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July 10, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A prison volunteer said that death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has denied murdering a police officer, told him he regretted killing the man, Vanity Fair reported in its August issue. Philip Bloch, who befriended Abu-Jamal through his work with the prison reform organization Pennsylvania Prison Society, told the magazine he came forward because of his "disgust" with the tactics of those who believe Abu-Jamal, who is in state prison at Waynesburg, Pa., was wrongly convicted.
January 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Italian couple have confessed to killing four neighbors, including a toddler, after a feud over noise, a prosecutor said. Raffaella Castagna, 30, her 2-year-old son, her mother and a neighbor were found with their throats slit Dec. 11 in Castagna's apartment in the wealthy northern town of Erba. The home had been set on fire. This week police arrested Olindo Romano and Rosa Bazzi, a middle-aged couple with no criminal record who live in the same building.
February 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
A man appeared on the U.S.-funded Iraqi state television station Wednesday saying he was a Syrian intelligence officer who helped train people to behead others and build car bombs to attack American and Iraqi troops. "My name is Anas Ahmed al-Essa. I live in Halab. I am from Syria," he said. "I am a lieutenant in ... Syrian intelligence." In a 15-minute confession broadcast by Al Iraqiya, the man said he was in a group recruited to "cause chaos in Iraq ... to bar America from reaching Syria."
March 28, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
In its first specific accusation against a detained U.S.-based scholar, China said she has confessed to spying for foreign intelligence agencies. A Foreign Ministry spokesman refused to elaborate or say for whom Gao Zhan allegedly spied. But he rejected Washington's requests that the Chinese-born political scientist be released, saying the case was being investigated "according to law." Previously Gao was accused of endangering state security, a vague charge often used against dissidents.
A man surrendered to police less than an hour after he allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend while she was working as a clerk in a video store, police said Saturday. "He walked into the police station and said he killed his girlfriend at the store," said Lt. Ed McErlain of the Huntington Beach Police Department. The shooting took place at Video 2010, at 19461 Brookhurst St., in a busy but generally quiet strip shopping center at the corner of Yorktown Avenue.
February 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 20-year-old freshman accused of murdering two fellow deaf students at Gallaudet University admitted in a videotaped confession that robbery was the reason he stabbed one classmate to death and fatally beat the other, prosecutors said. Joseph M. Mesa Jr. of Guam was ordered held without bond after an appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court. "There is substantial probability that Mr. Mesa committed these murders," said the hearing commissioner, J.
The first three copies of Pamela Des Barres' new book went out to Don Johnson, Mick Jagger and Jimmy Page. And guess why? Des Barres, formerly known as Miss Pamela, one of the leading groupies of the late-'60s-early-'70s rock era, has published her memoirs, the aptly titled "I'm With the Band: Confessions of a Groupie" (due this week from Morrow).
June 24, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Three weekends ago, I went to traffic school. Again. It was the real kind, not the online version. There was a teacher, printed forms to fill out, a multiple choice test to take at the end. I needed a pen. I'm on Facebook. I tweet. I text - not, however, while driving, which is a violation of section 23123.5 of the California Vehicle Code. I buy e-books, although not exclusively. I use to make restaurant reservations. I watch the Google Doodles change with the seasons.
July 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Convicted serial killer Angel Maturino Resendiz led authorities in Oxford, Fla., to the skeletal remains of a teenage girl, a day after admitting to authorities he killed her and her traveling companion three years ago. Resendiz, 39, told Marion County sheriff's detectives during an interview in Texas that he killed Jesse Howell, 19, with a railroad air brake coupling and that he strangled Wendy Von Huben, 16, about eight hours later. Howell's body was found in 1997.
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