Man linked to second killing
A Japanese businessman found dead in his cell after being extradited to the US for the 1981 murder of his wife was also responsible for a second slaying, police said on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Police Department said there was “substantial and compelling evidence” to suggest that Kazuyoshi Miura, 61, also committed the until now unsolved murder of another woman, Chizuko Shiraishi. Shiraishi, an accountant who had a business and personal relationship with Miura, was killed in Los Angeles in 1979. Police were to hold a press conference yesterday to detail their case against Miura, who committed suicide in jail shortly after being extradited to Los Angeles from Saipan last October. Police will “discuss substantial and compelling evidence that lead them to their findings regarding Miura’s responsibility for the murder,” a statement said. “There is sufficient evidence to close the case.” The announcement is likely the final gruesome chapter in a decades-long legal saga that saw Miura dubbed “Japan’s O.J. Simpson.”
New York challenges Vegas
New York City has issued an open challenge to Las Vegas, seeking to become a premier destination for people to get married in what officials hope will boost tourism during uncertain economic times. The new Manhattan Marriage Bureau opened to the public this week following a US$12.3 million renovation, and the 2,230m² space has won enthusiastic reviews from newlyweds.
Court charges circuit-seller
A company executive has been charged in Los Angeles with exporting high-tech computer chips to China for potential military use. William Chai-Wai Tsu, a Beijing resident and vice president of Cheerway Inc, was charged on Monday in federal court with exporting sensitive technology without permission. He was arrested on Saturday and agents seized documents and computers from a California home Tsu allegedly used to receive shipments related to business. Prosecutors say Tsu, a naturalized US citizen, bought at least 200 sophisticated circuits from a US distributor and illegally shipped them to China. The tiny circuits are used in communications and radar systems for both civilian and military purposes. Tsu is being held until a bond hearing today. If convicted Tsu faces up to 20 years in prison.
Syphilis rates rose in 2007
US syphilis rates rose for a seventh year in 2007, driven by gay and bisexual men, while chlamydia reached record numbers and gonorrhea remained at alarming levels — especially among blacks, health officials said on Tuesday. Blacks make up 12 percent of the US population, but account for about 70 percent of gonorrhea cases and almost half of chlamydia and syphilis cases, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention said. Black women ages 15 to 19 have the highest rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea, and gonorrhea rates for blacks overall were 19 times higher than for whites, the CDC said. John Douglas, who heads the CDC’s division of sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention, said overall syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are unacceptably high. Cases of these three STDs are reported by US states to the CDC. In 2007, 1.1 million US cases of chlamydia were reported, up from about 1 million in 2006 and the most ever. The rate rose by 7.5 percent from the prior year, the CDC said in a report. Douglas said the figures may reflect that more people are being diagnosed rather than a rise in infections.