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U.S. student's trial hears computer expert

ROME (AP) -- A computer expert testified Saturday in the murder trial of an American student and her former Italian boyfriend that someone had used the young man's computer, which the defense said might have erased data that could prove his innocence.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito have denied killing Meredith Kercher, Knox's British roommate, in 2007, while Knox and Kercher were studying Italian in the northern city of Perugia.

Computer expert Antonio D'Ambrosio was among the last witnesses to give testimony Saturday in the trial before it resumes Oct. 9.

D'Ambrosio testified that someone had used Sollecito's home computer twice on the night both defendants were being questioned by police about Kercher's killing.

Sollecito, 25, has said he was home using his computer the night Kercher was slain.

Knox, 22, has said she smoked pot, had sex with Sollecito and fell asleep at his apartment on the night of the slaying. She said she did not return home until after her roommate was killed.


Threats halt flights over Oktoberfest site

BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities banned all flights over Munich's annual Oktoberfest beer festival Saturday after a series of Islamic terror threats targeted Germany for its role in Afghanistan.

About 6 million visitors a year pack the massive tents that dot Munich's sprawling 77-acre Theresienwiese beer garden during the 16-day festival known across the globe. This year's event began Sept. 19.

The ban -- a measure normally reserved for high-ranking state visits -- is to remain in place through the end of the festival next Sunday.

Islamic terror groups such as al-Qaida and the Taliban have directed threatening videos and audio messages at Germany over the past two weeks during preparations for today's national elections. The latest video, released by the Taliban late Friday, included pictures of Oktoberfest and threatened attacks on Germany in revenge for its military presence in Afghanistan.


Police foil protesters at coal-burning plant

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Hundreds of climate activists demonstrated Saturday against the use of fossil fuels, but were blocked from entering a coal-firing plant they had hoped to shut down by chaining themselves to conveyor belts.

Police prevented the 1,500 or so protesters from entering the coal- and oil-fueled Amagervaerket power station on Copenhagen's Amager Island, police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said.

About 100 people were taken into custody, the Danish news agency Ritzau reported.

The protesters said they had aimed to stop operations at the power plant, owned by Swedish energy firm Vattenfall, to draw attention to their demands for stronger climate policies from politicians and energy companies before the U.N. climate conference in December in Copenhagen.

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