Judge OKs use of recordingWASHINGTON — 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 asteroidsWASHINGTON — 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 UtahSALT 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. The number is unusually high and state biologists are puzzled by what has caused the increase. Mark Hadley, a spokesman for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, says the first bear killed this year was at a Uintah County campground on July 1. The bear came into camp, refused to leave and posed a threat to a camper, who shot it.
Lifeguards mourn girlHUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Lifeguards on Wednesday mourned at a memorial for an 11-year-old girl who was run down by a boat while training to be a lifeguard. Allyssa Squirrell of Laguna Hills, Calif., died in surgery Tuesday. An autopsy concluded that she died of cuts to her back and her left leg, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Allyssa and other youngsters were practicing a lifesaving technique when she was hit by the boat. Associated Press