• Special Report: Russian fighters, caught in Ukraine, cast adrift by Moscow

    Alexandrov, 28, says he's a Russian soldier who was captured in east Ukraine after being sent there on active duty with Russian special forces to help separatists fighting Kiev. "I was carrying out my orders." Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin, in the face of widespread evidence to the contrary,…

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  • Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel

    NEW YORK (AP) — A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing…

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  • Ugandan woman's agony as granddaughter 'sold' to Americans

    By Katy Migiro and Tom Esslemont KAMPALA/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The first time Jaja, a Ugandan woman, saw her one-year-old granddaughter, she was in the arms of an American man who she was told had "bought" the child. The toddler was sitting with the man and his wife, eating biscuits…

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  • 10 Netflix movies you need to watch before they expire in June

    Netflix giveth, Netflix taketh away. Finding decent movies and TV shows to watch on Netflix used to be a huge pain. In fact, just a few short years ago, the bulk of the company’s catalog was filler that most people had no interest at all in watching. That, however, is no longer the case. These…

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    Spelling Bee champs battle to a tie (21 photos)

    They couldn't be rattled. They couldn't be denied. Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar had worked too hard and come close too many times not to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. So they shared the title, making history in two different ways. The bee hadn't ended in a tie for 52 years…

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  • Crying baby gets Canadian singer kicked off flight

    A Canadian singer-songwriter was kicked off a United Airlines flight in San Francisco because her two-year-old toddler would not stop crying, triggering outrage from her supporters. "Just got kicked off a @united flight because my son was crying really loud," Sarah Blackwood from the band Walk Off…

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  • 7.0 magnitude quake strikes offshore Alaska: USGS

    (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck off the southwest coast of Alaska late on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake's epicenter was 104 km (64 miles) south-southeast of Ugashik and 61.7 km deep. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that based…

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  • China land reclamation in South China Sea creates 'new facts': U.S.

    By David Alexander ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, in Washington's latest challenge of Chinese land reclamation in the South China Sea, said the scale of Beijing's activities, not the United States, was altering the status quo in the region. Carter,…

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  • California man suspected of killing neighbor kills self after family flee

    A Southern California man suspected to have fatally shot a neighbor on Thursday ended an hours-long standoff with police by killing himself. The man, identified only as Michael, was armed with an automatic or semi-automatic rifle and had barricaded himself in his apartment with his wife and two…

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    Mother, son found dead inside Southwest Side home

    Police are investigating after a mother and son were found dead after a fire inside a home on Chicago's Southwest Side.

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  • The ultimate humiliation: Jay Z’s Tidal could lose Beyoncé if it doesn’t pay Sony big bucks

    How much worse could things get for Jay Z’s Tidal music streaming service? We may be about to find out. Bloomberg’s insider sources say that both Sony and Warner have been asking Tidal for huge advances in exchange for the rights to stream their artists’ catalogs. While Tidal has apparently come to…

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  • Racist trolling casts pall over US spelling bee

    Racist trolling on social media is casting an ugly pall over, of all things, the world's foremost spelling bee. For seven years in a row, and for 11 of the past 15 years, the $30,000 Scripps National Spelling Bee championship has been won by American youngsters of Indian heritage. One of them,…

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  • Man suing his ex for half of $1M prize gets a win in court

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is still trying to get half of his ex-girlfriend's $1 million lottery prize, eight years after he says she took the winning ticket and left him. He says she reneged on a long-ago promise that they'd split any winnings if either of them hit it big.

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  • New York socialite sentenced to 18 years in poisoning autistic son

    By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - A wealthy New York socialite was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday after being convicted of killing her young autistic son at a luxury Manhattan hotel room in 2010. Gigi Jordan, 54, was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in November after…

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  • America’s Most Obese States Tend to Have One Thing in Common

    If you’re wondering why some places are fatter than others, look no further than data on poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau. Nationally, the poverty rate is 15.4 percent, but nine of the 10 most obese states have rates above that. With poverty rates going up, Americans’ ability to afford fruits…

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  • Mexico arrests senior New Generation cartel operative

    Mexican authorities have detained a senior operative of a drug cartel that has clashed with security forces in the western state of Jalisco in recent weeks, officials said. Victor Manuel Garcia Orozco, 47, is suspected of running criminal activities of the Jalisco New Generation cartel in the…

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  • California man drowns swimming across pond with rock: newspaper

    A man drowned on his 21st birthday after attempting to swim across a pond in northern California while carrying a 10-pound (4.5 kg) rock, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday. The California Highway Patrol told the newspaper that Austin Harr was with friends at a pond in the Oroville…

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