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Oct 10 2010

Evening Edition

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1 Rioters attack Serb police, ruling party HQ at Gay Pride

by Aleksandra Niksic, AFP

1 hr 6 mins ago

BELGRADE (AFP) – Right-wing extremists hurled petrol bombs at Serb police, torched the ruling party’s offices and stoned the headquarters of state television Sunday in pitch battles on the sidelines of a Gay Pride march.

Scores of people were injured in the violence as protestors, dressed mainly in black and with hooded tops, hurled rocks and molotov cocktails at security forces trying to ensure Belgrade’s second ever Gay Pride event could go ahead.

Rioters also managed to set fire to the headquarters of President Boris Tadic’s Democratic Party (DS) to protest his support for the march. The flames were quickly put out and no one was hurt.

2 Hungary rushes to build dam in case of new toxic flood

by Janos Gal, AFP

57 mins ago

KOLONTAR, Hungary (AFP) – Hungary raced against time Sunday to erect a dam around a ruptured reservoir and divert a new wave of toxic sludge that threatens to overwhelm already devastated villages.

As hundreds of volunteers joined engineers rushing to erect the 600-metre dam, a top official said it was only a matter of days before the reservoir housing a chemical residue would begin to crumble.

“In two or three days there is going to be rain and we are trying to speed things up so that we can finish off the dam before the rain comes,” Zoltan Illes, the state secretary for environmental protection, told reporters at the dam construction site.

3 Rescuers begin reinforcing miners’ escape hole

by Gael Favennec, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 11:08 am ET

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AFP) – Engineers have begun reinforcing the shaft that will be used to finally free 33 men trapped in a Chilean mine for more than two months, hoping to begin pulling them out in a matter of days.

“We are just starting to lower the first tube,” head engineer Andres Sougarret said just before 10:00 am (1300 GMT) of the six-meter metal pipes that will be used to shore up the escape shaft.

Sixteen of the tubes will line the first 96 meters of the 622-meter deep shaft to allow the rescue cage, dubbed “Phoenix,” to retrieve the men one by one.

4 Rescue of trapped miners in Chile could start Wednesday

by Maria Lorente, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 3:15 am ET

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile (AFP) – The rescue of 33 workers trapped in a Chilean mine for more than two months is likely to start on Wednesday, officials said after drillers made a dramatic breakthrough to reach the men.

The announcement came hours after engineers completed a 622-meter (2,040-foot) deep shaft through to the emergency shelter where the men have survived since the August 5 collapse at the gold and copper mine in northern Chile.

“We are setting the likely start date of the rescue around Wednesday,” Mining Minister Laurence Golborne told reporters, adding that engineers needed time to stabilize the shaft through which the men will exit.

5 Trees planted for global climate campaign

AFP

Sun Oct 10, 10:48 am ET

BERLIN (AFP) – Environmental campaigners planted trees, collected rubbish and rallied against pollution on Sunday for what organisers aimed to make the world’s biggest day of climate-change activism.

The 10/10/10 event known as the “Global Work Party” kicked off in Australia and New Zealand before spinning its way across the globe via more than 7,000 community events in 188 countries.

“The only countries that aren’t taking part, we think, are Equatorial Guinea, San Marino, North Korea, so it’s clearly the most widespread day of environmental action,” co-founder of the 350.org campaign Bill McKibben said.

6 IMF, World Bank wrap up three days of talks

by Rob Lever, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 1:11 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The world’s top finance officials closed out three days of talks here Sunday after failing to reach a consensus on measures to head off what some see as a looming currency war.

The International Monetary Fund steering committee, which has been struggling to address friction among key economies including China and the United States, said Saturday the organization should continue its study.

“While the international monetary system has proved resilient, tensions and vulnerabilities remain as a result of widening global imbalances, continued volatile capital flows, exchange rate movements and issues related to the supply and accumulation of official reserves,” the IMF panel said in a statement after its meeting.

7 Baptiste wins 200m as Lalang hands Kenya more gold

by Martin Parry, AFP

2 hrs 33 mins ago

NEW DELHI (AFP) – England’s Leon Baptiste streaked to the men’s 200m title at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday as Kenya’s Boaz Lalang made the most of David Rudisha’s no-show to win the 800m.

