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NATION IN BRIEF: Maid's lawyer: She is telling the truth in IMF case

Maid’s lawyer: She is telling the truth in IMF case

NEW YORK — The hotel maid accusing IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of trying to rape her as she went to clean his suite is telling the truth, has “no agenda” and did not even know who he was until after the fact, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Her story of being attacked by Strauss-Kahn in the Sofitel hotel suite near Times Square is “consistent” because she is telling the truth, he said.

“There is no way in which there is any aspect of this event which could be construed consensual in any manner,” Shapiro said. “This is nothing other than a physical, sexual assault by this man on this young woman.’’

The 62-year-old Strauss-Kahn is jailed in New York on charges including attempted rape after being denied bail on Monday.

Doctor takes stand at trial of Kerrigan brother

WOBURN, Mass. — A cardiologist who treated Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan’s father testified Tuesday that a physical altercation he had with his son could have triggered his deadly heart attack.

Kerrigan’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, is charged with manslaughter in the January 2010 death of their 70-year-old father, Daniel Kerrigan. Prosecutors say Daniel Kerrigan died of a heart attack after Mark Kerrigan put his hands around his father’s neck during a violent struggle, causing broken cartilage in his larynx.

Dr. Khether Raby, testifying for prosecutors, said he reviewed the autopsy report and found that Daniel Kerrigan had a so-called demand event that caused his heart attack.

Feds hope to make money off Unabomber’s stuff

ATLANTA — The U.S. Marshals Service is hoping to make a buck from those looking to own a piece of the Unabomber — from his sneakers to a copy of his infamous manifesto.

Bidders are invited to shop an online auction beginning today of personal items that once belonged to Ted Kaczynski. The items included handwritten letters, typewriters, tools, clothing and several hundred books.

The 69-year-old Kaczynski is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people.

A U.S. district judge ordered the items sold in August 2010.

Police probe eBay posting to sell toddler

ALLENDALE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Authorities say a western Michigan woman offered a 2-year-old relative for sale on eBay and accepted a man’s tongue-in-cheek bid.

The Holland Sentinel says police located the 20-year-old woman in Ottawa County’s Allendale Township, about 15 miles west of Grand Rapids. The woman had been caring for the 2-year-old girl, who’s now in the custody of her mother in nearby Kent County.

Ottawa County sheriff’s Lt. Mark Bennett says police received calls about the Internet posting Monday from as far away as California.

Lines form after $1.10-a-gallon L.A. gas goof

LOS ANGELES — Word spread quickly about a Los Angeles gas station selling premium unleaded for $1.10 per gallon, but it wasn’t a promotion. The owner says the too-good-to-be-true price was a computer glitch that cost him $21,000.

Long lines snaked from the pumps at the Valero station in Wilmington on Sunday. Police were even called to control traffic.

The Torrance Daily Breeze reports that within four hours, about 7,000 gallons of premium were pumped at the discounted rate. Station owner Kenny Nguyen says the attendant on duty was busy staffing the convenience store and register.

He says a price change didn’t take, so the system defaulted to the $1.10 price — a cut of more than $3 a gallon. Nguyen hopes motorists who got the break come back and pay the real price.

Woman, Disney settle theme park groping lawsuit

PHILADELPHIA — A Pennsylvania woman who claimed she was groped by Donald Duck during a visit to the Epcot theme park has settled her federal lawsuit against Disney.

Court documents indicate April Magolon settled her lawsuit against the entertainment giant last week. She had sued Walt Disney Parks and Resorts last year claiming a costumed park employee grabbed her breast during a May 2008 visit to the Florida park.

The Upper Darby woman claimed she had nightmares, digestive problems and other permanent injuries. She sought more than $50,000 in compensation plus punitive damages.