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Man who confessed to drunken driving in viral video gets 6½ years

The Ohio man who confessed in a viral video that he killed a man while driving drunk was sentenced Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in prison and a lifetime suspension of his driver's license.<p>Dressed in a green prison uniform, 22-year-old Matthew Cordle addressed the Columbus, Ohio, courtroom …

'Please don't shoot': Wounded survivor, 12, recalls Nevada school attack

Mason heard gunshots while he was outside with classmates, waiting for school to start. Then students were running, and a teacher was lying still on a playground basketball court, hit by gunfire.<p>The 12-year-old wanted to help him, but a vice principal told him to run. So Mason moved toward the …

Court papers: Grand jury in 1999 sought to indict JonBenet Ramsey's parents

Previously sealed court documents released Friday show that a Colorado grand jury voted in 1999 to indict the parents of murdered 6-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on charges of child abuse resulting in death and being accessories to a crime.<p>The district attorney decided that year, however, not to file …

Missouri prosecutor to seek special prosecutor in teen rape case

A Missouri prosecutor who dropped charges in a controversial rape case will ask a court to appoint a special prosecutor to review the facts and look at possibly refiling charges.<p>Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney Robert L. Rice said Wednesday that he was making the request after CNN aired …

Official: Forged documents used in prison break from Fla. prison

Investigators ordered a statewide review of Florida's prison records to determine whether anyone has filed forged documents like the ones used in an elaborate escape.<p>Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, are considered "escapees" by authorities after investigators discovered forged motions to …

Adoptive parents sentenced in the rapes of their two children

A Massachusetts husband and wife were each sentenced to prison Monday after being found guilty last month of raping their two adopted children.<p>Joseph Mayotte, 50, sexually abused his daughter over a five-year span, starting when she was 8, according to a news release from prosecutor Joseph D. Early …

Abducted son reunites with father after 13 years

It is a homecoming more than a decade in the making.<p>A child, kidnapped in Florida in 2000, reunites with the father who never gave up searching for his son. "I think this is any parent's nightmare," said Det. Eric Menconi of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office in Missouri. "To have this ending, …

Police seek missing Nevada teenager over killings of mother, brother

A missing Nevada teenager, who was initially thought to have been a possible victim following the killing his mother and brother, is now a suspect in the case, police said.<p>Adrian Navarro-Canales' mother and brother were found stabbed to death in their apartment on Friday, the police department in …

Biological dad returns 4-year-old Veronica to adoptive parents

The 4-year-old girl at the center of a lengthy, high-profile custody dispute between her Native American father and her adoptive parents has been returned to the couple, an attorney for the biological father said Monday.<p>Earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Dusten Brown, the girl's …

Autopsy: Hannah Anderson's mother, brother were beaten and burned

Her ankles bound, her mouth covered with duct tape, Christina Anderson was bashed at least 12 times in the head. Her 8-year-old son Ethan's body was burned beyond recognition.<p>Those were some of the grisly details released this week by the San Diego Medical Examiner's office investigating the deaths …

Man in drunken driver viral video confession pleads guilty

An Ohio man who confessed in a viral video that he killed a man while driving drunk kept his word Wednesday, pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.<p>Matthew Cordle, 22, appeared in a Columbus, Ohio as he told Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge David …

911 call: A plea for help before police officer shoots unarmed man

The sobbing woman pleads for help in a 911 call.<p>"There's a guy breaking in my front door," she says.<p>The dispatcher repeats: "There's a guy breaking in your front door?"<p>The caller comes back quickly: "He's trying to kick it down."<p>She cries as she tells the dispatcher that the man is yelling. She …

107-year-old man killed in police shootout in Arkansas, authorities say

A man who police said was 107 years old was killed in a confrontation with SWAT officers Saturday night.<p>Police were called to a home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where suspect Monroe Isadore was.<p>"When they arrived, they were able to determine that an aggravated assault had occurred against two people …

