• Judge: Boy, 14, shouldn't have been executed in SC

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 70 years after South Carolina sent a 14-year-old black boy to the electric chair in the killings of two white girls in a segregated mill town, a judge threw out the conviction, saying the state committed a great injustice.

    Associated Press
  • Teen admits killing 2 at Oregon hunting cabin

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A 15-year-old who shot and killed his foster father and another man at a remote Oregon cabin in 2012 never meant to kill anyone and never should have been around loaded guns due to his lack of maturity after years of abuse and other problems, a defense lawyer says.

    Associated Press
  • Constitution Check: Is Obama’s new immigration policy already in legal trouble?

    The National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, Lyle Denniston, explains how a federal judge’s ruling in Pittsburgh about President Obama’s immigration orders could be a sign of things to come.

    National Constitution Center
  • Doubts cast on cause of death for suspect in Pennsylvania killings

    By Daniel Kelley PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Iraq War veteran accused of killing his ex-wife and five of her family members in Pennsylvania did not die of self-inflicted stab wounds as had been previously reported, according to the county coroner overseeing the autopsy. Bradley William Stone, 35,…

    Reuters
  • 'Boko Haram' kills 32, kidnaps scores in NE Nigeria

    Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others, including women and children, in a brutal attack on a village in the northeast, officials and a witness said Thursday. In neighbouring Cameroon, the Islamic extremists launched a raid on army base in the border town of Amchide,…

    AFP
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    Guns, drugs found after shooting in Strawberry Mansion

    The search for a shooting victim led police to an arsenal of guns and drugs.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • Violent Volcanic Blasts Ripped Through Antarctic Ice Sheet Twice

    Volcanoes punched through a remote part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet twice in the last 50,000 years, according to research presented Monday (Dec. 15) here at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Distinctive layers of brown ash in a deep ice core are evidence of violent volcanic…

    LiveScience.com
  • Three killed, several injured in crash outside California church

    (Reuters) - Three people were killed and at least nine others injured when a driver ploughed into a group of pedestrians leaving a holiday church service in a southern California city of Redondo Beach on Wednesday night, police said. The driver ran into the crowd, who were taking the crosswalk…

    Reuters
  • AP IMPACT: Abused kids die as authorities fail to protect

    BUTTE, Montana (AP) — At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

    Associated Press
  • Opponent calls for Putin's exit as Russia slides into crisis

    By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president's response to the dramatic decline of the rouble. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed against the U.S. dollar this week before making up…

    Reuters
  • South Korea balks as U.S. picks Japan, Australia to service F-35s in Asia

    By Andrea Shalal and Joyce Lee WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Thursday it will not send its F-35 fleet to Japan for heavy airframe maintenance, one of the two Asian hubs chosen by the United States to service the Lockheed Martin Corp stealth fighter. Instead, it is likely to fly…

    Reuters
  • Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

    HAVANA (AP) — Bells tolled in celebration and teachers halted lessons midday as President Raul Castro told his country Wednesday that Cuba was restoring relations with the United States after more than a half-century of hostility.

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  • 13-year-old boy faces murder charge

    London (AFP) - A 13-year-old boy is to appear in court on Wednesday charged with the murder of a middle-aged man in north London who died after a verbal altercation with a group of youngsters.

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    Girl, 16, killed while getting on school bus in Bensalem

    A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed by a vehicle as she was getting on a school bus Wednesday morning in Bensalem, Pa.

    WPVI – Philadelphia
  • Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage.

    Associated Press
  • In Pakistan School Attack, How One Girl Reportedly Escaped

    At least one student survived today's tragic Taliban attack at a Pakistan school by playing dead, the BBC reported.Shireen Khalid Wadud told the BBC that her friend's 13-year-old daughter was the only one to escape from her class when the attackers bombarded the military-run school in…

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    Man, woman killed in Wake County murder-suicide

    A husband and wife are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the southern part of the county.

    WTVD – Raleigh/Durham