Pistorius’ brother off hook
One Pistorius brother is free of charges — acquitted Tuesday of culpable homicide in the death of a woman in a road accident. The famous younger brother, Olympian double-amputee Oscar Pistorius, still must face his day in court for shooting and killing his girlfriend.
The magistrate ruled that Carl Pistorius, 28, was not negligent and that Maria Barnard, 32, was driving her motorcycle excessively fast when she crashed into the back of his vehicle in March 2008.
The case attracted international interest because both Pistorius brothers had faced court cases for the deaths of two women.
Carl Pistorius’ case was brought to court shortly after athlete Oscar Pistorius shot dead his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.
Immigration bill advances
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.
The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month.
Committee approval came after the panel’s chairman sidestepped a showdown on the rights of gay spouses, heeding appeals from the White House and others who feared such a vote could lead to the bill’s demise in the Senate. On a final day of drafting, the panel also agreed to a last-minute compromise covering an increase in the visa program for high-tech workers.
Pope Francis in exorcism?
Pope Francis’ obsession with the devil took on remarkable new twists Tuesday, with a well-known exorcist insisting Francis helped “liberate” a Mexican man possessed by four different demons despite the Vatican’s insistence that no such papal exorcism took place.
The case concerns a 43-year-old husband and father who traveled to Rome from Mexico to attend Francis’ Mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. At the end of the Mass, Francis blessed several wheelchair-bound faithful as he always does, including a man possessed by the devil, according to the priest who brought him, the Rev. Juan Rivas.
Francis laid his hands on the man’s head and recited a prayer. The man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, then slumped in his wheelchair.
Hershey goes sweet on China
The Hershey Company says it’s launching a new “milk candy” bar in three Chinese cities next month, followed by a wider distribution next year.
The central Pennsylvania-based company says it will mark the first brand-new brand it has launched outside the United States in its nearly 120-year history.
The new candy brand will be called “Lancaster” and be launched in the cities of Wuhan, Hangzhou and Chengdu in June.
Hershey says China is a priority market and that it will play a big role in the company’s goal of reaching $10 billion in worldwide net sales by 2017.