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A local chimpanzee once thought to be half-human half-ape has died. Oliver died Saturday morning at the age of 55. His caretakers at Primarily Primates on the San Antonio's northwest side say they found him peacefully curled up in his favorite hammock. Oliver became famous in the 1970's when it was thought he had an extra chromosome that made him look and act more human. Oliver was exploited for nearly 30 years before scientists finally determined he was in fact just an ape.
Ex-'Yogurt shop murders' figure seeks compensation
May 24, 2013 19:28 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- A man whose conviction in the 1991 slayings of four teenage girls at an Austin yogurt shop was overturned wants compensation for his imprisonment.
Robert Springsteen IV spent nine years in prison before an appeals court overturned his sentence, but Travis County prosecutors haven't declared him innocent. Now, the Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/12BZBmX) reports he wants a federal judge to clear him and award him more than $700,000 from the state.
A judge dismissed murder charges against Springsteen and another man in 2009 after the appeals court ruled they were unfairly kept from cross-examining each other. Both had implicated each other. The dismissal came after prosecutors failed to meet a court-imposed deadline for retrial.
A confession by Springsteen was presented at his trial, but his attorneys argued it had been coerced.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com
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