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Airport scan sparks warning

Police have issued a warning for harassment against an airport worker after he allegedly took a photo of a female colleague as she went through a full-body scanner at London-­Heathrow airport. The incident, which occurred on March 10, is believed to be the first time an airport worker has been formally disciplined for misusing the scanners.


Texas execution delayed

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of a convicted murderer in Texas less than an hour before he was due to die after a plea from France and his lawyers to allow further DNA tests. Henry Skinner claims that new DNA tests will prove he did not commit the New Year’s Eve 1993 murder of his girlfriend and her two sons in his home. “He said he didn’t expect to get a stay, he expected to be executed,” Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said. Skinner, 47, who is now married to a French anti-death penalty campaigner, was convicted in Texas at a 1995 jury trial for the killings of his girlfriend and her two sons in his home. The court must now decide if it will take up the case on the merits, otherwise a new execution date will be decided.


Twestival to help education

People in more than 200 cities worldwide were scheduled to participate in the second annual “Twestival” yesterday to raise funds for education. “It’s a pretty viral phenomenon that happened,” said Sarah Prevette, lead organizer for Twestival Toronto. The event is organized by thousands of volunteers globally, and local businesses fund the parties, where social-media enthusiasts dance, mingle and network. Funds raised for “Twestival,” via corporate sponsorship, ticket sales or celebrity eBay auctions, will benefit Concern Worldwide, which offers basic education programs in impoverished nations.


Doctor pleads not guilty

A Delaware pediatrician pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges that he molested more than 100 of his patients, many of them repeatedly, and videotaped the assaults. Earl Bradley said nothing during the two-minute hearing. Bradley, who was arrested in December, faces 471 counts including rape, sexual exploitation of a child, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child, assault and reckless endangering. His medical license has been permanently revoked by Delaware officials.


Warning leads to arrest

Police in Connecticut say they had ample warning of a bank robbery because the two suspects called the bank ahead of time and told an employee to get a bag of money ready. Police arrested 27-year-old Albert Bailey and an unidentified 16-year-old boy on robbery and threatening charges on Tuesday afternoon at a People’s United Bank branch in Fairfield. Sergeant James Perez says the two Bridgeport residents showed up about 10 minutes after making the call and were met by police in the parking lot. He told the Connecticut Post the suspects were “not too bright.”

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