Man indicted on homicide charge after DUI video confession

A driver who confessed in an online video that his drunken driving killed a man now faces a homicide charge.<p>A grand jury in Franklin County, Ohio, indicted Matthew Cordle on Monday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, more than two …

Colorado teen shot and killed in prank gone wrong

The combination of a gun and a surprise gone wrong left a beloved 18-year-old track star dead, authorities in Longmont, Colorado, say.<p>The incident happened Friday when Premila Lal and her 12-year-old cousin decided to play a joke on Nerrek Galley, a close family friend, according to Lal's father. …

George Zimmerman won't be charged after alleged domestic incident

No charges were filed against George Zimmerman after an alleged altercation with his estranged wife and her father, Lake Mary, Florida, Police Chief Steve Bracknell said Monday.<p>"Shellie Zimmerman has declined prosecution (after consulting with her attorney)," Bracknell said.<p>Police answered a 911 …

Missouri man exposed 300-plus to HIV, police say

Prosecutors in rural Missouri have charged a man with exposing his partner to HIV and say he may have exposed more than 300 other people to the virus that causes AIDS.<p>David Mangum told police he had at least that many unprotected sexual encounters with people he met online or in parks since he was …

Oklahoma orders extradition of birth father in Native American custody battle

The high-profile case of a girl adopted by a South Carolina couple is moving toward another legal showdown after Oklahoma's governor ordered the extradition of the girl's biological Native American father, who is accused of custodial interference.<p>Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday ordered that Dusten …

Shooting of 14-year-old in New Orleans ignites passionate debate

A critically wounded 14-year-old, shot by a homeowner in an early morning encounter, now lies in the middle of a passionate debate between two vocal groups -- one calling for a stop to violence and one defending the right of self-defense.<p>The shooting, happened just before 2 a.m. July 26 in a …

Ariel Castro's lawyer says suicide not 'happy ending' as victims remain silent

The reactions to Ariel Castro's death have ranged from tears to calling him a coward to demands for an investigation. But the three women who suffered in his control for about decade remained silent.<p>Michelle Knight, Georgina DeJesus and Amanda Berry have not said a word about Castro's death.<p>The man …

Georgia man convicted in shooting death of infant

After deliberating for nearly two hours, a Georgia jury found 18-year-old De'Marquise Elkins guilty Friday of multiple charges, including felony murder, for shooting and killing 13-month-old Antonio Santiago during a robbery.<p>Elkins was also convicted of aggravated assault and other charges for …

'Revenge porn' should be a crime in U.S.

A new law in Israel makes it a sex crime to post sexual pictures or videos to the internet without the consent of the person featured in them. We need to follow that example.<p>Revenge porn can ruin a person's life. A single post can go viral. For example, in the United States, "Jane" allowed her …

Gay Florida teen Kaitlyn Hunt sent back to jail over explicit texts, images

Enough with the texting, a Florida judge told Kaitlyn Hunt after hearing testimony about thousands of text messages -- some of them explicit -- the Florida teenager reportedly sent to her underage girlfriend after being ordered not to while awaiting trial on charges of having sex with the …

CNN exclusive: School shooting suspect's brother: 'I felt hopeless at helping him'

Tim Hill still remembers the sound of wood popping as his house's attic burned. His brother, he says, had tried to set the home ablaze with eight people inside.<p>He also remembers the time when his mother awakened to a ghastly sight: his brother standing over her with a butcher knife.<p>And he remembers …

911 caller: Oklahoma killing may be gang-related

As an Oklahoma town comes to grips with the apparent senseless killing of an Australian baseball player on its streets, one man is offering a possible motive: gang violence.<p>James Johnson says the three boys now charged in the shooting death of Christopher Lane tried to recruit his son into a gang, …

Teen charged, second sought in beating death of WWII vet, 88, in Spokane, Wash.

A 16-year-old male was charged as an adult with first-degree murder Friday and a second was being sought in the robbery and death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran who was brutally beaten to death in Spokane, Wash.<p>Demetrius Glenn, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in to police Thursday …