Cult leader found dead
A Chilean cult leader who allegedly burned a newborn baby alive to stave off apocalypse before fleeing to Peru was found dead on Wednesday in an apparent suicide, authorities told local media. Ramon Castillo, the 36-year-old leader of a doomsday sect, was accused of throwing a three-day-old baby girl — possibly his daughter — into a bonfire in November because he believed she was the antichrist, regional media said. Castillo’s body was discovered in an abandoned house in the historic city of Cusco, a popular tourist destination near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, authorities told reporters. Police believe he hanged himself.
Chris Kelly dead at 34
Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade’s most memorable songs with the frenetic Jump, has died. Authorities said they were investigating his death as a possible drug overdose. Investigator Betty Honey of the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said the 34-year-old Kelly was pronounced dead at about 5pm on Wednesday at the south campus of the Atlanta Medical Center. An official cause of death is pending an autopsy. Kelly, known as “Mac Daddy,” and Chris Smith, known as “Daddy Mac,” were introduced to the music world in 1992. The duo wore their clothes backward as a gimmick, but they won over fans with their raps.
Human traffickers charged
Federal prosecutors have charged 13 people in a sex slave ring they say forced young Mexican women into prostitution in New York and New Jersey. The authorities said some of the women were delivered to farms in New Jersey, where each would have sex with up to 25 farm workers a day. They said others worked in brothels located in dingy apartments in poor neighborhoods. Court papers say customers paid US$30 for 15 minutes of sex and the women would get US$15, but were usually forced to give it to traffickers who had smuggled them into the country. Some of the defendants were scheduled to appear in federal court in Manhattan on Wednesday.
‘Star Wars’ in Navajo
The nation’s largest Native American tribe is seeking to dub the classic 1977 movie Star Wars in Navajo as a way to help preserve its traditional language. Fluent Navajo speakers have been invited for a casting call in Window Rock in northern Arizona today and tomorrow to dub the roles of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and others, tribal officials said.
Air crash victims named
A cargo plane company has released the names of seven people killed when one of its planes crashed in Afghanistan, and investigators are trying to discover why it went down right after takeoff. Orlando, Florida-based National Air Cargo says six of the seven victims killed in Monday’s crash on the grounds of Bagram Air Base were from Michigan and one was from Kentucky. All were US citizens. The Boeing 747-400 was destined for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The Afghan Ministry of Transportation and Commercial Aviation is leading the investigation. The US’ National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash alongside the ministry. The Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing also are participating in the probe. NATO is discounting Taliban claims of responsibility for the crash.
Huge bull kills owner