|Friday, 06 July 2012 13:55|
The official count of Mexico\'s presidential election confirmed the victory of Enrique Pena Nieto, the candidate seeking to return the former autocratic ruling party to power after a 12-year hiatus, the country\'s electoral authority reported Thursday night in a major step toward the resolution of Sunday\'s contested vote.
With just over 99% of the ballot boxes counted as of 9 p.m., more than half of them double-checked due to the possibility of fraud, Pena Nieto had more than 38% of the vote. In second place was leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, with more than 31%. That gave Pena Nieto a lead of more than 3.3 million votes.
Accusations were growing that Pena Nieto benefited from a vote-buying scheme.
Man acquitted of assaulting priest
A California jury acquitted a man Thursday of assaulting a priest he says molested him more than three decades ago during a camping trip and left him with tormented memories that led to alcohol abuse, depression and suicide attempts.
The verdict came after defendant William Lynch took the witness stand during the two-week trial and acknowledged punching Jerold Lindner several times on May 10, 2010.
Jurors acquitted him of felony assault and elder abuse. They deadlocked 8-4 to convict him of misdemeanor assault.
No link to Olympics?
6 terrorism suspects arrested in Britain
British police used smoke grenades and a stun gun in an early-morning raid Thursday on a home close to London\'s Olympic Park, as six terrorism suspects were rounded up in a series of raids.
Officers said the five men and one woman were detained following an operation to monitor their activities. The officials also insisted that alleged plans to stage attacks had no link to London\'s upcoming Summer Games.
17-year search ends
Airmen\'s remains to be buried together
Six U.S. airmen missing from a combat mission over southern Laos during the Vietnam War will be buried Monday after their remains were located and identified following a 17-year investigation.
The Defense Department said Thursday the six will be buried in a single casket at Arlington National Cemetery. Their AC47D aircraft went down Dec. 24, 1965.
Yacht tragedy: A yacht that capsized with 27 friends and family aboard to watch Fourth of July fireworks was overcrowded and doomed to tip over, safety experts said Thursday as the skipper blamed a wave. Three children died Wednesday off Oyster Bay in New York.
Ailing: U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is being treated for "physical and emotional ailments" that are "more serious" than previously believed, according to a statement released by his office Thursday.