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Oklahoman Modified: July 16, 2009 at 12:11 am •  Published: July 16, 2009

Judge OKs use of recording
WASHINGTON — A judge will allow a recording of a police interrogation to be used as evidence in the murder trial of a Washington woman accused of killing her four daughters. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Frederick Weisberg on Wednesday denied a motion by Banita Jacks’ attorneys to suppress statements she made to police detectives after the decomposing bodies of her four daughters were found in her home in January 2008. In the police department’s videotaped interview, Jacks said her daughters were possessed by demons.


Theory looks at asteroids
WASHINGTON — A new astronomy theory says the solar system’s main asteroid belt is littered with icy invaders from far away. The so-called "invaders” are asteroids that seem more like primitive frozen comets than the baked rocks that make up the overwhelming majority of asteroids between Mars and Jupiter. A theory proposed by scientists in the journal Nature suggests the icy rocks are "contamination” from the Kuiper asteroid belt beyond Neptune.


5 black bears killed in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah wildlife officials say people have killed five black bears in the last two weeks, mostly bruins that wandered into campgrounds or were found eating livestock. has disabled the comments for this article.

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