

Hardline union CGT named 46 companies it said were planning to shut production sites in a list published in French media that showed about 90,000 jobs threatened directly or indirectly.

Firms planning to close factories ranged from carmakers PSA Peugeot Citron and General Motors to retailer Conforama, according to the list.

"We want to deal with these layoff plans immediately," Francois Chereque, head of the CFDT union, France's largest by membership, told Europe 1 radio. "We are urgently requesting the state to focus on jobs. Jobs are the Number 1 problem."

The task of staving off an avalanche of job cuts falls to Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg, present at Tuesday's talks, who has been given a mission to stop healthy firms from laying off workers.

But critics are skeptical he will be able to do so, as courts have already struck down one attempt to freeze a layoff plan.


Second Body Part Intercepted by Canadian Post

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A police officer removes a package containg a human foot from the Conservative Party headquarters in Ottawa on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.
Canada - Ottawa police say a second package containing a body part has been found just hours after a stunned Conservative party receptionist opened a blood-soaked box containing a human foot.

The first was found Tuesday morning in a package that had been delivered to the party's headquarters a few scant blocks from Parliament Hill.

As a result of further investigation, Ottawa police said Tuesday night that they intercepted a second suspicious package containing another human body part.

Police released no other details about the second find, and said the major crime section continues to investigate.

Tuesday morning's macabre discovery led to a pre-noon call to police and paramedics about a suspicious package.

The first officers to arrive on the scene spotted blood splattered on the package and immediately called in the hazardous-material unit. When the specialists opened the package, police found the severed appendage inside.

"Upon arrival, officers noted that the (box) package possibly had blood stains on it," Ottawa police said in a statement.

"The Hazmat Unit and Emergency Operations Section were called and upon further inspection of the package it was determined that there was possibly a human foot in the box."

Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada and not to a specific person.


Miami cannibal may have been high on 'bath salts'

Miami cannibal

A surveillance camera on the Miami Herald building partly shows two pairs of men's legs, both naked and lying down on the roadside, are clearly visible from beneath the causeway. (Video screen grab)
The naked man who savagely attacked another man in Miami and chewed most of his face off may have been under the influence of a powerful psychedelic drug.

Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot dead Saturday by an officer who discovered the gruesome scene at the foot of a highway off-ramp.

"He was ripping into his face with his teeth," said Larry Vega, who witnessed the ghoulish attack.

"He was ripping his skin, his neck. He had him held down. The guy couldn't move really, and he was just tearing into his flesh," Vega told WSVN TV in Miami.

Vega flagged down a police officer, who repeatedly ordered the assailant to stop and move away.

"The guy just stood his head up like that, with a piece of flesh in his mouth, and growled," Vega said.


Christian Doctor Explains Why He Performs Abortions

For about 20 years, Dr. Willie J. Parker refused to perform abortions at his Washington D.C. office because he was raised Christian and taught that abortion was wrong.

However, he recently told the New Jersey Star Ledger what changed his mind and convinced him to perform abortions as late as 24 weeks:I wrestled with the morality of it. I grew up in the South and in fundamentalist Protestantism, I was taught that abortion is wrong.

Yet as I pursued my career as an OB/GYN, I saw the dilemmas that women found themselves in. And I could no longer weigh the life of a pre-viable or lethally flawed fetus equally with the life of the woman sitting before me.

Bad Guys

TSA Wants to Double Security Fees

TSA at Work
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It looks like the TSA finally caught on to how much Americans enjoy having their genitals fondled: the US Transportation and Security Administration wants to start charging airline passengers double on screening fees.

A proposal to double the security fee on flights originating in the United States has been given the go-ahead by the Democrat-controlled Senate and, pending full Congressional approval, could soon be coming to an airport near you. If the hike is authorized, the security fee tagged on to a round-trip airline ticket will double from $5 to $10.

Should Congress approve the additional fees, it will mark the first time that the cost of a security screening has changed in around a decade. The provision has been tacked on to the 2013 Homeland Security appropriations bill.

"Air security is a national security function and it's something that all of us need to be behind as Americans, and the government should be picking up the cost of that," Airlines for America spokesman Sean Kennedy tells CNN.

Supporters of the bill argue that, currently, the TSA's $7.6 billion budget is largely footed by American taxpayers on a whole - including even those who are scared to set foot on an aircraft. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has authored the amendment to the Homeland Security bill and estimates that doubling the security fee would bring in $315 million in funding that would be added to the agency's budget from taxpayer dollars otherwise.