Woman executed in Texas for ’98 killing
A woman convicted of torturing and killing a mentally impaired man she lured to Texas with the promise of marriage was put to death Wednesday in a rare execution of a female prisoner.
The lethal injection of Suzanne Basso, 59, made the New York native only the 14th woman executed in the U.S. since the Supreme Court in 1976 allowed capital punishment to resume. Almost 1,400 men have been put to death in that time.
Basso was sentenced to die for the 1998 slaying of 59-year-old Louis “Buddy” Musso, whose battered and lacerated body, washed with bleach and scoured with a wire brush, was found in a ditch outside Houston.
At least 34 killed as explosions rock Iraq
Multiple explosions rocked Baghdad on Wednesday, killing at least 34 people and sending plumes of smoke into the sky across the street from a major government building.
The attacks come as al-Qaida-led militants are battling for control of mainly Sunni areas to the west in the first test of the Shiite-led government to maintain security in the country more than two years after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
The deadliest of Wednesday’s attacks took place across the street from the high-rise building housing the Foreign Ministry. Two parked car bombs went off simultaneously in different parking lots, killing at least 12 people, including three policemen, and wounding 22, a police officer said.
Castration bill for pedophiles adopted
Macedonia’s parliament has adopted a bill imposing chemical castration on repeat offenders convicted of sexually abusing children — but the country’s leading child-protection group said Wednesday that the law is still too lenient.
The Megjasi child-protection group, which had campaigned for the procedure to be imposed on pedophiles, said the penalty should be mandatory even for first-time offenders.
Lawmakers voted Monday to make penalties harsher for convicted pedophiles, increasing the maximum sentence from 15 years to life imprisonment and imposing chemical castration on second-time offenders. The procedure involves regular injections that decrease the production of testosterone.
Police: Educator in YouTube case acknowledged sex
In her first police interview after a YouTube video was posted accusing her of child sex abuse, a California educator acknowledged she had a sexual relationship with a young student, according to a newly released court filing.
The student later told detectives she had been molested “too many times to count” between the ages of 12 and 14 by the woman who was then her basketball coach, according to the documents.
In an arrest declaration obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Riverside police Detective Roberta Hopewell said 40-year-old Andrea Cardosa told police in a Jan. 20 interview at the school where she worked as vice principal that she had a previous sexual relationship with the now-28-year-old woman. A woman who identified herself as Cardosa also acknowledged it in the video of a phone call posted on YouTube three days earlier that has been viewed nearly a million times.
Cardosa resigned her job at Alhambra High School the day of the police interview.
Cardosa was scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday on five counts of aggravated sexual assault on a child and 11 other counts of abuse. Her hearing was postponed until March 7.