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DEA: Noriega didn't help bust Medellin

Published Oct. 10, 2005

A U.S. drug agent testified Monday that ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega refused to help the United States bust the Medellin cocaine cartel. Testifying for the defense, James Bramble, who led the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Panama from 1982-1984, told jurors at Noriega's drug trial that Panamanian police helped mostly in minor smuggling cases. Noriega, who surrendered to U.S. troops following the December 1989 invasion of Panama, could be sentenced to 140 years in prison if convicted of all 10 drug and racketeering counts. He's accused of taking Medellin cartel bribes to allow cocaine trafficking through his country.

Antenna on "Galileo' spacecraft still stuck

PASADENA, Calif. _ The latest effort to free the Galileo spacecraft's stuck main antenna has failed, but NASA will keep trying to save the $1.4-billion mission to Jupiter, an official said Monday. In the meantime, engineers have determined how to use a smaller antenna to send 2,200 pictures of Jupiter when Galileo orbits the planet from 1995 to 1997, said Neal E. Ausman Jr., mission director at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. That's only a fraction of the 50,000 pictures of Jupiter and its moons that Galileo was supposed to take by using its 16-foot-wide main antenna dish. He said engineers still plan at least five more efforts to free the stuck antenna this year by turning the spacecraft. Galileo was carried into orbit by the shuttle Atlantis in October 1989.

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Dahmer trial continues: Jeffrey Dahmer would not have killed again and again if his attempts to give a victim a lobotomy and turn him into a zombie-like sex partner had succeeded, a prosecution psychiatrist said Monday. "As far as his first choice, his real sexual interest was not in a corpse," Dr. Frederick Fosdal testified during cross-examination at Dahmer's insanity trial in Milwaukee. Fosdal said Dahmer suffered a mental disease at the time he killed and dismembered 15 young males in Milwaukee County, but is not legally insane because he knew his crimes were wrong and could have stopped himself from killing.

Infertility doctor's trial opens: A patient of an infertility doctor accused of deception tearfully told a federal jury in Alexandria, Va., Monday of her distress at being told repeatedly she had become pregnant but later miscarried. "I started a diary to the child, indicating my feeling to the child," Deborah Gregory testified on the opening day of Dr. Cecil Jacobson's trial on 52 counts of fraud and perjury. The charges include allegations that Jacobson used his own sperm to artificially inseminate dozens of patients, and tricked others into believing they were pregnant when they were not. If convicted on all counts, Jacobson could be sentenced to as much as 285 years in jail and fined $500,000.

Court takes over reapportionment in S.C.: A federal appeals court Monday took over the process of redrawing boundary lines for South Carolina's congressional and state legislative districts. Judge Clyde Hamilton of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the court believed the Legislature could not resolve a reapportionment dispute between Republicans and Democrats.