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May 21, 2003

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Georgia: Owner of crematory where corpses found dies

The man who owned a Georgia crematory where more than 300 corpses were discovered last year died Tuesday of a heart attack.

Ray Marsh, 76, was the father of Tri-State Crematory operator Brent Marsh, who faces hundreds of criminal charges and numerous lawsuits after he allegedly took money for cremations never performed.

The elder Marsh founded the crematory in Lafayette and ran it until 1996, when his son took over operations. Brent Marsh, 29, allegedly stopped performing cremations in 1997.

He faces 334 felony criminal charges of theft by deception and also is charged with 64 counts of abuse of a body.

Houston: Bond denied for driver accused of alien smuggling

A federal judge Tuesday refused to grant bond to the driver of a truck where 19 illegal immigrants died last week in what authorities are calling the nation's most deadly smuggling operation.

Tyrone Williams, 32, of Schenectady, N.Y., was arrested May 14 in Houston, hours after 17 people were found dead in and around a trailer at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles southeast of Houston. Two people later died after being hospitalized.

Williams is one of four people arrested. Warrants have been issued for at least two others and federal prosecutors said they expected additional arrests.

Maine: Police seek more suspects in church poisonings

Investigators say they are convinced at least two people were behind the deadly arsenic poisonings at a small church in New Sweden, and they have narrowed the list of possible suspects to six to 10 parishioners.

The conspirators may have been trying to poison the church's 12-member council, perhaps in a disagreement over plans to consolidate Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church with neighboring congregations, State Police Lt. Dennis Appleton said.

One man died and 15 others were sickened from drinking tainted coffee after Sunday services April 27.

Five days later, a longtime worshipper, Daniel Bondeson, 53, shot himself to death and left a suicide note that convinced investigators he was involved in the poisonings and may not have acted alone.

San Francisco: Study: Eating fish may ease depression during pregnancy

Pregnant women might be able to lower their risk of becoming depressed before or after giving birth by eating fish, a study suggests.

That is because they will get a nutrient called omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in seafood and are also available in fish oil supplements, researchers say.

Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and herring are especially rich in omega-3.

These particular fish are not on the federal list of fish pregnant women should avoid because of high levels of mercury, although some consumer activists believe tuna should be included in the list.

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