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Italian appeals court clears Amanda Knox of murder

PERUGIA, Italy (Reuters) – An Italian court cleared 24-year-old American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 and ordered them to be set free on Monday after nearly four years in prison for a crime they always denied committing. Seattle native Knox and Italian computer student Raffaele Sollecito, had…

Hundreds attend funeral of executed Georgia inmate Troy Davis

WASHINGTON — Mourners gathered in Georgia on Saturday for the funeral of murder convict Troy Davis, saying his execution last month serves as a rallying cry for the movement to end capital punishment. Hundreds of people packed the Jonesville Baptist Church in the southern city of Savannah, where many wore…

In memoriam: Troy Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday night refused to temporarily halt the execution of death row inmate Troy Davis, giving Georgia officials clearance to carry out his death sentence. The court had no comment on the order, which it made about four hours after Davis’ attorneys had filed the motion.…

Casey Anthony released from jail after child murder acquittal

MIAMI — Casey Anthony, a young woman who spent nearly three years in jail on suspicion of killing her toddler daughter, was released early Sunday after a jury found her not guily of murder, authorities said. Anthony had been in jail since October 2008. She was acquitted of murdering her…

Egypt protesters to stay in Tahrir Square despite concessions

CAIRO — Protesters who spent their second night in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday vowed to keep up their sit-in despite a series of concessions by the Egyptian prime minister. Pro-democracy activists had camped out on the square — the focus of protests that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February…

Michigan murder trial reveals sex torture chamber at house

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Michigan murder trial over the killing of a man who was castrated has revealed an apparent torture chamber in the basement of a suburban Detroit house where men were castrated for sexual purposes. Robert Martin Nowak, 51, is charged with murder and criminal sexual conduct in…

Argentine folk singer killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Argentine singer Facundo Cabral, one of the stars of Latin American folk music, was shot dead in Guatemala City early on Saturday when gunmen riddled his car with bullets, authorities said. Cabral, who rose to fame in the 1970s as a protest singer, was on his…

Casey Anthony gets four year sentence for lying, to be released July 13

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida judge on Thursday sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in jail for lying to police after her daughter disappeared, but she will be released from custody next week after getting credit for time served and good behavior. Court officials said Anthony, 25, will be let out…

Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the June 16, 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The defense had argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning. Jurors deliberated nearly 11 hours over two days. The jury also found…

Landless workers protest Amazon environmentalist killings

MARABA, Brazil — Poor workers in Brazil’s Amazon cut a key road through the vast forest Thursday to protest insecurity in the wake of recent murders of activists trying to preserve the region from illegal ranchers and loggers. Around 200 members of the Landless Worker Movement barred the Transamazonica highway…

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