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The skinny: She just can't get enough of diamonds

Back to jail

She just can't get enough of diamonds

At 83 years old, Doris Payne remains devoted to her longtime career as a jewelry thief. And that's too bad. Payne, whose rap sheet dates back decades, pleaded guilty Monday to stealing a diamond ring from a jewelry store in Riverside County, Calif. She was sentenced to four years in custody — two in county jail, two under mandatory supervision — after pleading guilty to one felony count each of burglary and grand theft, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office. Judge William Lebov also ordered Payne to stay away from all jewelry stores during that time. Yeah. In October, Payne was arrested for swiping the $22,500 diamond-and-white-gold ring. At the time, she had been out of prison for only about three months.

Saved by turrets

Add warning label to cathedral tours

England is known for its beautiful old cathedrals — but they can be dangerous as well. That was the case Tuesday when a tour of Wells Cathedral in Somerset went horribly wrong. A rescue spokesman said a 68-year-old woman fell about 20 feet, landing between two turrets roughly 150 feet off the ground. The woman, part of a tour group, had to be winched to safety and airlifted by helicopter to a hospital. She's expected to recover from her arm and pelvic injuries.

A bad, bad feeling

Any chance of getting a refund?

This is embarrassing. When more than 1,300 people gathered for a food safety conference in Baltimore, about 100 were sickened. No one at the Food Safety Summit held April 8-10 was hospitalized, according to health officials, and most people reported cases of diarrhea. Alvina Chu, who is leading the Maryland Department of Health's investigation, said Tuesday that officials haven't yet determined what caused people to get sick. It's not yet clear if the illness was transmitted by food or from person to person, she said.

Compiled from wire services

The skinny: She just can't get enough of diamonds 04/29/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:25pm]
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