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  • Rehtaeh Parsons, center (Facebook)

    Outrage over a woman’s suicide after an alleged rape has spilled online. A petition to ask Canada’s minister of justice to review the case of Rehtaeh Parsons has already gathered over 88,000 signatures in just a few days.

    Nova Scotia's minister of justice initially said he would not open an independent investigation. Now the department is looking for ways to review the case.

    The incident involves the 17-year-old girl and an alleged sexual assault by four young men in November 2011.

    Sherri Bain of Halifax, a friend of Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons, started the Change.org petition. She wrote on the website that the Nova Scotia high school student never recovered from the attack.

    “Rehtaeh was destroyed by this ... She was called a slut. She was bullied. She faced depression.”

    Abandoned by friends, even switching schools to start fresh, she eventually attempted suicide last Thursday. Rehtaeh was taken off life support and died on Sunday.

    Rehtaeh’s mother noted on a Facebook page as a

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  • While serving in Afghanistan, 25-year-old airman mechanic Tom Burright struck up a friendship with a puppy that was scavenging for food in the streets.

    "She was young and helpless. I had to pick her up. I fell in love and put her in the truck and took her home,” he told local CBS-DFW. Burright eventually named her Lyla.

    Lyla lived with Burright and 15 other airmen in their barrack. "She lived in my room with me. Slept in my bed. I brought her food from the chow hall. She ate everything I did,” Burright said.

    When Burright's time in Afghanistan was up, he learned that bringing Lyla to the U.S. would cost around $4,000. "I didn’t think it was going to happen,” he told the station.

    [Related: Dog owner retrieves $100 bills swallowed by pet]

    Still, he persevered, making a video asking for assistance and sending the clip to The Puppy Rescue Mission, an organization dedicated to reuniting service members with their overseas canine companions.

    In just a few hours, Puppy Rescue had raised

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  • Ozarowski (Suffolk County District Attorney's Office)

    A Long Island woman who claimed to have ovarian, stomach, bone and brain cancer, soliciting thousands of dollars for her treatment, faked the diagnosis to help fund her heroin addiction, authorities say.

    “There was no cancer, no chemotherapy, no radiation and no medical bills,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a statement. “There was just heroin.”

    Brittany Ozarowski, a 21-year-old from Selden, N.Y., collected money from unsuspecting donors for more than a year.

    “In September of 2011, I was diagnosed with stage two ovarian cancer as well as stomach cancer," Ozarowski wrote on her website. "I was cancer free until they had found a tumor on my left hip in February 2012. That is when I found out that I have bone cancer. The cancer has spread to my spine as well as my brain.”

    She claimed her treatments cost $33,000 per day. "My family had already liquidated all assets," Ozarowski wrote. "I have tried to receive financial help from many different charities, catholic charities, cancer organizations, and organizations of all types for that matter. It is very hard to receive financial help.

    "Many places will not help with fundraising to individuals only organizations," she continued. "I have very few options left and I am still in desperate need of treatments."

    Ozarowski asked for donations via a Paypal button on her website:

    No donation is too big nor too small, anything at all would help greatly. If there is anyway you can help to donate anything or help with fundraising it would be greatly appreciated very much by both my family and I. Thank you very much for your generosity. You can easily donate by clicking on the PayPal “Donate” button below. All major credit cards are accepted. PayPal does not require you to have an account with them to donate.

    Ozarowski placed donation jars around town. Local businesses, including Paws N Claws, Tuscany Gourmet Market and the Port Jeff Moose Lodge, threw fundraisers for her. At least 25 businesses fell for the alleged hoax.

    “The truth is she is a 21-year-old drug addict with four open narcotics cases and we have strong evidence she forged doctors’ notes to avoid court appearances,” Spota said.

    Ozarowski was arrested on April 1 and indicted on 24 counts, including grand larceny, forgery and fraud charges. She is being held at the Suffolk County jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Her arraignment was expected Thursday morning.

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  • Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC, $600,000 Paycheck
    Chelsea Clinton Leaves NBC, $600,000 Paycheck

    Chelsea Clinton is saying goodbye to NBC, where she had spent nearly three years as a special correspondent, to prepare for motherhood and to devote more time to charity work.  The former first daughter released a statement to People magazine Friday about the move, saying she hopes "to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming out first child." Thank you @NBCNews: http://t.co/TEUQMLTya1 — Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) August 29, 2014 While at NBC, Clinton covered feel-good stories for the "Making a Difference" feature on NBC Nightly News.

  • Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback
    Ferguson slowly starting to make comeback

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of this St. Louis-area suburb that was the center of attention for three weeks. But those in the community know they've got a long way to go.

  • Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says
    Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says

    JERUSALEM (AP) — An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock following the war between Hamas and Israel.

  • Sweden raises military alert level due to Ukraine crisis

    Sweden put its top military staff on higher alert on Friday as a result of the situation in Ukraine, the armed forces said. It is already participating in international maneuvers in Finland, which borders Russia, and has moved its quick-response fighter jets to the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, off Sweden's southeast coast. "Given the serious nature of the development in Ukraine, the Swedish military is responding by among other things a higher alert status for the General Staff at headquarters and intensified intelligence gathering," Forsvarsmakten, Sweden's military authority, said in a statement. A spokesman for the military declined to give any more details of what Sweden was doing to prepare for any eventual spillover in the region from the conflict.

  • Feds: Plane with unconscious pilot goes into ocean

    CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) — A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday into the Atlantic Ocean, the Coast Guard said.

  • Pro-Ukraine fighters escape encirclement, others still trapped: Kiev, militia

    A group of pro-Ukrainian fighters broke out of encirclement by Russian-backed separatists near the eastern city of Donetsk early on Saturday, Ukraine's interior minister said, but other reports suggested many were still trapped. Kiev and Western countries say the reversal is the result of the arrival of armored columns of Russian troops, sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin to prop up the five-month-old separatist revolt in eastern Ukraine which had been near collapse. A senior U.N. human rights official said on Friday nearly 2,600 civilians, Ukrainian government forces and rebels have been killed in a conflict which has led to the biggest Russia-West crisis since the Cold War. EU foreign ministers were due to meet in Brussels on Saturday to discuss the possibility of imposing new sanctions on Moscow over the crisis.

  • Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target
    Saudi king warns West will be jihadists' next target

    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has warned that the West will be the next target of the jihadists sweeping through Syria and Iraq, unless there is "rapid" action. "Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East," said the king who was speaking at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from Saudi ally the United States. The Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has prompted widespread concern as it advances in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions. President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether the United States should launch raids against positions held by the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria to follow US air strikes on IS activities in Iraq.

  • Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.
    Philippine peacekeepers rescued from militants on Golan: U.N.

    By Louis Charbonneau and Avi Ohayon UNITED NATIONS/EIN ZIVAN Golan Heights (Reuters) - Thirty-two Philippine U.N. peacekeepers were rescued on Saturday from Islamists who fired at their post on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights and trapped them for two days, U.N. officials said, while militants reinforced their siege of another group of 40. "The situation at Position 68 is calm but tense, as more than 200 militants have assembled around it in the last few hours," a U.N. official said, referring to the place where the 40 Philippine peacekeepers were trapped. A U.N. diplomatic source said earlier: "As we speak more rebels in more than 20 vehicles are approaching and reinforcing the siege around Position 68." The rebels began to arrive at 11 p.m. local time (4 p.m. ET), added the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The peacekeeping troops are part of UNDOF, a U.N. force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since 1974, following the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.

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