Beach shut after seal abuse
San Diego’s mayor has ordered a two-month nighttime shutdown of a beach after cameras set up to monitor a seal colony captured people kicking, punching and sitting on top of mother seals and their pups. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said in a statement on Tuesday that the La Jolla beach known as Children’s Pool will be closed between sunset and sunrise until May 15. The 24-hour “seal-cam” was introduced in January and equipped with night vision so researchers and the public could watch the seals give birth during pupping season. However, the camera captured people abusing and harassing the seals and driving them from their resting places.
‘Canadian Psycho’ collapses
A former porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man collapsed in court on Tuesday while evidence was presented against him, witnesses and his lawyer said. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, asked for a break in the preliminary hearing, during which a judge must decide if there is enough evidence for a trial, then stood up and collapsed. His lawyer, Luc Leclair, said that Magnotta was “not feeling well” and was not able to continue. Proceedings were adjourned until yesterday, when Magnotta was expected to return after resting, he added. The so-called “Canadian Psycho” has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges, including committing indignities to a body and harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Police have said the man, who had worked as a gay porn actor and sex worker, used an ice pick to stab his 33-year-old victim before carving up his body, sexually abusing the corpse, filming the act and posting it online. The media dubbed Magnotta the “Canadian Psycho.”
Miners rescued after quake
Nineteen miners were pulled alive and well from a copper mine yesterday after a small earthquake trapped them 600m below the surface late the previous night. It took seven hours to tunnel through collapsed rock to reach the miners, who were working at the Rudna copper mine when a small tremor trapped them there at 10:09pm on Tuesday. Two were treated for minor injuries, while the others, shaken up and covered with grime after a grueling night, were on their way home. Families of the miners, who gathered near the mine, cheered when the mine’s operator, KGHM, announced that all 19 were found alive and were slowly being taken out through a hole dug by the rescuers.
Man, 83, kills wife, self
An elderly man who shot and killed his 83-year-old wife in an eastern Pennsylvania hospice unit on Tuesday, and then committed suicide, had apparently decided he could not live without her, authorities said. Staff members heard gunshots on the fourth floor of Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown shortly after 1am. When they entered the room where the shots were fired, they found Mildred Osman dead in her bed, along with the body of 86-year-old Elwood Osman, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said. James Geiger, senior vice president of the hospital, was asked at a news conference if Mildred Osman’s shooting death appeared to be a “mercy killing.” “It’s a love story,” Geiger responded. “The elderly gentleman could not bear to see his wife suffering, and the family, I believe, have observed that he just could not envision living without her.”