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Street theatre in Mexico City's rough Tepito area

Street theatre shows visitors the human side of Mexico City's rough Tepito neighbourhood
Olga R. Rodriguez, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Few outsiders dare venture after dark into Tepito, a neighbourhood known as Mexico City's main clearinghouse for contraband ranging from guns and drugs to counterfeit sneakers.

But a theatre project led by one of Mexico's best-known actors has been taking middle-class audiences into the lives of Tepito residents in recent weeks in an attempt to show the human side of the gritty area blighted by poverty and crime.

Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited

Big Flush II: Teen cited for urinating in city water; Portland to drain 38 million gallons
Steven Dubois, The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. - Call it the Big Flush 2, and this time the sequel promises to be much bigger than the original.

Portland officials said Wednesday they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water for the second time in less than three years because someone urinated into a city reservoir.

Armed robber was never told to report to prison

Convicted robber was never told to report to prison, lived productive life for 13 years
Jim Salter, The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS - After he was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, Cornealious Anderson was sentenced to 13 years behind bars and told to await instructions on when and where to report to prison. But those instructions never came.

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor grills defence forensic expert
Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defence's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behaviour.

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial

Pistorius murder trial: Prosecutor grills defence forensic expert
Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defence's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behaviour.

Fund raises thousands for exonerated NYC man

Fund raises thousands for NYC man cleared of murder after 25 years; stranger set up campaign
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A recently exonerated man who spent nearly 25 years behind bars for a killing that happened while he was at Disney World is getting help from dozens of well-wishers who have contributed to an online fund for him.

About 70 people had given a total of more than $3,500 to the campaign for Jonathan Fleming as of Thursday.

Fleming was freed last week after a judge dismissed the 1989 case, with the assent of Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson's office.

Ex-honours student's terror sentencing scheduled

Ex-honours student linked to 'Jihad Jane' to be sentenced in Pa. for terrorism plot
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - A Maryland teen convicted with two women in a Jihadist terror plot is set to be sentenced in Philadelphia.

Mohammad Hassan Khalid of Ellicott City, Md., is linked to the case of 50-year-old Colleen "Jihad Jane" LaRose, who was sentenced in January to 10 years in prison.

The FBI says Khalid met LaRose and other extremists online when he was a 15-year-old honours student, and agreed to help them.

He is the rare juvenile detained on federal terrorism charges before turning 18.

Robber who was homesick for prison to be sentenced

Robber, 74, who was homesick for prison to be sentenced in Chicago
Michael Tarm, The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Walter Unbehaun has spent nearly all of his adult life behind bars, so it's not surprising that he faces sentencing Thursday for yet another crime, a bank robbery last year. His reason for robbing the bank is surprising, though: He was homesick for prison.

20 killed as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria

20 more killed in villages as Islamic extremists rampage in Nigeria with 4 attacks in 3 days
Bashir Adigun And Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria - Suspected Islamic militants have struck for a fourth time in three days in Nigeria, killing 20 people including a traditional ruler in attacks in the northeast, local government and security officials said Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the military said all but eight of more than 100 teenage students kidnapped on Tuesday are free.

Man executed for killing 3 members of Texas family

Texas executes man for fatally stabbing 3 members of Corpus Christi family 13 years ago
Michael Graczyk, The Associated Press

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - A man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her young son and her mother 13 years ago at a home in Corpus Christi was executed by Texas prison officials Wednesday.

The lethal injection of Jose Villegas, 39, was carried out after his attorneys unsuccessfully argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that he was mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty.

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