• How an ISIS Beheading Might Change Japan

    A video released on Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts show the apparent beheading of Haruna Yukawa, a 42-year-old Japanese citizen who had been held captive by ISIS forces since last August. Yukawa's death hasn't been independently verified, but the Japanese government said it believes the…

    The Atlantic
  • Not by bread alone: Russians urged to go without for Putin

    Eat less, use beetroot instead of lipstick, swap French lingerie for Russian-made cotton panties and remember that hardships are a test from God. These and other tips are being offered to Russians by lawmakers, top policy makers and the Russian Orthodox Church as the gravity of the economic crisis…

    AFP
  • 'Death-qualified' juror search slows marathon, theater cases

    BOSTON (AP) — One prospective juror was brutally frank when asked whether he could consider a sentence of life in prison for the man accused of bombing the Boston Marathon.

    Associated Press
  • Dead whale found at Seattle dock struck by ship propeller

    SEATTLE (AP) — A 32-foot gray whale that turned up dead under the Washington state ferry terminal in downtown Seattle died earlier this week because it was struck by the propeller of a large vessel, according to the initial results of a necropsy completed Saturday.

    Associated Press
  • Germany halts arms exports to Saudi Arabia

    Germany has decided to stop arms exports to Saudi Arabia because of "instability in the region," German daily Bild reported on Sunday. Weapons orders from Saudi Arabia have either been "rejected, pure and simple," or deferred for further consideration, the newspaper said, adding that the…

    AFP
  • Oklahoma police release video of cop fatally shooting armed, fleeing man (Graphic video)

    Police in Muskogee, Okla., released video footage of the controversial police shooting that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old man last week.

    Yahoo News
  • Nine-year-old brothers left home alone for 120 days: How did they survive?

    A real-life “Home Alone” story of twin 9-year-old brothers in New Hampshire who managed to basically take care of themselves for a third of a year is in part a case of child endangerment, but also, upon closer inspection, a stunning tale of childhood ingenuity. While authorities at first wondered…

    Christian Science Monitor
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    Driver charged with DWI after crash kills family of 3 in Hoke County

    Three family members were killed in a crash in Hoke County Friday night, and troopers say an alleged drunk driver is to blame.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham
  • Russian Orthodox head slams French weekly's mockery of Christians

    The head of Russia's influential Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, said on Sunday cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were "childish" compared to offences it had dished out to Christians. Charlie Hebdo has regularly offended Muslims, Christians and…

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  • 30 Filipino police commandos killed in clash with rebels

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — More than 30 police commandos were killed in a clash with Muslim insurgents Sunday in the southern Philippines in the biggest single-day combat loss for Filipino forces in many years, officials said.

    Associated Press
  • US Muslims threatened after 'American Sniper'

    Muslims are facing increased threats in the United States after the release of the movie "American Sniper," an American-Arab organization said in letters to director Clint Eastwood and star Bradley Cooper. In the open letters released earlier this week, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination…

    AFP
  • Cops: Pet ferrets maul newborn's face while mom is upstairs

    DARBY, Pa. (AP) — Authorities near Philadelphia say a trio of pet ferrets mauled a newborn who was left downstairs in her car seat, chewing off the baby's nose and part of her cheek and lip.

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  • Japan condemns 'outrageous' hostage murder

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday branded the murder of a Japanese hostage by Islamic State militants as "outrageous and unforgivable" and demanded the immediate release of a second captive, amid a tide of global revulsion. The apparent beheading of self-employed security contractor Haruna Yukawa…

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    Ghosts of Auschwitz (19 photos)

    Ceremonies to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camp will take place on January 27, with some 300 former Auschwitz prisoners taking part in the commemoration event. The Germans built the Auschwitz camp in 1940 as a place of incarceration for the Poles. From 1942, it became the…

    Yahoo News
  • Ashley Wagner wins 3rd US title with record-setting scores

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Ashley Wagner is boasting that the American women can win medals at the world championships.

    Associated Press
  • America Isn’t No. 1 Anymore: Here Are the Most Obese—and Slimmest—Countries in the World

    Obesity rates are increasing everywhere. Worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980, according to the Global Status Report released by the World Health Organization this week. More recently, the U.K.’s Clinic Compare created a map (above) based on international obesity statistics by the CIA, which…

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  • Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

    (Reuters) - A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody. The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified by police, was on the David Wark Griffith Middle School campus around 3 p.m. local time when he…

    Reuters