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In brief: Man killed wife, girl over paternity

Sat., July 14, 2012

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A jury convicted a man Friday of murdering his wife and her 6-year-old daughter in California after a paternity test revealed the child was not his.

The Riverside County jury found Michael Barbar, 55, guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Maysam Barbar and her daughter, Tamara.

Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of lying in wait, which makes Barbar eligible for the death penalty.

Barbar, who helped raise the child since birth, became suspicious about her paternity after discovering his wife had three separate affairs, prosecutors said.

He pulled Tamara out of school and swabbed her cheek for a DNA sample while eating at a McDonald’s. When the paternity test showed the child was not his, Barbar spent eight days plotting the Nov. 14, 2009, murders, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise.

Barbar first strangled his wife with a computer cord, prosecutors said, then went to Tamara’s room and tried to strangle her as she slept. When she struggled, Barbar bashed her head into the bedpost as many as 20 times, crushing her skull, prosecutors said.

’14 Olympics apparel will be U.S.-made

At the next Olympics, the team from the USA will wear uniforms made in the USA.

Designer Ralph Lauren announced Friday that the uniforms it provides the U.S. Olympic team at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, will, in fact, be made in the United States.

The U.S. uniforms for the Opening Ceremony at the London Games were made in China, which sparked congressional criticism of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said the USOC should be “ashamed of themselves.”

Tunnel found near Ariz.-Mexico border

NOGALES, Ariz. – U.S. authorities have unearthed an unfinished border tunnel near Nogales, Ariz., making it the fourth tunnel found in a week.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Amber Cargile said authorities found the incomplete tunnel on Friday and that it didn’t appear to be in use.

Authorities believe the tunnel’s aim was to smuggle drugs into the U.S.

Earlier this week, federal officials found three sophisticated drug-smuggling tunnels equipped with lighting and ventilation.


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