Mom guilty of homicide
An adoptive mother accused of starving her 13-year-old Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure, was found guilty of homicide on Monday in Washington state. The mother, Carri Williams, was convicted of homicide by abuse and of manslaughter, while the father, Larry Williams, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter, a representative of the Skagit County Prosecutor’s Office said. Investigators say the girl, Hana, endured beatings and starvation, was forced to sleep outside and had lost a significant amount of weight since her adoption. Prosecutors said her 10-year-old brother, also adopted from Ethiopia, was similarly mistreated.
Authentic Van Gogh found
The Van Gogh Museum says it has identified a long-lost Vincent van Gogh painting that spent years in a Norwegian attic, the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928. Sunset at Montmajour depicts trees, bushes and sky, painted with Van Gogh’s familiar thick brush strokes. Museum experts said on Monday the painting was authenticated by letters, style and the physical materials used, and they had traced its history. The museum said the painting belongs to an unidentified private collector and will be on display from Sept. 24.
Man killed by elephant
An 84-year-old man was killed near Paris when an elephant belonging to a local circus escaped from its pen and hit him with its trunk, police said on Monday. The elephant performed as usual on Sunday afternoon in Lizy-sur-Ourcq — about 50km from Paris — and was then taken back to its open-air enclosure. Witnesses described how the elephant had grabbed a tarpaulin and placed it over the electric fence surrounding its pen, before breaking through barriers and trailers and striking the man with his trunk. The unidentified man was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries overnight on Sunday.
Irate blogger calls 911
A movie blogger irate about cellphone usage during a Toronto International Film Festival screening called 911 to report the offense. At a midnight screening on Monday, FirstShowing.net blogger Alex Billington became increasingly annoyed by constant texting and e-mailing at a screening for press and film industry members. After first complaining to theater managers, Billington took the extreme step of dialing the police. He said the emergency dispatcher laughed at his complaint, so he took to Twitter to vent his anger. He claimed to be concerned that the film, The Sacrament, was being pirated, and that “drastic measures” were called for in restoring moviegoing etiquette.
Bus crash kills 43
A bus carrying scores of passengers plunged off a steep cliff on Monday, killing at least 43 people — including newborn babies — and injuring 40, officials said. President Otto Perez declared three days of official mourning for the tragedy. The red bus fell 100m down the canyon, crashing next to a river in the municipality of San Martin Jilotepeque, 64km west of Guatemala City. Rescue workers installed cables between the banks of the river to move the bodies on stretchers above the water, their grim task becoming more difficult as it started raining. The government said in a statement the cause of the accident was not immediately known.