PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" testified at her murder trial on Thursday that she got into body sculpting 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures.
(This Feb 26 story is corrected to make clear in paragraph 2 that session was closed for administrative reasons, and drops reference to commanders in paragraphs 1 and 3) By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Md. (Reuters) - A U.S. military court at Guantanamo Bay met in closed session on Thursday as the judge assesses whether the head of the Guantanamo trials is exerting so much influence that a fair trial for accused al Qaeda extremists cannot be ensured. Thursday's administrative scheduling session was part of pretrial proceedings for Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi charged with plotting the 2000 suicide bombing of the USS Cole at Aden, Yemen. Defense attorneys for Nashiri have said that efforts by the Pentagon convening authority overseeing the trials to reduce costs by speeding up the years-long proceedings is exerting "undue influence" over the trials. Their main complaint is about a Jan. 7 order from Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work telling judges overseeing the trials to drop their other duties and relocate to Guantanamo Bay.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A yoga guru who founded a rigorous routine of exercises practiced in steamy rooms around the world is facing lawsuits by six women who claim he sexually assaulted them.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Daily News may be up for sale.
NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a Pablo Picasso painting worth millions of dollars was stolen in France and smuggled into the U.S. by someone who falsely labeled it as an "art craft" worth about $37 when it was shipped.
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KNIGHTS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — In a story Feb. 25 about a missing 20-day-old baby boy whose body was found in a swampy region in Northern California, The Associated Press erroneously reported the baby's first name. His name is Justice Rees, not Justin Rees.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together.
By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Mexican farmworker fatally shot by police in Washington state after he pelted them with rocks and tried to flee was struck as many as seven times, including two shots from behind, contrary to police accounts, a family attorney said on Thursday. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unemployed orchard worker from Michoacan state, was killed earlier this month in the city of Pasco in Washington state's agricultural heartland, in a shooting captured on video. A video of the incident posted online shows Zambrano-Montes running from officers and then briefly turning and raising his arm before he was killed. Charles Herrmann, a lawyer who represents Zambrano-Montes' wife and daughters, said a second autopsy, requested by the family, showed he was shot as many seven times, with bullets hitting him in the chest and face.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday.
LEXINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Grand jury indictments indicate that four of the five South Carolina children who allegedly died at the hands of their father were strangled and one was beaten.
HIGHLAND, Calif. (AP) — Col. Paul L. Green, one of the Tuskegee Airmen — the legendary black pilots who escorted U.S. aircraft during World War II — has died in a Southern California senior care home. He was 91.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court says a lawsuit against tobacco giant Philip Morris USA can proceed under class-action status.
WENHAM, Mass. (AP) — A decision by a Christian college to auction a portion of its rare collection of Bibles and Shakespeare folios donated nearly a century ago by the family of a railroad executive isn't sitting well with his descendants and some faculty members.
By Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Vancouver yoga instructor has become the sixth woman to accuse yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old celebrity yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years. Jill Lawler filed the lawsuit with the California Superior Court earlier this month. Her lawyer said on Thursday that they plan to serve the defendant "any time now." "It's in progress," said attorney Mary Shea Hagebols, who is also involved in civil suits brought by five other women against Choudhury. Lawler said the sexual assaults continued over the remainder of the training course and throughout the following three years, when she worked for Choudhury's yoga studios and as a trainer.
KNIGHTS LANDING, Calif. (AP) — An autopsy found no obvious trauma in the death of a 20-day-old boy whose body was found in a swampy region near the Sacramento River in Northern California, authorities said Thursday.
TROY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has reduced the bond for four people accused of staging a kidnapping of a 6-year-old boy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A convicted drug dealer pleaded not guilty Thursday to killing a 20th Century Fox executive whose remains were found in the Southern California desert 2 1/2 years after he vanished.
NEW YORK (AP) — Three men pleaded not guilty on Thursday in an arms-dealing conspiracy case that spans three continents: They are charged with scheming in Europe to sell military-grade weapons to buyers posing as terrorists seeking to shoot down American aircraft in Colombia.
PHOENIX (AP) — Two quick-footed llamas dashed in and out of traffic in a Phoenix-area retirement enclave before they were captured by authorities Thursday, causing a stir in the streets and on social media.