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AGENCIES

■UNITED STATES

Mafia fugitive recaptured

Authorities say they’ve caught a Mafia-affiliated fugitive who spent two days on the run after kicking his way out the door of a prison van in Kentucky. Marshals Service spokesman Craig Smith said 37-year-old Derek Capozzi was captured without incident in Versailles, Kentucky, on Saturday afternoon. Capozzi escaped from custody on Thursday. He had been in Kentucky to testify in a federal trial. In 2005, Capozzi was identified by federal prosecutors in Massachusetts as a member of a Mafia-affiliated drug gang that killed a 19-year-old woman suspected of cooperating with investigators. Capozzi was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for helping to dismember and hide the body. Authorities said he also was serving time for trying to kill a correctional officer.

■CANADA

Lynx’s return unfortunate

Wildlife officials say a lynx trapped in Alberta and released in southwestern Colorado in 2003 traveled 1,930km back to the northern country, where it got caught in a trap and died earlier this year. The nine-year-old lynx made it to near Nordegg, Alberta, about 386km northeast of Kamloops, British Columbia, where it was first captured for release in Colorado as part of a lynx reintroduction program, the Denver Post reported. Colorado Division of Wildlife officials put a radio collar on the lynx and followed it for years before losing contact in 2007. Researchers say it fathered kittens in 2005 and 2006. A trapper in Canada contacted wildlife officials after finding the collar when the lynx got caught in a trap on Jan. 28.

■CANADA

Porn for the blind published

Photographer Lisa Murphy believed the blind lacked access to our “much sexualized” world, so she decided to create a new kind of pornography, with tactile images, the first designed especially for the blind. “We live in a society that is much sexualized — just look at advertising — but if you can’t see then you are probably not aware of how sexualized it is and I believe that vision-impaired people have been [wrongly] left out of the experience,” she said. “Of course, anyone can find it erotic, not just the vision-impaired.” The book, Tactile Mind, features pages made of thermoform plastic — the same material used for Braille. Each page contains raised images of naked men and women in various poses, some wearing masks or in suggestive bondage, along with titillating phrases in Braille. Murphy photographed friends in costumes and masks which she then transformed into fine sculptures — a process that took more than 50 hours per image.

■UNITED STATES

Actress, husband arrested

Mexican-born actress Fernanda Romero has had bit parts in such movies as the horror film Drag Me to Hell, but federal prosecutors say her biggest act was pretending to be a bride. The 28-year-old actress and her husband were arrested on Friday at their separate Los Angeles homes and charged with marriage fraud, the attorney’s office said. They contend Romero paid Kent Ross, 28, to marry her in 2005 so that she could become a US resident. Authorities said the two never lived together and that Romero submitted phony documents with her residency application. An investigation began after Romero’s former boyfriend, fashion photographer Markus Klinko, told immigration authorities her marriage was a sham. If convicted, Romero and Ross could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison.

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