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Peruvian teen killed mother, lived with corpse

A teenager in Peru has been arrested on suspicion of bludgeoning her mother to death and living with her corpse for two months, police said Tuesday. The 14-year-old, who is suspected of carrying out the murder with her boyfriend, attempted to conceal her mother's death by using insecticides and air fresheners to mask odors, according to police in the town of La Molina, east of Lima. Her father, an octogenarian suffering from Alzheimer's, had continued to live in the house unaware that the killing had taken place.

US Senate unanimously passes military sex assault reform

The Senate unanimously approved reforms Monday aimed at curbing sexual assaults in the US military, after a similar but more far-reaching measure failed last week. The bill passed 97-0, a rare moment of strong bipartisan cooperation in a chamber that has become known in recent months for succumbing to the very opposite, political gridlock and acrimony.

U.S. Senate passes military sex assault bill, may take months in House

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate voted 97-0 on Monday to pass reforms in how the military handles sexual assault cases, but it likely will be many months before the changes become law. The measure must still be approved by the House of Representatives, where Democratic and Republican aides said it is unlikely to be up for a vote until much later in 2014.

U.N. aims to bring killers to account in Central African Republic

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations inquiry said on Monday it was seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic in order to halt for good bloodshed that has raised fears of genocide.

U.N. inquiry aims to prevent genocide in Central African Republic

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations commission of inquiry into violence in Central African Republic expressed alarm on Monday over the level of "hate propaganda" there and said he hoped to head off the prospect of a campaign of genocide. The United Nations estimates about 650,000 people have been displaced by violence within Central African Republic, while nearly 300,000 have crossed into neighboring countries.

Ex-trader convicted in Connecticut of defrauding federal government's bailout program

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A former Wall Street investment banker was found guilty Friday of defrauding investment funds established as part of the federal government's response to the 2008 financial crisis. A jury in New Haven convicted Jesse Litvak of securities fraud, Troubled Asset Relief Program fraud and making false statements to the federal government, authorities said. Prosecutors say he defrauded private investment funds and funds established by the U.S. Treasury with government bailout money. More than $2 million was illegally siphoned off, the government said.

US Army sex crime prosecutor faces groping allegation

The US Army's top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said Thursday. The suspension marks the latest embarrassing setback for the US military as it grapples with a sexual assault crisis that has sparked calls for a radical overhaul of its judicial system. The allegations were first reported by the Stars and Stripes newspaper and confirmed to AFP by military officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Ex-Dewey law firm executives charged in New York with fraud, theft

By Karen Freifeld and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm were charged with fraud and theft for concealing from banks, investors and other lawyers the deteriorating health of the once prestigious firm before it went bankrupt in 2012. Thursday's criminal charges were announced by Manhattan prosecutors less than two years after Dewey, which once had more than 1,400 lawyers worldwide, became the largest U.S. law firm to seek bankruptcy protection. It later shut down.

US businessman sold trade secrets to China

A US jury convicted a California businessman Wednesday of selling stolen trade secrets to Chinese firms so they could develop a pigment used to whiten a wide range of products. US officials said the conviction of Walter Lian-Heen Liew, also known as Liu Yuanxuan, marked the first federal jury conviction on charges brought under the Economic Espionage Act of 1996.

South Carolina, rights groups settle immigration law challenge

By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - In a victory for immigrant rights supporters, South Carolina said on Monday it would no longer defend a key part of a 2011 law that required police to check the immigration status of people during stops. State officials and a coalition of immigrant rights groups have agreed to settle a legal dispute over the law centering on its "show me your papers" section.
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