Abortion rights activists are outraged after a 33-year-old married Indiana woman who got pregnant as a result of an affair with her co-worker was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday on charges of feticide — the act of causing the death of a pre-born baby — and the neglect of a dependent.
The woman, Purvi Patel, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the neglect charge, but 10 of those were suspended, according to WNCN. Patel, who also became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide, will serve an additional six years in prison for that crime. Both sentences are expected to be served concurrently.
"What this conviction means is that anti-abortion laws will be used to punish pregnant women," Lynn Paltrow, executive director for the so-called National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an abortion advocacy organization, told WNCN. more >>
Alleged cellphone footage of the final moments from Germanwings Flight 9525 that was deliberately crashed last week, killing all 150 people on board, records people screaming "My God" in several different languages. While investigators have said that no such footage has been found, both German and French newspapers have sworn to have seen it.
Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin told CNN on Wednesday that "so far no videos were used in the crash investigation," responding to the media reports of the footage. He added, however, that "a person who has such a video needs to immediately give it to the investigators."
Both the German daily Bild and the French newspaper Paris Match have claimed to have seen the cellphone footage allegedly showing the final moments of the flight, which crashed in the French Alps. more >>
A second atheist blogger has been hacked to death by suspected Islamic extremists in the span of a month in Bangladesh. Twenty-seven year-old Washiqur Rahman was found stabbed to death on Monday in Dhaka, less than a month after American citizen Avijit Roy was killed for promoting secularism and criticizing religious extremism.
Agence France-Presse reported that police have arrested two men suspected to have been involved in Rahman's murder. Local police chief Wahidul Islam revealed that the victim had been "brutally hacked to death this morning with big knives just 500 yards [460 metres] from his home at Dhaka's Begunbari area."
Revelations that Germanwings Flight 9525 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was treated for "suicidal tendencies" before receiving his pilot's license has sparked a discussion on doctor-patient confidentiality in Germany, with some lawmakers suggesting doctors should have a duty to speak out if a person's condition potentially puts other lives at risk.
The public prosecutor's office in Düsseldorf said on Monday that Lubitz had been treated for "suicidal tendencies" before earning his pilot's license, but following the treatment he appeared to have gotten better and doctors found no other signs of those tendencies or any aggression toward others.
Lubitz is widely believed to have deliberately crashed the Airbus A320 jet last week in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board. more >>
A group of armed Muslim fanatics, who some have identified as Muslim Brotherhood members, attacked a church over plans to honor the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded by terror group ISIS in the Egyptian village of Al-Our. The church's priest said that he made local police aware of plans for the attack, but the authorities offered no protection.
Fr. Makar Issa, the priest of The Virgin Mary Church in Al-Our village, told International Christian Concern: "I called the police many times and asked them to come to guard us but they came late and after their arrival they didn't guard the church. They stopped in the entrance of the village. Even still they allowed the cars of the attackers to enter the village and attack us and the church without any intervention from them to protect us," the priest said.
"I charge the responsibility of what happened to the policemen," he added, "and I accuse them of inaction, indifference and complicity." more >>
The audio transcript from the "black box" recordings of the fatal Germanwings Flight 9525 has been leaked, revealing that Capt. Patrick Sondenheimer screamed and begged co-pilot Andreas Lubitz to open the door. Lubitz's girlfriend has said in separate reports that she's expecting his child.
While the audio itself was not released, German newspaper Bild released on Sunday the transcript of what it says is on 1.5 hours of audio footage from the cockpit voice recorder. CNN translated the transcript, though pointed out it cannot verify its authenticity.
The transcript allegedly says that Sondenheimer screamed and banged on the locked cockpit door, asking Lubitz: "For God's sake, open the door!" more >>