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Tuesday, August 31, 2010
An Argentine man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering at least six people after making a pact with a spiritual figure known as San La Muerte (Lord of Death), police say.
Marcelo Antelo was captured after a shootout in the capital, Buenos Aires.
The 22-year-old had apparently promised to kill one person a week in return for protection and prosperity.
San La Muerte is said to have a large following in the country's prisons and shanty towns.
The BBC's Daniel Schweimler in Buenos Aires says the spirit's followers ask for favours, such as to win a fight or protect a harvest, but they also use it to request the death of an enemy.
The figure evolved in poor communities in the north of Argentina, where characters from traditional indigenous religions merged with elements from Roman Catholicism, our correspondent adds.
The authorities are charging Mr Antelo, also known as Marcelito, with six murders, but say they are investigating possible links with a number of other unsolved killings.
"The murderer had made a pact with San La Muerte, by which he had promised one murder each week to obtain protection for him and his family," police sources told AFP news agency. BBC News
Spanish police say they have broken up a sex trafficking ring which brought mostly young Brazilian men to Spain to work as prostitutes.
Authorities arrested 14 people on suspicion of running the group and 17 alleged male prostitutes.
The victims and their clients were plied with cocaine, viagra and other recreational drugs.
Police say it is the first time they have dismantled a trafficking operation involving male prostitutes.
The suspected sex workers were in their 20s and were mostly from northern Brazil.'Threatened'
They were reportedly told that they would get legitimate jobs in Europe as dancers or models, but were instead left with debts of around 4,000 euros (£3,300) - the cost of travelling to Spain.
Others knew they would be working in the sex industry but did not know that they would be expected to work 24 hours a day and would be moved from province to province. BBC News
HANFORD, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A California man allegedly went into a jealous rage after seeing a Facebook message from his girlfriend to another man, officials told ABC News.
Anthony Lozano, 36, was charged with kidnapping and false imprisonment, the report said. Police say he allegedly threatened the 23-year-old woman's life, bound and tortured her while holding her hostage for four days in their Hanford home. At one point, police allege, he pulled her around the home by her hair.
The woman managed to escape the home and call police, ABC said. The couple's 3-year-old child and an older child of the woman's were at home but not injured, police said.
According to Sheriff's Cmdr. Dave Putnam, Lozano held his girlfriend captive beginning Tuesday of last week after he discovered a Facebook conversation between her and another man. UPI
DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. auto giant Ford agreed in a court settlement to advise its workers not to lean too heavily on the company in their investment portfolios.
The deal, which requires court approval, would have Ford providing free financial counseling to about 150,000 workers and retirees, who sued the company when their investments collapsed during the prolonged industry-wide slump, The Detroit News reported Tuesday.
Ford workers, past and present, lost billions of dollars from 2000 through 2006 and claimed Ford should have restricted their 401(k) investments in the company.
The suit was filed in April 2006. Workers, by then, had lost more than $6 billion in their retirement plan accounts related to Ford investments, the newspaper said. UPI
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Nonagenarian celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor was back in a Los Angeles hospital Tuesday, her publicist said.
John Blanchette, publicist for Gabor, said her husband Prince Frederic Von Anhalt made an emergency call at 10:42 a.m. and Gabor was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by ambulance, the Los Angeles Times and KTLA-TV reported. Von Anhalt said Gabor, 93, was "unresponsive".
Gabor has been hospitalized several times in the recent weeks after breaking a hip in a fall at her home.
Her publicist said she had returned home from the hospital two weeks ago, saying she wanted to spend her final days there. Before going home she had asked to see a priest, who administered last rites. UPI
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A Qantas flight was forced to return to San Francisco International Airport early Tuesday when the jetliner's engine exploded in mid-air, officials said.
The Boeing 747, carrying 212 passengers, had departed for Sydney, Australia, at 11:10 p.m. Monday when, 45 minutes into the flight, the No. 4 engine on the plane's right side exploded, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The explosion made a hole in the engine's external casing, the Chronicle reported.
