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CA Kidnapping Second Suspect Charged:  Fox News reports that Tobias Summers, 30, was captured in Mexico Wednesday.  Summers is a suspect in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl. He has been charged with kidnapping, burglary and over 30 counts of sexual assault. Summers was tracked using information obtained from the FBI. Continued from this News Scan.

MA House Rejects Death Penalty Reinstatement:  Stephanie Ebbert of the Boston Globe reports that a proposal to reinstate the death penalty was rejected by the Massachusetts House of Representatives Tuesday. Capital punishment would have been reinstated through a state budget amendment. State Representative James R. Miceli's amendment would have made those who commit either the murder of any law enforcement officer, tortures, terrorism, or mass killings and have been convicted at least twice in prior federal and state cases eligible for execution.

Slain Boston Bomber Suspected of Triple Homicide:  Adrian Lowe of The Age News reports that police are investigating Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the slain Boston bombing suspect, for a 2011 triple homicide in Massachusetts. Tsarnaev's close friend Brendan Mess, 25, along with two others, were all found murdered in Mess' home. According to police, the victims were nearly decapitated and covered with marijuana. Tsarnaev had also been arrested in July 2009 for assaulting his then-girlfriend, but the case was dropped.

CO House Passed DNA Bill:  Ivan Moreno of the Associated Press reports that Colorado's HB 13-1251 passed the House 43-21 on Tuesday. The bill would expand DNA collection only to those convicted of Class 1 criminal misdemeanors such as  theft and assault. The bill will go to the Senate for consideration. Continued from this News Scan.

PA Abortion Doctor Shirks 3 Murder Charges:  The Associated Press reports that three of the eight murder charges against late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell were dropped Tuesday. One of Gosnell's employees had previously pleaded guilty to killing a newborn. Continued from this News Scan.

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