August 7, 2010 in Nation/World

In brief: Nichols force-fed in prison, suit says

From Wire Reports
 

Denver – Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols said prison officials in Colorado inserted IVs into his veins and force-fed him following hunger strikes this year.

Nichols recently filed a handwritten document in a lawsuit filed against officials at the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo., over the lack of whole grains, unpeeled fruit and fewer refined foods in his diet. He said he has gone through three hunger strikes since February.

Nichols said prison officials force-fed him twice after his weight dropped 25 and 35 pounds to 135 and 125 pounds, respectively.

He is serving life for conspiracy and involuntary manslaughter in the 1995 federal building bombing that killed 168 people. Timothy McVeigh was convicted of murder and executed.

Robbery suspect in clown suit held

Bethlehem, Pa. – Police in northeastern Pennsylvania have arrested a woman they say robbed a bank in a clown costume.

Bethlehem police said the woman was captured about five minutes after the bank robbery late Friday morning. Her name has not been released.

Police said the suspect told bank employees she had a bomb, and fled with an unknown amount of cash.

Arriving officers said they chased her to a nearby park and nabbed her changing out of the clown suit in her car.

A bomb squad robot checked out items found in the car, including the clown suit and a multicolored wig. No explosives were found.


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