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California murder-kidnap suspect killed in Idaho

A California man suspected of killing his long-time friend and her son and abducting her 16-year-old daughter was killed in Idaho on Saturday as authorities were attempting to arrest him, the San Diego County Sheriff said.

The girl, Hannah Anderson, was rescued apparently in good condition and taken to a hospital, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said at a news conference.

$4.1m payout for student abandoned in US cell

Daniel Chong agreed a $4.1 million settlement with the US government after he was abandoned in a cell. Credit: APTN

A 25-year-old college student has agreed a $4.1 million settlement with the US government after he was abandoned in a windowless cell for more than four days without food or water, his lawyer said.

Daniel Chong was taken into custody during a drugs raid in April 2012 and placed in a Drug Enforcement Administration cell by a San Diego police officer but was not charged.

Chong said he drank his own urine to stay alive, hallucinated and tried to carve a farewell message to his mother in his arm.

He said: "I didn't just sit there quietly. I was kicking the door yelling. I even put some shoestrings, shoelaces through the crack of the door for visual signs. I didn't stay still, no, I was screaming."

He was hospitalised for five days for dehydration, kidney failure, cramps and a perforated oesophagus following the incident.

Women accuse San Diego Mayor of sexual harassment

Four more women, including a retired US Navy admiral and a college dean, came forward on Thursday to publicly accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making unwanted sexual advances toward them, as local party leaders called on him to resign.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has now been accused by seven women of sexual harassment. Credit: Reuters

The latest allegations leveled at Filner during a group interview of the four women by public television station KPBS brought to seven the number of women who have come forth since earlier this week to accuse the 70-year-old Democrat and former congressman of sexual harassment.

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