Donor child support
A judge has ruled that a US man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple after responding to their online ad is the father of a child born to the women and must pay child support.
Shawnee county district court judge Mary Mattivi ruled that because a physician was not involved in the artificial insemination process, William Marotta is more than a sperm donor and thus responsible for the child. Mr Marotta argued he did not intend to be the child's father.
FOODIE MURDER PROBE
Belgian authorities are investigating the death of a gastronomic freeloader as a possible murder.
Two days after the father of Titus Clarysse found him dead in his apartment, investigators were looking yesterday for suspects in what spokeswoman Annemie Sirlippens calls "a case of murder or manslaughter". Clarysse was famed in Ghent for ordering expensive meals in restaurants and walking out without paying. Newsp-apers reported the 35-year-old was stabbed on Monday night.
LANSBURY REMAKE RELIEF
Angela Lansbury says she's relieved that a planned remake of her classic whodunit series 'Murder, She Wrote' has been cancelled.
Lansbury had been critical of NBC's idea of a remake starring Octavia Spencer. The entertainment website Deadline.com reported this week that NBC was not going ahead with the show.
68 KILLED IN LIBYA
An official at a hospital in southern Libya says two weeks of fighting between tribes, government soldiers and former Gaddafi loyalists has killed at least 68 people.
Abdullah Wahida, the head of Sabha Hospital in the southern city, said at least 128 people have been wounded in the violence. The clashes were sparked by a revenge attack by African-origin Tabu tribesmen against a militia commander of the Arab Awlad Sulieman tribe.
FATAL QUEBEC FIRE
Fire raged through a seniors' residence in eastern Quebec, killing three people and leaving about 30 unaccounted for. Officials fear the death toll will climb.
The fire yesterday in the 52-unit complex broke out in L'Isle-Verte, a town about 140 miles northeast of Quebec City. Reports said 20 residents had been transported to safety, but it was unclear how many residents were missing.