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Tom and Terry Sullivan at the grave of their son Alex, an Aurora victim.
Tom and Terry Sullivan at the grave of their son Alex, an Aurora victim. (AP)
Posted: July 20, 2013

4 men say they were captives

HOUSTON - Four men found living in "deplorable conditions" in a Houston garage on Friday told police that they were being held captive, after being lured by promises of alcohol and cigarettes, so that their captor could cash their public-assistance checks, authorities said.

Three of the men were malnourished and taken to a hospital after being discovered by officers answering a neighbor's 911 call, police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Sgt. Steven Murdock described the living conditions as like a "dungeon," and said at least one man was a military veteran.

Investigators were trying to determine how long the men lived in the garage. Silva said one person has been detained but no charges have been filed. - AP

Theater victims remembered

AURORA, Colo. - Survivors of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut were among those gathered Friday in a suburban Denver park to honor those killed in the massacre a year ago at a movie theater.

Vigil participants read names of those killed in recent gun violence as they called for strict federal gun-control laws.

The scene was somber, even as gun-rights activists stood silently nearby holding signs to rebut appeals for firearms restrictions.

The victims' advocates, meanwhile, kept up their calls for tighter restrictions on gun sales and universal background checks. - AP

Marathon fund fraud alleged

BOSTON - A woman used fake hospital records to pose as a Boston Marathon bombing victim and fraudulently collected nearly half a million dollars from the fund for victims, Massachusetts authorities said.

Audrea Gause, 26, of Troy, N.Y., was arrested there Friday on a Massachusetts fugitive warrant charging her with larceny, Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

Gause submitted a claim to the fund last month, including false medical records indicating she was treated for a traumatic brain injury, Coakley said. She received a $480,000 check from the fund, created to help victims of the April 15 attacks that killed three people and wounded more than 260. Coakley said authorities got a tip that Gause may not have been in Boston that day, and the hospitals said they didn't treat her. - AP

Elsewhere:

DNA tests confirm that the man who once claimed to be the Boston Strangler did kill the woman believed to be the serial killer's last victim and was likely responsible for the deaths of the other victims, authorities said Friday. Albert DeSalvo admitted to killing Mary Sullivan and 10 other women in the Boston area between 1962 and 1964 but later recanted. He was later killed in prison.

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