The pilot declared an emergency, and as a precaution, dumped fuel over the Pacific Ocean, and returned to the airport, the Chronicle reported.
Airport fire trucks surrounded the aircraft when it arrived about 12:45 a.m., the Chronicle said. UPI
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was meeting with several principals in advance of Wednesday's Middle East peace negotiations, an aide said Tuesday.
"Secretary Clinton has begun the first of several bilateral meetings, preparatory meetings in -- you know, as we relaunch direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians," department spokesman Philip Crowley said. "As we stand here, she is meeting with (Palestinian) President Mahmoud Abbas. Later on this afternoon, she'll have meetings with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh and Egyptian Foreign Minister Aboul Gheit, and then later this evening, she'll meet with Quartet representative Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu".
The Quartet consists of United Nations, the United States, the European Union, and Russia. UPI
LAKE DELTON, Wis., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The ride operator at a Wisconsin amusement park where a girl was severely injured in a 100-foot fall was not tested for drugs or alcohol afterward, police say.
Charles Carnell, 33, of Wisconsin Dells has been charged with first-degree reckless injury for the July 30 accident and could receive a prison sentence of up to 25 years if convicted, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported. Teagan Marti, 12, of Parkland, Fla., who fell 100 feet, is still in a Wisconsin hospital and could be permanently paralyzed.
Carnell was the "dive master" on the Terminal Velocity ride at Extreme World Amusements. He told police he "blanked out" and failed to check to make sure the net had been deployed before Teagan jumped from a tower. UPI
ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An 88-year-old Georgia man has died a week after a goat attacked and chased him outside his home for almost an hour, authorities said.
Madison County Coroner Michelle Cleveland said Vestal Davis of Colbert died Saturday at Athens Regional Medical Center, the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald reported.
"He became paralyzed from the injuries, and that just affected the rest of his body system," Cleveland said. "He just couldn't fight that off and so he just slipped away".
A sheriff's deputy responded to a call last week from Davis's home that a man was attacked by a neighbor's goat. UPI
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Stinkbugs, known for emitting a foul odor when disturbed, are in Pennsylvania and New Jersey -- and may be preparing to settle in for the winter, experts say.
Eating their way across fields and orchards in both states, the pests often spend the winter bedded down in the walls and insulation of homes, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday.
"We're expecting an epic year for stinkbugs," research entomologist Richard Cooper said. "I'm just concerned that this won't be big news until it's too late for people".
"When they're knee deep in stinkbugs, they're going to want to know what to do about it".
August and the first half of September are the best time to attack stinkbugs, just before they head indoors, entomologist George Hamilton of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University said. UPI
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Hundreds of workers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, have been abandoned by their employer and left to live in squalor and filth, a source told Gulf News.
As many as 700 employees of Saqr Engineering and Contracting, some of whom say they have not been paid for eight months, have been abandoned in two labor camps in an industrial area of Dubai with backed up toilets and without fresh water or electrical power, the newspaper said.
The chairman of the company has "fled the United Arab Emirate, leaving me and these workers in trouble," said a silent partner, who requested anonymity.
The workers are from Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.
The chairman took off, allegedly, at the beginning of Ramadan, a Muslim holiday that includes a month of fasting during daylight hours. UPI
A Palestinian gunman has killed four Israelis in the West Bank, Israeli police say.
Police said a vehicle had come under fire near the settlement of Kyriat Arba, close to the city of Hebron.
"We can confirm there are four dead at the scene," Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Reuters news agency.
The attack comes as Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are due to begin in Washington. BBC News
The Catholic Church in Germany has issued tougher guidelines on the handling of reports of sex abuse.
The revised rules insist all allegations must be reported to prosecutors in an attempt to prevent cases being covered up.
But critics say the new advice does not go far enough to tackle the issue.
The Catholic Church in Germany and other European countries has been hit by repeated accusations of abuse.
Since the start of 2010, at least 300 people have alleged sexual or physical abuse by priests across Germany, the Pope's home country.
The new code firms up existing guidelines from 2002 which were criticised as being too weak.
