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Pablo Neruda's body exhumed following murder claim - video

The body of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is being exhumed in Isla Negra, Chile, after claims that he died as a result of poisoning in 1973. Neruda's sudden death, 12 days after the military coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power, was originally ascribed to prostate cancer. However, his driver has made claims to the contrary involving a 'suspicious' injection before his death.

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Louvre Museum shuts for day as guards protest pickpockets

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People enjoy the snow in front of Paris landmark, the Pyramid of the Louvre Museum, January 20, 2013
Tourists caught no glimpse of the Mona Lisa, Winged Victory or Venus de Milo on Wednesday due to a one-day closure of the Louvre, as guards protested that pickpockets were rampant at the world's most visited museum.

Two hundred museum guards exercised their right to a work stoppage, forcing the museum to shut its doors for the day, union representatives said.

The CGT union said guards were "fed up" by attacks and threats directed at them and visitors over the past few months by pickpockets.

The secretary general of the national union for museums (SNMD), David Maillard, said petty thieves were multiplying at the site, visited by nearly 9 million people each year.

"There are thefts and threats every day. The guards are fed up with being assaulted by pickpockets," Maillard told Reuters, adding that the unions want better security at the museum.

Police discover hidden underground tunnels used by the homeless in Kansas

Images of an underground suburb used by the homeless on the city's northeast side near Interstate 435. The camp was broken up by Kansas City Police on Friday.
During a routine crime investigation, Kansas City police discovered a series of underground dirt tunnels being used by the city's homeless. Local affiliate KMBC was on hand for the discovery when newscasters accompanied Kansas City Police Officer Jason Cooley, who was leading an investigation of stolen copper wiring from a nearby grain mill. While checking on the seemingly ordinary homeless campsites, Cooley discovered a series of tunnels that went several feet under the earth and stretched nearly 25 feet. "It was kind of in a little hill and probably four feet beneath the surface," Cooley told the Kansas City Star.

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Going underground: The massive European network of Stone Age tunnels that weaves from Scotland to Turkey

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Nova Scotia teen commits suicide after rape, bullying

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Rehtaeh Parsons told police she was raped at a party when she was 15

The mother of a teenage girl from Nova Scotia who killed herself after allegedly being raped and photographed by four boys is speaking out, to tell the story behind her daughter's tragic death.

Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, died on Sunday in hospital after attempting suicide a few days earlier.

"Rehtaeh was a very sensitive person and very insightful. She was a critical thinker, she thought outside the box. She was always a deep thinker, she ran, always understood the plight of others. She had great compassion. That's who Rehtaeh was," said her mother, Leah Parsons.

In 2011 when Rehtaeh was 15, she went with a friend to a small gathering with other teenagers and started drinking vodka.

Parsons said Rehtaeh only remembered bits and pieces of the night, but does remember throwing up out a window.

While one of the guys was allegedly having sex with her another yelled, "Take a picture, take a picture."

"That picture began to circulate in her school and community three days later," said Parsons.

Dumpster diver returns $3,800 found in trash

Digging through a Dumpster to make some extra cash by recycling old cans, a Tennessee man struck big when he found $3,800 lying in a Speedy Mart Dumpster.

Joe Ellis of Murfreesboro can be found almost every day rummaging through the convenience store's Dumpster, Maulik Patel, Speedy Mart's manager, told ABC News.

"Once I found $15," Ellis told ABC News affiliate WKRN in Nashville.

Ellis told WKRN that he found the $100 bills in a small plastic bag, along with three deposit slips, with no name on them.

"I turned it in to the people, the two guys that work there, and I told them about what happened and I gave them the money and he was counting it out, one of the guys in the store. He said it was, I don't know, almost ... $4,000."

Maine hermit living in wild for 27 years arrested

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This April 2013 booking photo released by the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office in Augusta, Maine, shows Christopher Knight, arrested Thursday, April 4, 2013, while stealing food from a camp in Rome, Maine
A man who lived like a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the central Maine woods, who may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other staples, has been captured, authorities said.

Christopher Knight, 47, was arrested last week when he tripped a surveillance sensor set up by a game warden while stealing food from a youth camp in Rome, state police say in a court affidavit.

