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Scientists find 800,000-year-old footprints in Britain
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:43

LONDON (AP) — Scientists say they have discovered human footprints in England that are at least 800,000 years old — the most ancient found outside Africa, and the earliest evidence of human life in Northern Europe.

A team from the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the University of London uncovered imprints from up to five individuals in ancient estuary mud at Happisburgh on the country's east coast.

British Museum scientist Nick Ashton says the prints are "a tangible link to our earliest human relatives."

The scientists say the humans who left the footprints may have been related to Homo antecessor, or "pioneer man," whose fossilized remains have been found in Spain and who died out 800,000 years ago.

The find was announced Friday, and published in the journal PLOS ONE.


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Police: Girl taken from Detroit is found in Texas
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:39

DETROIT (AP) — Police say a 5-year-old girl who was taken from a Detroit school by a parent who didn't have legal custody has been found safe in Texas.

Police say the girl and her 37-year-old mother were found Thursday night in Dickens, Texas, during a traffic stop. The mother was detained without incident.

The girl is being cared for by child protective services workers until family can travel to Texas to pick her up. She's reported in good health.

The girl was missing since being picked up from school earlier this week in Detroit. Police at the time said it was believed the mother was heading out of state.


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Police investigate death of four in Defiance
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:36

DEFIANCE, Ohio (AP) — The Defiance County Sheriff's Office says four people have died in what is being investigated as a triple murder-suicide.

Authorities in northwest Ohio say the bodies were discovered Thursday by a family member who was checking on the welfare of the four in Defiance, about 60 miles southwest of Toledo. The four people were last seen Wednesday at about 3 p.m.

Officials have identified the dead as Robert Garza Sr., his wife, Christine Garza, daughter, Zoila Garza, and granddaughter Rebecca Garza. No ages were provided by officials.

Authorities say Robert Garza Sr. is believed to be the perpetrator.

Officials say an investigation is continuing.


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Ohio ex-pharmacist gets prison for health care fraud
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:38

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An ex-pharmacist has been sentenced to two years in prison and must pay over $300,000 in restitution after illegally filling prescriptions at a northeastern Ohio pharmacy.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says a federal judge in Akron on Thursday sentenced 53-year-old Bruce Franken, who now lives in Pennsylvania.

DeWine says Franken pleaded guilty to a health care fraud count involving filling prescriptions illegally at a Salem pharmacy between May 2009 and July 2011.

Defense attorney David Thomas says Franken is trying to make the best of the situation and move on with his life.

Authorities say Franken was prohibited from filling prescriptions for patients in federally funded health care programs because of previous convictions on criminal charges.

The restitution repays what Medicaid paid for the improperly filled prescriptions.


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Amish man gets three years in rape of teen girl
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Friday, 07 February 2014 07:35

CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — A northeastern Ohio judge says he was reluctant to sentence an 18-year-old Amish man to prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl but didn't have a choice.

Geauga County Common Pleas Judge Forrest W. Burt said he fears what will happen to Raymond F. Miller in prison because of his small stature and Amish beliefs.

The (Willoughby) News-Herald (http://bit.ly/1g0XDVf ) reports that Burt sentenced the man to the minimum three years in prison Thursday for assaulting the girl last June. Miller knew the girl and said he had sex with her after watching pornography with friends.

Miller — whose attorney described as "an extremely naive person" — apologized to the judge and said he hoped to get some treatment.

Prosecutor Christopher Joyce agreed to stand silent on the case at sentencing.

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Information from: The News-Herald, http://www.news-herald.com/jrc-html/index/index_p33.html


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