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									                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ARAB TIMES, SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 2011
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                                      World News Roundup

Georgia lawmakers pass bill: The
Republican-controlled Georgia legislature
has passed a bill cracking down on illegal
immigrants that is similar to a state meas-
ure enacted in Arizona last year but
blocked by the federal courts.
   The Georgia state Senate and House of
Representatives approved the measure late
on Thursday in the final hours of their 40-
day legislative session. Republican back-
ers of the measure argued that the federal
government has failed to do enough to
prevent illegal immigration into the
United States.
   Republican Governor Nathan Deal
indicated in an interview with the Atlanta
                       on Friday that he
                       intends to sign the
                       bill into law, saying
                       it appears to be
                       “consistent with
                       what we would be
                       agreeable to.”
                           The legislation
                       would give police in
                       the Southern US
                       state authority to
                       question criminal
         Deal         suspects about their
                      immigration status. It
also would require many private employ-
ers to check the immigration status of
newly hired workers on a federal database
called E-Verify. (RTRS)
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2 siblings’ deaths probed:
Authorities in a rural Texas community
are investigating the slayings of an infant
and toddler whose father had sent his ex-
girlfriend a cell phone photo that, accord-
ing to two of the mother’s friends,
appeared to show the younger child dead.
   Gabriel Armandariz, 28, was jailed on
$1.5 million bond on a capital murder
charge in Young County, where the chil-
dren’s bodies were found early Thursday
after a 10-hour search prompted by a fam-
ily member’s concern for their welfare,
Graham police said. Armandariz does not
yet have an attorney.
   Authorities declined to say how the
children died in Graham, a rural commu-
nity about 75 miles (120 kilometers)
northwest of Fort Worth, or release other
details about the case. (AP)
                                                                                                                A vehicle rests on a tree after an overnight tornado in Tushka, Okla, on April 15. (AP)
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2nd Sikh man dies: The death of an                                                                                                                                                                                                           An infamous serial killer serving life in
elderly Sikh man on Friday has turned the                                                                                                                                                                                                 prison after confessing to 17 murders in
work of police into a double homicide                                                                                    Fraud                                                                                                            the 1980s and ‘90s said none of the bones
investigation as they try to determine                                                                                                                                                                                                    belonged to his victims.
whether a shooting in a Northern                                                                                                                                                                                                             “I have nothing to do with those bod-
California suburb last month was a hate                                                                                                                                                                                                   ies,” Joel Rifkin told the daily Newsday in
crime.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    an interview published Friday. Since
   Gurmej Atwal, who was 78, had lost
the use of most of his organs after being                                                                                           ‘Companies ran afoul of law’                                                                          Rifkin was active in Long Island, specula-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tion has been rife that at least some of the
gunned down in near Sacramento on                                                                                                                                                                                                         bones found recently may stretch back to
March 4, his son, Kamaljit Atwal, told
The Associated Press. His father had been
on a ventilator and unable to talk for most
of the time he had been in the hospital.
   “We are in a great grief,” Kamaljit
                                                                                                  3 poker sites face charges                                                                                                              his spree.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The mass murderer told Newsday that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          he suspected the current culprit could be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          local who would stand out if he were seen
                                                                                                  NEW YORK, April 16, (AP):                 payment in connection with the par-                                                           carrying the kind of burlap bags found
Atwal said.                                                                                                                                                                              including Nelson Burtnick and its                with some of the remains.
   But his father did speak briefly with                                                          Federal authorities busted the three      ticipation of another person in              CEO, Raymond Bitar.                                 “My guess is it would be someone like
Elk Grove police, who said he and his                                                             largest online poker websites in the      unlawful Internet gambling.                     “I am surprised and disappointed              a landscaper, contractor or a fisherman,”
friend, Surinder Singh, might have been                                                           United States on Friday with                           Operations                      by the government’s decision to                  Rifkin said. (AFP)
targeted because they wore turbans, which                                                         charges of bank fraud and illegal            Authorities said Absolute Poker           bring these charges,” Bitar said in a                         ❑       ❑         ❑
often are confused with the head cover-                                                           gambling against 11 people, accus-                                                     statement. “I look forward to Mr.
