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Ohio executes man for 1996 slaying

By wire services
Published September 28, 2005

A man who said he deserved to die was executed Tuesday for luring a man into an alley in 1996 and beating him to death for $40. Herman Dale Ashworth, 32, was the fourth death row inmate since 1999 to drop his appeals to speed his execution. He was pronounced dead at 10:19 a.m. after a lethal injection at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Ashworth pleaded guilty in 1997 to the slaying of Daniel Baker, 40, of Newark, who was beaten so badly a deputy coroner said his injuries were consistent with a high-speed traffic accident or plane crash.

Bits of bone found at trade center site

Bone fragments, possibly human, have been discovered on the roof of a former bank building damaged in the collapse of the World Trade Center. The fragments, fewer than 10 and none measuring more than 2 inches, were turned over to the city medical examiner's office, where they were being tested Tuesday. "If they are determined absolutely to be human, then we will try to extract DNA to try to make an identification," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner. On Monday, construction workers preparing to tear down the former Deutsche Bank building discovered the bone fragments amid gravel as they were cleaning the rooftop. The medical examiner has identified nearly 1,600 of the 2,749 World Trade Center victims, mostly through DNA testing.

THE UNUSUAL

Elusive giant squid captured in photos

For decades, scientists and sea explorers have mounted costly expeditions to hunt down and photograph the giant squid, a legendary monster with eyes the size of dinner plates and a nightmarish tangle of tentacles. Expeditions have repeatedly failed to photograph a live giant squid in its natural habitat, the inky depths of the sea. But Wednesday two Japanese scientists report in a leading British biological journal that they have made the world's first observations of a giant squid in the wild. Working about 600 miles south of Tokyo off the Bonin Islands, they photographed the creature with a robotic camera at a depth of 3,000 feet. The 26-foot-long animal took a bait but broke free after a struggle lasting more than four hours, leaving behind an 18-foot length of tentacle.

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