Woman arrested after calling police on her pimp

A woman has been charged with prostitution in Connecticut after calling police to complain about how she was being treated by a pimp. Police say they did not find the pimp when they arrived at a Super 8 Motel in West Haven on Sunday, but they did find 35-year-old Jennifer Lowery with a man they describe as a customer. Police charged Lowery with prostitution and 60-year-old Ricard Burford of New Haven with patronizing a prostitute. Police say Lowery told them she thought it would take police longer to show up, so she decided to conduct some business while waiting. Attempts to reach the pair for comment Thursday morning were unsuccessful. Continue Reading

American soldier to plead guilty to Afghan massacre, sources tell AP

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was “crazed” and “broken” when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-walled compounds in two slumbering villages nearby. Next week, Bales will recount what happened next — the slaughter of 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war. He’ll give specific details in open court as he pleads guilty to the massacre to avoid being put to death. His attorney, John Henry Browne, told The Associated Press that although his client’s state of mind should be considered in sentencing, it didn’t rise to the level of a legal insanity defense. Continue Reading

IA Dog Shooter Gets Probation, 2-Year Suspended Sentence

 ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) _ A 57-year-old western Iowa man who fatally shot a dog has
been given a year of probation and a two-year suspended prison sentence.  
 Station KJAN  reports that Charles Cutler, of Marne, was sentenced on Tuesday. He was convicted in April of misdemeanor animal abuse.  
 Authorities say Cutler used a shotgun to blast a 1-year-old chocolate Labrador
retriever named Wrigley. The dog belonged to Stacey Ernat, a teacher from Denver
who had stopped in Marne with her boyfriend to visit her boyfriend’s brother on
Dec. Continue Reading

10 Years After Striking, Chicago Hotel Workers are Back

CHICAGO (AP) _ Workers at a downtown Chicago hotel are making an
“unconditional” offer to return to work after spending nearly a decade walking
a picket line.  
Hotel attorney Peter Andjelkovich says he didn’t know the
offer was coming until union president Henry Tamarin gave him a letter Wednesday
saying that the Congress Hotel’s striking workers had decided to abandon their
 He says if the hotel accepts the deal, the workers would return under the terms
of the contract that expired a year before the June 2003 strike.  
 If the union’s offer is accepted, many questions remain. That includes how many
of the 130 workers on a list of striking employees are still available to return
and how many jobs remain after the hotel hired replacement workers. Continue Reading

Semi Trailer Hits MiniVan in Upstate N-Y; Seven Dead

 TRUXTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Authorities say the seven people killed in upstate New
York when their minivan was hit by a trailer include four young children and
three adults in their early 20s.  
Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker tells The Associated Press Thursday
morning that all seven victims, including four children under 10, were local
 They were killed and a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that
broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of
Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse.  
 Meeker says the children were from two different families, including one from
     Authorities haven’t released the victims’ names. Continue Reading

Syrian Opposition Won’t Participate in Peace Talks

 BEIRUT (AP) _ Syria’s main Western-backed opposition group says it will not
participate in U.S.-Russian sponsored peace talks while the regime is carrying
out massacres in Syria.  
 Thursday’s announcement came at the end of weeklong opposition talks in
Istanbul to try and forge a united view on whether to take part in the peace
conference expected to take place in Geneva next month.  
 A spokesman for the Syrian National Coalition, Khalid Saleh, says an
“international conference on a political solution to the situation in Syria has
no meaning in light of the massacres that are taking place.” Continue Reading

Maine man tried to stage kidnapping and rescue of teenage girl, according to affidavit

A man lured a teenage girl out of her house by using a fake Facebook account in an attempt to stage her kidnapping and rescue so he could look like a hero but ended up killing her, a police affidavit released Wednesday said. Kyle Dube was indicted Wednesday on charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of 15-year-old Nichole Cable, whose body was found in a wooded area of Old Town this month a week after she went missing. Dube, of Orono, Maine, had intended to kidnap and hide Cable and later find her and “be the hero,” the affidavit said. But she died in the back of his pickup truck after he duct-taped her while wearing a ski mask, it said. According to the Bangor Daily News, Dube’s brother Dustin told police that Kyle then said he dumped the victim’s body in the woods near a gas station and covered her in sticks. Continue Reading

Florida child molester executed for rape and murder of 10-year-old girl

A convicted child molester condemned for the 1990 rape and murder of a 10-year-old Florida girl has been executed at the Florida State Prison. Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s office said 56-year-old inmate Elmer Carroll was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday at the prison in Starke. Carroll had been convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery in the rape and strangling death of Christine McGowan. The girl lived with her family next door to a halfway house for homeless men where Carroll was staying in Apopka. During Carroll’s two decades on death row, his lawyers argued he was too mentally ill to stand trial or be subjected to the death penalty. Continue Reading