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Man who stuffed wife’s body in freezer sentenced to 25 years

A Missouri man who pleaded guilty to stuffing his wife's body in a freezer more than six years ago has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Larry Dinwiddie, 59, of Marshfield, was sentenced Monday after he pleaded guilty in November to second-degree murder in the death of Cynthia Dinwiddie, television station KYTV reported. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a count of abandoning a corpse. READ MORE: The $25 million lotto call going straight to message bank Investigators have said they found the body of his wife, Cynthia, locked in a freezer in an abandoned storage unit in November 2019 and that her body had been there since 2015. Investigators have said her death resulted from domestic violence. Dinwiddie admitted to killing his wife with a hammer during an argument, according to court records. He never reported her missing. READ MORE: Omicron outbreak leaves question mark over Australia Day gatherings In an affidavit after his arrest, Dinwiddie said he didn't kn..

Appeals court upholds conviction of notorious drug kingpin ‘El Chapo’

A panel of appellate judges on Tuesday upheld the 2019 conviction of notorious Mexican drug cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, rejecting his assertions that he was treated unfairly. In their decision, the three judges ruled that US District Judge Brian Cogan, who oversaw Guzmán's federal case in Brooklyn, conducted the three-month trial "with diligence and fairness, after issuing a series of meticulously crafted pretrial rulings". Guzmán was convicted in 2019 of 10 counts, including engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, drug trafficking and firearms charges. READ MORE: Dylan Alcott named Australian of the Year, becomes first person with a disability to win award He was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years and ordered to pay US$12.6 billion ($17.6 billion) in forfeiture. His appeal had argued that his conviction should be overturned, saying he was denied his right to a fair trial and the effective assistance of counsel because of his strict pretrial detention con..

Ukraine urges calm, saying Russian invasion not imminent

Ukraine's leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighbouring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared to accept a shipment of American military equipment Tuesday to shore up their defences. Russia has denied it is planning an assault, but it has massed an estimated 100,000 troops near Ukraine in recent weeks, leading the United States and its NATO allies to rush to prepare for a possible war. Several rounds of high stakes diplomacy have failed to yield any breakthroughs, and this week tensions escalated further. NATO said it was bolstering its deterrence in the Baltic Sea region, and the US ordered 8500 troops on higher alert to potentially deploy to Europe as part of an alliance "response force" if necessary. READ MORE: Russia warned of 'severe response' by US as tensions rise over Ukraine The State Department has ordered the families of all American personnel at the US Embassy in Kyiv to leave the co..

Pfizer starts study into Omicron-specific COVID-19 jab

Pfizer has begun a study comparing its original COVID-19 vaccine with doses specially tweaked to match the hugely contagious Omicron variant. Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, announced the study on Tuesday. COVID-19 vaccine makers have been updating their shots to better match omicron in case global health authorities decide the change is needed. READ MORE: US puts 8500 troops on alert amid Russia-Ukraine tensions While Omicron is more likely than previous variants to cause infection even in people who've been vaccinated, it's not yet clear that a change to the vaccine recipe is needed. The original vaccines still offer good protection against severe illness and death. Studies in the US and elsewhere have made clear that adding a booster dose strengthens that protection and improves the chances of avoiding a milder infection. "We recognise the need to be prepared in the event this protection wanes over time and to potentially help address Omicron and new variants in the f..

London police investigating Downing Street lockdown parties

London police said Tuesday they were investigating Downing Street parties during lockdown, putting further pressure on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick revealed that an investigation was underway in a statement before the London Assembly. She said that Scotland Yard is now investigating "a number of events" at Downing Street. Mr Johnson's government has been under fire for allegedly holding events during months in which the nation was under lockdown because of COVID-19. "The fact that we are now investigating does not, of course, mean that fixed penalty notices will necessarily be issued in every instance and to every person involved,'' Dame Cressida said. "We will not be giving a running commentary on our current investigations." In the latest claim, ITV News reported that Mr Johnson attended a party for his birthday in his Downing Street office and later hosted friends in his apartment upstairs ..

