Severed heads found in bags
Police have found seven heads and several other severed body parts in plastic bags in the state of Jalisco, plagued by drug-related violence, prosecutors said. Three alleged kidnappers who were arrested on Tuesday led police to the gruesome find at a farm near Guadalajara, they said in a statement. Coroners in Jalisco will carry out DNA tests to identify the victims. More than 70,000 people have died in drug-related unrest in the country since 2006.
Shooter’s DNA found on gun
The DNA of US teenage shooting victim Trayvon Martin was not found on the grip of the gun of the man accused of killing him, and the accused’s DNA was not found under the teen’s fingernails, a law enforcement expert said yesterday. Prosecutors hope the testimony will disprove George Zimmerman’s claim that he did it in self-defense. The murder trial has drawn national attention to issues of race — 17-year-old victim Martin was black — and self-defense gun laws. Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and says he shot the teen in the chest to protect himself as Martin reached for his gun during a nighttime fight in his Florida gated community.
Real-estate developers using heavy machinery tore down a 6m tall pyramid at the oldest archeological site near Peru’s capital, cultural officials said on Wednesday. Rafael Varon, deputy minister of cultural patrimony, told reporters the destruction occurred over the weekend at the ruins of El Paraiso, a few kilometers north of Lima. The tourism ministry says El Paraiso was built about 4,000 years ago and was a religious and administrative center, long before the rise of the Inca culture encountered by the Spanish conquerors. Marco Guilen, director of an excavation project at El Paraiso, said the people who tore down the pyramid “have committed irreparable damage to a page of Peruvian history.”
Remains found in wall
The remains of a New York schoolteacher who disappeared nearly 28 years ago have been discovered hidden in a false basement wall in the house where she lived with her husband, police said on Tuesday. JoAnn Nichols was 55 years old when her husband, James, reported her missing in 1985, police in Poughkeepsie, New York said. The remains were found when a contractor was asked to clean out the house in Poughkeepsie. The remains were identified as belonging to the missing woman on Monday through dental records. “She was struck in the head,” county medical examiner Kari Reiber said. “It is being ruled a homicide.”
Mouse inventor dies
Douglas Engelbart, who revolutionized computing by inventing the mouse, died in California on Tuesday at the age of 88, the institute bearing his name said on Wednesday. Engelbart studied electrical engineering and computer sciences in the 1950s before joining the Stanford Research Institute. He and his team worked on a number of concepts that have entered the computer mainstream, such as e-mail, video conferencing, hypertext links and ARPAnet. However, he is best remembered for the mouse, which in its original incarnation was a wood box with two metal wheels and was granted a patent in 1970. In 2000 he was presented with the National Medal of Technology, the tech industry’s highest honor.