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Wind turbine plans in Vermont cause stir

STANSTEAD, Quebec (AP) -- The winds blowing through Canada's broad St. Lawrence Valley and across Vermont's hilltops are stirring up an international tempest.

Some residents of this Quebec town are upset about plans in Vermont to erect just south of the border two industrial-size wind turbines -- one of which would be about 1,000 feet from a few Canadian and Vermont homes.

Quebec requires wind turbines to be at least 1,640 feet from homes, and the Canadian homeowners are demanding those rules be followed. But in Vermont, the rules are different, making the turbines perfectly legal. The dispute has gotten so rancorous that the mayor of Stanstead threatened to cut off water to some homes on the American side.

Vermont farmers are counting on the towers' income in an era of up-and-down milk prices. But Julie Fauteux lives in Quebec, about 1,500 feet from where that second turbine would be.

"There is not going to be any quality of life with the sound of this," Fauteux said.


Theft evidence awaited on swallowed diamond

WINDSOR, Ont. (AP) -- Police say they are waiting for a man accused of stealing a $20,000 diamond and swallowing it to produce the evidence.

It has been nearly a week since Richard Mackenzie Matthews, 52, is alleged to have switched a diamond at Precision Jewellers in Ontario and swallowed the real one.

Matthews is being held at Police Headquarters while investigators wait for the 1.7-carat stone to pass through his system. Sgt. Brett Corey said Thursday that Matthews has gone to the washroom numerous times, but the diamond hasn't passed.

Corey said that a recent X-ray showed a pair of fake diamonds, or cubic zirconiums, stuck in the man's intestines but that because a diamond is translucent, it isn't visible. He said the suspect is eager to get the ordeal over with and is cooperating.

In the early stages, Corey said Matthews was being given laxative type foods, but is now being fed whatever he wants, in an effort to get things moving.

Matthews is charged with theft and breach of court conditions, and is also wanted on warrants in Toronto.


Mladic trial delayed by clerical problems

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An apparent clerical error prompted judges Thursday to postpone -- possibly for months -- further proceedings in the long-awaited war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic, possibly for months.

The delay cast a shadow over one of the court's biggest cases -- and over the reputation of the court itself, where most prominent trials have proceeded at a snail's pace.

It also highlighted problems faced by international tribunals in prosecuting sweeping indictments covering allegations of atrocities spanning years in countries far from the courts where defendants face justice.

"It is fraught with delay because of the volume of documentation and scope of alleged crimes," said Richard Dicker, director of Human Rights Watch's international justice program.

The presiding judge, Alphons Orie, said he was delaying the trial, which opened Wednesday, because of "significant disclosure errors" by prosecutors. Mladic is accused of commanding Bosnian Serb troops who waged a campaign of killings and persecution during Bosnia's 1992-95 war.