'We got him,' victims' father says of 'Grim Sleeper' killer

Lonnie Franklin Jr. appears in count in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDITLOS ANGELES (AP) — By the time police found Alicia Alexander's naked body under a mattress in an alley in 1988, six other young, black women had died similar deaths in the neighborhood known as South Central Los Angeles.



Eakin's OT goal helps Stars even series with Blues

The Dallas Stars even their second round Western Conference series at two games each with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis BluesCody Eakin scored just under three minutes into overtime as the Dallas Stars evened their second round Western Conference series at two games each with a 3-2 win over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. The Stars, who were blown out in game three of the best-of-seven series, responded with a spirited performance in game four in front of a crowd of 19,700 at St. Louis' Scottrade Center arena. "We were embarrassed," Dallas coach Lindy Ruff said.



Militants stage attacks between Libyan stronghold of Sirte and coastal Misrata

Islamic State militants staged attacks on Thursday between their Libyan stronghold of Sirte and the city of Misrata, killing five people, officials said. The jihadist group said it had taken control of several villages in the area following attacks on checkpoints, though reports that local security forces had retreated could not immediately be confirmed. Islamic State took advantage of Libya's security vacuum and political turmoil to establish itself in Sirte last year.
Congo opposition leader denies hiring foreign mercenaries

Moise Katumbi attends a funeral mass in honor of singer Papa Wemba in LubumbashiBy Kenny Katombe LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi on Thursday denied an accusation by the government that he hired foreign mercenaries, and said he had nothing to fear from an investigation into his conduct or from reports that he might be arrested. Tensions are high ahead of the election in part because Kabila has not declared his intentions. Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba said authorities had proof Katumbi was involved in recruiting mercenaries including several retired American soldiers.



SpaceX rocket launches satellite, then lands on ship at sea

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - An unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida on Friday to put a communications satellite into orbit, then made a swift return landing on an ocean platform, a live webcast showed. It was the second successful landing at sea for entrepreneur Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, which intends to offer cut-rate launch services by re-using its rockets. "Woohoo!!" Musk wrote on social media website Twitter after the landing.


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