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Saudi preacher gets fine and short jail term for raping and killing daughter

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Public anger has gripped Saudi Arabia after a prominent preacher who raped and beat to death his 5-year-old daughter was sentenced to a few months in jail and a $50,000 fine - known as 'blood money' - to compensate the victim's relatives.

According to Islamic law, the 'blood money' can be paid in lieu of the death penalty. The preacher's fine was reportedly half the usual amount because the victim was a girl.


Dozens injured as bus hits low bridge in Boston

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At least 36 people have been injured in Boston after a charter bus carrying 42 passengers struck a low bridge. Firemen at the scene tried to free several passengers who became trapped, with some feared to be in a critical condition.

Four passengers had to be cut free, CBS Boston reported. They were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries.

Boston Emergency Medical Services says that 36 people were injured overall, with one being hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.


Man kills wife, 2 kids, then self in Tennessee

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"You hear about these things happening all over the world, United States, but when it hits this close to home, it just sinks in," says Ann McIntosh. When she woke up this morning, she had no clue what had happened overnight just down the road.

Four people are dead after police say a man shot his wife, two children and then turned the gun on himself.

The Erwin Police Department reports a family of four is dead tonight - a triple homicide, and a suicide.

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Soda, candy out under USDA's proposed school snack rules

The Obama administration proposed regulations Friday that would prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.

The 160-page regulation from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) would enact nutrition standards for "competitive" foods not included in the official school meal.

In practice, the proposed rules would replace traditional potato chips with baked versions and candy with granola. Regular soda is out, though high-schoolers may have access to diet versions.

"Although nutrition standards for foods sold at school alone may not be a determining factor in children's overall diets, they are critical to providing children with healthy food options throughout the entire school day," the proposed rule states.

"Thus, these standards will help to ensure that the school nutrition environment does all that it can to promote healthy choice, and help to prevent diet-related health problems."

The rules are a product of the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which also overhauled the nutritional make-up of regular school meals. They would apply to any school, public or private, that participates in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Those rules saw a backlash from conservative lawmakers who said students were going hungry as a result of calorie limits. A GOP House member famously compared the rules to The Hunger Games. The USDA eventually relaxed some guidelines in response.


Burger King to DNA test its beef after food processor used horse meat

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Burger King will reportedly test its meat to make sure it is 100 percent beef after horse DNA was found in beef products from one of its food processors.

Diego Beamonte, Burger King's vice president of global quality, told Bloomberg Businessweek that "details for DNA testing have not been worked out, and no timeline has been set for implementing the new procedures."

Burger King addressed this topic after it was disclosed that Silvercrest Foods sold beef products containing horse meat to other retailers.

According to the company's statement to PR Newsire, Burger King says it will test specifically for equine DNA.

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Vancouver stabbing attack suspect facing 12 charges

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Jerome Bonneric lived in France and worked in real estate in Paris before moving to the Vancouver area.
2 victims retired couple living on 1st floor of apartment building.

The suspect arrested in the stabbing of seven people at a Vancouver apartment building Thursday night has been charged with 12 counts of assault.

The suspect has been identified by police as Jerome Bonneric, 33, of Vancouver. He has been charged with:
  • Four counts of aggravated assault.
  • Four counts of assault with a weapon.
  • Three counts of common assault.
  • One count of assaulting a peace officer.
Bonneric was arrested inside the building a short time after the stabbings. Police say they believe he was visiting a friend in the building at the time of the attacks. He was not previously known to police.

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted the attacks and are investigating whether he has any history of mental health issues. Police said there doesn't appear to be any connection between him and the victims.


Delhi gangrape: Accused plead not guilty


Anti-rape protest in Delhi after the gangrape of a 23-year-old student.
Five men pleaded not guilty on Saturday to charges they gangraped and murdered a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, in a case that led to a shake-up of laws against sexual crimes after protests about a rising number of attacks on women.

"After the judge read out the charges, the five pleaded not guilty and walked out" said A P Singh, a lawyer defending two of the accused, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

A Delhi court on Saturday framed charged against five accused in gangrape-murder of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi in December 2012.

The accused have been charged under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code by the fast track court. Next day of hearing has been fixed as February 5.

The accused will now face trial for which maximum sentence is death.

The case brought thousands of protesters onto the streets and ignited intense public debate over the failure of the police and the government to stem rampant violence against women in India.


San Francisco nude activists cited by police

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Nude activist Trey Allen helps a blind woman through the front door at San Francisco City Hall as he protests San Francisco's new ban on nudity on February 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California.
Public nudity in San Francisco did not go away quietly on Friday, as police began enforcing a controversial new ordinance that prohibits baring all outdoors.

Nude activists Gypsy Taub, George Davis, Trey Allen and Dany DeVero were detained and cited by police after they stripped down in front of City Hall on a mild and sunny afternoon. A handful of other nudity proponents, some topless, carried signs and hurled insults at the dozen police officers who led the full-frontal offenders away.

"Freedom of expression is dead in this country," Davis shouted as he was taken into a police van.

The nudity ban went into effect Friday. On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by nudity activists who said outlawing public genital exposure violated their First Amendment rights.

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Faith healer convicted of sexually abusing clients pleads case

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When Trina Breault began to suffer from chronic pain, she tried everything to make it go away. She talked to every specialist she could find and tried every treatment they recommended.

When nothing seemed to work, she turned to Claude Provencher, a self-proclaimed faith healer with offices in Sudbury and New Liskeard. Provencher has said he believes he has a God-given gift to heal people with a touch of his hands.

A family friend recommended Provencher to Breault, who did not advertise his services.

"I had been told he had these special gifts from God," Breault said. "Some had even referred to him as being God's second son."

Breault said the sessions, which lasted about 30 minutes and cost $40 a pop, got progressively more uncomfortable. "You're expected to get naked and you would lay on a table," she said. "You weren't covered. You were exposed."

It was the last session, Breault said, when Provencher crossed the line. Breault had asked for her husband to be present for the session. She said that upset Provencher, "and (he) ranted at me."

After that meeting, she pressed charges of sexual assault.

On Jan. 21, Provencher was convicted of six counts of sexual assault and 22 counts of breach of recognizance and probation at the Superior Court in Haileybury. He will be sentenced May 27.


Radio host: Women on birth control pill have wombs 'embedded' with 'little tiny fetuses'

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Conservative radio host Kevin Swanson claimed Friday that "certain doctors and certain scientists that have done research on women's wombs after they've gone through the surgery" found "little tiny fetuses" were "embedded" into the wombs of women on birth control pills, according to Right Wing Watch.

But his guest - who made an anti-contraception documentary, Birth Control: How Did We Get Here? - wouldn't say that he agreed, only, "We've actually heard on both sides of that. We're researching that and want to make sure we speak correctly to that in our second film. But we have medical advice on both sides of the table there, so we want to make sure that we communicate that properly."

Some antiabortion advocates claim that birth control can prevent fertilized eggs from implantation, which they say means it is an abortofacient.