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Harvard-educated lawyer gets 40 years in prison for kidnapping California woman in ‘Gone Girl’-like case

A disbarred Harvard-educated lawyer got 40 years in prison Thursday for kidnapping a California woman with tactics so bizarre, police originally dismissed the case as a "Gone Girl"-style hoax. Matthew Muller, 39, faced up to life in prison but prosecutors pushed for the lower sentence in exchange for his guilty plea. In a filing Wednesday, Muller's lawyers said the former lawyer and U.S. Marine suffers from "paranoia, a break with reality, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, mania,...

They made glasses for Gandhi, maharajas, foreign diplomats

If you can squeeze past the hawkers and cars in Fort and enter the unassuming spectacles store, Baliwalla & Homi, you'll be greeted by heritage interiors and a century-old business that catered to some of India's most prominent figures. Indeed, the store's archive holds a 1940 letter from Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, one of Gandhi's secretaries and later the first woman to hold cabinet rank. "Mahatmaji's spectacles have arrived this morning," Kaur wrote from Sevagram. "He is wearing them...