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Michigan bondage master gets life in prison in wife's death

DETROIT (AP) — Calling him a "master of manipulation," a judge sentenced a former Rotary Club president to life in prison Thursday for arranging his wife's killing so he could devote more time to cavorting with other women who shared his love for sexual bondage and domination.<p>"You lived in two …


UN appeals to Saudi Arabia to halt activist's flogging

Blogger Raif Badawi due to receive second 50 of his 1,000 lashes after Friday prayers in Jeddah<p>The United Nations has issued a last-minute appeal to Saudi Arabia to stop Friday’s scheduled second round of flogging for a liberal activist sentenced to receive 1,000 lashes of the cane.<p>Raif Badawi is …

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Pet alligator seized by Los Angeles authorities

Jaxson, described as docile by owner, taken to zoo following tip from neighbours<p>Laura Mattson had cared for Jaxson her late husband’s pet alligator for years.<p>But while she insisted that the 36-year old female was harmless, the authorities in Los Angeles had other ideas.<p>Now, after the alligator was …


In one week, Connecticut has had 12 earthquakes

There's no fracking or tectonic plate boundaries in Connecticut, so experts haven't got a ready explanation for a swarm of earthquakes that has hit the eastern part of the state over the last week.<p>There have been 12 quakes since last Thursday, the strongest of them a 3.3-magnitude quake that came …

Latin America

Kentucky Teens Dalton Hayes, Cheyenne Phillips on the Run for 12 Days


Saudi Arabia postpones activist's flogging: source, Amnesty

Saudi Arabia

Best-seller about journey to heaven is pulled

NEW YORK (AP) — A best-selling account of a 6-year-old boy's journey to heaven and back has been pulled after the boy retracted his story.<p>Spokesman Todd Starowitz of Tyndale House, a leading Christian publisher, confirmed Friday that Alex Malarkey's "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable …

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry

Judge Orders Detention for Christopher Cornell, Accused in Plot on U.S. Capitol


Second flogging of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi postponed on medical grounds

The second of 20 weekly floggings of a Saudi blogger accused of insulting Islam in a case that has drawn international condemnation of the Kingdom's harsh system of justice was postponed on medical grounds, Amnesty International said Friday.<p>Raif Badawi, who was flogged 50 times in public one week …