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Grief overcomes Mississippi community after slaying of nuns

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — The two nuns who were killed in Mississippi were by all accounts some of the most friendly, helpful people in town, cooking and caring for anyone in their poor community — making the slayings all the more puzzling.<p>Their car was found abandoned a mile away from their home, …

Nursing

Vietnamese woman pays friend to cut off hand and foot in insurance scam

Thirty-year-old has lost appendages and may face charges after telling authorities in Hanoi she was hit by a train<p>A Vietnamese woman paid a friend to cut off her hand and foot in a failed bid to claim an insurance payout, state-run media reported on Thursday.<p>The woman, identified only as L T N, …

Vietnam

Indian man forced to carry dead wife home after hospital 'refuses' transport

Anger after Dana Majhi walks 12km of a 60km trek home, claiming an Odisha hospital refused to transport her body<p>A villager in the east Indian state of Odisha carried his deceased wife 12km after the hospital where she died allegedly refused to transport her body back home.<p>Dana Majhi’s wife Amang …

India

As women are fined for wearing head scarves, French activists push back on 'burkini' ban

French human rights campaigners have asked the country's highest court to rule on the legality of the so-called burkini ban after a public outcry over police fining Muslim women wearing head scarves.<p>In one incident, police fined a woman wearing a traditional head scarf knotted at the nape of her …

Government

Man gets 40 years for pouring scalding water on gay couple

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge sentenced a Georgia man to 40 years in prison Wednesday for throwing scalding water on a gay couple sleeping in an apartment, leaving them with severe burns that required surgery.<p>Jurors deliberated for about 90 minutes before finding Martin Blackwell, 48, guilty of eight …

Crime

The Most Famous Lion Family in Namibia Has Been Poisoned

RIP the Musketeers.<p>Imagine that years of drought have forced you to graze your cattle on sparse grass in an open desert landscape, far from permanent …

Wildlife

The Olympic Committee could actually sue people who make GIFs

Before this year's Olympic Games began, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rained on a parade of internet fun by banning the creation of animated GIFs.<p>The policy is very difficult to enforce, however. GIFs are a central part of the Internet, and are especially great for communicating about …

GIF Animations

More than 2,000 Isis hostages freed from Syrian city of Manbij

Allied Arab and Kurdish fighters retake Syrian city from retreating jihadis, where civilians had been held as human shields<p>The Islamic State stronghold of Manbij, in northern Syria, has fallen to allied Arab and Kurdish fighters, who freed more than 2,000 hostages held by the terrorist group.<p>A …

Middle East

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Source: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The 10-year-old boy killed during a ride on the world's tallest waterslide was decapitated in the accident, a person familiar with the investigation said Wednesday. Authorities have yet to explain how it happened.<p>The person was speaking on condition of anonymity because the …

Latin America
Equality

Study finds smarter students play online games

Video games pass high school test, but social media is a drag<p>Students who spend time playing online video games are more likely to gain higher grades in core subjects, according to a new report.<p>The study — Internet Usage and Educational Outcomes Among 15-Year-Old Australian Students — tracked exam …

State won't discuss Clinton email link to Iran executing nuke scientist spy

A State Department spokeswoman dodged questions Monday about whether the discussion of Shahram Amiri, an Iranian scientist who was executed by the …

A man was awarded $115,000 after a random Facebook post destroyed his life and business

Here's what happened.<p>Kenneth Rothe, the man awarded the damages, owned two hotels, the Nirvana Village and Blue Dolphin Motels, located in the Australian coastal town of Nambucca where he lived with his family.<p>One day, out of the blue, his hotels were accused of being a haven to pedophiles, a claim …

Social Media

Saudi Clerics Remind Followers That Pokémon Violates Islamic Beliefs

Saudi Arabia’s top clerics have used an official site to remind followers about a 2001 fatwa against Pokémon, following the release of the mobile …

Pokémon Go

At town hall, Obama confronts race issues bigger than police

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of the Louisiana man shot dead by police wants President Barack Obama to help end world racism. The mother of a policeman pleads for ways to keep her son safe. A single mom who has sent her son away from a rough Baltimore neighborhood worries over how to keep him safe when …

Law Enforcement

El Salvador abortion law change could leave women facing 50 years in jail

Rights groups condemn opposition proposal to put sentences for abortion on a par with penalty for aggravated murder with extreme cruelty<p>Making El Salvador’s abortion law more punitive would compound injustice<p>El Salvador already has some of the most draconian anti-abortion laws in the world, but …

Rights & Freedoms

GoFundMe Campaign Raises More Than $140K for Slain Dallas Officer's Family

A GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the family of slain Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa has raised nearly $150,000.<p>Zamarripa, a U.S. military veteran who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq, and four other officers were killed by a gunman last week during a protest in the Dallas.<p>The …

Massive Heat Wave Expected to Hit Much of the U.S. Next Week

Weather forecasters are predicting a massive heat wave beginning next week that will bring unusually warm summer temperatures from coast to coast in …

Weather

$11,000 per month: That’s what the French government pays for President Hollande’s haircuts

Cutting remarks are being made about the high cost of the French president’s personal hairdresser.<p>François Hollande <i></i>may be the most unpopular president in the history of modern France, but he is certainly among the most impeccably groomed.<p>In a season in which his disapproval ratings have approached …

François Hollande

Dinosaur find resolves T. rex mystery

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1232000/1232341_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522210038_8cae6e2f7597862de700b24fb02d0680<p><b>A newly discovered species of Tyrannosaur - the group of meat-eating dinosaurs to which the infamous T. rex belongs - could hold the key</b> …

Dinosaurs

Man to be executed for Texas game warden's death in shootout

HOUSTON (AP) — A man who led authorities on a chase followed by a shootout that left a Texas game warden dead is scheduled to be executed this week in the busy death penalty state.<p>James Freeman was suspected of illegally hunting at night from his truck in Southeast Texas' Wharton County when a game …

Crime

Texas eighth-grader suspended for rescuing classmate during asthma attack

Anthony Ruelas watched for what seemed like an eternity as his classmate wheezed and gagged in a desperate struggle to breathe.<p>The girl told classmates that she was having an asthma attack, but her teacher refused to let anyone leave the classroom, according to NBC affiliate KCEN. Instead, the …

Crime
Donald Trump
Holidays

Putin praises 'bright and talented' Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump has said that he would "get along very well" with Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>The feeling is apparently mutual.<p>Putin offered high praise for the billionaire businessman-turned-Republican presidential front-runner on Thursday during an annual news conference with …

Russia

California woman who attacked Muslims praying in park formally charged with hate crime

<i>UPDATED (Dec. 18, 2015 4:20 PM PT): Adds Slader's current employment status</i><p>Denise Slader, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation …

Heroism

Pollution May Actually Be Good for the Earth

The hazy weather caused by pollution has made plants far more productive when it comes to scrubbing greenhouse gasses out of the air. Scientists say …