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Calif. kidnapping victim freed from decade of rape and imprisonment after contacting police

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A woman abducted from her suburban Southern California home when she was 15 has been found alive after a decade-long ordeal of physical and sexual abuse, and her accused kidnapper has been arrested, police said on Wednesday. Now 25, the woman told detectives…

Detained 8-year-old Mexican girl hangs self at shelter after border crossing fails

Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has opened an investigation into the death of an 8-year-old girl who authorities say committed suicide at a shelter where she was being held after a migrant smuggler was unable to get her into the United States to join her parents. According the Associated Press,…

Authorities identify shooter in Colorado school attack

Authorities in Arapahoe County, Colorado, identified the local high school student behind Friday’s school shooting, while continuing to investigate the reason for the attack. The Denver Post reported Friday night that the shooter was identified as 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson. Pierson was found dead inside a classroom at Arapahoe High…

Police tactics fall under scrutiny as death toll grows in India temple stampede

Outrage mounted in India Monday after at least 115 devotees were crushed to death or drowned near a Hindu temple, the site of another deadly stampede only seven years ago. As survivors of Sunday’s tragedy on a bridge recounted how desperate mothers threw their children into the water below, authorities…

American in Egyptian custody found hanged in cell

An American found hanged in his police cell in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya on Sunday was believed to have committed suicide, Egyptian security officials said. They said the body of James Henry, 55, who told authorities he was a retired officer, was found at noon at Ismailiya Awal…

Watch live: Authorities hold press conference on Pennsylvania township meeting shooting

Authorities hold a news conference on Monday’s shooting at a township meeting in Ross Township, Pa., that left three people dead. Watch live, broadcast via NBC News on Aug. 6.…

12-year-old California boy accused of stabbing 8-year-old sister to death

A 12-year-old California boy was arrested Saturday and accused of stabbing his 8-year-old sister to death and lying to authorities about it, sparking a furious manhunt for an unidentified intruder authorities now say never existed. The boy’s name was not released, but police in Valley Springs said he’s believed to…

Watch live: Authorities discuss latest in hunt for fugitive ex-cop

Authorities hold a news conference to discuss the latest in the search for ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, suspected of killing three people in a revenge-fueled rampage. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 12. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

China artist Ai Weiwei ordered to remove home webcams

Chinese artist and government critic Ai Weiwei said he was ordered to take down four live webcams he installed in his home this week to mock authorities’ round-the-clock surveillance of him. Ai, who was held in secret detention for 81 days last year as part of a widespread clampdown on dissent in China, said authorities had…

China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web. The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to…

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