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ITALY: Knox awaits appeal verdict

Two years ago, as she waited to know whether she'd be found guilty of murdering her British roommate, Amanda Knox was so confident she thought she'd be flying home to Seattle within hours. Still behind bars, the American is a changed woman, family and friends say, more increasingly anxious as an appeals court verdict approaches, possibly Saturday. Now 24, Knox is conservatively dressed, thinner, clearly worn out -- although detractors say she's putting on an act. Knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, Knox's boyfriend at the time, was sentenced to 25 years and also has appealed.


PORTUGAL: Fugitive from N.J. captured

He lived the sweet life for decades; nobody knew he was on the run. After breaking out of a New Jersey prison 41 years ago, George Wright settled in Portugal, married, raised two children and grew old in a seaside town. Locals knew him as Jorge Santos, a friendly man from Africa who did odd jobs and spoke fluent Portuguese. His American identity was secret: convicted murderer, prison escapee and accused hijacker. His flight from justice ended Monday when he was arrested at the request of the U.S. government. Wright, now 68, was convicted of the 1962 murder of gas station owner Walter Patterson, shot during a robbery in Wall, N.J. Eight years into his 15- to 30-year term, Wright and three others escaped from the Bayside State Prison in Leesburg, N.J.


CANADA: "Baby Joseph" dies

A boy whose family's struggle to keep him alive despite overwhelming odds spurred an international end-of-life debate died Tuesday, at 20 months. Joseph Maraachli, known as Baby Joseph,had a progressive neurological disease, Leigh Syndrome. Canadian doctors had refused to perform a tracheotomy, saying it was futile because the disease was terminal. Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis gave Joseph treatment in March.

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