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climbers died on a mountain
in New Zealand after being
trapped for two nights in
high winds, police said yes-
Japanese Hiroki Ogawa, 31,
and Nicole Sutton, 29, of
New Zealand, were part of a
group of climbers who
reached the summit of
Mount Taranaki on Saturday
before encountering bad
weather on the descent, po-
lice said. Two other climbers
in the group made it to safety
after spending one night on
Ogawa and Sutton dug
themselves into the snow as
best they could and had been
texting police until Sunday
night. But poor conditions
prevented rescuers from
reaching the pair until early
Police said that Sutton was
still alive when rescuers
reached them but soon be-
Poor conditions forced
rescuers to leave the bodies
on the mountain yesterday.
They planned to try to re-
cover them today. Sutton s
parents said that Sutton and
Ogawa were in a relationship
and they thought they might
one day marry. (AP)
LONDON---The death toll from a severe
storm that ripped across Britain and onto
mainland Europe has risen to 13, with the
UK and Germany hit the hardest.
Hurricane-force gusts have knocked down
trees, flooded low areas, left hundreds of
thousands without power and snarled trans-
portation networks across the region.
UK officials reported at least five deaths.
Four people were killed yesterday in Ger-
many, adding to two deaths at sea off the
German coast Sunday.
Danish media says one man was killed
by a flying brick just north of Copenhagen,
and Amsterdam police said a woman there
was killed by a falling tree.
Two people died when their car was
crushed by a falling tree in Gelsenkirchen,
in western Germany. Two children in the
car were injured.
In Brittany, western France, a woman was
swept out to sea. And in the Dutch city of
Amsterdam a tree felled by the wind crushed
a woman by a canal.
Many trains were cancelled in and around
London and in north Germany.
In many cases in the UK fallen trees had
to be cleared from railway lines.
At least 50 flights have been cancelled at
Schiphol airport in the Netherlands, and
the German broadcaster ARD says there are
severe delays at Hamburg airport.
In the UK as many as 600,000 homes
suffered power cuts, though many were
Power cuts also hit 42,000 homes in
northern France, and at Belle-Ile in Brittany
a woman was swept into the sea from a
cliff. German authorities have halted all
local trains in Schleswig-Holstein, as well
as the Hanover-Bremen service and north-
bound trains from the state of North Rhine-
Emergency services in Denmark and Swe-
den have issued storm warnings, as Scan-
dinavia braces for winds gusting at about
100mph. Along Germany s North Sea coast
many ferries have been confined to port
and shipping on the Elbe has also been dis-
rupted, ARD reports.
No trains are leaving the stations in Lille,
northern France, the TF1 news website
The storm swept across Brittany and Nor-
mandy early yesterday, felling trees and
knocking out power lines in some places.
LOS ANGELES---The doctor convicted of
killing Michael Jackson was released from
jail yesterday after serving nearly two
years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a
downtown Los Angeles jail according to
the sheriff s office. A change in California
law allowed his incarceration time to be
significantly cut down.
"He was elated to be out of there," Mur-
ray s attorney Valerie Wass said. She said
the former physician plans to spend time
with his girlfriend and children and to read-
just to his life outside jail.
The former cardiologist was convicted
in 2011 of causing Jackson s death in June
2009 by providing the superstar with an
overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol
as a sleep aid.
Jackson was in the midst of preparations
for a series of comeback concerts and Mur-
ray was serving as his personal physician.
Murray s prospects are uncertain: At age
60 his license to practice medicine has been
suspended or revoked in three states and
his face and name are well known due to
his association with Jackson and his highly
publicised involuntary manslaughter trial.
Wass said Murray did a lot of writing
while incarcerated, but she didn t know if
he had plans for a book or any other projects
that would allow him to earn a living.
The former doctor is appealing his con-
viction, although an appeals court has ques-
tioned whether it needs to hear the case.
His attorney has argued that the court
should not dismiss the appeal because it
could alter his overall sentence and reduce
some of the stigma his conviction has
Chemist expected to
change plea in lab case
A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for a
chemist at the centre of a Massachusetts lab
scandal that has jeopardised thousands of drug
Annie Dookhan has pleaded not guilty to
obstruction of justice and tampering with
evidence. On Monday, a
court docket showed that
a hearing for her to
change that plea is
scheduled for November
22.A judge said last week
that she won't impose a
sentence of more than
three to five years if
Dookhan decides to
change her plea to guilty.
The docket also shows that a hearing on
Dookhan's motion to suppress her statements
to state police has been cancelled. It had been
scheduled for tomorrow. Born in T&T, Dookhan
moved to the United States with her parents
as a child.
5 dead after Mexican
vigilante groups clash
MEXICO---Five men have been found dead
and power has been cut to hundreds of
thousands of residents of the western Mexico
state of Michoacan, following clashes in which
self-described "self-defence" forces are seeking
to oust the Knights Templar drug cartel.
The clashes follow a daring march over the
weekend by self-defence force vigilantes into
the city of Apatzingan, the central stronghold
of the Knights Templar. In retaliation, gunmen
believed to be linked to the pseudo-religious
cartel mounted coordinated attacks on
electrical facilities in 14 towns and cities
throughout Michoacan on Sunday.
Vigilante leader Jose Mireles said yesterday
the retaliation also included an armed attack on
self-defense trenches on the outskirts of
Michoacan. Detectives say five men were found
dead, but Mireles said there were 13 deaths.
Report: US monitored
60 million calls in Spain
MADRID---A Spanish newspaper published a
document yesterday that it said shows the US
National Security Agency spied on more than
60 million phone calls in Spain in one month
alone---the latest revelation about alleged
massive US spying on allies.
The El Mundo newspaper report came as
Spain summoned the US ambassador in Madrid
to express its displeasure over the reports of
spying on allies.
Last week the French paper Le Monde
reported similar allegations of US spying in
France and German magazine Der Spiegel said
Washington had tapped Chancellor Angela
Merkel's mobile phone. The leaders of Brazil
and Mexico also were reportedly spied on. (AP)
2 climbers die after 2 nights on NZealand mountain
A boat in Scheveningen,
Netherlands, is caught in the
strong winds yesterday.
In this October 21, 2011, file photo, Conrad
Murray, Michael Jackson's former doctor
sits in a courtroom during his involuntary
manslaughter trial in Los Angeles. AP PHOTO
Jackson's doctor released from jail after 2 years
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