• Qatar court tells US family to decide on execution

    A Qatari court ruled Sunday that the parents of an American teacher murdered in the Gulf state should decide whether her alleged killer is executed. The Pennsylvania-based family of Jennifer Brown can choose between the death penalty, compensation -- "blood money" under Islam law -- or a pardon for…

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  • 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
  • Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at NYC Home Depot: NYPD

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people were killed after a shooting in a Home Depot store in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide, two New York Police Department (NYPD) spokesmen said. One male individual, who preliminary NYPD investigations suggest…

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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.

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  • Dog gets 2nd chance in Utah after escaping death in Indiana

    KANAB, Utah (AP) — A dog is getting a new lease on life at a Utah animal sanctuary a month after escaping a worse fate in Indiana: being euthanized and having its cremated ashes mixed with those of its late owner.

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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…

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  • Eastern Michigan University women's basketball player dies in car crash

    A member of the Eastern Michigan University women's basketball team and another university student died on Sunday in a head-on car crash near campus in Ypsilanti Township, officials said. Shannise Heady, 21, a forward with the team, was driving a car that crossed the center line and struck another…

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  • Search for Earhart plane on remote Marshalls atoll

    A search is under way on a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands aimed at solving the mysterious disappearance of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart. A group of researchers travelled Sunday to Mili Atoll where a small aluminium cover plate and part of a landing-gear wheel assembly, believed to be from…

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  • 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.

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  • Why the U.S. Is Stuck With Saudi Arabia

    The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, who passed away Friday due to complications from a lung infection, elicited a series of gushing tributes from American leaders. In his official statement, President Obama praised his "enduring contribution to the search for peace" in the Middle East.…

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  • IS claims it executed Japanese hostage

    The Islamic State group said Sunday it executed one of two Japanese hostages it has been holding, in an apparent beheading branded "outrageous and unforgivable" by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The claim comes a day after the release of a video announcing the murder of security contractor…

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  • Greek radical left wins election, threatening market turmoil

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A radical left-wing party vowing to end Greece's painful austerity program won a historic victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections, setting the stage for a showdown with the country's international creditors that could shake the eurozone.

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    Historical images of New York City Subway (62 photos)

    The first subway line in New York City opened about 35 years after the first elevated train line in NYC, October 27, 1904. The subway lines opened in 1904 were owned and run by privately owned companies. They also started some elevated train lines in Brooklyn. In 1913 New York City built and…

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  • '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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Thousands join anti-Islam rally as Germany worries about image

    Thousands of people joined a march by the German anti-Islamisation PEGIDA movement on Sunday, the group's first rally since threats surfaced against the group and its leader resigned over "Hitler" photos. The new demonstration in Dresden came after Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier voiced…

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  • 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…

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