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Pistorius forced to sell house that was scene of fatal shooting

Pistorius sells his house

South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, on trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, has sold his home in an upscale gated community for $450,000, a sharp cut in the $620,000 asking price. The Paralympics champion, who ran in the Olympic Summer Games in 2012 using prosthetic legs, was forced to sell the property where he killed Steenkamp to cover his legal fees, his legal spokesman said. The trial dragged on longer than expected, with thousands of pages of transcript and legal costs mounting by the day. Defense counsel and the prosecution next week will outline their final legal arguments to Judge Thokozile Masipa. The court will then take a break while the judge reaches her verdict.

Big push for Tiny Porpoise

Gillnet fishing in Mexico's upper Sea of Cortez has pushed the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, to the brink of extinction, according to an environmental report published Friday which states fewer than 100 of them are believed left. Experts believe fewer than 25 of the remaining vaquitas are reproductively mature females. If left unchecked, gillnet fishing and China's insatiable appetite for the swim bladder of the totoaba may seal the fate of the tiny porpoise, according to the report from the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita. The bladder of the totoaba is used in soups, and the vaquitas often are caught in totoaba nets. The report recommends a total ban on gill nets in the Sea of Cortez — also called the Gulf of California — between the Baja California peninsula and mainland Mexico.

Times wires

Pistorius forced to sell house that was scene of fatal shooting 08/01/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 1, 2014 10:44pm]
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