Wales also got itself on the top step of the podium for the first time in Delhi with European champion Dai Greene winning the 400m hurdles gold ahead of South African defending champion Louis Van Zyl.

His Welsh training partner Rhys Williams was third.

8 I’m no saint, Mandela says in excerpt from new book

by Griffin Shea, AFP

2 hrs 29 mins ago

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – A new collection of Nelson Mandela’s private papers reveals his years of heartache at missing his family while in prison and his wariness at becoming idolised, in excerpts published Sunday.

The book “Conversations with Myself” goes on sale Tuesday, but passages printed in British and South African papers show his thoughts on everything from the danger of corruption in power to his grief at his son’s death.

Decades’ worth of letters, diaries and private recordings were distilled by his eponymous Foundation in a project that purports to show the private man behind the global icon.

9 Wife meets China’s jailed Nobel winner: activists

by Goh Chai Hin, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 8:31 am ET

JINZHOU, China (AFP) – The wife of Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo met her jailed husband Sunday, activists said, apparently to inform him he had won the prestigious award amid a media blackout in China.

The couple met on Sunday afternoon, the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said in a faxed statement, citing Liu Xiaobo’s mother-in-law.

Liu, the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize, is a 54-year-old writer imprisoned since December after authoring Charter 08, a manifesto signed by thousands seeking greater rights in the communist nation.

10 Vettel wins Japan Grand Prix

by Matthew Clayton, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 8:18 am ET

SUZUKA, Japan (AFP) – Germany’s Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday for the second consecutive year, leading a Red Bull one-two at the Suzuka circuit.

The 23-year-old, who started from pole, recorded his third victory of the season, with championship leader Mark Webber finishing second, 0.9 seconds adrift.

It was Red Bull’s third one-two finish of the season after Malaysia and Monaco.

11 NATO supplies through Pakistan border resume

by Lehaz Ali, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 6:18 am ET

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP) – NATO supplies via a vital Pakistani border crossing with Afghanistan resumed on Sunday after a hiatus caused by a NATO air attack, as officials said a US drone had killed seven militants.

The first convoy through the Torkham border crossing, comprising more than a dozen vehicles, “left for Afghanistan this afternoon,” customs official Mohammad Nawaz told AFP.

More vehicles loaded with supplies for NATO and US troops were ready to leave, he added.

12 Thousands in Asia join global message on climate

by Madeleine Coorey, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 4:21 am ET

SYDNEY (AFP) – Tens of thousands of people in the Asia-Pacific region Sunday planted trees, collected trash and campaigned against pollution for what organisers hope is the world’s biggest day of climate-change activism.

The 10/10/10 event known as the “Global Work Party” kicked off in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific before moving to Asia and was set to spin its way across the globe via more than 7,000 community events in 188 countries.

“The only countries that aren’t taking part, we think, are Equatorial Guinea, San Marino, North Korea, so it’s clearly the most widespread day of environmental action,” co-founder of the 350.org campaign Bill McKibben said.

13 N.Korea puts power and heir apparent on display

by Jung Ha-Won, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 1:34 am ET

SEOUL (AFP) – Secretive North Korea put its leader-in-waiting on show Sunday at a huge military parade, introducing the youngest son of current ruler Kim Jong-Il to its people and the world on live television.

Kim Jong-Un, believed aged about 27, stood near his father at the Pyongyang parade, applauding and saluting as thousands of goose-stepping troops marched past along with trucks carrying missiles and other weaponry.

The parade, one of the largest for years in the hardline communist state, was aired live both by state TV and by foreign broadcasters, giving many North Koreans their first extensive look at the young heir apparent.

14 IMF fails to find consensus to ease currency friction

by Rob Lever, AFP

Sun Oct 10, 12:56 am ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – IMF policymakers failed to reach a consensus on measures to head off what some see as a looming currency war but pledged to keep working toward easing global economic imbalances.

The International Monetary Fund steering committee, which has been struggling to address friction among key economies including China and the United States, said the organization should continue its study.

“While the international monetary system has proved resilient, tensions and vulnerabilities remain as a result of widening global imbalances, continued volatile capital flows, exchange rate movements and issues related to the supply and accumulation of official reserves,” the IMF panel said in a statement after its meeting Saturday.

15 IMF told to toughen scrutiny of rich powers

By Lesley Wroughton and Emily Kaiser, Reuters

Sat Oct 9, 8:12 pm ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Emerging powers won a battle on Saturday for heightened IMF scrutiny of rich countries’ economic policies as world financial leaders sought to defuse mounting tensions over currencies.

The International Monetary Fund’s 187 member countries gave voice to long-running frustrations of emerging economies, which say the Fund has traditionally not been tough enough on its biggest shareholders, led by the United States.

Now, with the United States and Europe in the doldrums, and emerging economies providing the major growth engine for the world, the tables appear to be turning.

16 North Korea’s heir debuts at giant military parade

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Reuters

Sun Oct 10, 9:58 am ET

PYONGYANG (Reuters) – North Korea’s leader-in-waiting, the youngest son of ailing ruler Kim Jong-il, took center stage during a big military parade on Sunday, making his first national appearance in the secretive state.

Kim Jong-un stood near his father on the dais, clapping and saluting thousands of goose-stepping soldiers, and reviewing missiles, tanks and artillery rockets.

The young Kim’s prominent role at the parade in Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square marked his military debut and showed his standing in one of the world’s largest armies.

17 Chile rescuers prepare escape shaft for miners exit

By Cesar Illiano, Reuters

50 mins ago

COPIAPO, Chile (Reuters) – Chilean rescuers on Sunday reinforced an escape shaft to hoist 33 miners to freedom, bringing their stunning survival story close to its climax two months after they were trapped deep underground.

Engineers have drilled a narrow, nearly 2,050 foot-long (625-meter) shaft to evacuate the men, who have been using explosives to make room for a special capsule dubbed “Phoenix” that will lift them one-by-one to the surface.

The rescuers were inserting metal tubes to line the first 330 feet of the duct to strengthen it, and the government expects to start the evacuation on Wednesday in one of the most complex rescue efforts in mining history.

18 Blunt U.S. warnings to Pakistan prompted by terrorism fear

By David Alexander and Caren Bohan, Reuters

Sun Oct 10, 12:32 pm ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington’s push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on U.S. soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month.

A U.S. official last week countered suggestions that the tougher approach is driven by the need to show progress ahead of the October 22 talks by an Obama administration strategy review of the war in Afghanistan in December.

The failed Times Square bombing in May and the recent terrorism alert for Europe fueled fears of an attack, prompting the stepped up drone attacks in Pakistan’s rugged northwest and pointed U.S. comments pressing Islamabad’s to pursue militants more aggressively.

19 Landmark Kyrgyz election passes without violence

By Robin Paxton, Reuters

54 mins ago

BISHKEK (Reuters) – Kyrgyz voters cast their ballots on Sunday to create the first parliamentary democracy in Central Asia, in an election many hope can unite the country four months after the worst bloodshed in its modern history.

Unique among elections in ex-Soviet Central Asia, dominated by presidential strongmen, voters pinned hopes on parties jostling for enough parliamentary seats to pick a prime minister who will try to bridge political and ethnic rifts.

“Our people do not suffer from amnesia. Our people know their history. They will rise quickly to create a parliamentary republic and protect it themselves,” President Roza Otunbayeva said after casting her vote in a music school in Bishkek.

20 Hungary races to build dam amid new sludge threat

By Gergely Szakacs, Reuters

Sun Oct 10, 12:44 pm ET

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Workers raced to build an emergency dam in western Hungary on Sunday as cracks in a reservoir widened, threatening to unleash a second torrent of toxic sludge on the village of Kolontar and nearby rivers.

About one million cubic meters of the waste material leaked out of the alumina plant reservoir into villages and waterways earlier this week, killing seven people, injuring 123 and fouling rivers including a local branch of the Danube.

Nearly a week into the disaster, a person was still missing.

