September 30, 2008

Trial of Taylor’s Son Begins

MIAMI -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor's son housed political opponents in dirt pits, shocked their genitals and even beheaded some, federal prosecutors said yesterday during opening statements. The trial of Charles McArthur Emmanuel marks the first test of a 1994 law that makes it a crime for a U.S. citizen to commit torture overseas. Boston-born Emmanuel, 31, has pleaded not guilty to the torture charges, which carry a combined possible sentence of life in prison. He moved to Liberia during his teens to live with his father. (AP)

NASA delays Hubble mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA said yesterday that it is delaying its mission to the Hubble Space Telescope until next year because of a serious breakdown of the observatory in orbit. Space shuttle Atlantis had been scheduled to blast off in just two weeks, but an unexpected problem with the Hubble appeared on Saturday night when the telescope stopped sending science data. That potentially means a new repair issue for the astronauts to confront -- one that they haven't trained for and never anticipated. (AP)

Girls' bodies found in freezer

LUSBY, Md. -- Child-sized human remains uncovered in a basement freezer were those of two girls and have been there for months, their adoptive mother told investigators. Authorities said yesterday they believe she is responsible for their deaths. Sheriff's deputies were investigating an abuse complaint regarding a third, surviving child Saturday when they discovered the remains encased in ice. The mother told investigators that they had been in her southern Maryland home's freezer for at least seven months, and the police said they are considering the case a homicide. (AP)

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