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    Video: Cop shot boy seconds after encountering him

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun fired within 1½ to 2 seconds of pulling up in his cruiser, police said Wednesday. During those few moments, he ordered the youngster three times to put up his hands, they said.

    Associated Press
  • India 'raped' girls found hanging killed selves: investigators

    Two girls found hanging earlier this year in northern India committed suicide and were not gang-raped and murdered as previously thought, federal investigators said Thursday.

    AFP
  • Ferguson grand jury papers full of inconsistencies

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Some witnesses said Michael Brown had been shot in the back. Another said he was face-down on the ground when Officer Darren Wilson "finished him off." Still others acknowledged changing their stories to fit published details about the autopsy or admitted that they did not see…

    Associated Press
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    Protesters force lockdown of City Hall in St. Louis (20 photos)

    Several people protesting the Ferguson grand jury decision stormed into City Hall in St. Louis on Wednesday, leading police to lock down the building and to call in more than a hundred additional officers. At least two people were arrested after the incident, in which the protesters shouted "Shame,…

    Yahoo News
  • Hiker took cell phone photos of bear before fatal New Jersey mauling

    (Reuters) - A hiker who was mauled to death by a black bear in September took photos of the lumbering animal just before the fatal attack in a heavily wooded area of northern New Jersey, police said Wednesday. Authorities in West Milford have released the photos taken from the cell phone of Darsh…

    Reuters
  • Vladimir Putin's Tiger Causes Mayhem in China

    Russia and China have had a rocky relationship over the years, enduring their fair share of border disputes, wars, and diplomatic splits. The relationship has improved greatly in recent years, but can it survive a murderous, border-violating tiger?

    The Atlantic
  • Australian batsman Hughes dies from head injury

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died Thursday from a "catastrophic" injury to his head, two days after being struck by a delivery during a match.

    Associated Press
  • Tensions flare between Senate Democrats, White House

    By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Criticism of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law by a top Senate Democrat this week laid bare post-election tensions that could pose challenges for the party in upcoming fights with Republicans over taxes, energy and immigration. In a…

    Reuters
  • Missing woman found dead, stepfather charged

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — An eastern Pennsylvania man was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting his stepdaughter and burying the 33-year-old woman in his yard.

    Associated Press
  • In Ferguson, mundane choices lead to tragedy

    Michael Brown spent part of his last morning chatting with some workmen about Jesus. Police officer Darren Wilson got a call to help a feverish child. Dorian Johnson got up at 7 a.m. with the intention of getting breakfast for his girlfriend.

    Associated Press
  • Why US is mum on special ops raid that rescued hostages in Yemen

    There are two good reasons the cover-of-night, US-led commando raid that rescued eight Al Qaeda hostages in Yemen Tuesday received none of the fanfare and public back-slapping of previous successful counterterror operations.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • FBI arrests man in Texas suspected of being gang hit man

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The FBI arrested a 36-year-old San Antonio man on Wednesday accused of being a mob hit man who is suspected in at least three murders and believed to have given the order to have a Texas police officer killed, the FBI said. Ruben Reyes is accused of fatally…

    Reuters
  • This brilliant ad makes the best case we’ve seen for buying the Moto X

    Ah, if only the Moto X had always been supported by this kind of awesome ad campaign, it might have sold more units. Motorola has posted a brilliant ad for the 2014 Moto X that shows us just how much fun it can be to customize our own phone. FROM EARLIER: Motorola has an awesome Moto X Cyber Monday…

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    Venezuela's beloved macaws (15 photos)

    In one of the world's most hostile urban jungles, the spectacle of rainbow-colored tropical birds streaking across the late-afternoon sky has become a natural respite from rampant crime and choking pollution. Macaws are thriving amid the high-rises and traffic of Caracas thanks to a group of…

    Yahoo News
  • Celiac disease showing up in many forms and at all ages

    By Janice Neumann (Reuters Health) – A classical set of celiac disease symptoms no longer reflects the profile of most newly-diagnosed patients, according to a new study from Italy. Instead, doctors need to take other symptoms into account and consider the possibility of celiac disease, even when…

    Reuters
  • Syrian troops kill 30 rebels near Damascus

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian government forces have killed at least 30 rebels in an ambush in the suburbs of Damascus where troops and allied gunmen have been on the offensive for weeks, activists and state media said Thursday.

    Associated Press
  • North Korea reveals senior rank of Kim Jong Un's little sister

    North Korea revealed on Thursday that Kim Jong-Un's younger sister holds the title of a senior party official, confirming her rise through the ranks as a potential key aide to the young leader. Kim Yo-Jong, believed to be 26, made her first public appearance during the funeral of her father and…

    AFP