Conviction for Murder of Family of Four Ruled Unsafe; NEWS IN BRIEF

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A FORMER scrap metal dealer jailed for life for the murder of three generations of one family had his convictions quashed today by the appeal court.

The Cardiff court ruled that a conflict of interest made four convictions against David Morris, 42, of Swansea, for murder unsafe. Morris was found guilty of bludgeoning Mandy Power, 34, her two daughters and grandmother Doris Dawson, 80. A fresh indictment will be drawn up and Morris rearraigned.

25 die at ice cream factory A GAS explosion at a building housing an ice cream factory in eastern Pakistan killed at least 25 people and wounded 20.

Rescue workers searched for about a dozen others feared trapped inside.

Police chief Aftab Cheema said it was not immediately clear what triggered the explosion. Survivors said gas cylinders had been stored in the basement.

Eight of the dead were from the same family.

California grows to 37 million ONE in eight Americans now lives in California, with the state's population growing by more than 500,000 for the sixth year running. California added 539,000 residents last year, a 1.5 per cent increase, bringing its estimated population to more than 36.8 million.

26 killed as 'arms cache' explodes in warlord's home AT LEAST 26 people were killed after an explosion in a warlord's home flattened nearby houses in a remote Afghan valley.

Villagers said explosives for road-building caused yesterday's blast. But officials said the house at Bashgah, 75 miles north of Kabul, hid an illegal arms cache. Warlord Jalal Bashga, a former anticommunist and anti-Taliban militia leader, was not at home at the time of the blast. …