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NATION: US issues rules for air cargo

US issues rules for air cargo

WASHINGTON — New U.S. security rules are in place banning all cargo from Yemen and Somalia and prohibiting toner and ink cartridges weighing more than one pound from passenger flights, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

The new rules are a direct response to the thwarted terror plot that could have taken down two cargo planes over the U.S. last month. Terrorists in Yemen had hidden two powerful bombs inside printers and shipped them to addresses in Chicago.

As the packages made their way to the U.S., Saudi Arabia tipped off intelligence officials to the plot, providing the FedEx and UPS tracking numbers that allowed officials to pinpoint where the packages were en route.

Toddler mauled by five pit bulls

ROBBINSVILLE, N.C. — Authorities in North Carolina said a 2-year-old boy was mauled by his grandmother’s five pit bulls and was in critical condition.

Graham County Sheriff’s Capt. Joseph Jones said Monday that the boy was bitten on his neck, stomach and legs. Jones said the boy was attacked Saturday while playing in his yard, where several of the dogs were running free.

Police have quarantined five pit bulls at the Haywood County animal shelter, and they likely will be killed. Jones said the family kept the dogs as pets and was not breeding them.

Man gets death in fatal invasion

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A Connecticut man was condemned to death Monday for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which a woman was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline and left to die in a fire.

Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes to death row after deliberating over the span of four days. Judge Jon Blue will impose the sentence on Dec. 2.

‘‘You have been exposed to images of depravity and horror that no human being should have to see,’’ Blue said in thanking the jurors for their service.

Dr. William Petit, the husband and father of the victims, said the verdict was not about revenge.

‘‘Vengeance belongs to the Lord,’’ Petit said. ‘‘This is about justice. We need to have some rules in a civilized society.’’

He also said it wouldn’t bring closure, saying whoever came up with the concept was ‘‘an imbecile.’’

Two charged in Halloween death

LOS ANGELES — Two reputed gang members have been charged with murder for a Los Angeles Halloween shooting that killed a 5-year-old boy as he showed off his costume in his backyard.

Eighteen-year-old Marcus Denson and 21-year-old Leonard Hall were charged Monday with murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors say they could face life in prison if convicted.

The two remained jailed Monday without bail.

Prosecutors contend the men fired into a South Los Angeles backyard they mistakenly believed belonged to a rival gang.

Five-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr. was shot in the back of the head on Oct. 31 as he posed for photos in his Spider-Man costume. Two relatives were wounded.

Huffington Post starts divorce site

NEW YORK — For a contemporary news destination like the Huffington Post, divorce is as much a part of daily life as sports and entertainment.

The website on Monday launched a section devoted solely to matters related to divorce.

The section is one of numerous on the news and opinion website. It’s subtitled: ‘‘Marriage comes and goes but divorce is forever.’’

That quotation is from author and filmmaker Nora Ephron, a HuffPost editor-at-large who was involved in the creation of HuffPost Divorce. She and journalist Carl Bernstein divorced in 1979.

Fla. man snags record alligator

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A man who trapped and killed an alligator so big it pulled his boat around a lake has snared what authorities say is Florida’s longest gator on record, exceeding 14 feet.

Wildlife officials say the gator caught by Robert Ammerman, a nurse who traps gators as a hobby, weighed 654 pounds and measured 14 feet, 31⁄2 inches. It was caught Nov. 1, the last day of Florida’s alligator harvest, in Lake Washington near Melbourne.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the previous record was a 14-foot, 5⁄8-inch alligator trapped in 1997.