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Sunday 17 December 2017

Teen denies aiding murder

A US teen has pleaded not guilty to helping his mentor kill one man and try to kill another in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme.

Brogan Rafferty made a brief appearance yesterday in an Ohio court.

Authorities say some applicants who fell for the scheme answered a Craigslist ad for a job at a nonexistent cattle ranch were robbed, then killed. The complaint against the teen says he participated in the crimes with Richard Beasley (52), said to have acted as his mentor.

Beasley has pleaded not guilty and could face the death penalty if convicted. As a juvenile, Rafferty cannot.



Cricketer jailed for spot-fixing

The first county cricketer in England to be prosecuted for spot-fixing has been sentenced to four months in prison at the Old Bailey.

Former Essex player Mervyn Westfield (23) was jailed yesterday for one count of accepting or obtaining a corrupt payment to bowl in a way that would allow the scoring of runs.

He will serve half the term in prison and a confiscation order was made for £6,000 (€7,224).



Oil spillage as tankers collide

The US Coast Guard says an oil tanker collided with another barge on the Mississippi River, spilling oil and leading officials to close an 8km stretch of the busy shipping and industrial corridor.

The section of river is lined by refineries, chemical plants and the Port of South Louisiana, which handles much of the grain exported from farms in the US heartland.

Officials say the collision happened before dawn yesterday about 80km upriver from New Orleans.



Colleague kills customs agent

A US immigration agent shot and seriously wounded a co-worker during a workplace confrontation before another agent pulled his weapon and shot the gunman to death, the FBI said.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot on Thursday evening in the federal building in Long Beach, south of downtown Los Angeles.

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