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Boy offered deal in shooting deaths

November 30, 2008
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Arizona
PHOENIX - Prosecutors have offered a plea deal to an 8-year-old boy charged with murder in the shooting deaths of his father and another man in their Arizona home. Complete details of the offer aren't spelled out in a court filing posted yesterday on the Apache County Superior Court's website. But County Attorney Chriss Candelaria wrote that he has "tendered a plea offer to the juvenile's attorneys that would resolve all the charges in the juvenile court contingent on the results of the mental health evaluations." Candelaria was responding to a defense motion seeking to block him from dropping one of two first-degree murder charges the boy is facing for the Nov. 5 shooting deaths of his father, Vincent Romero, 29, and Timothy Romans, 39. (AP)

New York
Police review video in trampling death
NEW YORK - Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death Wal-Mart worker Jdimytai Damour after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a Valley Stream store and knocked him down. Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday's video may prove difficult, said Detective Lieutenant Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman. Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said. At least four people, including a woman who was eight months' pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. (AP)

Florida
Endeavour cleared to return to Earth
CAPE CANAVERAL - Their work in orbit accomplished, space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts got the green light yesterday to return to Earth today, but were warned "pretty iffy" weather at the main landing site could send them across the country or keep them up an extra day. Yesterday afternoon - 24 hours before the planned landing - Mission Control informed the seven astronauts that Endeavour had been cleared for reentry following analysis of data beamed down from a final thermal survey of their ship. The astronauts had noticed a small strip of material floating away, but Mission Control told them not to worry. It was merely a label. (AP)

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