ings of Muslims. (AP)                                                                                                                       responded by saying in a release                                                              ‘Take GPS tracking case’: The
                                                                                                  ing them of manipulating banks to         after the new law was enacted that it        Burtnick’s and my exoneration.”                  Barack Obama administration on Friday
             ❑       ❑        ❑                                                                   process billions of dollars in illegal                                                    Bitar is accused of arranging for
                                                                                                                                            would continue its US operations                                                              asked the Supreme Court to take up an
Suspect ‘pregnant’: A woman                                                                       revenue.                                  because “the US Congress has no              money received from American                                           important privacy
accused of killing a pregnant woman and                                                              Prosecutors in Manhattan said          control over” the company’s pay-             gamblers to be disguised as pay-                                       case for the digital
then showing up at a hospital with the                                                            they’ve issued restraining orders                                                      ments to online merchants that did-                                    age — whether the
pregnant woman’s infant had said she was       In this April 14, 2011 photo released              against more than 75 bank accounts        ment transactions.                                                                                                  police need a warrant
                                                                                                                                               Early Saturday, PokerStars post-          n’t exist. The company said it has
expecting a child of her own, a neighbor       by the Missile Defense Agency, a                   in 14 countries used by the poker                                                                                                                             before using a global
                                               Standard      Missile-3   (SM-3)    is                                                       ed a statement to its players through        suspended play for real money on
said Friday.                                                                                      companies, interrupting the illegal                                                    its site in the United States but                                      positioning system
   The baby boy was brought to a               launched from the USS O’Kane in a                                                            its computer software and on                                                                                        device to track a sus-
Bowling Green hospital earlier this week       joint Missile Defense Agency and US                flow of billions of dollars.                                                           would continue offering gambling                                       pect’s movements.
                                                                                                     US Attorney Preet Bharara said         Twitter. The company said it has             on poker in other countries.
by Kathy Michelle Coy, 33, who has been        Navy test conducted at Hickam Air                                                                                                                                                                                   The administration
                                               Force Base, Hawaii. The SM-3 suc-                  the defendants “concocted an elab-        had to suspend real money play to               Efforts to reach the other compa-
charged with murder in the death of 21-                                                                                                     customers based in the United                                                                                       is appealing a lower
year-old Jamie Stice. She is being held        cessfully intercepted a target missile             orate criminal fraud scheme, alter-                                                    nies were not immediately success-                                     court ruling that
without bond.                                  launched from the Reagan Test Site,                nately tricking some US banks and         States. “Please be assured player            ful. Phone calls either went unan-                                     reversed a criminal
   Stice was due to give birth to a son        located on Kwajalein Atoll in the                  effectively bribing others to assure      balances are safe. There is no cause         swered or messages were not                             Obama          conviction because
next month, but her body was found                      Marshall Islands. (AP)                    the continued flow of billions in         for concern,” the company said.                                                                                     the police did not
                                                                                                                                                                                         immediately returned. An attempt
Wednesday in a wooded area in Warren                                                              illegal gambling profits.”                “For all customers outside the US it         to look at the website for                       obtain a warrant for the GPS device they
County by police. A coroner’s report on                                                              The companies, all based over-         is business as usual.”                                                                        secretly installed on a man’s car.
Friday said Stice died of “multiple homi-                                                                                                                                       was met with a                       The federal appeals court in
                                                                                                  seas, were identified as PokerStars,         An attempt to look at the website         message from the FBI saying the
cidal sharp force injuries.” Officials have                                                                                                                                                                                               Washington said that officers violated the
declined to say how the baby survived the                                                         Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.       for was met with a            domain name had been seized as                   Fourth Amendment prohibition against
attack or if the baby was removed from                                                            The indictment sought $3 billion in       message from the FBI saying the              part of a criminal probe. In all,                unreasonable searches. Other appeals
Stice’s body.                                                                                     money laundering penalties and            domain name had been seized as               authorities said they had seized five            courts have ruled that search warrants
   Coy had told family and friends she                                                            forfeiture from the defendants.           part of a criminal probe. In all,            Internet domain names used by the                aren’t necessary for GPS tracking.
was expecting a child, and she had posted                                                            The indictment said the compa-         authorities said they had seized five        poker companies to operate illegal-                 The Justice Department says prompt
an ultrasound picture online and recently                                                         nies ran afoul of the law after the       Internet domain names used by the            ly in the US.                                    resolution of the divergent opinions is
bought baby items, said Darla Mueller,                                                            US in October 2006 enacted the            poker companies to operate illegal-                                                           critically important to law enforcement.
