Suspect charged with murder in college student's killing

A former high school classmate of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park was charged Wednesday with murder and investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime, a prosecutor said.

  • Biopic explores secret scandal behind 'Pippi Longstocking'
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    Biopic explores secret scandal behind 'Pippi Longstocking'

    A dark secret long held by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren led her to create one of the most beloved heroines of children's literature, Pippi Longstocking, according to a new biopic at the Berlin film festival.

  • U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia
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    U.S. looking at potential new sanctions against Russia

    The Trump administration is considering new sanctions against Russia in response to election meddling and a devastating cyber attack last year, senior U.S. officials said on Wednesday, pushing back against criticism that it has been slow to act. Both Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Congress, which nearly unanimously passed a new sanctions bill against Russia last summer, criticized President Donald Trump for not punishing Moscow and accused him of being soft on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

  • Funding evaporates for Nicaragua's $50 billion ocean-to-ocean canal
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    Funding evaporates for Nicaragua's $50 billion ocean-to-ocean canal

    Nicaragua's ambitious dream of building a canal to rival Panama's famous waterway looks in peril as doubts pile up over whether its Chinese investor can cough up the $50 billion needed, analysts say.

  • Weinstein’s lawyers say no duress as Paltrow worked with him after ‘harassment’
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    Weinstein’s lawyers say no duress as Paltrow worked with him after ‘harassment’

    They also have used Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence’s words to try and get a class action lawsuit thrown out.

  • Doctors should prescribe more antidepressants for people with mental health problems, study finds
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    Doctors should prescribe more antidepressants for people with mental health problems, study finds

    More people should be offered medication when suffering from mental health problems, according to a new study that calls into question recent concerns about over prescribing. Research from Oxford University, which was published in The Lancet, found that more than one million extra people would benefit from being prescribed drugs and criticised “ideological” reasons doctors use to avoid doing so. In general, newer antidepressants tended to be better tolerated due to fewer side effects, while the most effective drug in terms of reducing depressive symptoms was amitriptyline – a drug first discovered in the 1950s.

  • Man Surfs a Flooded Parking Lot in Shipshewana, Indiana
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    Man Surfs a Flooded Parking Lot in Shipshewana, Indiana

    Indiana resident Brock Alexander captured video of his friend ‘wakeboarding’ on a flooded parking lot in Shipshewana on February 21. Alexander told Storyful the group decided to get “some early year wakeboarding in” after the parking lot at his work flooded due to recent rains and snow that melted in the area. His friend Devon Watts can be seen wakeboarding while strapped on to another friend’s truck. Credit: Brock Alexander via Storyful

  • Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student's claims over rape reports
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    Judge dismisses New York Columbia University student's claims over rape reports

    A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a Columbia University student's lawsuit accusing the school of acting with deliberate indifference after she was sexually assaulted twice as a freshman in her dormitory room. U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan said Amelia Roskin-Frazee failed to show that Columbia responded in a "clearly unreasonable manner" after learning about the October and December 2015 incidents, which she formally reported to its Student Conduct and Community Standards office in August 2016. The judge said Columbia's actions complied with federal guidelines and its own sexual misconduct policy, including in January 2016 when it honored Roskin-Frazee's request not to investigate her rape claims after contacting her about them.

  • Venezuela evangelical candidate pushes Christian values in midst of crisis
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    Venezuela evangelical candidate pushes Christian values in midst of crisis

    A Venezuelan evangelical pastor who is running for president said on Wednesday that religious leaders have earned the right to enter politics in Latin America due to the failure of politicians in the region, where Protestant candidates are on the rise. Javier Bertucci said in an interview on Wednesday that his promise to restore "values" lost during the OPEC country's economic crisis would be enough to defeat President Nicolas Maduro in the April 22 vote, which the opposition coalition is boycotting on accusations that the election is rigged. "If anyone deserves it, it's us, because we've been there for many years, we've been there with the poor, with the needy," said Bertucci, founder of the Maranatha Church in the central state of Carabobo.

  • Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99
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    Billy Graham, preacher to millions, adviser to U.S. presidents, dies at 99

    Graham died at 8 a.m. EST (1300 GMT) at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, according to Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham became the de facto White House chaplain to several U.S. presidents, most famously Richard Nixon. Graham found himself at times in controversy over his disapproving stand on gay rights, as well as over a secretly recorded conversation with Nixon in which the cleric complained that Jews had too much influence on the U.S. media.

  • Asia stocks slip as U.S. rate risk lifts bond yields
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    Asia stocks slip as U.S. rate risk lifts bond yields

    Asian shares slipped on Thursday as the risk of faster hikes in U.S interest rates lifted short-term Treasury yields to the highest in almost a decade and boosted the dollar. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.35 percent in early trade, while E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 lost 0.2 percent. Japan's Nikkei shed 1 percent even as the yen gave back some of its recent gains on the dollar.

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    Ferry explosion 'fireball' injures 18 people in Mexico

    The ferry, owned by Barcos Caribe, was docked at the tourist resort town of Playa del Carmen when one of the sides appeared to explode. Authorities say 15 Mexicans and three Canadians were injured in the blast.

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    Mystery behind the Giza pyramids' near-perfect alignment possibly unravelled

    Archaeologists have long wondered how the ancient Egyptians aligned the corners of the pyramids of Giza along the cardinal points so accurately. The near-perfect alignment along the four points of the compass might be the result of the ancient Egyptians using the autumn equinox - when the Earth's equator passes through the centre of the Sun's disk. Glen Dash, an amateur archaeologist, has published a paper in The Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture that tries to explain the impressive accuracy of this ancient feat of engineering.

