Miller files to stop election certification
GOP Senate candidate Joe Miller is asking a federal judge to stop officials from certifying the election, in which rival Lisa Murkowski declared victory Wednesday. An attorney for Miller sought the preliminary injunction on Thursday as part of a previous lawsuit in which he has challenged write-in ballots for Murkowski. A judge last week denied his request to stop elections officials from counting write-in ballots that stray from the exact spelling of a candidate's name. Murkowski, the incumbent who lost the GOP primary, has a lead of about 10,400 votes. Miller had challenged 8,153 of the ballots counted for Murkowski and would still be behind even if he won every challenge.
Twin shooting was a suicide pact
The shooting of Australian twins that left one of the women dead was a suicide pact, investigators said after interviewing the surviving sister. The sisters, 29, had been in the Denver area for about five weeks before they went to a shooting range Monday. Investigators say each shot herself in the head with ammunition bought at the range, one using a rented .22-caliber revolver and the other a rented .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun. The surviving sister remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Cholera protesters tie up the capital
Anti-U.N. violence spread to the country's capital of Port-au-Prince as protesters blocked roads and attacked foreigners' cars over suspicions that Nepalese peacekeepers introduced a cholera epidemic that has killed more than 1,100 people. The unrest followed three days of similar violence in northern Haiti. The protests come a little more than a week before national elections, and the U.N. has characterized them as political.
Wikileaks founder arrest approved
Prosecutors won permission from a Stockholm court to seek an international arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks website, whom they want to question on allegations of rape and other sexual offenses. The accusations stem from encounters Assange, 39, had with two women during a visit to Sweden in August. Assange denies any unlawful conduct, saying that his relations with the women were consensual.
Jail time in Dead Sea Scrolls case
A lawyer was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of an ultramodern crime that was all about antiquity: using online aliases to harass people in an academic debate about the Dead Sea Scrolls. Raphael Golb, 50, was sentenced on identity theft and other charges in a rare criminal case centered on Internet impersonation — and a rare trial that aired a bitter scholarly debate over which ancient Jews created the scrolls. Prosecutors said Golb crossed the line between discourse and crime by using fake e-mail accounts and writing blog posts under assumed names to discredit detractors of his father, a scholar.
Hong Kong: Health authorities are increasing their checks on poultry coming from mainland China and at farms and markets across the region after government officials confirmed the first case of bird flu in seven years in the territory.