Coy’s neighbor in Butler County.                                                                                                                                                            The indictment said the defen-                (AP)
   “She had kids and led everyone to                                                              Unlawful      Internet     Gambling       ly in the US.                                dants turned to fraudulent methods
                                                                                                  Enforcement Act, which makes it a            Full Tilt Poker released a state-                                                                       ❑       ❑        ❑
believe that she was going to have a                  McCabe                    Leone                                                                                                    to trick financial institutions into
baby,” Mueller said. Mueller said Coy’s                                                           crime for gambling businesses to          ment late Friday defending its exec-         processing payments on their behalf              Teen sentenced to 30 years: A
husband also believed she was pregnant.
   Police were called to the hospital where
                                                  3 men arrested                                  knowingly accept most forms of            utives named in the indictment,              after the law was passed.                        teenager was sentenced Friday to 30 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in prison for his role in the 2008 torture
the baby was brought on a report of a                                                                                                                                                                                                     killing of a pregnant, developmentally
“suspicious birth” involving Coy.              An “incredible turn of events” has led
                                               to the arrest of three men in connec-          Amanda asking, “Do you think you’ll          do. I’m scared of my own protection. I            “The Aviation Bureau has identified a        impaired mother who police say died after
   Kentucky state police trooper Jonathan                                                     ever see her again?” Then, the report        have to be worried about, is that going to     significant number of items that are not        weeks of systematic scaldings, beatings,
Biven said police interviewed Coy at the       tion with the killing of a 15-year-old
                                               Massachusetts boy more than 41                 quoted an unnamed source as saying, the      happen to me one day?”                         natural to that area,” Nassau County            burns from a glue gun and being used as
hospital after her arrival. That information                                                                                                                                                                                              target practice with a BB gun.
led police to a wooded area in Warren          years ago, authorities said Friday.            caller admitted to killing Melissa after        Ten sets of human remains have been         Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter
County where they found Stice’s body,             The body of John Joseph McCabe              sex.                                         discovered so far in scrub next to a road      said Thursday, CBS reported.                       Benny Wilson, 19, twice declined to
Biven said. Coy was charged early              of Tewksbury was found in a vacant                Earlier this week Amanda Barthelemy       along Long Island’s southern shore, about         Police believe a serial killer is at large   address the judge as the last of six defen-
Thursday morning. Her public defender          lot in Lowell in September 1969,               said in an ABC television interview that     an hour from New York City.                    but say that some of the bodies may have        dants sentenced in Dorothy Dixon’s death,
did not return a telephone message.            police said. He had been bound with            the caller used “taunting and angry             The creepy phone calls appear to be         been dumped by another murderer, since          which police say Wilson admitted con-
   Stice’s mother, Jeannie Stice, told The     rope, his eyes and mouth taped shut.           words.”                                      one of the few leads in a growing investi-     the remains appear to have been in the          tributing to by routinely shooting her with
Daily News of Bowling Green that Coy              McCabe was kidnapped after leav-               “Why was I chosen, why was I taunt-       gation that the FBI joined this week with      area for significantly different lengths of     BBs “playing around.” At least once when
and Stice began chatting online about          ing a dance, assaulted by three older                                                                                                                                                      he ran out of BBs, an investigator testified
                                               teens and left in the lot to die of            ed?” she asked. “Very scary. My heart        aerial surveillance equipment sent to scour    time. Four of the bodies have been identi-      Friday, Wilson used a knife to dig the
three weeks ago. Jeannie Stice said Coy                                                       would stop and I just didn’t know what to    for new remains or evidence.                   fied as young former prostitutes.
told her that she worked for a company         asphyxiation as he struggled to free                                                                                                                                                       ammunition out of Dixon’s flesh and fired
that could help Stice get baby items for       himself, Middlesex District Attorney                                                                                                                                                       them off at Dixon again.
