Man indicted in
‘Baby Hope’ killing
A man accused of killing a 4-year-old girl known for two decades only as “Baby Hope” was indicted Tuesday in one of New York City’s most haunting cold cases.
The Manhattan district attorney’s office told a judge Tuesday that Conrado Juarez has been indicted on an unspecified charge.
Juarez was initially arraigned on a murder charge following his Oct. 12 arrest.
The 4-year-old’s body was found in a cooler alongside a Manhattan highway in 1991. Detectives nicknamed her “Baby Hope” and paid for her headstone.
A tip this summer led investigators to her name — Anjelica Castillo — and led to Juarez’ arrest. He’s her cousin.
Police say he confessed to sexually abusing and suffocating Anjelica. He later told newspapers she died accidentally and he only helped dispose of her body.
of Afghan agreement
U.S and Afghanistan officials said Tuesday that they are confident tribal elders and the Afghan population will agree to keep U.S. and coalition troops in the country after 2014, even as a senior U.S. military official warned of high profile attacks and assassinations leading up to Afghanistan’s presidential elections next year.
The comments come amid persistent uncertainty about the security agreement, including provisions allowing the U.S. military to continue to conduct counterterrorism operations and insuring that U.S. military courts, not the Afghans, would maintain legal jurisdiction over American forces that stay in the country.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia
Clerics blame US
for women driving
Around 150 clerics and religious scholars held a rare protest outside the Saudi king’s palace on Tuesday against fresh efforts by women seeking the right to drive, highlighting the struggle faced by reformers in the ultraconservative kingdom.
Some of the senior religious leaders who protested outside the palace in the Red Sea port of Jiddah said the United States was behind a campaign calling for women to drive on Oct. 26 that claims to have garnered 16,000 signatures.
The government has not cracked down on the driving campaign, and King Abdullah is believed to favor some social reforms.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.
When New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle signed a baseball for 9-year-old Dennis Schrader at a 1956 spring training game in Florida, it began a lifelong obsession. Today, Schrader has more than 4,600 signed baseballs, certified by Guinness as the largest such collection in the world.
That obsession is now on display at the St. Petersburg Museum of History in Florida. “Schrader’s Little Cooperstown” opened to the public Tuesday, and Schrader was grinning from ear to ear. He and his wife have loaned the balls to the museum for 20 years, and after that, they will be returned to the family.
Previously, Schrader’s baseballs were displayed in a 12-by-14-foot room in his home that had walls a foot thick, a bank vault door, motion sensors and video camera surveillance. The semi-retired mobile home executive once spent $25,000 on a single ball, signed by Joe DiMaggio and then-wife Marilyn Monroe.
He estimates the collection is worth $2 million to $3 million.