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■ UNITED STATES

Glass eater pleads guilty

A man pleaded guilty in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday to his role in a multistate scheme in which prosecutors say he and his wife intentionally ate glass at restaurants and collected more than US$200,000 in compensation. Prosecutors say Ronald Evano and his wife, Mary, filed fraudulent insurance claims worth more than US$200,000, collected more than US$200,000 and left a trail of unpaid medical bills totaling more than US$100,000 in several states between 1997 and 2005. Prosecutors said the two were treated at hospitals for glass ingestions at least a dozen times. They collected payments from insurance companies but never paid their hospital bills.

■ UNITED STATES

Headless walruses found

Dozens of headless walrus carcasses have washed up on Alaska beaches this summer, prompting an investigation by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. While rotting, headless carcasses are not uncommon along beaches, the number of them this summer has been a cause of alarm. In late June and early last month, 79 walrus carcasses were counted along one 64.3km stretch of beach -- about twice as many as in any year in the past decade, said Steve Oberholtzer, a special agent in Anchorage. "Every one of them had the head removed," he said. The ones that investigators got a close look at had been shot.

■ UNITED STATES

Mower blows up, starts fire

A man in Georgia started more than just his lawn mower when he tugged at its pull cord -- he started a fire that destroyed his home. The mower exploded on Tuesday in hot, parched conditions. Danny Fendley was trying to start the mower in the garage of his two-story brick home in an Atlanta suburb when the machine burst into flames. Before he could extinguish the fire, it had spread through the garage. Then his wife tried to toss a can of gasoline out a window as the blaze spread, but she missed, spreading the fuel ``everywhere,'' Fendley said. The flames engulfed the house in less than a minute.

■ UNITED STATES

Woman killed over bills

A Kansas City, Missouri, man threw his seriously ill wife four stories to her death because he could no longer afford to pay for her medical care, prosecutors said in charging him with second-degree murder. According to court documents filed on Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, Stanley Reimer walked his wife to the balcony of their apartment and kissed her before throwing her over. The body of Criste Reimer, 47, was found on Tuesday night outside the apartment building, near the upscale Country Club Plaza shopping district. Stanley Reimer, 51, was charged on Wednesday. He remained jailed on $250,000 bond.

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