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Dead daughter kept in freezer

A man accused of torturing and killing his 21-year-old daughter said he kept her bullet-riddled body in the freezer of his mobile home for two years, but was not responsible for her death.

Clarence Butterfield (57), of Santa Ana, California, said he found his daughter Rebekah dead when he returned home on St Stephen's Day 2006 and put her in the freezer because he thought no one would believe his innocence.

"It was kind of stressful to walk in and see your daughter dead," he said. "I didn't know what to do." He is charged with murder. The body was found by workmen after the home was towed.

36 more die in China storms

Heavy rains in northwest China have killed a further 36 people, adding to the more than 1,000 who died in landslides two weeks ago.

Twenty-three people are missing.

The storms in Longnan, in poor and remote Gansu province, injured 295 and prompted the evacuation of more than 120,000 residents because of landslides and rising rivers.

The neighbouring district of Zhouqu was inundated this month by an avalanche of mud following unusually strong downpours.

Arquette in divorce move

actress Patricia Arquette has filed for divorce from actor Thomas Jane, Los Angeles court records show.

The True Romance and Medium star (42), who is seeking custody of the couple's seven-year-old daughter, cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the break-up in the divorce petition.

It is the second time Emmy Award-winner Arquette has sought to end her marriage with Jane, who now stars in the HBO series Hung. She moved to dismiss her previous filing in July 2009.

Shark bites kill Aussie surfer

A surfer died after a shark attack off the western coast of Australia, ABC reported on its website.

The man was bitten by a shark at about 8.15am local time at a beach south of Perth, the capital of Western Australia state, ABC said, citing police. The surfer died in hospital shortly after the attack, the website reported.