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Hernandez lawyer: Pats records dispute resolved

Aaron Hernandez attorney says dispute over records from New England Patriots resolved
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - A dispute over team records that lawyers for Aaron Hernandez had sought from the New England Patriots has been resolved, the defence said Tuesday, though it's unclear whether the documents were turned over.

A trial date of Jan. 9 was also set for the murder case in which Hernandez is accused of shooting to death a semiprofessional football player.

Lax security at crash site hampers investigations

Lax security, slipshod collection spark fear of evidence contamination at Ukraine crash site
Mike Corder And Lucian Kim, The Associated Press

HRABOVE, Ukraine - When international monitors and Malaysian aviation experts arrived Tuesday at the two main sites where the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 smashed into the undulating countryside of eastern Ukraine, there was almost no perimeter tape.

The only security consisted of two armed men who did not stop reporters from walking across the fields to the twisted metal.

11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die

11 parents of Nigeria's kidnapped girls die from attacks and stress; town is besieged
Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria - In the three months since Islamic extremists kidnapped more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls, 11 of their parents have died, town residents say.

The town where the girls were kidnapped, Chibok, is cut off by militants, who have been attacking villages in the region.

UK announces inquiry for Russian spy death

UK government announces full inquiry on death of Russian spy poisoned in 2006
Sylvia Hui And Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

LONDON - The British government announced plans Tuesday for a wide-ranging public inquiry into the mysterious 2006 death of poisoned former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.

The decision, which comes at a time of rising tensions with Russia, is a breakthrough in the much-delayed probe because it means investigators can look into whether the Russian state was involved in Litvinenko's death.

Here are key facts about the case.

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WHO WAS ALEXANDER LITVINENKO?

Pitcher testifies on etiquette for hitting batter

Pitcher testifies in Offerman trial about etiquette followed when intentionally hitting batter
The Associated Press

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Testifying that there is a professional etiquette to beaning batters, a former major league pitcher says he did not intentionally hit Jose Offerman during a 2007 independent minor league game, setting off a brawl.

Matt Beech gave a video deposition that was presented to jurors Monday in the civil trial of Offerman, who is being sued by former Bridgeport Bluefish catcher Johnathan Nathans.

Nigerian president meets parents of abducted girls

Nigerian president vows to free kidnapped schoolgirls in first meeting with their parents
Bashir Adigun And Michelle Faul, The Associated Press

ABUJA, Nigeria - President Goodluck Jonathan met for the first time Tuesday with parents of 219 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and dozens of classmates who managed to escape from their Islamic extremist captors.

Jonathan assured them of his determination that those still in captivity "are brought out alive," presidential spokesman Reuben Abati told reporters after the meeting.

Norway honours victims of 2011 terror attacks

Norway commemorates victims of bomb and shooting attacks, PM calls for tolerance, diversity
The Associated Press

COPENHAGEN - Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Tuesday the best way to honour the 77 people who died in terror attacks in her country three years ago is to "fight for openness, tolerance and diversity."

In a wreath-laying ceremony at the government headquarters, Solberg said "violent extremism can never be excused."

Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing

Ex-Patriots player Aaron Hernandez due in court for status hearing in 2013 murder case
Slwpvs, The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez is due back in court for a status hearing in his Massachusetts murder case.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to killing semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. Lloyd's body was found in June 2013 near Hernandez's North Attleborough home.

Lloyd, of Boston, was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Two friends of Hernandez's from Bristol, Connecticut, also have pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the case.

Pastry pranks: Vandals smear cars with baked goods

Portland suburb reports vandals continuing to smear cars with maple bars, doughnuts, cake
The Associated Press

HILLSBORO, Ore. - There's mischief afoot in one suburban Portland neighbourhood, but police say it doesn't involve the typical spray paint or broken windows. No, we're talking pastry here — maple bars smeared on cars, doughnuts left atop windshield wipers, pastries littering a yard.

One woman told officers she's seen more than a dozen incidents of food smeared on cars. Not just pastry, but yogurt, cakes and eggs. She alerted police July 11.

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in Boston drug bust

JetBlue pilot among 6 arrested in police investigation of drug dealing near Boston park
The Associated Press

BOSTON - A JetBlue pilot from Florida is among six people arrested by Boston police over the weekend in an investigation of drug dealing incidents near the Boston Common.

Police said John Manwaring, 42, of Maitland, Florida, and a woman with him were charged with heroin possession. Police said Manwaring told them he was a pilot and had arrived in Boston on Sunday.

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