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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 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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    The iPhone 6′s sapphire display might not be all it’s cracked up to be

    The potential sapphire display of the iPhone 6 has been rumored, substantiated and confirmed several times over the past year, but all we’ve ever heard about sapphire are its advantages. It’s durable, it’s scratch-resistant and Apple has even had experience using it in the past on protective glass covering the iPhone camera and the home button of the 5s, but there must be a downside, right? Right. Engadget’s Brad Molen spoke with several influential representatives of the smartphone industry to put together the other side of the story, and all of a sudden, sapphire isn’t looking quite like the dream material we thought it might be. “The cost and supply aren’t where we’d like them to be for sapphire to be

  • Bank-stealing malware returns after US crackdown
    Bank-stealing malware returns after US crackdown

    Malicious software used to steal millions from bank accounts has re-emerged a month after US authorities broke up a major hacker network using the scheme, security researchers say. The security firm Malcovery said it identified a new trojan based on the Gameover Zeus malware, which officials said infected up to one million computers in 12 countries, and was blamed in the theft of more than $100 million. "This discovery indicates that the criminals responsible for Gameover's distribution do not intend to give up on this botnet even after suffering one of the most expansive botnet takeovers/takedowns in history," Malcovery said in a blog post Thursday. In a status report filed in court, officials said that "all or nearly all of the active computers infected with Gameover Zeus have been liberated from the criminals' control and are now communicating exclusively with the substitute server established pursuant to court order."

  • Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks
    Analysis: Lavrov's absence clouds Iran nuke talks

    VIENNA (AP) — Decisions by the foreign ministers of Russia and China to skip talks on Iran's nuclear program this weekend are further denting expectations that the stalled negotiations will produce a deal by July 20.

  • Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it will close
    Owners of Trump Plaza casino expect it will close

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Atlantic City's crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.


    DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 19 years. We have had our ups and downs, but the last few months have been hell. My husband lies about having paid bills. When I ask, "Have you paid the rent?" I mean "in full," not a partial payment. We have now been evicted for nonpayment of rent and are living in a hotel. Utilities have been cut off because of his partial payments and his lying about their having been paid in full, and I'm tired of it. ...

  • California triple homicide seen as tenant dispute

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A man is accused of shooting and killing three people Saturday in what authorities are investigating as a possible tenant-landlord dispute, police said.

  • Israeli commandos clash with Hamas militants on Day 6 of Gaza offensive
    Israeli commandos clash with Hamas militants on Day 6 of Gaza offensive

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Ari Rabinovitch GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli naval commandos clashed with Hamas militants in a raid on the coast of the Gaza Strip on Sunday, in what appeared to be the first ground assault of a six-day Israeli offensive on the territory aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire. With aerial support from fighter jets, the Israeli force attacked a site in northern Gaza used to launch long-range rockets, an Israeli military spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner, said. Hamas said its fighters had fired at the Israeli force offshore, preventing them from landing. Lerner said the forces had "completed their mission" and that the results of the raid "would be the first published ground activity" by naval troops in Gaza, in an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed 149 Palestinians, many of them civilians.

  • Bosh agrees to $118 million deal to stay in Miami: report

    (Reuters) - The Miami Heat went on the offensive after losing LeBron James on Friday by agreeing to a massive five-year, $118 million deal to retain nine-time All-Star Chris Bosh, according to a Yahoo report. Free agent James had broken up Miami's so-called 'Big Three' by announcing he would return to his home state of Ohio and sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers after winning two NBA titles with Miami. Bosh, who averaged 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds, had appeared headed to the Houston Rockets, who had offered him four years and $88 million to join Dwight Howard and James Harden before the Heat upped the ante after the exit by James.

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