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Manslaughter for Dad[BB] AIKEN, South Carolina – A man was convicted of manslaughter for giving beer to his 15-year-old son and letting him drive a truck which crashed, killing the boy and his two brothers. Attorneys said Michael Batchelor, 37, would probably spend more than 30 years in prison for the 2002 wreck.
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Batchelor bought the beer for his three sons and three of their friends and then let the oldest son, who did not have a licence, drive the truck while he rode beside him in the cab.

The truck hit a car head-on, killing driver Ashton Groomes and his brothers, 13-year-old Brandon Batchelor and 11-year-old Drew Batchelor. The other boys were also hurt.

Call to fight drugs BANGKOK – The United Nations wants Australia to do more in the fight against drugs and corruption in Asia.

“A mature economy, a democratic society like Australia has indeed a responsibility to assist the countries in the region,” UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime executive director Antonio Maria Costa said.

Berlusconi to return ROME – Silvio Berlusconi seems set to form a new Government amid a crisis that forced his resignation as Italy’s Prime Minister and raised the spectre of snap elections.

Mr Berlusconi quit on Wednesday after losing some coalition members.

He has apparently reached a deal with two key coalition partners; the centrist UDC and the right-wing National Alliance.

Gutierrez exile plans QUITO – Deposed President Lucio Gutierrez was holed up in the Brazilian embassy on Thursday awaiting a flight into exile. Ecuadoreans tried to return to normalcy after a week of street violence and political chaos.

Ecuadorean television showed video of police searching for another ex-president, Abdala Bucaram, whose return from eight years of exile helped spark the current crisis.

Government buildings were left in shambles after rioters set fires and threw rocks and bottles at anything connected to the Government, killing at least two people.

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