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    'Fortune Teller' anchors Caravaggio installation in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The celebrated painting "The Fortune Teller" by Caravaggio is going on display in Mexico City in what curators describe as a multi-sensory exhibit that brings the public into the Italian baroque master's world.

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    Explosive device thrown at U.S.embassy building in Montenegro: report

    An unknown man threw an explosive device at the United States embassy building in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, before blowing himself up, media in the city said. "There was an incident," a police official, who declined to give his name, told Reuters. A Reuters photographer in Podgorica said a police vehicle blocked the street where the embassy is located, adding that no damage was visible.

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    For 1st time, NBC's Pyeongchang Olympic coverage beats Sochi

    RATINGS: Lindsey Vonn has proven her mettle as a ratings draw. For the first time during the Olympics, NBC beat the ratings for the corresponding night in Sochi four years ago. An estimated 20.5 million people watched NBC, NBCSN or streaming services during prime time Tuesday, when the centerpiece of the coverage was Vonn's bronze-medal run in the downhill skiing competition.

  • Incomes of middle and low earners set to flatline for another three years, study finds
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    Incomes of middle and low earners set to flatline for another three years, study finds

    While household incomes for richer people will begin to rise next year, those on middle and low incomes will not see an increase until at least 2020, the Resolution Foundation think tank said. It means income inequality is likely to rise for the first time since the 1980s and hit record highs during the early 2020s, having fallen in recent years. The Resolution Foundation said government benefit cuts were largely to blame.

  • Two men stabbed to death in north London as 2018 toll reaches 15
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    Two men stabbed to death in north London as 2018 toll reaches 15

    Abdikarim Hassan, 17, who died of stab wounds in Bartholomew Road, Camden. Two men have been stabbed to death within two hours of each other in the same London borough, bringing the number of people fatally wounded with knives in the capital in 2018 to at least 15. The Metropolitan police launched two separate murder investigations into the killings on Tuesday night but said they had not ruled out the possibility of a link between them.

  • Peru bus crash: 44 dead after coach plunges 100 metres into ravine
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    Peru bus crash: 44 dead after coach plunges 100 metres into ravine

    "According to a report from the Peruvian National Police, there are 44 confirmed deaths as of now," Yamila Osorio, the governor of the Arequipa region where the crash occurred, said on Twitter. Roads in Panama have frequent accidents, since the infrastructure is considered unsafe, and because bus drivers generally lack training. "My condolences to the relatives of the victims of the transit accident in Arequipa," President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted.

  • Toys R Us is reportedly closing another 200 stores and laying off more workers
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    Toys R Us is reportedly closing another 200 stores and laying off more workers

    Toys R Us is reportedly planning to close another 200 stores, as well as lay off a "significant portion" of corporate workers. The toy retailer already announced plans to close roughly 182 stores across the US. Toys R Us filed for bankruptcy in September, after struggling to compete with budget retailers like Walmart and e-commerce giants like Amazon. 

  • Who is Dana Loesch? The NRA's chosen defender after the Florida shooting
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    Who is Dana Loesch? The NRA's chosen defender after the Florida shooting

    In the days after a mass shooting, the National Rifle Association usually stays completely silent, its social media accounts on lockdown. The move comes as the NRA appears to be attempting to dial down attention to the speech that longtime leader Wayne LaPierre is scheduled to give at CPAC later this week. A longtime conservative talk radio host, Loesch sparked outrage last year for an NRA recruitment ad in which she railed against the left for using “their media to assassinate real news” and said NRA members needed to confront “this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth”.

  • More than 100 Nigerian girls feared kidnapped after Boko Haram storms school 
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    More than 100 Nigerian girls feared kidnapped after Boko Haram storms school 

    More than 100 Nigerian girls feared kidnapped after Boko Haram storms school 

  • Little Dog Barks Bravely at Bumbling Heidelberg Heights Car Thief
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    Little Dog Barks Bravely at Bumbling Heidelberg Heights Car Thief

    A thief attempting to break into a car parked in the driveway of a Heidelberg Heights home on February 7 was unsuccessful, Victoria Police said. The attempted robbery followed a break-in at the same property in December, which motivated the car owners to change the car’s locking system. This footage shows the bumbling thief’s failed attempt, watched on by a small but brave dog barking. Credit: Victoria Police via Storyful

  • KFC crisis: Almost 300 branches still closed as chicken shortage continues
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    KFC crisis: Almost 300 branches still closed as chicken shortage continues

    More than 600 of KFC's nearly 900 outlets are now open following days of chicken shortages across the country due to a new delivery contract. The fried chicken chain had reported more than 500 restaurant closures earlier this week but told Sky News that more outlets - a total of 628 - were open, leaving almost 300 still out of action. Many of those open are currently operating with limited menus or have cut their opening hours.

  • Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition
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    Soul-searching as symbol of 70s Singapore faces demolition

    The looming demolition of a horseshoe-shaped tower block that symbolised Singapore's growth from a port town to an affluent city-state has sparked soul-searching about whether enough is being done to protect the country's recent history.

  • German court to decide on fate of 15 million diesel cars
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    German court to decide on fate of 15 million diesel cars

    Germany's highest administrative court in Leipzig will on Thursday decide the fate of 15 million diesel vehicles in the country when it rules on whether cities in Europe's largest car market can ban heavily polluting cars. Diesel-engine cars have been in the spotlight since Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating exhaust tests, triggering a regulatory and legal backlash against diesel emissions, which contain particulate matter and nitrogen oxide (NOx) and are known to cause respiratory disease. Environmental group DUH has sued Stuttgart in Germany's carmaking heartland, and Duesseldorf over levels of particulate matter exceeding European Union limits.

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