• 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Utah doctor gets up to life in wife's murder

    Utah doctor gets up to life in wife's murder 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…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 6 dead in cartel-style killings in western Mexico

    The bound bodies of six men were found dumped on a street Friday in the western Mexico state of Michoacan, where authorities have claimed to be making headway against drug gang violence. The bodies were found next to a hand-lettered sign in which a drug cartel claimed responsibility for the…

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  • Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania form joint military unit

    Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania launched a joint military force on Friday that Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said could start its first exercises in the tense region in the next year. The three countries and other states in the area have been on high alert since Russia annexed Ukraine's…

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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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  • Sunken 'Ship of Gold' Contains Bounty of Jewelry, Other Treasures

    A trove of gold coins, bracelets, buckles and broaches are among the precious treasures retrieved from a 157-year-old shipwreck off the coast of South Carolina. The "Ship of Gold," known in its sailing days as the SS Central America, was loaded down with 30,000 lbs. (13,600 kilograms) of gold when…

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  • Clinton, Biden urge women to back Democrats

    The upcoming fall elections would offer a clear choice for female voters on economic issues, Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday, pointing to Democratic women as the key to the party's future prospects. President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the former secretary of state, senator and…

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    Scotland's vote for independence (55 photos)

    Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core. The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain's economic and…

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  • In film on alternative car fuels, former Shell executive speaks out

    The movie, "PUMP," blames oil companies, and what is described as their obstructive tactics, as well as political inertia for preventing the widespread adoption of cheaper and cleaner fuels based on natural gas and alcohol in the United States, world's largest economy. The former Shell executive,…

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  • Mother of 5 Convicted of Killing Adopted Son Granted New Trial

    A Texas state appellate court granted Hannah Overton, 37, a new trial Wednesday. Overton, a devout Christian, was convicted in 2007 of killing her 4-year-old adopted son, Andrew Burd, and sentenced to life in prison. Her husband, Larry Overton, told ABC News today, "It's starting to sink in.

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    Close-up of Icelandic volcano (19 photos)

    Close-up of Icelandic volcanoA fearless cameraman ventured within 15 meters of molten lava to capture these apocalyptic scenes from the aftermath of the recent Icelandic eruptions. Despite the fast-flowing lava trickling down from the crater, Valdimar

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