2 men arrested in $80 million drug heist from Conn. warehouse

Posted May 03, 2012, at 9:18 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Two Miami men have been arrested in the dramatic theft of $80 million in pharmaceuticals from an Eli Lilly Co. warehouse in Enfield, Conn., two years ago, federal authorities announced Thursday.

Amaury Villa, 37, and his brother, Amed Villa, 46, both citizens of Cuba who live in Miami, were arrested Thursday in Miami on conspiracy and theft charges related to their alleged participation in the theft.

The thieves gained access to the 70,000-square-foot warehouse by cutting a hole through its roof, descending into the interior on ropes hung from the hole and disabling the security system.

“As far as we know, this brazen crime was the biggest theft in the history of Connecticut and the largest theft of pharmaceuticals in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney David B. Fein.

The two men were indicted in New Haven on charges of theft of interstate shipment and conspiracy.

Greenland losing ice fast, but not runaway pace

WASHINGTON — Greenland’s glaciers are hemorrhaging ice at an increasingly faster rate but not at the breakneck pace that scientists once feared, a new study says.

The loss of ice from the glaciers that cover the island is about 30 percent faster than it was a decade ago, researchers said. That means Greenland’s contribution to future sea level rise would be about 4 inches by the year 2100 if ice loss doesn’t speed up much more, a study author said.

That may not sound like much, but when other causes of sea rise around the globe are added, the total could still be about 3 feet by the end of the century, researchers said.

“‘Glacial pace’ is not slow anymore,” said study author Twila Moon, a glacier researcher at the University of Washington.

At the same time, “some of the worst-case possibilities that we had imagined are not coming true at this point,” Moon said. “So it’s not good news, but it’s not bad news.”

The scientists relied on a comprehensive satellite-based survey of about 200 glaciers to make their calculations. Their research was published Thursday in the journal Science.

Gunmen kill 34 at northeast Nigeria cattle market

POTISKUM, Nigeria — Robbers angered by a crowd burning one of their colleagues aliveattacked a cattle market in northeast Nigeria, killing at least 34 people in the latest violence fanning across the bloodied region, witnesses and an official said Thursday.

The casualty figure could be higher from the attack in Potiskum, a town in Nigeria’s Yobe state, as Muslim mourners often quickly bury their dead without taking bodies to authorities. Officials also offered differing death tolls and accounts of what happened, a sign of the confusion now gripping leaders across Nigeria’s north as it faces increasing attacks from a radical Islamist sect responsible for hundreds of deaths this year alone.

The violence began Wednesday, as witnesses said gunmen started shooting at the market in Potiskum, a city 575 kilometers (350 miles) northeast of Nigeria’s central capital, Abuja. Three people were killed in the ensuing gunfire, which ended when the attackers ran out of ammunition, witnesses said.

All but one of the gunmen escaped. Those gathered in the market beat the gunmen left behind before dousing him in gasoline and lighting him on fire, a punishment still meted out by mobs in a nation where few trust the under-equipped and corrupt federal police force.

As the market closed for the night, the gunmen returned, setting fire to cattle holding pens and cars parked around the area. By Thursday morning, only the metal skeletons of cars and the burnt ashes of the pens remained on the arid soil. Dead cattle, apparently hacked to death by attackers with machetes, lay atop the charred ground.

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