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North Korea warns of 'all-out war' as it refuses to sign pact with US

North Korea has issued a fresh warning of an "all-out war", urging the United States to stop military drills and what it described as "nuclear blackmail".<p>The country also refused to sign a non-aggression pact that John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, offered last week on condition of …

Ariel Castro's family claims body, coroner says

The family of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, who hung himself with a bedsheet in an Ohio prison, has claimed his body, the county coroner’s office told NBC News on Friday.<p>The Franklin County coroner, Dr. Jan Gorniak, said she did not know if the funeral home working with the family was hired to …

James Holmes' Lawyers Want To Throw Out The Death Penalty, Add New Challenges

Lawyers for the Colorado theater shooting suspect filed at least six new constitutional challenges to the state's death penalty laws on Monday.<p>In the new motions made public on Tuesday, lawyers for James Holmes argue that the death penalty has been arbitrarily imposed in Colorado, is not a …

US police chief's pro-gun rants land him in hot water

A Pennsylvania police chief has been suspended without pay after YouTube videos showed him firing council-owned assault weapons and delivering expletive-filled rants about liberals, the federal government and the right to bear arms.<p>A police chief in the <b>US</b> faces the prospect of losing his job after …

Medal of Honor recipient urges support for PTSD

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, who fought valiantly in a nightmarish Afghanistan battle, lives with post-traumatic stress disorder and asks the public to understand the disorder and its effect on troops.<p>August 26, 2013|By Alexei Koseff<p>President Obama awards Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter the Medal of Honor …

Obama prays for slain ballplayer's family, cites 'extra measure of evil' in killing

MELBOURNE, Australia - President Barack Obama has sent condolences to the family of a college baseball player who was shot dead while out jogging in Oklahoma.<p>In a statement given to a newspaper in Christopher Lane's home country of Australia, the president said his “thoughts and prayers” were with …

EXCLUSIVE: Hannah Anderson speaks out, reveals new details of kidnapping

Hannah Anderson spoke out Thursday for the first time since her abduction riveted the country, thanking her rescuers and offering an explanation for text messages and letters that she exchanged with her captor.<p>In an exclusive conversation with TODAY, Hannah, 16, expressed gratitude for support that …

Bradley Manning: I want to live as a woman

Bradley Manning, the Army private sentenced to military prison for leaking classified documents, revealed he intends to live out the remainder of his life as a woman.<p>“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female,” the Army private wrote in a statement read on TODAY Thursday. “Given the way that I feel, and …

Associated Press News

States brace for new round of sequester cuts

States have been forced to gear up for a potential second round of across-the-board federal spending cuts after Congress left for its summer recess without a budget deal.<p>Another round of sequestration would reduce federal spending on everything from Meals on Wheels to Head Start, leaving states …

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DiMaggio Family Requests DNA Test

Aurora shooting reporter loses latest round in battle to protect sources

New York-based reporter Jana Winter lost another round Tuesday in her battle to protect her confidential sources for a story about Colorado theater shooting suspect James Holmes.<p>A New York state appeals court upheld a lower court's decision to enforce a Colorado subpoena that could force Winter to …

Judge says Tumblr 'joke' was terrorist threat, levies five-year social media ban

Caleb Jamaal Clemmons, the 20-year-old college student who has been in jail for six months after posting a vague but provocative threat on his Tumblr blog, pleaded guilty to the charge of making terroristic threats today and was sentenced by a judge.<p>Superior Court Judge John Turner sentenced …

Hannah Anderson, DiMaggio seen on highway 20 hours before house fire

Nearly 20 hours before<p>James DiMaggio's house caught fire, the 40-year-old was already on the road with San Diego County teenagerHannah Anderson, as evidenced by a photograph taken at aU.S. Border Patrolcheckpoint, officials said Tuesday.<p>San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jan Caldwell …

Associated Press News

Wikileaks Just Released A Massive 'Insurance' File That No One Can Open

Anti-secrecy organization Wikileaks just released a treasure trove of files that, at least for now, you can't read.<p>The group, which has been assisting ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden after he leaked top-secret documents to the media, posted links for about 400 gigabytes of files on their Facebook …

Security

NYC officials to appeal federal 'stop and frisk' judgment

New York City officials say they are ready to begin their appeal of a federal judge’s ruling that a controversial NYPD tactic known as “stop and frisk” violates the constitutional rights of blacks and Hispanics.<p>Michael Cardozo, corporate counsel of the New York City Law Department, said they will …

'Moving forward': Hannah Anderson makes 1st public appearance since kidnap ordeal

Police who searched the torched home of kidnapping and murder suspect James Lee DiMaggio found firebombs, ammunition, used condoms, and "letters from Hanna," court documents show.<p>The new details emerged as Hannah Anderson, the teenager DiMaggio took to the Idaho wilderness after killing her mother …

Secret Audit Finds NSA Broke Privacy Rules Thousands Of Times Each Year

Top secret documents and an internal audit leaked from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden show unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreigners inside the United States. Both are restricted practices.<p>Some of the infractions can be as simple as an analyst making a typo, but others include …

Surveillance

Area 51 and its purpose declassified: No UFOs, but lots of U-2 spy planes

A newly declassified CIA history from 20 years ago spills the story about Nevada's Area 51 and its secret mission — which was not to study UFOs, but to test the U-2 and other spy planes.<p>The CIA's story about the legendary test site is contained in "The Central Intelligence Agency and Overhead …

Paranormal

Hundreds of Convicted Killers Slipping Through Texas Loophole

A loophole in Texas law is opening the cell doors for hundreds of convicted killers and other violent criminals and setting dates for their early …

Abducted teen's mother, brother had been tortured

The mother and 8-year-old brother of abducted teenager Hannah Anderson were tortured before they were killed by her captor, who was a family friend, according to gruesome details found in a newly released search warrant.<p>Hannah Anderson, 16, of San Diego County, was abducted by family friend James …

Christian Bale 'could get $50m' to reprise Batman role in Man of Steel 2

Christian Bale could receive $50m to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel 2, reports the UK Press Association.<p>Bale has made it clear that last year's The Dark Knight Rises was his final turn as the caped crusader, but studio Warner Bros reportedly remain keen on luring him back …

Steele: Impeachment talk 'asinine'

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Tuesday that Rep. Blake Farenthold was “flat wrong” when he claimed there are enough votes in the House to impeach President Barack Obama, and Steele said doing so would give away the 2014 election to Democrats.<p>“I think the …

San Diego's Hooters, Other Businesses Tell Mayor To Stay Away

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is refusing calls to resign following the dozen or so accounts of women who say he sexually harassed them, isn't welcome at his city's Hooters restaurants.<p>Picking up on a suggestion from conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck, the chain known as much for its scantily …

Teen calls kidnapper a 'psycho' who deserved to die

Hannah Anderson says in online postings that James DiMaggio threatened to kill her if she tried to escape.<p>Hannah Anderson, the California teen who was abducted by a family friend and spirited to the Idaho wilderness, describes her kidnapper in Internet postings as a "psycho" who "got what he …

DiMaggio tortured Hannah Anderson's mom, brother before killing them: court documents

James Lee DiMaggio tortured close family friend Christina Anderson and her eight-year-old son Ethan before killing them in his home and abducting her 16-year-old-daughter Hannah, according to court documents unsealed late Wednesday.<p>Warrants drawn up as investigators tried to track down DiMaggio and …