Model talked to ex hours before death
BUENA PARK, Calif. (AP) — Hours before she died, former model Jasmine Fiore was chatting on her cell phone with an ex-boyfriend — a conversation that police say threw her reality contestant husband into a jealous rage.
Witnesses said Ryan Jenkins argued with Fiore in the lobby of the San Diego Hilton after leaving a poker tournament, telling her "you're making a fool of me in front of my friends," said Buena Park police Sgt. Frank Nunes.
The argument was the latest in the couple's volatile, jealous relationship and just hours before Jenkins allegedly killed his 28-year old wife, stuffed her body into a suitcase and dumped her in a Buena Park trash bin, police said.
A detailed timeline revealed Thursday by police showed that Jenkins, who appeared on VH1's "Megan Wants a Millionaire," started a 1,000-mile dash for his native Canada 24 hours after Fiore's body was found early Aug. 15.
The 32-year-old son of a prominent Calgary architect was found Sunday in an isolated motel in Hope, British Columbia, where he had committed suicide.
Residents keeping eye on tropical storm
CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — People on the East Coast warily eyed the approaching Tropical Storm Danny, which reinforced the dangers of even a weakening storm after a young boy went missing Friday in rough surf.
From the Carolinas to New England, forecasters called for a second consecutive weekend of choppy seas, dangerous rip currents and heavy rains as Danny was expected to pass to the east of the mainland today.
Storm-agitated waters were already proving dangerous Friday along North Carolina's Outer Banks, where the Coast Guard and local authorities spent hours searching for a 12-year-old boy who disappeared while body-boarding. The boy's mother reported seeing him go underwater off the town of Corolla and the board washing ashore without him. The search was called off at 9 p.m.
Students mourn 2 slain classmates
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BLACKSBURG, Va. — In what has become a sadly familiar ritual, about 100 students huddled together Friday on the Drillfield at the heart of the Virginia Tech campus, weeping and singing hymns as they mourned two slain classmates.
Heidi Childs, 18, and David Metzler, 19, bright and promising students who were active in Campus Crusade for Christ, were found fatally shot Thursday morning in a national park about 15 miles from campus. Police said Friday that they had no suspects.
The deaths of the young couple, which took place during the first week of classes, shook a community that has endured a string of tragedies. In April 2007, it became the site of the worst mass killing by an individual in U.S. history when a troubled student fatally shot 32 people and himself. In January, a student was decapitated in a campus cafe, and a classmate was charged.
Gadhafi won't stay in N.J., lawmaker says
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Steve Rothman said late Friday he's been given assurances from a representative of the Libyan government that Moammar Gadhafi won't stay in Englewood, N.J., when he visits the United States next month to address the U.N. General Assembly, a visit that has sparked angry protests.
The Libyan government has been renovating an estate there ahead of Gadhafi's first U.S. visit. But Gadhafi is unwelcome in New Jersey, which lost 38 residents in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The attack, which killed 270 people, is widely believed to be the work of Libyan intelligence.
Rothman said he was told of the decision to keep Gadhafi out of Englewood by former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston, whose firm represents the Libyan government in Washington, D.C.
Judge dismisses major drug case
WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge on Friday dismissed a major international drug case and ordered that the alleged dealer not be charged again after the prosecution fell apart.
Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon has been jailed for two years on charges of importing methamphetamine from Mexico into the United States. Authorities said they seized more than $205 million, the largest drug-related cash seizure in history, from his Mexico City mansion when he was arrested.
The Justice Department asked U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to dismiss the case because one witness has recanted and another has refused to testify.
Representatives from both sides in the case said prosecutor Paul O'Brien returned before Sullivan on Tuesday and said the Justice Department would not oppose an order preventing new charges against Ye Gon, especially since he faces organized crime, drug trafficking and weapons charges in Mexico.