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US man walks free after 40 years wrongly imprisoned

A 70-year-old man from North Carolina has been released after serving four decades in prison for a crime he did not commit<p>A panel of judges has found Joseph Sledge was wrongly convicted in the stabbing deaths of a mother and daughter nearly four decades ago.<p>After his release on Friday, the …

3 dead, a dozen injured, in separate shootings

Three men have died and at least 12 others were injured in separate shootings across the city between Friday morning and early Saturday, including a man shot in a vehicle in which a young girl was found unhurt, police said.<p>Around 2 a.m. Saturday, 24-year-old man was shot to death in the West …

Corruption

Woman, 88, found dead in burning home near Barrington

The body of an 88-year-old woman was found inside her burning home near northwest suburban Barrington early Saturday, officials said.<p>At 1:15 a.m. emergency crews were called to the 21000 block of North 21st Street in an unincorporated area near Barrington for a structure fire, according to the Lake …

What's in Store for 2015: Important IRS, Social Security and Medicare Updates

<i>Dear Readers,</i><p>A new year often means new goals, new opportunities and new commitments. When it comes to your finances, it can also mean new rules and requirements that may affect how you manage your money. As we face 2015, the changes that affect most people are fairly minor. However, it's best to …

Attempt to Lift AirAsia 8501 Crash Jet Fuselage to Surface Fails

PANGKALAN BUN, Indonesia – Rescuers lifted the fuselage of the crashed AirAsia jetliner nearly to the water's surface Saturday but it sank to the ocean floor again when the lifting balloons deflated, a setback in the effort to recover more of the victims' remains.<p>Four bodies were discovered around …

2 Marines die in helicopter crash

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Marines died after their helicopter crashed on a training mission in Southern California, the military said in a statement.<p>The aircraft went down around 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) Friday at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California.<p>"Our hearts go out to the …

At least 27 killed in rocket attack on Ukraine's Mariupol

Authorities say at least 27 people have been killed in attacks on several locations in Ukraine’s government-held city of Mariupol.<p>Local officials blamed pro-Russian separatists for the barrage, one of which struck at a crowded open air market. But rebels denied targeting the city.<p>Reports say more …

Extremism

Japan condemns new video claiming execution, demanding prisoner exchange

Japan's prime minister said Sunday he was "speechless" after an online video purportedly showed that one of two Japanese hostages of the extremist Islamic State group had been killed, and he demanded the release of the other.<p>Shinzo Abe told Japanese broadcaster NHK that the video was likely …

Islam

Obama, world leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh’s important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy.<p>Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry …

Colorado Teen Who Tried To Join ISIS To Wage Jihad Gets 4 Years In Prison

Shannon Conley was arrested at Denver International Airport in April where she was bound for the Syria–Turkey border.<p>A 19-year-old Colorado woman who tried to travel to Syria to wage jihad with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants was sentenced Friday to four years in prison.<p>Shannon …

The Most Memorable Ads of the 2014 Campaign

Political advertising is a mainstay of American politics. And no political season is complete without instances of the outrageous, offensive, poignant, and funny images that flash across the television screen trying to elect politicians.<p>This year is no exception. While hundreds of thousands of …

Iraq investigating whether Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi killed in US air strikes

Reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi killed in US air strike on Islamic State convoy near Mosul investigated<p>Iraq was on Sunday investigating whether Islamic State (Isil) chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in air strikes by US-led coalition warplanes targeting the group's leaders.<p>The death of the …

Middle East

'I've had enough,' says Mexican attorney general in missing students gaffe

An off-the-cuff comment by the attorney general to cut off a news conference about the apparent killing of 43 missing college students has been taken up by protesters as a rallying cry against Mexico’s corruption and drug trade-fueled violence.<p>During the televised appearance on Friday, attorney …

'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time

A lot evolves between the first year of coupledom and the ones that follow—including references to "home," "dinner," and "love."<p>So many loves start with a "hey." A tentative "hey." A hopeful "hey." And more often than ever that "hey" is not spoken, but sent through a text message.<p>That first "hey," …

10 Ways to Tone Up Without Killing Yourself at the Gym

<i>Every Monday we tap an industry expert for tips that only insiders know. This week Brooke Siler, Pilates pioneer and author of 'The New York Times' best-seller 'The Pilates Body: The Ultimate At-Home Guide to Strengthening, Lengthening and Toning Your Body- Without Machines', explains that it is</i> …

Nutrition

12.2-inch iPad Pro could be thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus

Apple is expected to announce a huge iPad in early 2015, and a new report details some of the tablet’s specs.<p>According to the reliable Japanese site Macotakara, the larger iPad (or ‘iPad Pro’, as it’s been dubbed by the press) will feature a 12.2-inch display and improved stereo audio. The device …

U.N.: Phase Out Fossil Fuels By 2100 Or Face ‘Irreversible’ Climate Impact

Greenhouse gas emissions may have to cease by the end of the century to keep global temperatures from reaching levels many scientists consider …

Salmonella outbreak across Europe may be caused by single batch of eggs

The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said.<p>Public Health England (PHE) has been trying to track down the origin of the outbreak of the nasty strand of food poisoning, which …