• High Schooler Gives Up Crown After Friend Was Pranked Into Thinking She Was Nominated for Homecoming Court

    Unfortunately, sometimes high school looks a lot like a real-life version of the movie "Mean Girls." Case in point, a group of girls at Grand Prairie High School in north Texas tricked 17-year-old Lillian Skinner into thinking she was nominated for the homecoming court. In order to get Skinner down…

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  • From gangsta rapper to Islamist militant

    As war in Syria and Iraq attracts a growing number of Muslim extremists from Europe, intelligence officials in Germany believe a former gangsta rapper has joined the inner circle of Islamists fighting there. Denis Cuspert was once a modestly successful member of Germany's hip-hop scene going by the…

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  • Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

    The long-awaited sentence came seven years after prosecutors say Martin MacNeill knocked out his wife with drugs prescribed following cosmetic surgery and left her to die in a bathtub so he could begin a new life with his mistress. "My father's facade has now crumbled," said Alexis Somers, who…

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  • Mexican kingpin's brother among seven slain men in western state

    Mexican kingpin's brother among seven slain men in western state MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The brother of one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords was among seven dead men found on Friday in a violent western state that has been one of the biggest security headaches for President Enrique Pena Nieto.…

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  • Man killed after falling into wood chipper in Arizona

    A landscape gardener was decapitated after falling into a wood chipper in Arizona on Thursday and a police spokesman said no foul play was suspected. The accident happened at an auto dealership in Chandler, a city on the southeast outskirts of Phoenix. "It just looks like a terrible accident,"…

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  • Girl was bait to try to catch boy ‘in the act,’ sexual harassment lawsuit says

    A civil lawsuit working its way through the federal appeals process alleges that a 14-year-old middle school girl was raped after school officials used her as bait to try to catch a male student “in the act” after she reported his sexual harassment. With growing pressure on college campuses to…

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  • S. Korea fires warning shots after N. Korea incursion

    The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, Seoul's defence ministry said. It was the first such boundary violation in four months, and came ahead of Friday's opening ceremony of the Asian Games in the…

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    Islamic State extremists (31 photos)

    Islamic State jihadists have seized 60 Kurdish villages near the Turkish border in a lightning two-day campaign, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday. Islamic State fighters shot down the Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a…

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  • Florida granddad Don Spirit who killed family had also fatally shot son years before

    The Florida man who police say gunned down his daughter and six grandchildren Thursday had been to prison for fatally shooting his young son during a hunting trip 13 years ago, according to court records. Don Charles Spirit, 51, phoned the Gilchrist County Sheriff's Department around 4 p.m.…

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  • Texas triple murder suspect kills self in jail: authorities

    A 63-year-old man charged with killing three adults and wounding a child during a shooting spree at a trailer park in Corpus Christi, Texas, committed suicide in his jail cell, police said on Friday. Sammuel Everett Toomey was being held in Nueces County Jail on three counts of capital murder and…

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    Trusted Housekeeper Accused Of Raping 13-Year-Old Boy

    An Oklahoma woman was arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old boy. Robbie Capshew, 31, was a trusted housekeeper. But police and a Cyril, Okla., mother paint a different picture.

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  • Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced

    Iranian youth behind 'Happy' video sentenced TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday. The Iranians' case attracted…

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  • Thai PM 'sorry' for bikini remarks after UK tourist murders

    Thailand's junta chief apologised Thursday for suggesting tourists in bikinis could be more vulnerable to attack, comments which caused an international outcry following the brutal murder of two British holidaymakers. "They think our country is beautiful and is safe so they can do whatever they…

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  • Police: Officers fatally shoot man near St. Louis

    Officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly pointed a rifle at them in suburban St. Louis, the second fatal police shooting of a black suspect in the region since the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. Two officers fired a combined 25 shots Wednesday night after a chase in which…

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  • Killings of Florida mother, six children stun community

    By Barbara Liston BELL Fla. (Reuters) - As Florida police examined why a 51-year-old felon shot his daughter and her six children to death before killing himself, residents of their small town grieved the loss of the children. Don Spirit on Thursday summoned authorities there with a 911 emergency…

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  • Pennsylvania newlyweds get life without parole in Craigslist killing

    The sentencing of Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, came about a month after they pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Nov. 11, 2013, killing of Troy LaFerrara, 42. Both were originally charged with first-degree murder, punishable in Pennsylvania by a possible death…

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  • Russia does not want 'closed economy': PM

    Russia does not want 'closed economy': PM Moscow (AFP) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday Russia did not want to close itself off from the global economy, and warned Western efforts to isolate or ignore such a powerful nation were "impossible". About creating a so-called mobilised, or…

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  • Man freed after ramming truck into Las Vegas casino commits suicide

    Ryan Brown, 40, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and possession and use of cocaine after driving a pickup through the glass front doors of the Stratosphere Casino on Sept. 10, a Las Vegas police arrest report showed. On Monday, a judge ordered the Indiana man released without…

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