- - Thursday, March 17, 2011


Chunk of highway falls into ocean

CARMEL | A stretch of California’s coastal highway has been closed to traffic indefinitely after a chunk of the road fell into the Pacific Ocean.

State transportation workers have been scrambling to repair Highway 1 in Monterey County near Rocky Creek Bridge.

A 40-foot section of the two-lane highway crumbled just after 5 p.m. Wednesday following several days of rainy weather. All of the southbound lane is gone, and the soil under the northbound lane is giving way.

The California Highway Patrol said no one was injured in the slide.

It’s not clear what caused the slide or how long the highway will be closed.


Suspect admits to killing Yale student

NEW HAVEN | A former animal research technician pleaded guilty Thursday in the 2009 killing of a Yale University graduate student under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 44-year sentence.

Raymond Clark III, 26, was accused of strangling Annie Le, 24, of Placerville, Calif., in a case that drew intense national media attention to the Ivy League university.

Miss Le’s body was found stuffed behind a research lab wall on Sept. 13, 2009, five days after she was last seen inside the Yale medical building. It would have been her wedding day in New York.

Clark pleaded guilty to murder and attempted sexual assault. His plea on the attempted sexual assault charge came under Connecticut’s Alford doctrine, in which the defendant in a criminal case agrees only that the state has enough evidence against him or her to get a conviction. The plea will be entered into his record as a conviction.

A prosecutor said Thursday that Miss Le had a broken collarbone and jaw, injuries suffered while she was alive, and that her underwear had been disarranged.


Patient got AIDS from new kidney

ATLANTA | A transplant patient contracted AIDS from the kidney of a living donor, in the first documented case of its kind in the U.S. since screening for HIV began in the mid-1980s.

It turns out that the donor had unprotected gay sex in the 11 weeks between the time he tested negative and the time the surgery took place in 2009.

In a report Thursday on the New York City case, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that organ donors have repeat HIV tests a week before surgery.

The CDC also said would-be organ donors should be told to avoid behavior that can increase their chances of infection.

Neither the donor nor the recipient knew he or she had HIV until about a year after the transplant, according to the CDC report.


Sheik sued for defamation

BOSTON | A Boston man who says a brother of the ruler of the United Arab Emirates whipped him with a belt in a Swiss hotel bar has filed a $7 million defamation lawsuit, claiming that the sheik and his associates have made false statements about him and slandered him in the news media.

Sheik Falah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was fined for his purported attack on Silvano Orsi, but a Swiss appeals court quashed his conviction of inflicting bodily harm with a dangerous object.

Mr. Orsi, who grew up in suburban Rochester, N.Y., claims that the sheik hit him repeatedly with his steel-buckled belt after Mr. Orsi rejected his sexual advances and politely declined a bottle of champagne in a luxury hotel bar in Geneva. He said he sustained a herniated disk and nerve damage in his right leg in the 2003 attack.

In his lawsuit, Mr. Orsi, now a law student at Boston University, claims the sheik and his associates slandered him through false testimony and in statements made to news organizations.


Teen dead, 10 ill in drug overdose

BLAINE | One teen has died and 10 teenagers and young adults have been hospitalized after an apparent mass overdose on a designer hallucinogen at a suburban Minneapolis home, authorities said.

Blaine Police and sheriff’s investigators said state officials have identified the drug as 2C-E. The hallucinogen can be obtained legally over the Internet.

Officials said a 19-year-old died hours after officers responded to reports of an overdose at the house in Blaine early Thursday.

Officers found several people who were ill. Others who fled the house were later found also to be suffering the effects of an overdose.

Several remained hospitalized in critical condition on Thursday.


Ex-mayor gets probation

WHITE PLAINS | The former mayor of one of New York’s major suburbs was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation on domestic-violence charges and was told to stay away permanently from his wife.

Acting state Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci criticized former White Plains Mayor Adam Bradley for continuing to claim — as he had at trial — that he was the real victim in the case.

“You attempted to assault your wife, and then you intimidated her,” the judge said. Prosecutors called for jail time, but she said she was taking into account his clean record.

Bradley, who says he will appeal, declined the judge’s invitation to speak before sentencing and ignored reporters outside the courthouse afterward. But his wife, Fumiko Bradley, issued a statement read by prosecutors.

“Many women suffer silently,” Mrs. Bradley wrote. “I was married to a powerful politician and was afraid what would happen to my children and me if I broke the silence. I want this case to show that there is justice and hope for anybody to be free from violence.”

Bradley, 49, was convicted in December and resigned last month after barely a year in office.

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