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Prosecutor to seek death penalty in beheading

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:08

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of beheading a woman at an Oklahoma food processing plant after being suspended from his job was ordered held without bond Wednesday and asked a judge to name a Muslim as his court-appointed lawyer.

Alton Nolen, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Hufford, 54, and with two counts of assault. Prosecutors said Nolen was stabbing another employee when he was shot by a plant manager in an attack last Thursday at the Vaughan Foods plant in Moore.

VITEZ Bosnia (Reuters) - Renata Pranjkovic, known across Bosnia as the "Bullfight Queen", is one of the few women but best-known personalities in the world of the Balkan bullfight.

The 36-year-old Pranjkovic is a breeder and referee for the bull-against-bull fights, a tradition in Bosnia stretching back for more than 200 years.

Along with her husband Pero, she also trains bulls at their ranch in central Bosnia.

"It's all about love," says Pranjkovic, proudly displaying four champion bulls which the couple trains in the central Bosnian town of Vitez.

SEOUL (Reuters) - In 1993, French neurosurgeon Francois-Xavier Roux received a phone call in Paris from an unidentified North Korean official. The then leader-in-waiting, Kim Jong Il, had suffered a head injury from horse-riding accident and they wanted his advice.

Fifteen years later the North Koreans contacted him again. This time, it was more urgent. They flew Roux out to Pyongyang in an operation so secret Roux himself was unaware who his patient would be until he met a frail Kim Jong Il lying in a modern intensive care bed flanked by his doctors.

White House 'intruder' denies charges
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:07
1 October 2014Last updated at 19:57
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A man accused of scaling the White House fence and running into the building while carrying a knife has pleaded not guilty to charges.

Police say Omar Gonzalez, 42, was tackled inside the White House East Room on 19 September.

Investigators later found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, two hatchets and a machete in his car, police said.

A federal judge ordered a mental competency review for Mr Gonzalez, a move opposed by his legal counsel.

Florida music row killer guilty
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:07
1 October 2014Last updated at 22:41
Michael Dunn appeared in Jacksonville, Florida, on 7 February 2014

A man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in a retrial after killing a teenager during a quarrel over loud music in Florida.

Prosecutors said Michael Dunn fired 10 times into the vehicle of Jordan Davis, 17, with intent to kill after losing his temper at a petrol station.

Dunn argued he was acting in self-defence but police did not find a gun in the car the teenager was in.

WiLan says loses LTE patent case against Apple
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:06

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian patent licensing company WiLan Inc on Wednesday said a U.S. judge had ruled in favor of Apple Inc in a litigation case against it.

"WiLan has been advised that Judge Dana M. Sabraw has issued a ruling today that grants Apple's motion for summary judgment," the company said in a statement, referring to Apple's move to have two patent infringement claims relating to LTE wireless telecom technologies ruled invalid and not infringed.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Parts of North Carolina's new voting law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, were set aside for next month's elections because they were likely to disenfranchise black voters, a federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday.

In a 2-1 ruling, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals suspended provisions of the Republican-backed law that would have eliminated same-day registration during early voting and voided ballots cast on Nov. 4 outside of a person's assigned precinct.

ACLU challenges new Alabama abortion law
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:06

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval.

The suit, filed in federal court in Montgomery, said the Alabama law goes beyond any other state's law in regulating abortions for females under 18, and it creates additional barriers for girls who can't seek parental consent because they are victims of abuse or neglect.

Man cleared in Taliban terror case suing US
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 17:06

Sept. 8, 2014: Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, discusses his lawsuit against the U.S. government in his Plantation, Fla. office. (AP)

MIAMI – Irfan Khan, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan with a wife and two children, worked hard to realize the American dream after arriving in this country in 1994. He held jobs in South Florida as a taxi driver and service technician, and operated a limousine company.

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley

(Reuters) - A man who flew from Liberia to Texas has become the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said on Tuesday, a sign the outbreak ravaging West Africa may spread globally.

The patient sought treatment six days after arriving in Texas on Sept. 20, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the U.S.

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