Boston police's Craigslist ad seeks victims

BOSTON - Boston police have placed an ad on Craigslist in an attempt to find other women who may have been victimized by a medical student accused of killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist.

Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk County prosecutors, said Thursday the posting was made in the 'erotic services' section of Craigslist. He says police hope the ad will persuade any women who may have been victims of Philip Markoff to come forward.

The posting does not mention Markoff by name, and Wark said investigators aren't sure there are other alleged victims.

Markoff was charged Tuesday in the April 14 killing of 25-year-old Julissa Brisman. He is also charged in a robbery of another masseuse he also allegedly met through Craigslist.

Calif. may adopt low-carbon fuel rules

SACRAMENTO - California air regulators are considering first-in-the nation rules to require low-carbon fuels as part of the state's wider effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The California Air Resources Board on Thursday is expected to adopt standards that could serve as a template for a national policy.

The proposal calls for reducing the carbon content of fuels sold in California by 10 percent by 2020 by counting the emissions required to deliver gasoline and diesel to California consumers - from drilling a new oil well or planting corn to transporting it to gas stations.

Source: Freddie Mac CFO told to take time off

VIENNA, Va. - Freddie Mac's acting chief financial officer had met with the mortgage giant's human resources office and had been making plans to take time off only a day before authorities found him dead in an apparent suicide, a person close to the company said Thursday.

A human resources official met with David Kellermann on Tuesday and told him he needed a break because he had been working hard, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the individual wasn't authorized to discuss the matter.

Kellermann, 41, of Vienna, was found dead Wednesday in the basement of his home. A law enforcement official also speaking on condition of anonymity told The Associated Press that Kellermann hanged himself. He asked not to be identified because the investigation was ongoing.

Investors claim they lost money to NY man

TOWSON, Md. - At least three investors claim they lost millions of dollars working with a New York tax attorney who police say killed himself after fatally beating and asphyxiating his wife and two daughters, a lawyer said Thursday.

Attorney Steven B. Drelich said Thursday that at least three people have called his office to say they lost about $4 million to William Parente, who was found dead Monday in a Maryland hotel room along with his family.

'We've been contacted by others who have lost millions of dollars,' Drelich said. 'What he did to his family is unforgivable. The face of evil can be pretty ordinary.'

Attorneys attack case against Levy killing suspect

WASHINGTON - The case against the man accused of killing federal intern Chandra Levy is flawed because it is largely based on the accounts of 'jailhouse snitches' interviewed years after the slaying, defense attorneys said Thursday.

As Ingmar Guandique made his initial appearance in District of Columbia Superior Court, public defenders Santha Sonenberg and Maria Hawilo argued that a March 3 affidavit did not show probable cause for his arrest. Guandique wore a baggy orange jumpsuit and handcuffs. He said little, speaking softly and through an interpreter when asked to state his name.

Pharmacy made mistake in drug

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - An official at a Florida pharmacy said Thursday the business incorrectly prepared a supplement given to 21 polo horses that died over the weekend while preparing to play in a championship match.

Jennifer Beckett of Franck's Pharmacy in Ocala, Fla., told The Associated Press in a statement that the business conducted an internal investigation that found 'the strength of an ingredient in the medication was incorrect.' The statement did not say what the ingredient was.