LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The body of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, recovered from a shallow grave where it was abandoned after his slaying by Islamic militants, was returned to his family for a proper burial.
The body was flown from Pakistan Thursday on a Cathay Pacific flight to Los Angeles International Airport, said James Lee, a spokesman for Pearl's parents, who live in a suburb of the city.
Last month, four men, including British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, were convicted of the kidnapping and slaying. Saeed was sentenced to death by hanging and the others received life sentences. All have filed appeals, and seven others are being sought in the case.
Authorities exploring possible link between kidnap attempts and killings
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating whether two attempted kidnappings are linked to three serial killings in the Baton Rouge area.
"I can't say if this is connected to the Baton Rouge murders, but we are proceeding with caution," Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley said Wednesday.
The three murder victims -- Charlotte Murray Pace, Gina Wilson Green and Pam Kinamore -- were slain over the past 10 months. DNA evidence shows they were killed by the same man.
Source: NYC mayor to propose smoking ban in all bars and restaurants
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to seek a ban on smoking in all New York City bars and restaurants, a Bloomberg administration official said Friday.
The administration is expected to ask the City Council next week to outlaw smoking in the roughly 13,000 establishments not covered by the current anti-smoking law, which permits smoking in bars and in restaurants with fewer than 35 seats.
Cigarette sales in New York plummeted almost 50 percent in July after the city raised the tax on each pack from 8 cents to $1.50. The new tax, which Bloomberg pushed to help close a record budget gap, drove the price of some name brands to more than $7 per pack.
Federal judge rules tribe can hunt whales
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A federal judge on Thursday dismissed a challenge by animal welfare groups to the Makah Indian whale hunts, clearing the way for the gray whale hunts to resume.
U.S. District Judge Franklin Burgess said the whale hunt opponents failed to prove that federal agencies' assessment of the hunts' impact was arbitrary or capricious.
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