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■ UNITED STATES

Thief apologizes to nun

A would-be thief who came up empty-handed after trying to rob a Catholic nun wonders if he will be forgiven, police in Madison, Wisconsin, said. The man broke into the 61-year-old nun's home on Tuesday morning, police said. He forced her to drive him around in her car for almost an hour in search of money after she told him she did not have any since she had taken a vow of poverty. As they drove, the robber apologized "to the victim and wonders if he's going to be forgiven by her and the Catholic Church," a police spokesman said. Eventually, the man gave up and had the nun drop him off. She then drove to the Catholic school where she works and called police who arrested a 41-year-old man later on a probation violation and tentative charges of kidnapping, burglary, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

■ UNITED STATES

Investigator sentenced

A former private investigator who admitted forging documents to try to save the lives of four California death row inmates was sentenced on Thursday in Sacramento to five years in state prison. Kathleen Culhane, 40, admitted that she made up statements from real witnesses and jurors and forged their signatures to try to stop the executions. The fake statements were turned over to attorneys and filed with the courts and governor's office as they considered whether to commute the men's death sentences. Culhane said she acted out of her moral opposition to the death penalty. "I was very conscious that a life held in the balance," she told the judge. "My crimes are crimes of conscience." But prosecutors said her actions threatened the same legal system she was sworn to support.

■ UNITED STATES

Small plane crash kills five

Five people were killed when a small airplane crashed on Thursday night north of Ketchikan, Alaska, authorities said. There were four survivors, including a two-year-old girl, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman said. Three of the four were to be transported to hospitals in the US mainland for burn treatment, Ketchikan Public Safety Director Rich Leipfert told the Ketchikan Daily News. Information about the fourth survivor was not immediately available.

■ UNITED STATES

Woman charged in patricide

A New York City woman who reportedly claimed she suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father has been charged in his death and mutilation, prosecutors said. Brigitte Harris, 26, was arrested on Thursday and removed from a psychiatric facility where she had been since the July 28 slaying of Eric Goodridge, they said. Harris pleaded not guilty. She faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted. Prosecutors said Goodridge's attacker had handcuffed him, gagged him with a towel and then wrapped the towel around his head with duct tape. After he died, his penis was sliced off, prosecutors said.

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