Newlyweds kill for thrills
Police say two young Pennsylvania newlyweds lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad because they wanted to kill someone together. Sunbury, Pennsylvania, police say 22-year-old Elytte Barbour was charged on Friday night in the death of 42-year-old Troy LaFerrara. Barbour’s 18-year-old wife, Miranda, was charged on Wednesday. Investigators say that Elytte Barbour told police the couple planned the killing. He previously told the Daily Item his wife acted in self-defense when LaFerrara groped her after hiring her as a “companion.” Authorities say the Selinsgrove couple picked up LaFerrara on Nov. 11, three weeks after they got married. Elytte Barbour allegedly choked LaFerrara with a cord while Miranda Barbour stabbed him. LaFerrara’s body was found in an alley.
Troops kill workers
Troops shot dead four municipal workers returning from a shooting range in the southwestern on Friday, apparently after mistaking them for criminals, a state official and residents said. The incident took place in the town of Arcelia and the victims included the director and deputy director of municipal transport, as well as two culture department workers, a Guerrero State official said. Residents said the four were driving back from a shooting club where they practiced and hunted with low-caliber guns. “There was confusion because one of the four subjects who died was wearing military-style clothes, so the soldiers fired,” the official said on condition of anonymity. The soldiers were taken to the Arcelia prosecutor’s office. About 200 people blocked the town’s main road to protest the shooting. It was the second time that residents block the highway this year to demand that soldiers leave the town.
Manholes explode in Rio
Local media reports say half a dozen manholes exploded on Friday in Rio de Janeiro’s showcase Copacabana beach neighborhood. G1 Internet portal says no injuries were reported in the explosions, caused when accumulated underground gas tossed the heavy metal lids several meters into the air. The report quotes Joao Barros, a doorman who witnessed the explosions, as saying they “sounded like dynamite.” Barros said smoke billowed out of some manholes. Firefighters and technicians from Rio’s Light electric utility have cordoned off the area. The G1 report cites utility officials saying there is a short-circuit in the area. The phenomenon is not a new in Rio. In 2010, a US couple was seriously burned in a similar blast.
Protesters appeal jail terms
Judges were to hear the appeals yesterday of 21 women and teenage girls handed heavy jail terms on charges related to an Islamist protest in a case that sparked an outcry. The 14 adult women were handed 11-year jail terms and the seven minors sentenced to juvenile detention last month, shocking even supporters of the military-installed government. They were convicted of taking part in a violent protest demanding Islamist former president Mohamed Morsi’s reinstatement following his overthrow by the army in July. The women’s lawyer, Ahmed al-Hamrawy, said he expected the misdemeanor courts to either acquit them or release them on bail ahead of a final ruling. The jail sentences, coming in the same week as a restrictive new protest law, re-energized the Islamist opposition to the interim government and drew criticism even from its secular supporters.