21 UAE to shut Canadian military camp over flights: source

By Mahmoud Habboush and Tamara Walid, Reuters

Sun Oct 10, 11:48 am ET

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates will close a military camp near Dubai used by Canadian troops to support operations in Afghanistan, a UAE source said on Sunday, in an escalation of a dispute over landing rights.

The decision comes after the UAE failed to convince Canadian authorities to allow its two major airlines to increase flights to Canada.

“Canada kept giving excuses and playing for time,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

22 Hungarian factory sorry for those killed by sludge

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press Writer

29 mins ago

KOLONTAR, Hungary – The owners of the metals plant whose reservoir burst, flooding several towns in western Hungary with caustic red sludge, expressed their condolences Sunday to the families of the seven people killed, as well as to those injured – and said they were sorry for not having done so sooner.

MAL Rt., which owns the alumina plant in Ajka, also said it was willing to pay compensation “in proportion to its responsibility” for the damage caused by the deluge.

But the trouble may not be over.

23 Govt: No call for Social Security increase in 2011

By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER, Associated Press Writer

2 hrs 4 mins ago

WASHINGTON – As if voters don’t have enough to be angry about this election year, the government is expected to announce this week that more than 58 million Social Security recipients will go through another year without an increase in their monthly benefits.

It would mark only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

“If you’re the ruling party, this is not the sort of thing you want to have happening two weeks before an election,” said Andrew Biggs, a former deputy commissioner at the Social Security Administration and now a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

24 Trapped Chilean miners argue over who’s out last

By FRANK BAJAK and MICHAEL WARREN, Associated Press Writers

2 hrs 7 mins ago

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile – After more than two months trapped deep in a Chilean mine, 33 miners were so giddy with confidence, officials said Sunday, they were arguing over who would be the last to take a twisting 20-minute ride to daylight and the embrace of those they love.

Officials have drawn up a tentative list of the order in which the 33 miners should be rescued, and Health Minister Jaime Manalich said the otherwise cooperative miners were squabbling about it – so sure of the exit plan that they are asking to let their comrades be first to reach the surface, probably on Wednesday.

“They were fighting with us yesterday because everyone wanted to be at the end of the line, not the beginning,” he told reporters.

25 Pakistan reopens Afghan border crossing NATO uses

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 12:55 pm ET

ISLAMABAD – Trucks bearing NATO supplies began flowing again Sunday across a critical border crossing into Afghanistan, opened a day earlier than expected by Pakistan and ending a blockade that had raised tensions between Washington and a key ally.

Pakistan had shut down the Torkham crossing along the Khyber Pass after a U.S. helicopter strike in the border area killed two Pakistani soldiers 11 days ago.

Following an apology from top U.S. officials last week, Pakistan announced Saturday that Torkham would be reopened. The crossing is usually closed Sundays, however, and the U.S. had said it did not expect trucks to begin moving again until Monday.

26 Toxic coal sludge pollutes Ky. town 10 years later

By DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press Writer

1 hr 48 mins ago

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In parts of eastern Kentucky, the pictures coming out of Hungary of the red sludge that roared from a factory’s reservoir, downstream into the Danube River, are all too reminiscent of what happened a decade ago this week.

A layer of dark goo still sits under a creekbed on Glenn Cornette’s land, the leftovers from when a coal company’s sprawling slurry pond burst, blackening 100 miles of waterways and polluting the water supply of more than a dozen communities before the stuff reached the Ohio River.

A torrent as wide as a football field and 6 feet deep covered Cornette’s property in Martin County, near the West Virginia line about 175 miles east of Louisville. It killed all manner of plants and cut off his access to the street.

27 Ohio State is No. 1 in AP Top 25

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer

28 mins ago

NEW YORK – Hit the reset button on the college football season.

There’s a new No. 1 team in Ohio State and uncertainty at the top of the rankings for the first time all season, after Alabama’s 19-game winning streak ended at South Carolina.

The Southeastern Conference, which has won the last four national championships, has some catching up to do in the 2010 title chase. The Buckeyes and No. 2 Oregon have a couple of BCS busters in No. 3 Boise State and No. 4 TCU on their tails. And for the first time in about a decade, Nebraska is a legitimate national championship contender.