The old guidelines had not required cases to be reported to law enforcement agencies, and had instead only "advised" it if the allegations were "proven". BBC News
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan says her career isn't finished and blames bad company and her dad for some of her woes.
"I think everyone has their own addictions and hopefully learns how to get past them," Lohan told Vanity Fair for its October issue. "I think my biggest focus for myself is learning how to continue to get through the trauma that my father has caused in my life".
Among other things, Lohan's estranged father, Michael, said the actress abused prescription drugs. She said she felt conflicted about seeing her dad in the gallery during a recent court appearance.
"The worst part of it is you turn around and you see your dad crying and normally you'd be, like, happy that your father's there," Lohan said. " But then he has to go and do an interview right after".
The 24-year-old star of "Freaky Friday", "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Mean Girls" spent nearly two weeks in a solitary jail cell for violating probation in a 2007 driving-under-the-influence case. Lohan had been at a drug treatment facility since her Aug. 2 release from jail until last week.
Lohan said her career hasn't tanked yet. UPI
The announcement came at the end of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's second visit to China this year, China Daily reported Tuesday.
Kim's five-day trip included a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao during which Kim said his country remains committed to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
He said he wished to coordinate with China in pushing for an early resumption of the six-party talks with South Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia.
Kim's visit to China concluded Monday. UPI
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Obama administration is ready to ease rules on exporting sensitive U.S. military products and other technology, administration officials said.
President Barack Obama is to announce Tuesday plans to consolidate some enforcement activities into one agency and develop a list that better defines which product or technology sales would be restricted, The Washington Post reported.
Different federal agencies have developed "very different control lists, with agencies fighting over who has jurisdiction," through the years, Obama said in remarks released by the White House and scheduled for delivery by video to an export conference Tuesday. "Decisions were delayed, sometimes for years, and industries lost their edge or moved abroad".
The departments of State and Commerce are developing lists that would more clearly delineate restricted products and technologies and classify them in one of three sensitivity-based tiers, the Post said. UPI
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- An Alaska Airlines 737 plane was hit by a bird at 1,000 feet and was forced to return to Los Angeles International Airport, officials said.
Flight 707 to Vancouver, British Columbia, returned to the airport Monday shortly after takeoff, KNBC-TV and KCBS-TV, Los Angeles, reported reported.
Ground officials said the bird strike caused no damage to the fuselage.
It is as yet unknown whether the bird struck the aircraft's engines or windshield, KCBS-TV said. UPI
BANGKOK, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- A grenade exploded outside the main office of Thailand's National Broadcasting Service Tuesday, a government spokesman said.
Spokesman Panitan Warranayagorn told the Bangkok Post the blast damaged a van and four cars but caused no injuries.
Police said they believe it was launched from a nearby tollway.
A series of explosions have rocked the Thai capital in recent weeks.
Last Thursday a grenade injured a security guard at a shopping complex.
On July 30, a man in his 30s was injured when a grenade hidden in a plastic garbage bag detonated. UPI
CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Liberal party inched ahead in Australia's yet undecided election race after Ken Wyatt won his seat, making him the first aboriginal member of Parliament.
The center-right Liberals now have 73 seats in the House of Representatives while the center-left Labor Party has 72. Despite Wyatt's win, the Liberals remain short of the 76 seats needed to form a government on their own.
For that reason, 10 days after Australians went to the polls, negotiations continue among the two parties and several independent candidates -- dubbed "the kingmakers" by national media.
Who the four independent and one Green Party members of Parliament eventually back will decide whether Labor leader Julia Gillard, 48, the country's first woman prime minister, continues to run the country.
Three of the four independents have formed an informal alliance and will back one candidate together, making them the most important and the ones with whom Gillard and Liberal leader Tony Abbott, 52, are in extended discussions.
Meanwhile, Wyatt, 57, takes his seat as the Liberal representative for Hasluck in Western Australia.
Wyatt brushed aside racist hate mail he has received since winning the seat and said it was time for Australia to move forward. UPI