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Briefs, February 17, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 6:35am
 

Ex-LAPD officer Dorner shot himself in head

LOS ANGELES - Former Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner, who launched a reign of terror against former colleagues and their families, died from a single gunshot wound to the head, a coroner said. "The information we have seems to indicate that the wound that took Christopher Dorner's life was self-inflicted," the coroner said. Reuters

 

US tax dodger diverted funds to HK account

WASHINGTON - Bae Soo "Chris" Chon, 49, who owned US company Mirage Cosmetics, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for evading US$522,650 in US federal and state taxes after admitting tax evasion by diverting proceeds from foreign distributors to accounts in Hong Kong and South Korea. In the autumn of 2008, Chon began diverting money into the bank account of a shell company at HSBC in Hong Kong. The shell company, Giant Century Holdings, was bought from a Hong Kong firm that specialised in setting up offshore shell entities. Bloomberg

 

Third family member has Sars-like virus

LONDON - A third member of a family has been diagnosed in Britain with a potentially fatal Sars-like virus. The Health Protection Agency said the latest person to contract novel coronavirus was a relative of two other cases announced last week. They had travelled to the Middle East but the new victim had no recent travel history. AFP

 

Canadian minister quits over lobby letter

OTTAWA - Canadian Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan has resigned unexpectedly after admitting he had inappropriately interceded with tax authorities on behalf of a constituent. He said he had written a character reference letter in June on behalf of a constituent who was dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency. Reuters

 

Chicken cull in Mexico after bird flu found

CELAYA, Mexico - Mexico will slaughter 486,000 chickens after an outbreak of bird flu was detected in the central state of Guanajuato. Poultry producer Bachoco reported a possible case of H7N3 influenza in five breeder farms on Wednesday. Last year, a bird flu outbreak in the western state of Jalisco forced farmers to slaughter 22 million hens, sparking an egg crisis. AFP

 

Brokerage targeted over Heinz deal plot

WASHINGTON - US federal regulators allege a brokerage account in Switzerland was used for illegal insider trading ahead of the acquisition of HJ Heinz by investor Warren Buffett's firm and a partner. The Securities and Exchange Commission obtained a court order on Friday to freeze the account and prevent the assets from being moved. The account was used for trades placed on Wednesday that netted US$1.7 million after the deal was announced. AP

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