Woman Recants Claim

Of Rape by Firefighters

NEW YORK -- A woman accused several firefighters of raping her in their firehouse, though police later said it was unlikely charges would be filed.

Fire officials said Friday that the woman had acknowledged to investigators that the sex was consensual. Two firefighters were suspended.

The woman, 34, called an ambulance early Friday and reported that she had been raped by several firefighters inside a firehouse in the Bronx, the officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Doubts about the woman's story developed during the day, and police said there was insufficient evidence of a crime to bring charges.

* BOSTON -- A federal judge has overturned the 1998 perjury conviction of a former Boston police officer accused of lying when he said he did not see the beating of an undercover officer mistaken for a shooting suspect. Chief U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young's ruling in the case of Kenneth M. Conley was made public Friday. Prosecutors have 60 days to refile the charges against Conley, or the case will be dismissed.

* LOS ANGELES -- A graduate student indicted in a series of firebombings and vandalizing of sport utility vehicles was linked to one targeted SUV dealership by DNA taken from a hair found at the scene, prosecutors say. Billy Cottrell, 24, a physics student at the California Institute of Technology, was indicted in March on charges arising from the destruction or damaging of about 125 vehicles in the San Gabriel Valley last August. Cottrell's lawyers countered that the discovery does not prove Cottrell was responsible for the vandalism.

* TEMPLE, Tex. -- Firefighters found a woman and three children dead in a house after neighbors reported a fire, authorities said. A neighbor called police Friday, saying there appeared to be a fire in the house and that its residents were not answering the phone, police Lt. Lyn Salvany said in a statement Saturday. Police and firefighters forced their way into the house, Salvany said.

* HAMPTON FALLS, N.H. -- Cleanup began Saturday at a campground where a powerful storm left 10 people injured. The narrow, localized thunderstorm moved in Friday night, trapping people under trees and toppling power lines in Wakeda Campground, police said. Eight people were hospitalized in stable condition Saturday, a campground worker said. One was in critical condition, the other in guarded condition. Elsewhere in the Northeast, storms in Connecticut knocked out electrical service to more than 32,000 homes and businesses.

* HILLSBORO, Ore. -- A couple faces at least three years in prison for disciplining their children by letting their part-pit bull dog attack them. Joyce Hoskins, 47, and David Hoskins, 46, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts each of assault and were being held without bail. Investigators said the couple disciplined their 8-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son by allowing the dog to attack them.

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