New York prosecutors say the multibillion-dollar fraud carried out by Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff began as far back as the early 1970s. The revelation comes in a rewritten indictment boosting charges against four long-time employees of the investment firm Madoff ran from his Manhattan offices. A November 2010 indictment alleged that a conspiracy to defraud Madoff's clients began in 1992.
Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a big-rig truck in California's Central Valley, authorities said. At least 40 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries. The crash occurred when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train. The train traveled about 600 feet after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing.
A boat packed with revelers on a long holiday weekend collided with a ferry and sank off Hong Kong, killing at least 36 people and injuring dozens in the deadliest accident to strike the Chinese territory in years. The boat was carrying utility company workers and their families to famed Victoria Harbour to watch a fireworks display in celebration of China's National Day and mid-autumn festival. The two vessels collided near Lamma Island off the southwestern coast of Hong Kong Island. More than 100 people were rescued and sent to hospitals.
Exit polls in Georgia's hotly contested parliamentary race indicated that a party backed by billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili has edged the party headed by Georgia's larger-than-life president, Mikheil Saakashvili, who took power in the peaceful Rose Revolution nine years ago. Saakashvili had faced no formidable challenges until the emergence last year of Ivanishvili, a reclusive philanthropist. BRITAINSenior officer faces charges in scandal
A senior British counter-terrorism officer appeared in court to face charges tied to the police investigation into phone hacking by tabloid journalists. In a brief pretrial hearing, Detective Chief Inspector April Casburn, the former head of Scotland Yard's National Terrorist Financial Investigation Unit, was accused of breaching Britain's Official Secrets Act.
A Moscow appellate court postponed a hearing in the case of the punk protest band Pussy Riot after one of three defendants said she wanted to fire her lawyers because of disagreements. The three women were convicted in August of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in a prison colony for staging a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral last February. They said the stunt was intended to protest against Vladimir Putin and to criticize support for Putin by the church patriarch, Kirill I.