World's tallest woman dies in nursing home

INDIANAPOLIS — A woman who grew to be 7 feet, 7 inches tall and was recognized as the world's tallest female died Wednesday, a friend said. She was 53. Sandy Allen died at a nursing home in her hometown of Shelbyville, family friend Rita Rose said. The cause of death was not yet known. In London, Guinness World Records spokesman Damian Field confirmed Wednesday that Allen was still listed as the tallest woman. Coincidentally, Allen lived in the same nursing home, Heritage House Convalescent Center, as 115-year-old Edna Parker, whom Guinness has recognized as the world's oldest person since August 2007.

Charges against officers in bridge shootings tossed out

NEW ORLEANS — A judge threw out murder and attempted murder charges Wednesday against seven New Orleans police officers accused of gunning down two men on a bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. District Judge Raymond Bigelow agreed with defense arguments that prosecutors violated state law by divulging secret grand jury testimony to a police officer who was a witness in the case. Survivors of the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings have said the officers fired at unarmed people crossing the by police; four people were wounded. The officers acknowledged shooting at people on the bridge, but said they did so only after first taking fire.


Pressure mounts on Zimbabwe opposition leader

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe's main opposition leader faced mounting pressure Wednesday to agree to a power-sharing government with autocratic President Robert Mugabe, but insisted that this must reflect ”the will of the people.“ Said Morgan Tsvangirai, president of the Movement for Democratic Change, ”We need a government that transfers power to the elected representatives of the people to carry out the people's mandate for change.“ Tsvangirai left South African-mediated talks with Mugabe and the leader of a smaller opposition faction late Tuesday, prompting speculation that he had walked out. But in his statement Wednesday, he said negotiations would continue.

Herald-Leader wire services