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Woman who drove with man on car guilty of murder PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:25

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A substance-abuse counselor who drove 2 miles through a Los Angeles suburb with a dying man on her windshield was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, drunken driving and hit-and-run.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins showed no response as the Superior Court jury returned with its verdict.

Wilkins' blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit for driving when she struck 31-year-old Phillip Moreno in November 2012 in suburban Torrance, prosecutors said.

"The way she treated Phillip Moreno struck at human dignity," Deputy District Attorney John Harlan, the lead prosecutor, said after the verdict. "This case has been about human dignity. We do not tolerate someone who does not pull over when they see someone on their windshield."

A large contingent of Moreno's relatives, including brothers and sisters, were present for the verdict. Outside court, they embraced Harlan and co-prosecutor Saman Ahmadpour but declined to speak to reporters.

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'Little House' star Richard Bull dies at age 89 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by LYNN ELBER, AP Television Writer   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:23

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard Bull, who played shopkeeper and put-upon spouse Nels Oleson on TV's "Little House on the Prairie," has died. He was 89.

Bull died Monday at the Motion Picture & Television Fund's hospital, fund spokeswoman Jaime Larkin said. The actor, a resident of what was once known as the Motion Picture and TV home, died of natural causes after being hospitalized with pneumonia, Larkin said Tuesday.

"Everyone loved him so much," said Bull's "Little House" co-star Alison Arngrim, who played his daughter, Nellie, and remained close to him. "People are posting (condolences) in six different languages on my Facebook page."

Bull "was as Nels Oleson as you'd possibly want someone to be. He was calm, rational, sensible," Arngrim said.

The Illinois-born character actor appeared in a wide range of TV shows, from "Perry Mason" in the 1950s to "Mannix" in the 1960s to Kelsey Grammer's "Boss" in 2011. Bull played opposite his wife of 65 years, actress Barbara Collentine, in several projects.

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Mom accused of storing daughter's body in freezer PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by TERRY COLLINS, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California woman and her boyfriend accused of killing the woman's 3-year-old daughter a day after officers visited their apartment to check on the girl stored the tiny body in a suitcase and inside a freezer, authorities said.

Sara Krueger, 23, and Ryan Scott Warner, 26, both of Napa, were charged with murder and assault on a child resulting in death, Napa County District Attorney Gary Lieberstein announced Tuesday. The couple put little Kayleigh Slusher's body in a suitcase and then in a freezer, Napa police Capt. Jeff Troendly said.

"Investigators learned through interviews with the suspects that the girl's body was kept in a suitcase at one point and then a freezer," Troendly said. "We believe that they are responsible for the death of Kayleigh Slusher."

Neither Krueger nor Warner entered a plea as a judge appointed them lawyers during their initial appearance in court Tuesday. The couple is accused of killing Kayleigh on Jan. 30, the day after Napa police officers did a welfare check on the girl, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Krueger and Warner are each being held in jail without bail. They are due back in court on Feb. 25.

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Nye and Ham debate: 'How did we get here' PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:18

PETERSBURG, Ky. (AP) — "Science Guy" Bill Nye tapped on the podium, threw up his hands and said "billions and billions," referring to the age of the Earth while speaking at a Kentucky museum that has become widely known for teaching that the Earth is only 6,000 years old.

Nye was debating Creation Museum founder Ken Ham and promoting science in the snappy way that made him a pop culture staple as host of "Bill Nye The Science Guy" in the 1990s.

The event was meant to explore the age old question, "How did we get here?" from the perspectives of faith and science.

Ham, an Australian native who has built a thriving ministry in Kentucky, said he trusts the story of creation presented by the Bible.

"The Bible is the word of God," Ham said. "I admit that's where I start from."

Nye, true to his TV persona, delivered a passionate defense of science and challenged the museum's teachings on the age of the earth and the Bible's flood story.

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States look to rein in government surveillance PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by NIGEL DUARA, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:16

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Angry over revelations of National Security Agency surveillance and frustrated with what they consider outdated digital privacy laws, state lawmakers around the nation are proposing bills to curtail the powers of law enforcement to monitor and track citizens.

Their efforts in at least 14 states are a direct message to the federal government: If you don't take action to strengthen privacy, we will.

"We need to stand up and protect our liberty," said Republican Missouri state Sen. Rob Schaaf, author of a digital privacy bill.

Police groups, however, say the moves will in some cases hinder efforts to deter or solve crimes. "It would cripple law enforcement's ability to do investigations," said Bart Johnson, executive director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Proponents say the measures will overhaul the definition of digital privacy and help increase oversight of specific surveillance tools that law enforcement agencies have been using in the states that critics say mirrors federal surveillance technology.

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