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LA riots victim on drink charge

Rodney King, whose beating by cops sparked the 1992 Los Angeles riots, has pleaded not guilty to drink driving.

Court records show King (46) entered the plea in court in Riverside, southern California, to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content above the legal limit.

Prosecutors have said King was driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana when he was pulled over in Moreno Valley. If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail because of a prior drink-drive conviction.

No ETs, says White House

The White House says it has no evidence that aliens exist.

More than 5,000 people signed a petition demanding the Obama administration disclose its knowledge of extraterrestrial beings.

In response, the US government said it had no evidence that life existed outside Earth, or that an extraterrestrial presence had contacted any human. "There is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye," a spokesman said.

Woman jailed on groper death

A WOMAN has been jailed for killing a man who fondled her when she passed out at a party

-- by pouring petrol over him before he was set on light.

Kerry McNiven had pleaded guilty in August to manslaughter in the death of her friend Gary Stewart. She was sentenced to seven years.

Several people witnessed Stewart touching McNiven's breasts when she was passed out at a party in Wangaratta, Australia in 2009. McNiven was later told about the incident and poured petrol over Stewart in retaliation.

Stewart caught fire and later died from his burns.

Thai floods crisis deepens

The flood crisis in Bangkok is likely to drag on for another month after floodwaters inched further into the city's heart.

Floods may finally begin to subside in the capital by mid-November. Some 500 have died, mainly from drownings.

Evacuations have been ordered in 12 of Bangkok's 50 districts