Man is convicted in 7 restaurant deaths

Published May 11, 2007

CHICAGO - Appliance installer Juan Luna, 33, was found guilty Thursday in the execution-style murders of seven people at a Chicago restaurant 14 years ago in what authorities say was a robbery that netted less than $2, 000. "Today the agonizing wait is over, " said Wisconsin state Rep. Jennifer Shilling, whose parents owned the Brown's Chicken and Pasta in Palatine and were among those killed. Another man will be tried separately in the slayings.


Vaccine shortage puts kids in double agony

TRENTON, N.J. - Young children needing immunization against chickenpox and three other diseases likely will have to get an extra shot, due to manufacturing problems that have halted production of a four-disease combo vaccine made by Merck & Co. Merck said Thursday that its ProQuad vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella as well as chickenpox, won't be available from about July until at least year's end.


Engineer guilty of giving China data

SANTA ANA, CALIF. - Jurors convicted a Chinese-born engineer Thursday of conspiring to export U.S. defense technology to China, including data on an electronic propulsion system that could make submarines virtually undetectable. Chi Mak also was found guilty of acting as an unregistered foreign agent, attempting to violate export control laws and making false statements to the FBI. The government accused Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen, of taking thousands of pages of documents from his defense contractor employer, Power Paragon of Anaheim, and giving them to his brother, who passed them along to Chinese authorities over a number of years. Prosecutors had dropped a charge of actually exporting defense articles. Mak faces up to 45 years in prison when he is sentenced Sept. 10.