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  • Dallas girl sentenced to 40 years for drowning baby

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A 14-year-old Dallas girl was sentenced by a juvenile court judge on Friday to 40 years in custody, the maximum punishment available, after admitting to drowning an infant in January, court officials said. The teenager will begin serving her sentence in state…

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  • China declares victory in US surveillance overflight

    China declared victory on Friday over an encounter with a US surveillance aircraft overflying the contested South China Sea, saying its military "drove away" the intruder with radio warnings. Beijing is in the throes of a rapid land-reclamation programme in the area, building artificial islands and…

    AFP
  • Moscow issues travel warning over U.S. 'hunt' for Russians

    Russia's foreign ministry has warned its citizens traveling abroad of the risks posed by U.S. law enforcement bodies and special services, which it said were hunting for Russians around the world. In a statement on Friday it also accused Washington of kidnapping Russians, citing cases such as that…

    Reuters
  • Lakers GM says Bryant done after next season

    Kobe Bryant will make next season his last with the Los Angeles Lakers after 20 years that have produced five NBA titles, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He has indicated to me this is it," Kupchak told SiriusXM NBA Radio. The 36-year-old guard has played for the Lakers for his entire…

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  • Milwaukee man pronounced dead, then moves and breathes - authorities

    (Reuters) - First responders preparing to take the body of a Milwaukee man pronounced dead to the morgue got a jolt when the man suddenly began moving and noticeably breathing, authorities said on Friday. About 50 minutes later, the medical examiner arrived and notified the man's family of his death.

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  • How an Iraqi friar saved ancient Christian manuscripts from IS

    Bullets whistled overhead, a black Islamic State flag flapping in the distance, but all Friar Najeeb Michaeel could think of as he fled the jihadists was how to save hundreds of ancient Iraqi manuscripts in his possession. "You are going to get us killed with your archives," Michaeel's assistant…

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  • Magnitude 5.4 quake hits Nevada, close to Las Vegas: USGS

    A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Nevada on Friday close to the small town of Caliente, northeast of the tourist hub of Las Vegas, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the epicenter of the quake, which was quite shallow at a depth of only 12 miles (19.4 km), was 24 miles from Caliente, a town…

    Reuters
  • US police arrest mansion murders suspect after pizza crust lead

    After following a DNA lead gleaned from pizza crust, US authorities have arrested a suspect in the grisly murder of three members of a wealthy Washington family and their maid. Daron Dylon Wint, 34, was arrested Thursday night in the nation's capital, Washington Metropolitan Police said. Three…

    AFP
  • PHOTO ESSAY: Desert site holds old military aircraft 'bones'

    TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — The airplanes are lined up in rows by the hundreds, serving as a striking reminder of the nation's military past.

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  • Idaho couple whose 5-year-old fatally shot another child reach plea deal

    An Idaho couple whose 5-year-old child accidentally shot and killed a young playmate will see child injury charges dismissed provided they craft and present a course for families on the dangers of firearms, a state court clerk said. Rusty and Ashlee Lish were accused of the misdemeanor charges…

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    Protests over police shooting of 2 unarmed men in Washington state for trying to steal beer (14 photos)

    Hundreds of people marched peacefully in Washington state's capital city to protest a police shooting that wounded two unarmed stepbrothers suspected of trying to steal beer from a grocery store. The officer reported he was being assaulted with a skateboard early Thursday before the shooting that…

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  • 5 B.B. King children visit body a day before public viewing

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Five of B.B. King's adult children visited the blues great one last time in private at a Las Vegas funeral home that will host a public viewing Friday ahead of a Saturday memorial service.

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  • Obama sells Iran deal directly to US Jews

    Amid a bitter public fight with Israel's government, President Barack Obama on Friday donned a yarmulke and pitched his nuclear deal with Iran and the case for a Palestinian state directly to US Jews. Visiting Washington's conservative Adas Israel synagogue, Obama embarked on a Hebrew-sprinkled…

    AFP
  • Mother stands in at graduation of son killed in prom night crash

    A Chicago area woman whose 18-year-old son was killed in an alleged drunk-driving crash after his high-school prom last weekend wore his cap and gown at his graduation in a tribute to him. Along with Dunigan's father, she received a special plaque with his diploma, awards and a graduation ticket.…

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  • 3 Times It Makes Sense to File Early for Social Security

    For those who have paid into the system, Social Security promises to provide a reliable source of income during your senior years. While a person needs to wait until his or her full retirement age -- that would be 66 for those born between 1943 and 1954 -- to receive full benefits, the government…

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  • Stunning 'Snakes' of Medusa Nebula Hint at Sun's Fate (Video, Photos)

    The Medusa Nebula's most detailed close-up ever shows a dying star's fate, similar to what will befall our sun in a few million years. The new images and a stunning video of the Medusa Nebula were created by astronomers with European Southern Observatory. Called a "planetary nebula", this is a…

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  • Purple Heart recipient among bikers killed in Waco shooting

    WACO, Texas (AP) — One of nine bikers killed at a shootout outside a Texas restaurant was a Vietnam veteran and Purple Heart recipient whose family members dispute police claims he was in a criminal group.

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