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Actor hires investigator in wifes killing

LOS ANGELES Actor Robert Blake, best known for his role as a detective in the 1970s hit television series "Baretta," has hired an investigator to solve the real-life murder of his wife, his attorney said yesterday.

Mr. Blake whose wife was shot and killed Friday night near a Hollywood restaurant where the couple had dined was in an undisclosed hospital yesterday after suffering from high blood pressure.

Mr. Blake´s wife, Bonny Bakley, 44, was shot once in the head in the couple´s car as she waited for him to retrieve a gun he had left at Vitello´s, a popular neighborhood restaurant.

Detectives questioned Mr. Blake, 67, about the shooting, but Guillermo Campos of the Los Angeles Police Department yesterday said he was not considered a suspect.


Caffeine may cut risk of Parkinson´s

BOSTON, Mass. A morning fix of coffee could be good for you, as caffeine may cut the risk of developing Parkinson´s disease, according to a study to be released in the May 15 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Experiments on mice at Massachusetts General Hospital showed that caffeine could maintain levels of dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter that allows brain cells to communicate.


Gas prices reach new unadjusted high

CAMARILLO, Calif. U.S. gasoline prices jumped 8.58 cents over the last two weeks to reach an all-time high, an analyst said yesterday.

The nation´s average price of gas, including all grades and taxes, was $1.76 per gallon on Friday, up 5 percent from April 20, according to the Lundberg Survey of 8,000 service stations nationwide. The figures were not adjusted for inflation, however.

The survey found the highest prices in Chicago, where a gallon of self-service regular cost $2.02. Atlanta paid the lowest prices at $1.46 a gallon.


Bills require doctors to tell of abortion risk

BOSTON Massachusetts is joining other states in considering legislation that would require doctors to tell women they may be at greater risk for breast cancer if they have an abortion.

Pro-life groups support the bills, which they say are intended to provide women with valuable health information, while pro-choice advocates say the warning is a scare tactic.


Fight after Klan rally leads to 8 arrests

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Eight persons were arrested after a Ku Klux Klan rally when a fight broke out between members of the group and people protesting the event.

The fight broke out Saturday when officers were escorting Klansmen to their cars after the demonstration and the Klansmen said they couldn´t remember where they were parked.


Wiesenthal Center criticizes Assad

LOS ANGELES The head of a Jewish human rights organization criticized Bashar Assad yesterday over comments to the Pope in which the Syrian president likened the plight of Arabs under Israeli occupation to the pain endured by Jesus Christ.

"Rather than use the occasion of a first-ever visit by a Pope to his country by offering his people a vision of peace and tolerance and a better tomorrow, Assad continues the path of his father by offering up an almost daily menu of more hate and bigotry," said Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder of the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center.


Doctor says killer didn´t discuss shootings

PITTSBURGH The first psychiatrist to interview a man who killed five persons in a shooting spree last year said the shooter would discuss food, wine and Eastern European politics but not the killings.

Dr. Laszlo Petras met Richard Baumhammers after the rampage that left a sixth victim seriously injured. Witnesses said he appeared calm and unhurried as he fired.


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