Authorities on Tuesday found the campsite where they believed Knight - known as the North Pond Hermit in local lore - has lived for 27 years.

Residents of the town with a year-round population of about 1,000 say they've been aware of the hermit for years, often in connection with break-ins that have occurred. Some have spotted him walking along the side of the lake known as Great Pond and others have seen his living quarters, which include a tent covered by tarps suspended between trees, a bed, propane cooking stoves and a battery-run radio.

6-year-old New Jersey boy accidentally shot by 4-year-old friend has died, police say

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A 6-year-old boy who was accidentally shot in the head by a 4-year-old playmate on April 8 has died from his wounds, authorities said Tuesday night.

Ocean County prosecutor's office spokesman Al Della Fave confirmed Brandon Holt had died but said he couldn't provide further details. Toms River police Chief Michael Mastronardy said Holt was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. Tuesday, nearly 24 hours after the shooting occurred in a neighborhood that residents described as "very quiet."

The 4-year-old, whose name was withheld, was not injured.

The younger boy's mother called 911 to report the shooting, Coronato said.

Coronato said it was too early in the investigation to know whether anyone would be charged. He would not say who owned the gun or speculate on how the 4-year-old got it.
Alarm Clock

U.S. nuclear reactors all have irreparable safety issues says former chairman of Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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An aerial view of the Limerick Generating Station, a nuclear power plant in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
All 104 nuclear reactors currently operational in the US have irreparable safety issues and should be taken out of commission and replaced, former chairman of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko said.

The comments, made during the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference, are "highly unusual" for a current or former member of the safety commission, according to The New York Times. Asked why he had suddenly decided to make the remarks, Jaczko implied that he had only recently arrived at these conclusions following the serious aftermath of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima Daichii nuclear facility.

"I was just thinking about the issues more, and watching as the industry and the regulators and the whole nuclear safety community continues to try to figure out how to address these very, very difficult problems," which were made more evident by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, he said. "Continuing to put Band-Aid on Band-Aid is not going to fix the problem."

According to the former chairman, US reactors that received permission from the nuclear commission to operate for an additional 20 years past their initial 40-year licenses would not likely last long. He further rejected the commission's proposal for a second 20-year extension, which would leave some American nuclear reactors operating for some 80 years.

State Farm legal defeat: Accused of epidemic of fraud over Katrina insurance claims

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Navy Chief Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Scott Pierceas he looks out from the cabin of an SH-60 Seahawk helicopter at the flooded New Orleans streets caused by Hurricane Katrina on 07 September, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
In what could well end up becoming the first in a number of similar legal defeats for State Farm insurance, a federal jury in Mississippi has charged the company with fraud relating to a 2005 claim made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

As ABC News first reported in 2006,two former State Farm employees, the Rigby sisters, came forward with accusations of having witnessed an epidemic of fraud at the company's offices in Biloxi and Gulfport. According to the two, company supervisors instructed staff to "bury" or modify damage reports to avoid payouts.

Even worse, the claim which was the subject of the recent court case had been hidden in a special file with a note reading "Put in Wind File. DO NOT Pay Bill. DO NOT discuss."

The recent charges pertain to one single case, in which State Farm reduced its liability by claiming that damage to a home was caused by flooding rather than high winds. Evidence provided by the Rigsby sisters proved that the company filed a false report in order to avoid paying the homeowner instead of the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
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Three of seven Fukushima tanks leaking radioactive water

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Another toxic water tank at the Fukushima Daichii power plant is likely leaking, the national atomic energy agency says, bringing the total defective tanks to three of a total seven. The tanks were built to store contaminated water.

The new leak was detected in pool No.1 while water from the leaking pool No.2 was being transported, according to the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The water transfer has been halted.

The plant's operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) indicated they were "losing faith" in temporary storage pits for the radioactive water, but did not have anywhere else to put it.

"We can't move all the contaminated water to above ground [tanks] if we opt not to use the underground reservoirs. There isn't enough capacity and we need to use what is available," Tepco general manager Masayuki Ono explained at a news conference.