28 North Korea’s Kim and heir appear at lavish parade

By JEAN H. LEE, Associated Press Writer

43 mins ago

PYONGYANG, North Korea – The next leader of North Korea from the only ruling family the isolated nation has ever known made his public debut Sunday, clapping and smiling as tanks and rocket launchers rolled past in what was said to be the largest military parade staged by the communist state.

Two weeks after he was made a four-star general and set on the path to succession, Kim Jong Un sat next to his father, current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, and waved from an observation platform to a raucous crowd cheering below.

The celebration marked the 65th anniversary of the Workers’ Party, which rules the impoverished, authoritarian nation. It was designed, outside experts on North Korea said, to introduce the younger Kim to his people and burnish his image as the next leader.

29 Wife allowed to meet jailed Chinese Nobel winner

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 1:03 pm ET

BEIJING – An imprisoned Chinese dissident who won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was allowed to meet Sunday with his wife and told her in tears that he was dedicating the award to victims of a 1989 military crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, his wife and a close friend said.

Liu Xia, the wife of democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, said in a Twitter message that his jailers had informed him a day earlier of his prize.

“Brothers, I have returned,” Liu wrote. “Seen Xiaobo, the prison told him the news about his award on the night of the 9th.”

30 AP Enterprise: Questions raised on Congo slaughter

By MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 9:46 am ET

MUSEKERA, Congo – The mass graves are hidden in the darkening shade of a hard-to-reach banana plantation, high up a mountain above the cloud line, at the end of a treacherous dirt track slippery with mud and animal dung.

Those who survived say they did not go to the meeting called by Rwandan soldiers.

The Congolese Hutu peasants who did were brought out of the thatched-roof meeting house two by two, to be bludgeoned to death with their own hoes, picks and axes. Some 300 villagers died that morning of Oct. 20, 1996, according to the local Observation Center for Human Rights and Social Assistance.

31 Roadside bombs kill 7, including 2 NATO troops

By ROBERT KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 1:54 pm ET

KABUL, Afghanistan – Roadside bombs killed seven people including two NATO troops in Afghanistan on Sunday, and a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle near a military convoy, killing a child and wounding two others.

The Afghan government, meanwhile, named former President Burhanuddin Rabbani as chief of a new peace council tasked with talking to insurgent groups.

Daily violence continues unabated throughout much of Afghanistan. The focus of the U.S.-led war – which entered its 10th year last week – has been on the south, but coalition troops are increasingly fighting resilient militants in the east, west and north.

32 End to currency dispute eludes finance ministers

By HARRY DUNPHY and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, Associated Press Writers

Sun Oct 10, 6:27 am ET

WASHINGTON – Differences that threaten the outbreak of a currency war persisted after a weekend meeting of global finance ministers, who left without resolving what to do.

They did agree, however, that the 187-nation International Monetary Fund was the organization best suited to deal with rising global currency tensions that risk overshadowing next month’s summit meeting of the Group of 20 nations in South Korea.

The G-20 includes traditional economic powers such as the United States and Europe along with fast-growing economies such as China, Brazil and India.

33 Kyrgyzstan votes in historic national election

By PETER LEONARD, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 11:50 am ET

OSH, Kyrgyzstan – Voters turned out in force Sunday in Kyrgyzstan to choose a new and empowered parliament that the government hopes will usher in an unprecedented era of democracy.

This former Soviet nation, which hosts a vital U.S. air base near Afghanistan, is set to embrace a parliamentary system of governance in a largely untroubled vote that has won praise from the United States.

The vote came after an exhausting year of political turbulence and ethnic violence in the south.

34 Hanoi throws extravagant 1,000th birthday bash

By MARGIE MASON, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 4:33 am ET

HANOI, Vietnam – Draped in red Communist banners and propaganda slogans, Vietnam’s capital turned 1,000 years old Sunday in an extravagant ceremony intended to stoke national pride and show the world that this once war-ravaged country has moved beyond its dark history.

More than 30,000 people marched in Vietnam’s biggest-ever parade, with goose-stepping soldiers, colorful dragon dancers and 10 military helicopters displaying huge Vietnamese and Communist Party flags.

