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‘Lazy’ postman hoarded mail

A hard-partying village postman in Sardinia was too “lazy” to deliver post in the morning and instead hoarded about 400kg of it in his home, local residents and police said. “Residents had long been complaining to the police they were not receiving hundreds of important documents,” local policeman Gianni di Carlo said. “We went to his house and we found a huge amount of mail in his garage,” he said. Some of the mail dated back to as far back as four years ago. The 50-year-old postman in Mores, a village of 2,000 people in rural Sardinia, faces up to three years in prison for “stealing mail.” “He seemed like a nice guy, but he did have late nights and drink a bit too much. Maybe that’s why he was so lazy,” said Fidel, owner of a local hotel.


FBI finds sick images

The FBI found images of what appears to be a dead infant with the words “nepi-rape” scrawled on her bare belly during a child pornography investigation, US court records show. An FBI spokesman declined to say whether the agency believes the infant portrayed in the image is actually dead or if the photo was staged. He was also unable to say whether the agency had managed to find any of the victims portrayed in more than 1,000 pieces of child pornography discovered last month. The disturbing images were discovered after a child found a thumb drive on the ground of a park in the small town of Onsted, Michigan. Among the 1,039 pornographic images found on the thumb drive were 28 which depicted bondage or torture and 10 child pornography videos, including one which depicted bestiality. The child’s family turned the thumb drive over to police, who traced it back to Sean Gossman, who was charged with possession of child pornography.


LA leads pack for attacks

Los Angeles has earned the dubious distinction for the second year in a row as the US city with the most dog attacks on mail carriers, the US Postal Service said. California’s biggest city accounted for 69 such attacks in fiscal 2012, which ended in September, compared with 42 attacks each in Seattle, Washington, and San Antonio, Texas, which tied for second place. Chicago ranked third with 41 attacks. The Postal Service said there were 5,879 dog attacks on postal carriers in the US that year. In 2011, Los Angeles led the pack with 83 dog attacks on mail carriers, but the city has placed in the top 20 for many years, Postal Service spokeswoman Eva Jackson said on Thursday. San Diego and Houston ranked second and third, respectively, in 2011, Jackson said.


Doctor ‘waterboarded’ child

A woman who lived with a pediatrician accused of waterboarding her 11-year-old daughter has agreed to plead guilty to child endangerment charges and testify against him. In accepting a plea offer from prosecutors, Pauline Morse agreed on Friday to plead guilty to three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and to cooperate with prosecutors and testify against Melvin Morse. Melvin Morse, 59, has written a best-selling book and achieved national recognition for his research into near-death experiences involving children. Police suggested in an affidavit that he may have been experimenting on the girl last year, a claim he denies.

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