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Daughter of a Cuban leader defects

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daughter of a cuban leader defects

The 24-year-old daughter of Cuban Vice President Marino Murillo, sometimes mentioned as a possible successor to ruler Raul Castro, defected this month and is now living in Tampa, the Miami Herald reported Monday, citing unnamed sources.

Glenda Murillo Diaz crossed the Mexico border at Laredo, Texas, around Aug. 16, meaning she was paroled under the wet-foot, dry-foot policy, which allows Cubans who set foot on U.S. land to stay, the Herald reported.

Her decision to abandon communist-ruled Cuba and settle in the United States would suggest a vote of no-confidence on the economic reforms that Castro has ordered and that her father is in charge of enacting.

Marino Murillo, 51, known as Cuba's "reforms tsar," is vice president of the ruling Council of State and a member of the powerful political bureau of the Cuban Communist Party. Castro last year put him in charge of executing the reforms.

JOLIET, Ill.

Peterson's lawyers open their defense

Drew Peterson's defense team began Monday to try to counter the state's portrayal of the former suburban Chicago police officer as a bully who was more than capable of slaying his third wife.

Prosecutors rested their four-week, 30-plus witness case earlier Monday, ending with a dramatic letter from the alleged victim, in which Kathleen Savio said she feared her spouse would kill her.

Peterson, 58, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Savio's death in 2004. The former Bolingbrook police sergeant was only charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in 2007. He was arrested in 2009.

Savio's death was initially deemed accidental but reclassified a homicide after Stacy Peterson disappeared.

PERRY HALL, Md.

Student, 17, shot on opening day of school

A 15-year-old student opened fire on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school Monday, getting off two shots and wounding a classmate before being rushed by teachers, authorities said.

The assailant was taken into custody after the shooting at Perry Hall High School and was cooperating with investigators, police said. Baltimore County police Chief James Johnson said police do not believe the shooter was targeting the victim, a 17-year-old male. Johnson did not answer questions about a possible motive.

SAN DIEGO

Archbishop-elect arrested in DUI case

The Roman Catholic archbishop-elect of San Francisco apologized Monday for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving, behavior he called an "error in judgment" and that legal experts said was unlikely to derail his promotion.

The Rev. Salvatore Cordileone said he was driving home from a dinner with friends in San Diego with his mother and a visiting priest friend early Saturday when he was pulled over.

FRESNO, Calif.

Slaughterhouse gets approval to reopen

A slaughterhouse at the center of a food safety and cruelty investigation resumed operations Monday after federal officials approved its plan to improve treatment of animals.

However, the investigation was ongoing to determine if animals that might have been sick or lame made their way into the food supply. The cows were seen on an undercover video shot by an animal welfare group operative working at Central Valley Meat Co. of Hanford.

"We're looking at everything in terms of the investigation and have a team on the ground looking at records and interviewing folks," U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Neil Gaffney said when asked about the possibility of a meat recall.

CHICAGO

Legionnaires' outbreak leaves two deaths

Two people have died after contracting Legionnaires' disease in an outbreak linked to a Chicago hotel this summer, the city Department of Public Health officials said Monday.

The two were among eight people who came down with the disease after staying in the JW Marriott in July and this month.

None of the eight who contracted the disease live in, or are being treated, in the Chicago area. City officials would not provide any further information about them, citing privacy laws. The conditions of the six surviving people who caught the disease are not known.

Elsewhere

China: Two Tibetan teenagers died Monday after setting themselves on fire outside a monastery in southwest China in the latest such protests against Chinese rule, the London-based rights group Free Tibet said.

MEXICO: A judge ruled Monday that 12 police officers accused of opening fire on a U.S. embassy vehicle and wounding two embassy employees last week should remain in detention as an investigation proceeds.

Times wires

Daughter of a Cuban leader defects

08/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 11:31pm]

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