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June 12, 2005

A 17-year-old in St. Paul, Minn., died Friday after being punched in the face during a party. According to police, Derrick New and about 100 other teens were at the party when the incident occurred.

Police say a dispute broke out, and New was punched in the face by another 17-year-old and immediately collapsed. Police arrested the teen who is accused of punching New and he is being held on suspicion of murder.

- Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


A Saudi Arabian couple is charged in federal court with keeping an Indonesian woman in her early 20s as a virtual slave in their Aurora, Colo., home for four years while the husband regularly raped her.

A federal grand jury in Denver returned an indictment Thursday against Homaidan Al-Turki, 36, and his wife, Sarah Khonaizan, 35. Both were living legally in the United States and are now in custody.

The two allegedly forced the Indonesian woman, whom they brought with them to the United States in 2000 when she was a teenager, to sleep on a mattress on the basement floor. She performed domestic labor, including cooking, cleaning and child care, for little or no pay, according to the indictment. The woman was controlled by "creation of a climate of fear and intimidation through aggravated sexual abuse and other means, intended to cause (her) to believe that, if she did not continue to perform such labor and services, that she would suffer serious harm ....," the indictment said.

- Rocky Mountain News


Not many babies get rocked to sleep like little Rubi Swanson-Resendiz, who takes her afternoon nap aboard an elevator.

Mom says the 5-month-old falls right asleep while they ride together up and down between the first and 16th floors on the only remaining manually operated elevators in St. Paul, Minn.

Yazmin Resendiz, 20, works the afternoon shift running an elevator; Rubi's dad, Nick Swanson, 22, runs one on the day shift.

There's a half-hour overlap in their shifts, so from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Rubi sleeps in her baby carrier in the elevator's back corner while Mom delivers passengers to the building's upper levels.

There's lots of downtime, so to speak, on the elevators these days, the couple said. Many of the upper floors are vacant since many U.S. Bancorp employees moved to new offices across the river.

- Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune


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