                                               Gerry Leone said.                                                                                                                                                                             “This is the final chapter of a horror
the child. (AP)
                                                  Authorities on Thursday arrested                                                                                                                 ‘Honor killing’                        story,” Alton Police Chief David Hayes
              ❑      ❑        ❑                Walter Shelley, 60, of Tewksbury;                                                                                                                                                          said glumly after Wilson got a prison sen-
Hacker sentenced to prison: A US               Edward Allan Brown, 59, of                                                                                                                                                                 tence that roughly splits the difference
Internet vigilante who created a computer      Londonderry, New Hampshire; and
                                               Michael Ferreira, 57, of Salem, New
                                                                                                                                                                                             Man gets 34 yrs                              between the 45-year term prosecutors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sought and the two decades behind bars
virus to attack media outlets publishing
embarrassing articles about him was sen-       Hampshire.                                                                                                                                    PHOENIX, April 16, (AP) : An                 suggested by Wilson’s attorney, Rand
tenced Friday to two years in prison.             All three knew McCabe, Leone                                                                                                               Iraqi immigrant was sentenced                Hale. (AP)
   Bruce Raisley, 48, was found guilty in      said.                                                                                                                                         Friday to 34 years in an Arizona                          ❑        ❑       ❑
federal court in Camden, New Jersey, last         Shelley is charged with murder                                                                                                             prison for running over and
September of creating a malicious pro-         and Brown is charged with                                                                                                                     killing his 20-year-old daughter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Muslim students arraigned: Eleven
gram designed to cause damage to               manslaughter. Ferreira faces a mur-                                                                                                                                                        Muslim students pleaded not guilty on
                                                                                                                                                                                             because she became too                       Friday to charges stemming from the dis-
Internet sites.                                der charge in juvenile court because                                                                                                          Westernized.
   The unusual case began when the com-        he was a juvenile at the time of the                                                                                                                                                       ruption of a speech by the Israeli ambas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                Maricopa County Superior                  sador to the United States at a California
puter programmer fell out with former          slaying; he also faces a perjury                                                                                                              Court Judge Roland Steinle told
colleagues at an NBC television show           charge in adult court for allegedly                                                                                                                                                        university.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Faleh Hassan Almaleki that for-                 The students were arraigned in Orange
called “To Catch a Predator,” which fea-       lying to investigators. (AP)                                                                                                                  giveness is the core of all reli-
tured the organization Perverted Justice in                                                                                                                                                                                               County Superior Court on misdemeanor
                                                                                                                                                                                             gion, but the judge said he was              conspiracy to disturb a meeting and mis-
its attempts to uncover pedophiles.            suspected serial killer believed to have                                                                                                      struck by Almaleki’s apparent
   The group’s founder embarrassed                                                                                                                                                                                                        demeanor disturbance of a meeting.
                                               dumped slain prostitutes along a lonely                                                                                                       lack of remorse for killing Noor                The case has stoked an intense debate
Raisley by luring him in a faked online        New York beach taunted the sister of one                                                                                                      Almaleki.
romance to leave his wife for a fictitious                                                                                                                                                                                                about freedom of speech, and defense
                                               victim and confessed to the murder, a                                                                                                            The case caused outrage                   lawyers are seeking to have the have
woman named “Holly.”                           report said Friday.
   The episode was picked up in two                                                                                                                                                          nationwide after prosecutors                 Orange County district attorney, Tony
                                                  The family of Melissa Barthelemy, a                                                                                                        deemed it an “honor killing”                 Rackauckas, removed from the prosecution.
media articles, including one in Rolling       24-year-old prostitute, began getting calls
Stone, which examined the sting against                                                                                                                                                      because Faleh Almaleki had                      The students were arrested on Feb 8,
                                               from her cell phone shortly after she dis-                                                                                                    said his daughter dishonored                 2010, at the University of California,
Raisley and the work of Perverted Justice      appeared in July 2009, the New York            In this April 14, 2011 photo, family members of Jamie Stice react to details of
in general. (AFP)                                                                                                                                                                            his family.                                  Irvine, after shouting in protest at the
                                               Times reported.                                her murder during a news conference at Kentucky State Police Post 3 in                            Defense attorneys called the              speech on US-Israeli security. The inter-
              ❑      ❑       ❑                    In a total of seven calls an unidentified   Bowling Green, Ky. The pregnant 21-year-old was allegedly murdered and her                                                                  ruptions forced Ambassador Michael Oren
                                                                                                                                                                                             death an accident.
‘Serial killer taunted family’: The            man taunted Barthelemy’s teenage sister        baby taken in what family members describe as a ‘brutal’ killing. (AP)                                                                      to halt his remarks for 20 minutes. (AP)

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