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He's accused of raping daughter, putting the video on the Internet KENNEWICK, Wash. - A man accused of raping his daughter has been arrested in Hong Kong, ending a manhunt that began after the girl's decision to tell her story on "America's Most Wanted" helped connect the case to some of the Internet's most notorious molestation videos.
He's accused of raping daughter,
putting the video on the Internet
KENNEWICK, Wash. - A man accused of raping his daughter has been arrested in Hong Kong, ending a manhunt that began after the girl's decision to tell her story on "America's Most Wanted" helped connect the case to some of the Internet's most notorious molestation videos.
Police apprehended Kenneth John Freeman, 44, at the Hong Kong airport Tuesday night after he arrived there from mainland China. Officials said the avid bodybuilder injured four Chinese police officers while resisting arrest, but they did not say whether Freeman was hurt.
Freeman was living in Seattle when he fled the United States last year, months after his daughter told her mother he had assaulted her four years earlier. He was on the most-wanted lists of the U.S. Marshal's Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Tips to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children after the TV show aired helped the center identify the girl as the victim in a series of child pornography videos, according to the Marshal's Service. Video files depicting the abuse also were found on a computer Freeman had given his daughter.
Chris Peale, the girl's stepfather, said at a news conference that she deserves the most credit. "An awful man, an evil man has been captured," Peale said, glancing at his now-17-year-old stepdaughter, who smiled but did not speak.
The buzz is bad: Something
mysterious is killing honeybees
BELTSVILLE, Md. - The mysterious killer that is wiping out many of the nation's honeybees could have a devastating effect on America's dinner plate.
Honeybees don't just make honey - they pollinate apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash, cucumbers and lots of the really sweet and tart stuff, including citrus, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and more.
Even cattle, which feed on alfalfa, depend on bees. So if the collapse worsens, we could end up being "stuck with grains and water," said Kevin Hackett, the national program leader for USDA's bee and pollination program.
While not all scientists foresee a food crisis, noting that large-scale bee die-offs have happened before, this one seems particularly baffling and alarming.
New label on antidepressants
will warn young adults of suicide
WASHINGTON - Young adults face an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior when they first begin taking antidepressants and should be warned about the danger, federal health officials said yesterday.
The Food and Drug Administration asked makers of the drugs to expand their warning labels to include adults age 18-24. The labels already include similar warnings for children and adolescents.
Eli Lilly and Co., the maker of Prozac, Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer Inc., and other pharmaceutical companies said they would comply with the FDA's request.
The expanded warnings would emphasize that depression and certain other psychiatric disorders are themselves the most important causes of suicide.
$5 million settlement to family
for teen's death in Fla. boot camp
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A $5 million settlement for the family of a teen who died after being roughed up by guards at a state-supervised boot camp won lawmaker approval yesterday and was sent to the governor, who is expected to sign it.
Gov. Charlie Crist and black legislators had led the effort to compensate the family of Martin Lee Anderson, who died in January 2006 shortly after being kneed, struck and having ammonia tablets held to his nose at the military-style facility run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office in Panama City.
The state has already paid Anderson's parents $200,000, the most allowed by law without legislative approval. The bill would pay the remaining $4.8 million of the proposed settlement.
"While no dollar amount will return their son to his family, compensating them for this tragedy is the right thing to do," Crist said. *
- Daily News wire services