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Women indicted in Maryland exorcism deaths
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Friday, 14 March 2014 10:12

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Two Maryland women have been indicted in the stabbings of four children in what authorities say the women believed was an exorcism.

Twenty-eight-year-old Zakieya Avery and 21-year-old Monifa Sanford were indicted Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Avery's 18-month-old son and 2-year-old daughter in January at a home in Germantown, Md., outside Washington. They were also indicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder in an attack on Avery's 5-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son.

Prosecutors have said the women told investigators they believed evil spirits moved between the bodies of the children and an exorcism was needed to drive the demons out.

Police said that if a neighbor had not called 911, the two older children might have died too.


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Search for lost jet expands amid signs it flew on
Written by IAN MADER, Associated Press JOAN LOWY, Associated Press   
Friday, 14 March 2014 10:07

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The search for the missing Malaysian jetliner expanded east and west on Friday after American officials said it was emitting signals to satellites for hours after its last contact with air traffic control nearly a week ago over the South China Sea.

Malaysian officials insisted that investigators had yet to reach a definitive conclusion on what radar and satellite data showed, and said the search was being expanded because efforts in current areas have not found any wreckage from the Boeing 777.

The possibility that the plane, carrying 239 people, flew many hundreds of miles (kilometers) beyond its last known location without any contact with the ground has strengthened speculation that its transponders and other communication devices were turned off deliberately.

That opens the possibility that one of the pilots, or someone with flying experience, wanted to hijack the plane for some later purpose, kidnap the passengers or commit suicide by plunging the aircraft into the sea.

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Military: 80 percent of Colombian drugs gets to U.S.
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:46

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military commander for Latin America says he doesn't have the ships and surveillance capabilities to go after illegal drugs flowing into the U.S. and is forced to "sit and watch it go by."

Gen. John Kelly says he is able to get about 20 percent of the drugs leaving Colombia for the U.S., but the rest gets through.

Kelly was testifying Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. He says he could interdict more drugs if he had 16 ships that could hold helicopters to quickly go after traffickers in the water. He currently has three U.S. ships he can use.

Kelly says severe budget cuts will reverse any progress being made.


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Police: One man, One woman died at South by Southwest
Written by CHRIS TALBOTT, Associated Press WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press   
Thursday, 13 March 2014 15:04
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Dutch music company has identified one of the victims of a suspected drunken driver that barreled through barricades at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said one of two people killed early Thursday was a Dutch citizen riding a bicycle.

Massive Music, a company with offices in Amsterdam, New York and London, said one of their employees died suddenly in Austin and identified him as 35-year-old Steven Craenmehr. No one at the company responded to phone messages requesting additional information.

Police say the driver also struck a moped, killing the woman on it. A man on the moped and 22 pedestrians were injured.

The driver was expected to be charged later Thursday, when his name would be released.


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Two weeks after waking up in body bag, Mississippi man dies
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Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:33

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — A coroner says a 78-year-old Mississippi man has died two weeks after he woke up in a body bag at a funeral home after being mistakenly pronounced deceased.

Holmes County Coroner Dexter Howard says Walter Williams died at his home in Lexington around 1 a.m. Thursday. The cause was not released.

Williams' story went viral after he was pronounced dead on Feb. 26. At Porter and Sons Funeral Home, workers were getting ready to embalm him when Williams started to move.

Williams was rushed to a hospital and he was released a few days later. Doctors say a mix of medicines may have caused his vital signs to appear unresponsive.

Family members also said Williams' pacemaker may have stopped working and started again.


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