October 2011 Archives

Three people have been killed, three have been left unaccounted for, and two have been hospitalized after a large explosion Saturday night at a grain elevator in northeastern Kansas, CNN reported.

According to Fox News, the search for the missing men was suspended Sunday while crews waited for more specialized search equipment.

The massive explosion at the Bartlett Grain Co. elevator was seen and felt from up to four miles away, Fox News reported.

CNN reported that authorities suspect toxic gases that can be generated by stored grain caused the explosion.

According to Fox News, out of 11 workers loading a train with corn when the explosion occurred, only several escaped injury.

New witness in Cook case

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According to a brief court proceeding Wednesday, a roommate of suspended Minnesota Viking Chris Cook is now considered to be a witness after it having been found that he was in their Eden Prairie townhouse during Cook's suspected jealousy-fueled assault of his girlfriend, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Washington Post, Cook has been on the suspended without pay list since he was charged with domestic assault by strangulation.

In Cooks first court appearance the previous Wednesday, he did not enter a plea but was free on $40,000 bail, the Washington Post reported.

No details have been released about what Will Grishaw, the identified witness, might have seen or heard, the Star Tribune reported.

Two Minnesota woman were convicted of supporting al-Shabab

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Two Minnesota woman were convicted Thursday by a federal jury in Minneapolis of conspiring to support a U.S.-designated terrorist group in Somalia, USA Today reported.

According to the Pioneer Press, the two Somali women, Amina Farah Ali, 35, and Hawo Mohamed Hassa, 64, were charged with financing and recruiting for al-Shabab after being under FBI surveillance since 2008. The evidence collected includes teleconferences the women held to raise money

The federal jury found Hassan guilty of two counts of lying to the FBI and Ali guilty of supplying al-Shabab with more than $8,600 between September 2008 and July 2009, USA Today reported.

USA Today reports that both counts of terrorism carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and lying to the FBI carries and eight-year maximum.

Verdict on Mosley case delayed

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The French court's verdict in the suit of former world motorsport chief Max Mosley against a British tabloid that accused him of taking part in a Nazi-themed orgy has been delayed until November 8 for technical reasons, reported the New Zealand Herald.

According to Reuters, this is Mosley's second suit against Rupert Murdoch's News Group. In the first case, Mosley sued for a breach of privacy in British court after the News of the World published a front-page story in 2008 showing photographs of Mosley with five prostitutes.

Mosley won 60,000 pounds in damages and 450,000 pounds in costs, reported Reuters.

The New Zealand Herald reports that his current case charges News Group in France of violating his private life and defamation by distributing the newspaper containing the images.

If successful, Mosly could be awarded up to 2000,000 euros in damages, the New Zealand Haerald reported.

A New Jersey man went on trail Friday for being accused of killing five missing teenagers in 1978 in what was one of the state's longest-running cold cases, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Lee Evans, long suspected of the murders of 17-year-olds Melvin Pittman and Ernest Taylor and 16-year-olds Alvin Turner, Randy Johnson and Michael McDowell, was only one of two suspects charged in the case.

According to the Huffington Post, Evan's cousin, Philander Johnson pleaded guilty 10 months earlier to murdering the five teenagers and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Johnson, who is expected to testify against Evans, told police that he and Evans lured the teens into an abandoned house in Newark, then locked them inside and set the house on fire because they suspected them of stealing their marijuana, the Huffington Post reported.

If convicted, Lee faces five counts of felony murder and five counts of murder.

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