Bag fetus probe continues
An autopsy of a fetus found in a teenage girl’s shopping bag at a New York City lingerie store was inconclusive and more tests will be needed to determine how the fetus died, the New York medical examiner’s office said on Friday. Preliminary reports from detectives said that the fetus was born alive and possibly had been asphyxiated, but New York Police Department chief spokesman John McCarthy said the case was still being investigated and police were awaiting the medical examiners’ determination of the cause of death. The case began on Thursday when a security guard stopped Tiana Rodriguez and Francis Estevez, both 17, to examine their bags at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan. Rodriguez told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and did not know what to do, authorities said.
More held in cocaine bust
Authorities on Friday arrested four more people linked to a foiled attempt to smuggle 1.3 tonnes of cocaine into Paris from Caracas on an Air France jet. The latest arrests raised to 28 the number of people taken into custody in the country since French authorities seized the shipment last month, the largest bust ever on French soil. The four worked at Maiquetia International Airport, which serves Caracas and where the Air France flight originated on Sept. 11. Those detained include eight members of the National Guard, various airport officials and an Air France employee.
Protest to free Arctic 30 held
About 100 protesters staged an action at a local Shell gas station on Friday to demand that Russia release 30 Greenpeace activists jailed after protesting the oil giant’s Arctic drilling operations. Four demonstrators scaled the station’s roof in Buenos Aires, while 30 of them wore handcuffs to express solidarity with the 28 activists and two freelance journalists who are under arrest in Russia. “Camila and Hernan, prisoners of the oil companies,” read a banner in support of Camila Speziale, 21, and Hernan Perez Orsi, 40, two Argentines in Russian custody. The Russian authorities charged the 30 Greenpeace members with piracy, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years.
Lost Putin crane is found
One of the Siberian cranes that President Vladimir Putin helped teach to fly south last year lost its flock along the way, but has been found and taken to Moscow. In September last year, Putin flew on a motorized hang glider as part of a project to teach the endangered birds who were raised in captivity to later follow the aircraft on their migration south to Central Asia. One of the cranes was recently spotted in the Tyumen region of Siberia and identified by a tag on its right leg as belonging to “Putin’s flock.” The crane was flown to Moscow and its arrival on Friday was covered by state media. The white bird, called Raven, will spend the winter at a wildlife reserve.
Cat caught smuggling weed
A cat has been busted for smuggling pot into a prison. Guards became suspicious about the feline, which routinely entered and left the prison through a hole in a fence, when they noticed its odd collar. On closer inspection, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. The Department of Penitentiary Institutions said on Friday that someone in Pruncul Village was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope.