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Dad accused of beheading boy

A judge in Louisiana has appointed two psychiatrists to evaluate whether a man accused of beheading his disabled son is sane enough to help with his defence.

Defence attorney Kerry Cuccia says the arraignment for Jeremiah Wright (30) has been postponed until October 17, when the judge also will hear the psychiatrists' testimony.

Mr Cuccia said the psychiatrists will deal with Wright's ability to help his defence, and not whether he was sane when seven-year-old Jori Lirette was killed on August 14. Wright is charged with first-degree murder.

Fears mount as Etna erupts

Mount Etna is spewing out ash and shooting spectacular bursts of lava high into the air as the eruption on the island of Sicily intensifies.

Italy's Civil Protection agency said there had been increased explosive activity by the volcano, eight days after the latest eruption began.

It said Etna started spewing out a significant amount of ash in a southeast direction early yesterday but that the eruption tapered off in about two hours.

Etna has several inhabited villages on its slopes.

Killer grizzly strikes again

Wildlife agents are trying to capture a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park after it killed a hiker in the second fatal bear attack this summer at the famed park.

The body of John Wallace (59) was discovered in an area known for its high population of bears. A post-mortem exam concluded he died after a bear attack.

After a fatal mauling last month authorities let the grizzly go because it was protecting its cubs. This time, rangers are aiming to kill it.

Rescuers save 22 coal miners

Twenty-two Chinese coal miners have been pulled alive from their flooded pit after being trapped underground for a week.

The men were brought slowly to the surface with all of them apparently in good condition.

Hopes for the miners revived after noises were detected through a pipe that was drilled to allow fresh air into the illegal mine near the northeastern city of Qitaihe.