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  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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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  • 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…

    Reuters
  • 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…

    AFP
  • Millions of GMO insects could be released in Florida Keys

    KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in the Florida Keys if British researchers win approval to use the bugs against two extremely painful viral diseases.

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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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  • 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.…

    The Atlantic
  • 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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  • Teenage student fatally stabbed at California middle school

    (Reuters) - A teenage student was fatally stabbed at a Los Angeles middle school on Friday afternoon, officials said, with no-one yet taken into custody. The 14-year-old victim, who was not identified by police, was on the David Wark Griffith Middle School campus around 3 p.m. local time when he…

    Reuters
  • 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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    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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  • 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…

    AFP
  • Annapolis, Maryland, Mansion Fire: What the Family Did Hours Before Deadly Blaze

    Alexis (Lexi) Boone, 8, Kaitlyn (Katie) Boone, 7, Charlotte Boone, 8, and Wesley (Wes) Boone, 6 -- to dinner at the Medieval Times restaurant on Sunday night, according to a family spokeswoman. In a statement released Thursday, members of the Boone and Pyle families thanked those who have offered…

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  • Cuba digs in heels on concessions as part of better US ties

    HAVANA (AP) — The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer ties could have for the…

    Associated Press53 mins ago