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Man whose wife drowned on honeymoon in Australia faces murder charges

LOS ANGELES

Man faces murder charges in honeymoon drowning

An Alabama man accused of killing his wife during their honeymoon on Australia's Great Barrier Reef has been indicted on murder charges, state Attorney General Troy King said Thursday after the suspect arrived in the United States from Australia, where he served an 18-month prison sentence for the 2003 drowning death.

Gabe Watson, 33, was brought to Los Angeles Thursday morning from Melbourne by immigration. Los Angeles police Lt. Aaron McCraney said Watson was booked at a local police station after his arrival. He will likely make a court appearance in Los Angeles before being sent back to Alabama.

Watson pleaded guilty last year in Australia to the manslaughter of his wife of 11 days, Tina Watson, 26. He had been in immigration custody since completing a prison sentence earlier this month. Australia, a staunch opponent of capital punishment, delayed his deportation until it received a pledge from the U.S. government that it would not seek the death penalty against Watson.

New York

Del Monte to be sold for $4B

Del Monte Foods Co. on Thursday agreed to be bought for $4 billion in cash by a group of investors that includes its former owner in what would be the biggest private equity deal of the year. An investor group led by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. — which briefly owned Del Monte — Vestar Capital Partners and Centerview Partners agreed to buy the food maker for $19 per share and assume $1.3 billion in debt. The purchase price is a 6 percent premium to the stock's closing price on Wednesday. Del Monte, based in San Francisco, is the owner of several well-known pet food brands, including Kibbles 'n Bits, Meow Mix and Milk-Bone. It also has food brands under the Del Monte, Contadina, College Inn and S&W names.

Elsewhere

ATHENS, Greece: A Greek militant group claimed responsibility Thursday for a spate of parcel bombings this month that targeted embassies in Athens and even reached the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The radical anarchist group called Conspiracy Nuclei of Fire posted a 13-page statement on the Internet saying it carried out the attacks using private courier companies. A delivery service employee suffered minor burns in a small blast, but 13 other packages were intercepted by police.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: Dutch justice authorities issued a Europe-wide arrest warrant Thursday for a former SS camp guard accused of murdering at least 22 Jews. Dutch-born Klaas Carel Faber, now 88, lives in the southern German city of Ingolstadt and is a German citizen. Under current German law, no German national can be extradited.

MEXICO CITY: Preliminary census data released Thursday by the National Institute for Statistics and Geography showed Mexico had 112.3 million inhabitants as of July. That was 3.6 million more than experts had projected.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso: President Blaise Compaore, one of Africa's last remaining "Big Men" who seized power in a bloody coup 23 years ago, was re-elected in a vote rejected by the opposition. The country's electoral commission said Thursday that Compaore won Sunday's presidential poll with 80.2 percent of the vote, according to provisional results.

Times wires

Man whose wife drowned on honeymoon in Australia faces murder charges 11/25/10 [Last modified: Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:42pm]

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