FLORIDAError reported in trial of Casey Anthony
Assertions by the prosecution that Casey Anthony conducted extensive Google searches on the word "chloroform" were based on inaccurate data, a software designer who testified at the trial said Monday. John Bradley said Anthony visited what the prosecution said was a crucial website only once, not 84 times, as prosecutors had asserted. He came to that conclusion after redesigning his software, and immediately alerted prosecutors about the mistake, he said. The finding of 84 visits was used repeatedly during the trial to suggest that Anthony had planned to murder her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
ALASKAN.D. Senate leader killed in car crash
North Dakota state Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem was killed in a car crash in Alaska. The Republican lawmaker, who was 59, had led the GOP in the state Senate for nearly 10 years. The fatal accident occurred just before 3 p.m. CDT, according to Stenehjem's wife, Kathy, and state Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, his brother. The senator was on a fishing trip near where his brother John and his son Rob live. Alaska state troopers said the crash was a one-car rollover.
MICHIGANTwo die after boat capsizes during race
Two experienced sailors died after their boat capsized in a thunderstorm during the annual Chicago-to-Mackinac race on Lake Michigan organized by the Chicago Yacht Club. A dive team recovered the bodies of skipper Mark Morley, 51, and Suzanne Bickel, 40, about eight hours after authorities received word that their boat, WingNuts, had capsized near the Fox Islands, the Coast Guard said. Six others on the boat were rescued by another race competitor.
CANADAStage collapse called a freak accident
The organizer of an Ottawa music festival -- where the stage collapsed during a storm as thousands scurried from a show by the band Cheap Trick -- called the accident "a freak situation." Organizers had been monitoring the weather moments before a violent summer gale toppled the main stage at the Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday night, said Mark Monahan, the festival's executive director. Three people were hospitalized but were later released, including the band's truck driver. Some concert-goers said it was a miracle that no one died.
CHINAArmed men kill cops in police station attack
Attackers armed with Molotov cocktails and explosives stormed a police station in China's restive Xinjiang Province, killing and wounding several police officers, taking hostages and setting the building on fire, according to a report from the state-run news agency Xinhua. Several attackers and some hostages were killed when reinforcements got to the station in the crowded "grand bazaar" area in the city of Hotan. Officials called it "an organized terrorist attack."
HUNGARYMan, 97, acquitted in WWII massacre
A court in Hungary acquitted a 97-year-old man accused of taking part in a massacre during World War II. The court found Sandor Kepiro not guilty of war crimes in the deaths of 36 people in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad in 1942. Kepiro had been convicted twice before of taking part in the massacre, known as the Racija, the Serbian word for raid. More than 1,200 civilians, mostly Jews but also Serbs and Roma, were killed, their bodies dumped in Danube River. The Wiesenthal Center, which helped reopen the case against Kepiro in 2006, had declared him the world's most-wanted Nazi war criminal.