The procession, a third of which was military, started in the capital’s historic Ba Dinh Square where the late President Ho Chi Minh declared independence from the French colonialists 65 years ago. Ho’s massive granite mausoleum provided the backdrop for the festivities commemorating King Ly Thai To’s decision in 1010 to move Vietnam’s capital 62 miles (100 kilometers) north to Hanoi, then called Thang Long.

35 Ethnic spat erupts in changing OC district

By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press Writer

54 mins ago

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The changing face of one of Southern California’s wealthiest counties helped Democrat Loretta Sanchez win an upset election to Congress 14 years ago, as Latinos arrived as a political force. Now, a rising tide of Vietnamese political clout has her fighting to hang onto her seat.

To the surprise of many voters in California’s gritty, urban 47th District – which shares little with the affluent beachfront communities that give Orange County its fame – Sanchez recently injected the thorny issue of race into the campaign. Speaking on Spanish-language network Univision, she said “the Vietnamese and Republicans” were trying “to take this seat from us… and give it to this Van Tran who is very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic” – words she later conceded were poorly chosen.

Vietnamese-American state Assemblyman Van Tran, Sanchez’s first serious challenger, said he was offended by the remarks and called them a “racial rampage” against Vietnamese-Americans, who came to Southern California as refugees 35 years ago and built a bustling commercial hub in the heart of Orange County.

36 Ivory Coast army officer held in gun-smuggling

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press Writer

1 hr 4 mins ago

SAN FRANCISCO – The Ivory Coast army colonel arrived in New York on Aug. 29, and authorities say he planned to return home days later with $4 million in guns and ammunition his country purchased from a suburban Washington D.C. broker.

Instead, Col. Nguessan Yao is being held in federal custody in a Northern California jail and the broker is scheduled to appear in court next week to answer charges that the two conspired to illegally circumvent a worldwide arms embargo of violence-plagued Ivory Coast.

The case has all the elements of a spy thriller, right down to a mysterious “Mr. X” – the man who launched the saga by tipping federal authorities in July 2009.

37 Death row inmate seeks high court OK for DNA tests

By MICHAEL GRACZYK, Associated Press Writer

1 hr 44 mins ago

LIVINGSTON, Texas – An ex-con sent to Texas’ death row for three murders and spared from execution earlier this year by the U.S. Supreme Court is set to take his case before the high court, which may decide whether his attorneys can test items for DNA he claims could prove his innocence.

Hank Skinner was convicted of pummeling his girlfriend with a pickax handle and stabbing her two sons on New Year’s Eve in 1993 in their Texas Panhandle home. DNA evidence at his trial showed blood on his clothing from that night was his and from at least two of the victims.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on whether prison inmates may use a federal civil rights law to get DNA testing that was not performed before their conviction. Prosecutors in Skinner’s case have refused to make some evidence available for DNA testing, including knives from the scene and a jacket next to one of the bodies.

38 Mass. law school seeks to foster its own recruits

By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 1:44 pm ET

SALEM, N.H. – Students at the American College of History and Legal Studies are getting used to two things: questions instead of lectures from their professors, and questions from dubious friends and relatives who worry they’re guinea pigs in an educational experiment.

“My mom said, ‘We’ll give you a year and see how it works,'” said Scott Estey, 24, of Raymond. “She’s pretty skeptical.”

The unconventional college opened in August in Salem, across a state line from the unconventional law school that provided its start-up funding. Designed to funnel students to the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, it offers the equivalent of junior and senior years and just one degree.

39 Bankrupt MT resort founder faces criminal probe

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press Writer

Sun Oct 10, 12:31 pm ET

BILLINGS, Mont. – Two years after the bankruptcy of Montana’s Yellowstone Club laid bare a massive real estate scheme fueled by greed, fraud and hundreds of millions of dollars in ill-advised loans, criminal investigators are probing the activities of one of the founders of the ultra-exclusive resort.

Authorities would not comment on the case. But sworn depositions and interviews with key parties indicate former club owner Edra Blixseth centers in the federal investigation.

Blixseth’s former bookkeeper has been questioned by the FBI, and her former office manager has hired a prominent Montana criminal defense attorney.

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