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Nurse admits 5 more killings

By wire services
Published June 28, 2005

FLEMINGTON, N.J. - A former nurse who pleaded guilty to killing 24 patients admitted Monday to killing five more people by injecting them with lethal doses of drugs. The confessions by 45-year-old Charles Cullen brought to 29 the number of victims he admitted killing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

At a 20-minute court hearing, Cullen said he gave the patients an injection of the heart drug digoxin, knowing it would kill them.

His lawyer has said Cullen believed that his victims were terminally ill and that it was dehumanizing to prolong people's lives by artificial means.

Cullen has cooperated with investigators in reviewing scores of suspicious deaths during his tenure at various hospitals. In exchange, prosecutors promised they would not seek the death penalty.

Va. governor breaks hand in spill from bike

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Mark Warner broke his bill-signing hand Monday in a spill from his bicycle. Warner, 50, was treated at a hospital after suffering two broken bones in his right hand, said press secretary Kevin Hall.

The governor was among about 2,000 cyclists in rural Rockbridge County for a 24-mile ride. He lost control as he was approaching a railroad track and holding a water bottle in one hand. Warner apparently squeezed the front brakes too hard, flipping the bike.

Search scaled back for missing Scout

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - The search for a 13-year-old Boy Scout who fell into the fast-moving Yellowstone River was scaled back Monday as hope of finding him alive faded.

Tennis shoes believed to belong to Luke Sanburg were found in the river over the weekend, but the math whiz who loved to hunt and fish remained missing after falling into the river Friday.

"The family has come to the acceptance of not finding Luke alive," JeNae Lay, the boy's aunt, told rescue workers Sunday.

Sanburg, of Helena, Mont., was pushing logs into the river with other Scouts on Friday when a log clipped his legs and knocked him into the water.

Disc jockey released in Holloway case

ORANJESTAD, Aruba - Aruban police on Monday released a party boat disc jockey held in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway, a day after a judge said authorities did not have enough evidence against him.

Steven Gregory Croes, 26, did not speak with reporters as he left the courthouse in the capital, Oranjestad, through a back exit. Authorities would not discuss the judge's rulings.

"Prosecutors tell us that progress is being made in the case," government spokesman Ruben Trapenberg said. "We just hope they are on track to solving this mystery."

Croes was one of five people held in the disappearance of Holloway, an 18-year-old Alabama honors student last seen May 30. On Sunday, police released island judicial official Paul van der Sloot, 52, after a judge said there was not enough evidence to continue detaining him. Van der Sloot's 17-year-old son, Joran, is one of three young men still in custody.

Hispanic political clout lagging

WASHINGTON - The rapid increase of the Hispanic population in the United States is not resulting in a comparable growth in political clout, a study has found.

Hispanics accounted for half the growth in the U.S. from 2000 to 2004, but only a tenth of the growth in votes, according to an analysis of census data by the Pew Hispanic Center.

The population of Hispanics increased by 5.7-million over those four years, but only 2.1-million of those were eligible to vote. One reason: A high percentage of Hispanics are either too young to vote or are ineligible because they are not citizens.

[Last modified June 28, 2005, 01:47:08]

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