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Judge acquits cop of stomping Katrina victim

New Orleans

Judge acquits cop of stomping katrina victim

A federal judge has overturned portions of a jury's verdict against five current or ex-police officers convicted of civil rights violations in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled Thursday that jurors didn't hear sufficient evidence to convict Sgt. Kenneth Bowen of a charge he stomped on 40-year-old Ronald Madison after another officer shot and killed the mentally disabled man after the 2005 storm.

philadelphia

Teen charged in 'Jihad Jane' plot

A Maryland teenager has been indicted on federal terrorism charges that accuse him of helping the U.S. terror suspect dubbed "Jihad Jane" with her plot to kill a Swedish artist. Mohammad Hassan Khalid, a legal immigrant from Pakistan, allegedly helped recruit women with passports to further the plot of Colleen LaRose of Pennsylvania (who called herself Jihad Jane in a Youtube video) and others. The indictment released Thursday also names Ali Charaf Damache, 46, an Algerian who lived in Ireland and married another suspect in the case, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez of Colorado.

Oneonta, Ala.

Americans not taking farm jobs

Despite the nation's strictest immigration law, Alabama farmers say they must still look beyond the nation's borders for labor because many Americans simply don't want the backbreaking, low-paying jobs immigrants are willing to take. One farmer saw most of his Hispanic workers leave after Alabama's law took effect, so he hired Americans. But it hasn't worked out: They show up late, work slower than seasoned farm hands and some quit after one day. Experts say that even high unemployment rates are not likely to push Americans toward farm work.

London

British police knew of hacking in 2002

Authorities knew Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid had hacked into the phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler nine years before the scandal over the practice exploded, an English police chief said Thursday. Surrey Chief Constable Mark Rowley acknowledged that his force knew in 2002 that someone linked to News of the World had accessed Dowler's voicemail. He said it wasn't clear why no one was prosecuted over the practice.

Spain

Basque group ETA renounces violence

The Basque militant group ETA called an end to a 43-year violent campaign for independence Thursday and now wants to open talks with Spain and France — a groundbreaking move that could pave the way for ending Europe's last armed militancy. ETA had already declared a cease-fire last year, but up to now had not renounced armed struggle as a tool for achieving an independent Basque state.

venezuela

Chavez says he is free of cancer

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he is cancer-free because a series of medical exams in Cuba showed no recurrence of the illness following two months of chemotherapy treatments. The 57-year-old leader announced the test results on TV Thursday after returning from Cuba, saying exams found "no malignant cells active in this body."

Times wires

Judge acquits cop of stomping Katrina victim 10/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:09pm]

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