Ex-cop linked to torture begins his prison term
Jon Burge of Apollo Beach, who was convicted in June of lying about the torture of homicide suspects, reported to federal prison in North Carolina on Wednesday. Burge, commander of the infamous "Midnight Crew" in the 1970s and 1980s, turned himself in to begin a 41/2 year sentence at Butner Federal Correctional Complex. Hours later, a Cook County judge ordered Eric Caine, 45, released from Menard Correctional Center after prosecutors conceded they didn't have enough evidence to convict him of murder again without the suspect confession he gave police in 1986. Burge, 63, was suspended from the Chicago Police Department in 1991 and fired in 1993.
Infant, mother die in car bombing
A car bombing in the northern city of Kirkuk killed three people, including a 4-month-old and the baby's mother, said a city police spokesman, Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qadir. Kurds and Arabs have been feuding for years over control of Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed, oil-rich city 180 miles north of Baghdad. Also Wednesday, judges ordered the execution of Munaf al-Rawi, al-Qaida's former ringleader in Baghdad, for masterminding some of the capital's deadliest attacks — including the August 2009 government ministry bombings that killed more than 100.
Writer suspended for plagiarism
The Washington Post suspended a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter after editors determined that "substantial" parts of two recent news articles were taken without attribution from another newspaper. Sari Horwitz, a longtime Post investigative reporter, was suspended for three months for plagiarizing sections of stories that first appeared in the Arizona Republic. The stories concerned the investigation of and legal proceedings for Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona man accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and 18 others in January.
Huge pedophile ring uncovered
Police smashed a huge international pedophile ring, rescuing 230 children from abuse and arresting 184 suspects, including teachers and police officers. The three-year investigation uncovered 670 suspects and identified and safeguarded children in more than 30 countries, said Rob Wainwright, director of the European Union police agency Europol. The ring was centered on an Amsterdam-based online forum called boylover.net, which Wainwright described as "probably the largest online pedophile network in the world."
Boston: Massachusetts transportation officials discovered corrosion in some of the lighting fixtures throughout the Big Dig tunnel system after one of the 110-pound fixtures crashed onto the road in February.
Cape Canaveral: Astronauts at the International Space Station unpacked Robonaut, the first humanoid robot, 2½ weeks after its arrival via Discovery.
Michigan: State police arrested 11 protesters after a day in which 3,000 to 4,000 people gathered at the Capitol for a union-sponsored rally against Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposals.
Nevada: Sharron Angle, who lost her bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid last year, said she will pursue one of the state's four U.S. House seats in 2012.