November 20th, 2010
10:42 PM ET

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Ohio women, boy stabbed, dismembered, coroner says: Preliminary autopsy results indicate that a missing Ohio woman, her son and friend were stabbed to death and dismembered last week, the Knox County Coroner's Office said Saturday.

Speculation in publicist's case, spokesman says: Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden asked journalists to keep "erroneous information, theories or speculation" out of their stories about the killing of a Hollywood publicist, but his appeal appeared to be a reaction to reports quoting his own mayor.


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November 20th, 2010
09:25 PM ET

Will win in Asian Games help Shin-Soo Choo avoid military?

Cleveland Indian Shin-Soo Choo celebrates South Korea's win over Taiwan on Friday.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo helped South Korea's baseball team clinch the gold medal Friday from defending champion Taiwan in the 16th Asian Games. But will it be enough to exempt him from serving in South Korea's military?

Cleveland's general manager seems to think so, even though, as of Saturday, the Indians have not received official declaration from the Korean Baseball Office, according to

"We have not received official word from the K.B.O. that he's been granted a military exemption," Chris Antonetti told "But, based upon our understanding prior to the Asian Games, as well as past precedent, it's our understanding that Choo's military obligation will be waived."

Even Cleveland's budding star acknowledged that the thought has crossed his mind.

"Honestly, if [I told you] I didn't think about the military service, I might be a liar," he told Korean reporters, according to


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Filed under: Baseball • Sports
November 20th, 2010
04:21 PM ET

Coroner: Ohio women, boy fatally stabbed, dismembered

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that a missing Ohio woman, her son and friend were stabbed to death and dismembered last week, the Knox County Coroner’s Office said Saturday.

The remains of Tina Herrmann, 31, Kody Maynard, 11, and Stephanie Sprang, 41 were placed in garbage bags and lowered into the hollow of a tree in Kokosing Lake State Wildlife Area in Knox County, Ohio, where they were found Thursday.

Matthew Hoffman, who is accused of kidnapping Herrman’s daughter, allegedly directed authorities to their bodies.


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Filed under: Crime • Ohio
November 20th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Mexican official: Accused drug lord to be extradited to U.S.

U.S.-born cartel boss Edgar Valdez Villarreal, alias "La Barbie", will be extradited to the United States from Mexico, according to Isaac Fragoso, a spokesman for the Attorney General's Office in Mexico City, Mexico.
Valdez was arrested in August and is thought to be one of Mexico's most ruthless drug traffickers. No timeline was given as to when the extradition may take place.

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Filed under: Crime • Drug violence • Mexico
November 20th, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Obama: Russia, U.S. will collaborate on missile defense

President Barack Obama said Russia and the United States have agreed to cooperate on missile defense and work closely in other areas, such as Afghanistan and counter-narcotics.
"We see Russia as a partner, not an adversary," Obama said.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Russia • World
November 20th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Official: Gas prevents rescue of New Zealand miners

Authorities listed the nationalities Saturday of the 29 miners trapped in a New Zealand coal mine and said gas levels inside are still too high to attempt a rescue.

Most of the miners are New Zealanders, but there are also two Australians, two Britons, and one South African, New Zealand Police said.

Air samples taken late Saturday afternoon indicated the gas levels inside the Pike River mine were still high, making the risk for rescuers too great, said Gary Knowles, superintendent of the Tasman Police District, who is heading the rescue effort.


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Filed under: Coal mining • New Zealand • World
November 20th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Peru president says Yale agrees to give artifacts back

Peru's president says Yale University has agreed to return artifacts to the South American country - a move that could end a lengthy dispute over relics excavated nearly a century ago.

A university representative pledged in a meeting Friday to return a massive collection of artifacts collected from the ancient Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, Peruvian President Alan Garcia said.

"The Peruvian government is grateful for this decision and recognizes that Yale University conserved these parts and pieces that otherwise would have been dispersed in private collections throughout the world, and perhaps would have disappeared," Garcia said in a statement.


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Filed under: History • Peru
November 20th, 2010
10:31 AM ET

Plane carrying donor organ crashes upon landing; 2 hurt

Two men were recovering Saturday after their plane carrying a donor organ crashed in central England, police said.

The private two-seater Cessna crashed and caught fire while landing at Birmingham Airport on Friday, injuring the two men onboard.

As soon as the two men were "secure," the organ was retrieved and escorted by police to a nearby hospital, where doctors successfully carried out a liver transplant, West Midlands Police and the hospital said.


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Filed under: Air travel • Europe • United Kingdom
November 20th, 2010
10:12 AM ET

NATO, Afghanistan sign pact; war protesters hit London

NATO and the Afghan government on Saturday forged a "long-term" partnership - an agreement that will leave international forces in the war-torn country for many years after a planned military transition in 2014.

"We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's secretary-general.

"NATO is in this for the long term. We will not transition until our Afghan partners are ready. We will stay, after transition, in a supporting role," he also said.

He and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed the pact before reporters at the Lisbon NATO summit. Along with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, they made remarks and took questions from reporters.

Meanwhile, a large protest was happening Saturday in London against the war in Afghanistan, with organizers saying thousands from around the country would take part.

Demonstrators were marching from Speakers Corner in Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, where there were planned speeches from Labour politician Tony Benn, former London Mayor Ken Livingstone, two members of Parliament and others.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Military • War • World
November 20th, 2010
04:50 AM ET

Mexico makes arrest in U.S. consulate shooting deaths

Mexican federal police have arrested a man who authorities say could have been involved in the March shooting deaths of three people with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the country's public safety ministry said.


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November 20th, 2010
04:11 AM ET

Park ranger in critical condition after Utah shooting

A search is under way for a shooter who critically wounded a park ranger in Utah, authorities said early Saturday.


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