Today’s Lady News: Annie Le’s Murderer Might Be A Yale Lab Tech

  • A Yale University lab technician is the focus of a police investigation in the murder of School of Medicine grad student Annie Le, 24. Cops say the suspect works in the same building as Le, failed a lie detector test, and had scratches on his body which could be the result of a struggle. Le went missing one week ago today and had planned to marry Jonathan Widawsky, 24, a Columbia University grad student, this weekend. [NY Daily News]
  • An Australian couple will go on trial for purchasing the abortion pill, also known as RU486, over the internet and carrying out an abortion at their home. Tegan Leach, 19, and her boyfriend, Sergie Brennan, bought the pills online from Russia to use last December. Leach faces seven years in jail for the abortion, while her boyfriend faces less time for helping procure the pill. In Queensland, Australia, where the couple lives, abortions are not allowed except to save the life of the mother. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • The Respect For Marriage Act was introduced to the House of Representatives today. The act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law signed by President Clinton. DOMA defined marriage as between a man and a woman and allows states where gay marriage isn’t recognized to discriminate against gay couples who were legally married in other states. [Miami Herald]
  • Starting in April 2011, daddies in Britain will get six months of paternity leave, Prime Minister Gordan Brown has announced. Presently, new mommies can take one year off but dads can only take two weeks. [Daily Mail]
  • Police say there was no credible threat to a Christian teenager’s life after she ran away from home to Florida, claiming her Muslim parents back in Ohio would kill her for converting. 17-year-old Rifqa Bary has lived in foster care since running away from her Sri Lankan parents who she claimed threatened her with an “honor killing.” [Fox News]
  • An 18-year-old student at Hofstra University on Long Island was gang-raped by five men on Sunday evening. Police have arrested four of the suspects and are still searching for the fifth. [NY Post]
  • Tokyo police have been deployed for a week-long crackdown on train gropers. In one survey of Japanese women, almost two-thirds said they’d been groped on public transport before. [BBC]