Anti-ragging bill passed in Himachal assembly

SHIMLA - A legislation to curb ragging in educational institutions was passed by the Himachal Pradesh assembly Monday despite apprehensions by the opposition Congress about certain clauses.

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Mom convicted of mutilating infant son in their suburban Houston apartment in March 2007

Jury convicts Texas mom of mutilating infant son

HOUSTON — A Houston mother was convicted Friday of mutilating her infant son by cutting off his genitals two years ago during an attack she blamed on the family dog.

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Jury starts deliberating in the case of a Texas mom accused of mutilating infant son in 2007

Case of mom accused of mutilating son goes to jury

HOUSTON — Prosecutors on Friday called a Texas mother’s claims that it was not her but the family dog who severed her infant son’s genitals during an attack two years ago “unbelievable” and “ridiculous.”

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Former executive of prearranged funeral company indicted in alleged $600M fraud scheme

Feds allege Mo. funeral scheme could cost $600M

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. —An executive of a defunct funeral contract company is facing federal fraud charges in an alleged scheme to loot hundreds of millions of dollars from customers’ prepaid funeral accounts.

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Pakistani Taliban behind Gojra carnage, says Punjab governor

GOJRA - The governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province Tuesday said the militants from the Swat Valley are responsible for the communal clashes in this Pakistani city last week in which nine people, including six women, were killed and scores of others injured.

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British Pakistani Christians demand abolition of blasphemy law

LONDON/ISLAMABAD - British Pakistani Christians Tuesday urged Islamabad to abolish the country’s blasphemy law, saying unscrupulous elements had misused it against the minority community to cause law and order problems.

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Judge tosses lawsuit filed by LA woman whose toddler was killed in police shootout

Suit dismissed over girl’s death in SWAT shooting

LOS ANGELES — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman whose baby daughter was killed during a shootout between the girl’s father and a police SWAT team in Los Angeles.

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Court orders Delhi government to compensate dairy owner

NEW DELHI - Holding the Delhi government and its veterinary department guilty of medical negligence which resulted in the death of 19 buffaloes in 2003, a consumer court here asked them to pay the owner compensation of Rs.500,000.

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Court summons Bisleri head for bottling plant accident

NEW DELHI - A top executive of reputed mineral water firm Bisleri has been summoned by Delhi High Court Monday to explain why an employee who lost his right hand in an accident in the bottling plant should not be given Rs.5 million as compensation.

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Warrants reveal path of investigation targeting Michael Jackson doctor

Experts: Full criminal probe in Jackson case

LOS ANGELES — The odd array of evidence police collected from Michael Jackson’s personal physician’s clinic and storage unit shows authorities are trying to follow a trail of drugs and looking into the doctor’s record keeping as they attempt to unravel what led to the pop star’s death.

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