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Man used stolen tow truck to take cars in snowstorm, cops say

Louis Mitchell Jr. saw a brilliant opportunity when thousands of Georgia motorists abandoned their cars on snow-paralyzed roads this week, authorities say.<p>Police say he used a tow truck he had stolen earlier in January to haul away four cars left on roads -- and without anyone's permission.<p>Online …

Italian police find Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend near Austrian border

Italian police found<p>Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend at a hotel near the Austrian border Friday after a court in Florence reversed their acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate.<p>Raffaele Sollecito told police that he drove into Austria "to rest" while the jury deliberated, but then returned …

Florida woman, 81, arrested for allegedly feeding bears, threatening officers

An 81-year-old Florida woman arrested last year for allegedly feeding bears was again arrested this week on suspicion of violating her probation by illegally feeding wildlife and threatening to kill a law enforcement officer.<p>Mary Musselman, of Sebring, was arrested Wednesday by Florida Fish and …

Former Boy Scout leaders charged with felonies after toppling ancient rock formation

Prosecutors filed charges Friday against two former Boy Scout leaders accused of toppling one of the ancient rock formations at Utah's Goblin Valley State Park.<p>Glenn Taylor is charged with criminal mischief and David Hall with aiding criminal mischief, another felony, Utah State Parks & Recreation …

Alabama neurosurgeon walks 6 miles in snow storm to perform brain surgery

An Alabama neurosurgeon was at Brookwood Medical Center when he was needed six miles away for emergency brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center.<p>Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw set off in his car but a rare snowstorm locked down traffic and he didn’t get farther than a few blocks.<p>Dressed in his hospital scrubs, …

Knox's judge explains guilty verdict

The judge who presided over Amanda Knox's second murder conviction says he suffered over the verdict, but that he and the jury reached agreement that she was guilty in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.<p>Judge Alessandro Nencini also suggested in an interview with Corriere della Sera …

Family props up, poses with dead boxer in ring

Even in death, Christopher Rivera Amaro almost looked ready to box, leaning against the corner of a simulated ring.<p>Mourners who came to his wake in San Juan on Friday found him posed afoot, a yellow hood on his head, sunglasses over his eyes and blue boxing gloves on his hands.<p>Elsie Rodriguez, vice …

Minnesota homeowner fatally shot after answering door to help man

Minneapolis police say a man was fatally shot when he tried to help another man who came to his home.<p>The killing happened late Friday morning at a home in north Minneapolis.<p>According to police, a man went to the home and told the homeowner he was being chased by people who wanted to kill him.<p>The …

Catholic flash mobs fill pews, lift prayers at NY churches

You've heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob.<p>Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city's original, now often sparsely attended, churches.<p>It works this …

Strange building near Super Bowl site a symbol of fumbled opportunity

When the world tunes in to the Super Bowl Sunday night, aerial shots of MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands might afford a glimpse of a strangely colored structure the governor once dubbed "the ugliest damn building in New Jersey."<p>The shell of the former Meadowlands "Xanadu" project …

Dartmouth cross-country skier dies at Vermont event

Dartmouth College says that a 20-year-old member of its cross-country ski team died at an event in Vermont.<p>Dartmouth spokesman Rick Bender says that Torin Tucker died while competing at the Vermont Carnival Saturday. Tucker is a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho.<p>Bender says that the junior died at the …

Mia Farrow's daughter resurrects Woody Allen molestation claim

Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.<p>In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow made her first public comments about the 1992 …

California cuts off water to agencies serving millions amid drought

Water officials across California have been increasing their efforts to promote water conservation after officials announced Friday that they won't send any water from the state's vast reservoir system to local agencies beginning this spring.<p>The move is unprecedented in the 54-year history of the …

Mich. woman accused of killing, dismembering her adult son

A suburban Detroit woman was being held in connection with the death of her adult son, whose dismembered remains were found dumped in trash bags along the sides of roads, police said.<p>The names of the 59-year-old woman and the 32-year-old victim were not released, but St. Clair Shores police Sgt. …

Punxsutawney Phil sees shadow, predicts longer winter

Emerging from his lair on Super Bowl Sunday, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil couldn't predict the winner of the big game but his handlers said he was sure of his weather forecast: There will be six more weeks of winter.<p>Pennsylvania's famed groundhog was roused from slumber at 7:28 a.m. Sunday and, …

New Jersey school throws away lunch of 10-year-old autistic boy, mother says

A New Jersey mother says her fifth grade son’s school has repeatedly taken her child’s lunch and thrown it away over unpaid cafeteria balances -- despite having apologized for doing as much in the past.<p>“This to me is a form of bullying," Amy Ross told NBC 10 after the latest incident, earlier in …