Dogs may have killed ex-professor, wife
ATLANTA (AP) — A former college professor and his wife were apparently attacked and killed by nearly a dozen dogs along a rural northeast Georgia road where their bodies were found mutilated, authorities said Monday.
Preliminary autopsy results from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation showed Sherry Schweder, 65, likely died of injuries suffered in a dog attack, Oglethorpe County Sheriff Mike Smith said. Autopsy results for her husband, Lothar Karl Schweder, 77, were not yet available, but Smith said it's likely he was also attacked by dogs because the scene was so grisly.
Smith said officials were going to round up at least 11 dogs seen in the area where the couple's mutilated bodies were found Saturday morning by five passers-by. It wasn't immediately clear whether the mixed-breed dogs were feral or someone's pets. There had been no recent complaints about vicious dogs in the area, Smith said.
Union says officials erred in crash report
WASHINGTON (AP) — Union leaders said Monday that federal safety officials made a mistake in a report that implied an air traffic controller could have prevented a midair collision over the Hudson River and demanded a retraction.
National Air Traffic Controllers Association officials said the National Transportation Safety Board was wrong when it said that a controller at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey who was handling a small plane involved in the Aug. 8 accident failed to warn the single-engine Piper's pilot that there were other aircraft in his path, including the air tour helicopter.
Minutes later the plane and helicopter collided, sending both aircraft plunging into the Hudson. Nine people died in the accident.
Musician reunited with vintage violin
NEW YORK (AP) — A musician is reunited with his 18th-century violin after he mistakenly left it in a New York City cab.
City taxi officials say a GPS device in the cab led to the quick return of the instrument to Korean violinist Hanh-Bin on Monday. The violin is valued at around $600,000.
The musician had taken a cab from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to his Chinatown apartment early Monday morning. He inadvertently left behind the violin and a credit card.
Hanh-Bin's violin wasn't the most expensive instrument ever to have been left in a New York City taxi.
In 2001, musician Lynn Harrell left behind a 328-year-old Stradivarius cello worth $4 million. In 1999, cellist Yo-Yo Ma forgot his $2.5 million, 266-year-old cello.
Both instruments were eventually returned to their owners.
Woman charged with raping, killing girl
STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A San Joaquin County grand jury has indicted a Sunday school teacher on charges she kidnapped, raped and killed an 8-year-old girl and drugged two other people.
Melissa Huckaby broke down in tears Monday as Superior Court Judge Linda Lofthus read the indictment against her. The reading came after prosecutors convened a grand jury last month to determine whether Huckaby would stand trial.
Lofthus said the grand jury transcript would remain sealed. No trial date has been set.
Huckaby, 28, is accused of killing 8-year-old Sandra Cantu, a playmate of Huckaby's young daughter. Sandra went missing in March in Tracy, her hometown in Northern California. A massive search for her ended 10 days later when her body was found stuffed in a black suitcase pulled from an irrigation pond a few miles from the mobile home park where she lived.
Ex-attorneys sent to prison for fraud
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Two former attorneys have been sentenced to decades in federal prison and ordered to pay $127 million in restitution for defrauding hundreds of clients in a diet-drug settlement.
U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves also on Monday ordered 58-year-old William Gallion and 54-year-old Shirley Cunningham Jr. each to pay a $30 million forfeiture.
Gallion was sentenced to 25 years and Cunningham to 20.
The men were convicted of scamming clients out of $94.6 million while representing them in a case involving the diet drug fen-phen. They were found guilty in April of eight counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Gallion and Cunningham also once owned 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, further adding notoriety to the case.