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Prosecutor accuses Pistorius at end of questioning

Prosecutor accuses Oscar Pistorius at end of cross-examination in murder trial
Christopher Torchia And Gerald Imray, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - Wrapping up five days of relentless cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius at his murder trial, the chief prosecutor insisted Tuesday that he intentionally shot his girlfriend to death after they argued and — in a final exchange — urged the Olympic athlete to take responsibility for the Valentine's Day killing.

In handcuffs, Rwanda musician admits to crimes

Wearing handcuffs, Rwandan musician admits to crimes at police news conference
Edmund Kagire, The Associated Press

KIGALI, Rwanda - A day after his arrest, a prominent Rwandan singer said at a police news conference Tuesday that he has been in touch with outlawed rebel groups.

Kizito Mihigo, a genocide survivor and prominent singer and composer, said he engaged in "treasonous exchanges" over Skype and an app called Whatsapp. He added just before being whisked out of the news conference: "Let us learn to love each other."

Police: Man comes to courthouse in stolen car

Police: Man arrested after coming to California courthouse in stolen car
The Associated Press

SONORA, Calif. - Police say a man was arrested after using a stolen car to get to a court appearance in California.

James Manning was taken into custody after police say they received a call from an auto dealership in Redding on Friday reporting the vehicle was stolen.

The 2001 Mitsubishi's GPS indicated it was parked in front of the Tuolumne County courthouse.

Officers found the car, which already had a different set of license plates on it.

Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

California police chief says sex offenders wore GPS tracking devices during serial killings.
Gillian Flaccus, The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

Franc Cano and Steven Dean Gordon, both registered sex offenders, were both wearing ankle bracelets when the women were assaulted and killed last fall and earlier this year, Anaheim police Chief Raul Quezada said at a news conference.

'Unemotional' mom admits killing 6 babies

'Unemotional' mom admits strangling, suffocating her 6 babies
Brady McCombs, The Associated Press

PROVO, Utah - Authorities say a U.S. woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in the garage of her home in the western state of Utah.

According to a probable cause statement released by police Monday, Megan Huntsman said that between 1996 and 2006, she gave birth to at least seven babies and that all but one of them were born alive.

US jury sentences man to death in carjack killing

US jury sentences man to death for killing nurse as part of plot to assassinate Obama
The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A U.S. man with a history of mental illness was sentenced to death by a jury on Monday for killing a hospice nurse as part of a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.

James McVay had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in 2012 in the stabbing death of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. The Sioux Falls, South Dakota jury chose the death penalty, though jurors could have sentenced him to life in prison without parole.

Woman qualifies for execution in hammer killing

Arizona woman convicted of killing husband with hammer found to be eligible for execution
Jacques Billeaud, The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Jurors decided Monday that a woman convicted of killing her husband with a hammer qualifies for the death penalty because she carried out the killing in a cruel way.

The decision clears the way for jurors to now consider whether they will imprison Marissa Suzanne Devault for life or sentence her to death for the fatal beating of Dale Harrell in 2009. Lawyers are scheduled to make opening arguments Tuesday in the trial's penalty phase.

Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence upheld

Army general upholds Chelsea Manning's conviction, 35-year sentence in WikiLeaks case
David Dishneau, The Associated Press

An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified U.S. government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday.

The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of Washington, clears the way for an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals.

French school carries out DNA dragnet in rape case

French school carries out DNA dragnet of 527 potential rape suspects:
Lori Hinnant, The Associated Press

PARIS - French investigators began taking DNA samples Monday from 527 male students and staff at a high school — including boys as young as 14 — as they searched for the assailant who raped a teenage girl on the closed campus.

Testing began Monday at Fenelon-Notre Dame high school in western France. All those who received summonses last week were warned that any refusal could land them in police custody, and no one rejected the sweeping request to test the high school's male population.

Prosecutor presses Pistorius at murder trial

Oscar Pistorius comes under intense pressure from prosecutor at murder trial
Gerald Imray And Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa - The chief prosecutor in Oscar Pistorius' murder trial on Monday alleged numerous inconsistencies in the athlete's account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year, seeking to show that the athlete is lying when he says he shot her by mistake.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel also accused Pistorius of tailoring his testimony to fit the evidence at the scene. Pistorius denied the accusations.

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