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This undated file photo from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, shows Clarence Dean, a convicted sex offender. It's been almost a decade since a prostitute's battered body was discovered under a bed in a Times Square budget hotel. Now jurors are about to weigh in on the murder case, which became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence. Deliberations are set to start Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in the case against Dean, whom prosecutors say brutally killed Kristine Yitref, while Dean says he was defending himself. (Florida Department of Law Enforcement via AP, File)

Quick conviction in Times Square hotel murder

NEW YORK — It took nearly a decade after a prostitute’s battered body was found under a Times Square budget hotel bed for the case to go to trial. But it took only about two hours for jurors to convict the suspect in a prosecution that became a forum for debate over the validity of bite-mark evidence.

This still frame from exclusive video provided by San Francisco TV station KGO-TV, made late Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, shows Derick Ion Almena, front, and Micah Allison, partly hidden behind him, the couple who operated the Ghost Ship warehouse where dozens have died in a fire, at the Oakland, Calif., Marriott Hotel. When a KGO reporter asked if he had anything to say to the families of those who were killed, Almena said: "They're my children. They're my friends, they're my family, they're my loves, they're my future. What else do I have to say?" (KGO-TV via AP)

'I don’t think he is capable of… remorse'

The founder of a ramshackle Oakland artists’ colony where dozens of people burned to death saw himself as a kind of guru and loved to surround himself with followers but showed chilling disregard for their well-being, according to relatives, neighbours and acquaintances.

Paula Sinclair. (Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office photo)

Texas special-needs teens locked in closet

A sheriff says seven special-needs teenagers aged 13 to 16 years old have been removed from “deplorable” conditions at a Houston-area home where they were locked for long periods in a closet.

New Jersey State Troopers and police officers work the scene of a crash where a vehicle crashed into a state trooper's vehicle in Millville, N.J., Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. New Jersey State Trooper Frankie Williams, who was injured in the head-on crash, died after he was flown to a hospital. State police said an unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene. (WPVI-TV via AP)

Head-on crash claims New Jersey trooper, man

A rookie state trooper responding to a call for help was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when a car travelling in the opposite direction crossed a grassy median and slammed into his cruiser head-on, authorities said.

A woman, wishing to not be identified, cries at the scene of a warehouse fire, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. Officials said they are continuing to search the charred rubble from the fatal fire that ripped through a late-night dance party in a converted warehouse earlier in the weekend. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

'It’s too early to speculate on anything'

Terry Ewing was among the anxious family and friends who received confirmation Monday of what he already knew in his heart: His girlfriend was among the three dozen killed in the Oakland warehouse fire.

Derick Ion Almena, who ran the Oakland Ghost Ship, is pictured in this undated handout photo. (Handout/Postmedia Network)

Warehouse landlord slammed for cold comments

The hipster landlord who ruled over a run-down Oakland warehouse that exploded in flames, killing at least 33 people, was an “arrogant” party animal who laughed off friends’ safety concerns.