More tests needed in water-tank death
More testing must be done to determine the cause of death of a 21-year-old Canadian tourist whose body was found wedged in a water tank atop a downtown Los Angeles hotel, authorities said Thursday.
An autopsy performed Thursday didn’t provide definitive answers into whether Elisa Lam was killed or if she fell victim to a bizarre accident. Coroner’s officials will await toxicology tests before making a final determination.
Meanwhile, water tested from the hotel didn’t contain live bacteria that would cause illness.
Bush removed from gay-marriage ads
A pro-gay marriage group will replace ads that include former first lady Laura Bush speaking on the topic with a new ad this weekend after Bush said she did not want to be part of its campaign.
The Respect for Marriage Coalition said Thursday that it appreciated Bush’s previous comments, “but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad.” The national advertising campaign of print, television and online ads that launched this week featured part of a Bush interview on CNN in which she says: “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”
Protest group signs Morsi for space trip
An Egyptian opposition group is using a novel way to protest against President Mohammed Morsi: Sign him up for a chance to win a trip to space.
The April 6 Youth Movement said on its official Facebook page Thursday that it had entered the Islamist leader’s name in the online contest because it wanted to be rid of him. It called on supporters to vote for the president so he’d have a chance to win the trip into space.
New investigator in Pistorius case
PRETORIA, South Africa
South African police appointed a new chief investigator Thursday in the Oscar Pistorius murder case, replacing a veteran detective after unsettling revelations that the officer was charged with seven counts of attempted murder.
The sensational twist in the state’s troubled investigation fueled growing public fascination with the case against the double-amputee Olympian, who is charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.
Drew Peterson — the swaggering Chicago-area policeman who gained notoriety after his fourth wife vanished — lost his characteristic cool in court Thursday, screaming out his innocence before a judge sentenced him to 38 years in prison for the murder of a previous wife.
“I did not kill Kathleen!” Peterson shouted, leaning into a courtroom microphone and emphasizing each of the five words.
Without missing a beat, his dead wife’s sister, Susan Doman, shouted back, “Yes, you did! You liar!” before the judge ordered sheriff’s deputies to remove her from the courtroom.
Nevada legalizes online gambling
CARSON CITY, Nev.
Gov. Brian Sandoval signed legislation Thursday legalizing online gambling in Nevada, capping a dizzying day at the Legislature as lawmakers passed the bill through the Assembly and Senate as an emergency measure.
Nevada wanted to beat New Jersey, its East Coast casino rival, to the online gambling punch. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie previously vetoed an online wagering bill but has indicated he may sign an amended version next week.