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Briton returns to Mass. to face charges

BOSTON - A British man accused of killing his wife and infant daughter in their suburban Boston home before fleeing to England was brought back to Massachusetts on Wednesday to face murder charges.

Television cameras showed Neil Entwistle handcuffed and in leg shackles as state police escorted him, head bowed, from a small jet that landed at an Air Force base outside Boston. He was taken to the police station in suburban Hopkinton for booking.

Entwistle, 27, left London's Gatwick Airport earlier Tuesday in the custody of U.S. marshals.

He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Framingham District Court on two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his wife, Rachel, 27, and 9-month-old daughter Lillian on Jan. 20.

In court documents, law officers have describe Entwistle as a secretive man who was sinking into debt. The documents say that in the days before the killings, he trolled the Internet looking for sexual partners and information on ways to kill people and commit suicide.

A defense attorney, Elliot M. Weinstein, was appointed Wednesday to represent Entwistle.

Texas executes man for cabdriver's 1992 slaying

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Convicted killer Clyde Smith was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting a Houston cabdriver during a robbery in 1992.

"I want to thank you all for being here and for your love and support," Smith, 32, told friends who watched from a window.

Smith was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m., seven minutes after lethal drugs were administered. His execution was the fourth this year in Texas.

Smith had confessed to the Feb. 7, 1992, death of 45-year-old David Jacobs, and to a similar shooting and robbery of another cabdriver, Victor Bilton, six weeks later.

He was convicted of shooting Jacobs four times in the head and robbing him of about $100.

Padilla co-defendant seeks evidence of NSA spying

MIAMI - One of terror suspect Jose Padilla's co-defendants wants the Bush administration to disclose whether warrantless surveillance was used to collect evidence in his case.

Attorneys for Adham Amin Hassoun asked a federal judge to order the government to provide "any and all electronic intercepts" by the National Security Agency that were not approved under laws by a court.

A second motion filed by Hassoun's lawyers requests that the judge review intercepts collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and throw out any that appear to have been illegal.

That motion stops short of accusing the government of illegal surveillance, noting that applications for eavesdropping under FISA remain highly classified.

"Disclosure is necessary so that the defense can assist the court in making an accurate determination of the legality of the surveillance," says Hassoun's motion, filed Tuesday.

Hassoun is accused along with Padilla and two other men with taking part in a terror support cell that provided financing, supplies and recruits for Islamic holy war.

After show, prize dog missing in marshes

NEW YORK - She's a California show dog, and she's lost in the marshes of New York.

After competing at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Vivi, a 3-year-old champion whippet, was to be placed in a crate for a flight from John F. Kennedy Airport. But she disappeared from the crate, airline personnel told her owner, Jil Walton of Claremont, Calif. Walton said the airport did not know when Vivi escaped.

Vivi was last seen in the marshes at the end of a runway.

The white and brindle dog was wearing a black wool coat and a collar with her owner's phone number. She has been microchipped, which when scanned reveals an owner's contact information.