Another delay for ex-deep-sea treasure hunter stuck in jail

The long-running case of a former deep-sea treasure hunter marking his sixth year in jail for refusing to disclose the whereabouts of missing gold coins has hit yet another roadblock. Research scientist Tommy Thompson has been held in contempt of court since December 15, 2015, for that refusal. He is also incurring a daily fine of $1400. A hearing held Monday in hopes of helping draw the case to a conclusion ended with a federal judge giving Mr Thompson two months to find a new attorney ahead of yet another hearing. READ MORE: US puts troops on alert amid Russia-Ukraine tensions Mr Thompson's case dates to his discovery of the S.S. Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, in 1988. The gold rush-era ship sank in a hurricane off South Carolina in 1857 with thousands of pounds of gold aboard, contributing to an economic panic. Despite an investors lawsuit and a federal court order, Mr Thompson, 69, still won't cooperate with authorities trying to find 500 coins minted from so..

Bus driver punched, given final warning after act of revenge caught on CCTV

An Auckland bus driver who was punched in the face by a disgruntled passenger has received a final warning for kicking the man in the back. Police investigated but were unable to find the man who unleashed the assault on the driver on the Friday night before Christmas 2021, which was captured on CCTV and obtained by Stuff. While the assailant remains at large, the driver was hauled before a disciplinary hearing. READ MORE: US puts 8500 troops on alert amid Russia-Ukraine tensions He received a final written warning for serious misconduct for allegedly not waiting until all passengers were seated before setting off, and verbally abusing and assaulting the man who punched him. The driver intends to appeal the warning. The assaultIt was another busy Friday night on Alex Jeon's inner link bus in Auckland when a man in a hi-visibility vest hopped aboard at the Queen St stop near the Civic. He was the final passenger to get on. Shortly after he swiped his HOP card and the doors closed, ..

WHO chief warns against talk of ‘endgame’ in pandemic

The World Health Organisation's director-general has warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and it's dangerous to assume Omicron is the last one or that "we are in the endgame". But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic could still end this year if some key targets are met. Dr Tedros has laid out an array of achievements and concerns in global health over issues like reducing tobacco use, fighting resistance to anti-microbial treatments, and risks of climate change on human health. But he said "ending the acute phase of the pandemic must remain our collective priority". READ MORE: Aboriginal flag 'freed' for public use in $20m government copyright deal READ MORE: Omicron has changed the shape of the pandemic. Will it end it for good? "There are different scenarios for how the pandemic could play out and how the acute phase could end. But it's dangerous to assume that Omicron will be the l..

Australians warned to leave Ukraine as fears grow over Russia

Australians have been urged to leave Ukraine as soon as possible amid growing concerns of a potential Russian invasion. The Australian Government updated its travel advice on Monday night and also directed dependants of embassy staff in Kyiv to leave, "reflecting the increased risk of armed conflict". "Australians in Ukraine should leave now by commercial means, where safe to do so, noting that flight availability could change or be suspended at short notice," a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said. READ MORE: NATO sends ships, fighter jets to eastern Europe https://twitter.com/Smartraveller/status/1485576204006887426"Security conditions can change at short notice. Consular services and our ability to provide consular assistance to Australians may be limited due to local circumstances. "Australians who decide to remain in Ukraine should review their personal security plans, be prepared to shelter in place if required, maintain heightened security awareness and regi..

Assange wins bid to appeal to Supreme Court against US extradition

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's battle to avoid extradition to the United States will go to Britain's Supreme Court after he was granted the right to appeal a lower court ruling. The High Court in London on Monday allowed Assange to appeal its decision that he could be sent to the US to stand trial on espionage charges. The decision is the latest step in Assange's long battle to avoid being sent to the United States to face espionage charges over WikiLeaks' publication of classified documents more than a decade ago. READ MORE: Scott Morrison's Chinese social media account blocked Just over a year ago, a district court judge in London rejected a US extradition request on the grounds Assange was likely to kill himself if held under harsh US prison conditions. US authorities later provided assurances that the WikiLeaks founder would not face the severely restrictive conditions that his lawyers said would put his physical and mental health at risk. Last month, t..