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NA­TIONAL

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court Thurs­day re­jected a White House-backed ap­peal seek­ing to spare a Mex­i­can cit­i­zen from ex­e­cu­tion Thurs­day evening in a death penalty case where Texas jus­tice clashed with in­ter­na­tional treaty rights.

Jus­tices voted 5-4, re­fus­ing to keep Hum­berto Leal from lethal in­jec­tion. The de­ci­sion came about an hour be­fore Leal could be taken to the Texas death cham­ber for the 1994 rape-slay­ing of a 16-yearold girl.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and oth­ers asked the high court to de­lay Leal's ex­e­cu­tion so Congress could con­sider a law that would re­quire court re­views in cases where con­demned for­eign na­tion­als did not re­ceive help from their con­sulates.

STATE

MA­CON — A few hours af­ter Mercer law stu­dent Lau­ren Gid­dings was re­ported miss­ing, of­fi­cers made a macabre dis­cov- ery out­side the re­cent law school grad­u­ate's apart­ment build­ing: Her dis­mem­bered re­mains.

DNA tests have con­firmed those re­mains were hers, but in­ves­ti­ga­tors are plead­ing for help find­ing the rest of her body. Who killed the 27-year-old woman — and why — is still a mys­tery.

Gid­dings, a tall, pop­u­lar blonde, grad­u­ated from Mercer Univer­sity Law School in May. She then went home to Laurel, Md., to be in her sis­ter’s wed­ding. She had re­turned to Ma­con just long enough to study for the bar exam, con­sider a cou­ple of job of­fers and pack her things.

WORLD

TRIPOLI, Libya — NATO de­nied a Libyan gov­ern­ment charge Thurs­day that the al­liance is in­ten­tion­ally us­ing its airstrikes to as­sist rebel ad­vances, say­ing it is stick­ing to its man­date to pro­tect civil­ians.

Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken, an al­liance spokesman in Naples, Italy, said NATO is “not in­volved in the ground bat­tles,” al­though he ac­knowl­edged the al­liance is track­ing the fight­ing be­tween rebels and forces loyal to Moam­mar Gad­hafi.

Libya's Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter Khaled Kaim ac­cused NATO ear­lier Thurs­day of in­ten­si­fy­ing its bomb­ing cam­paign and back­ing for­eign mer­ce­nar­ies to lay the ground­work for an ad­vance by rebels try­ing to top­ple Gad­hafi's regime.

OFF­BEAT

ROSWELL — A man who raises chick­ens in Roswell told po­lice that some­one broke into his hen houses last week and also spread poi­son all over his yard, killing 50 of his birds.

Andrew Wordes, known around the Atlanta sub­urb as the “chicken man,” says he be­lieves his birds are be­ing tar­geted.

Roswell po­lice were called to his Alpine Drive home on Fri­day, af­ter Wordes dis­cov­ered some­one had en­tered his base­ment and re­leased all his baby chicks into his back­yard.

Wordes be­lieves the crimes oc­curred Thurs­day night, and he was still clear­ing dead chick­ens out of their cages Wed­nes­day evening.

“I’ve lost fifty ba­bies,” he told WGCL-TV. “They never had a chance to see what life is like.”

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