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Guilty in silicone-injection case

Guilty in silicone-injection case

A Mississippi woman was convicted Friday of murder in connection to illicit silicone buttocks injections that led to a Georgia woman's death.

The state Attorney General's Office said in a statement that a jury in Jackson deliberated about five hours before finding Tracy Lynn Garner, 54, guilty of depraved-heart murder and conspiracy to commit wire fraud in the 2012 death of Karima Gordon, 37. The murder conviction carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Gordon, an Atlanta-area resident, died eight days after receiving the injections. Prosecutors said Gordon's death was caused by injections that Garner administered. They said Gordon was referred to Garner by Natasha Stewart, an adult entertainer. Stewart was convicted of manslaughter in February and is serving a seven-year prison sentence.

Los Angeles

Porn moratorium lifted as HIV test is false

The advocacy group for the adult film industry in Los Angeles has called off a production moratorium after just a day because a performer's HIV test turned out to be a false positive.

The Free Speech Coalition said Friday that further testing showed that the porn performer does not have HIV, and tests of the person's private and on-screen partners also came back negative.

The group had called for the industrywide moratorium on Thursday after the unidentified performer had a test return positive. Such moratoriums aren't binding but generally bring compliance within the industry.

Washington

Obama plans 1% hike in federal, military pay

President Barack Obama on Friday proposed raising federal civilian and military pay by 1 percent across the board next year, signaling that he wants to give the workers a salary bump but prevent the rates from automatically rising higher under the law.

In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Obama said the greater increase set to take effect without his plan would be "inappropriate." Congress has the authority to block the plan, but failure to act would allow Obama to implement the pay raise unilaterally through an executive order, as he did with a 1 percent increase in December.

Jackson, Miss.

Judge dismisses suit over win by Cochran

A Mississippi judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday that seeks to overturn six-term Sen. Thad Cochran's victory in a Republican primary runoff, but the losing candidate in the prolonged election fight could still appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

Judge Hollis McGehee said state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who lost to Cochran in the June 24 runoff, failed to start an election challenge on time. McDaniel's lawsuit claims irregularities spoiled the runoff, and it asks the judge to declare McDaniel the winner or order a new runoff.

Elsewhere

Lancaster, Calif.: A jury on Friday found a man guilty of murder after his pit bulls mauled a woman to death in a high desert town in California. Alex Donald Jackson, 31, was convicted of second-degree murder and could get 24 years to life in prison for the slaying of Pamela Devitt, 63, in Littlerock on May 9, 2013.

Brazil: Brazil's economy, once an emerging-market darling, fell into recession, according to government data released Friday, as millions of new middle class citizens tightened their belts and further dampened a credit-driven spending spree.

Times wires

Guilty in silicone-injection case 08/29/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:41pm]

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