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US: Poet Gunned Down in North Miami

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Willie Lee Bell. Jr
North Miami Police are trying to determine what led to the shooting death of local poet Willie Lee Bell, Jr., 46, in front of his Literary Café and Poetry Lounge.

The shooting happened just after 12:30 a.m. on the 900 block of NE 125th Street. According to police, someone drove up and the passenger got out of the car and shot Bell multiple times.

North Miami Police said that multiple suspects were possibly seen leaving the scene in a dark colored vehicle with a spoiler on the rear, or a light colored car.


US: Witnesses Recall Frightening South Beach Police Involved Shooting

Three police officers and four innocent bystanders remain hospitalized just one day after two separate police-involved shootings in Miami Beach. One person was also killed in the shooting which was caught on camera.

A YouTube video posted early Monday and obtained by CBS4 News shows the first shooting scene from several stories above.

Jameela Simmons said she saw it from the beginning and that it started when police stopped the car at 18th and Collins.

She says someone in the car started shooting at officers and bystanders.

CBS4's Natalia Zea asked Simmons, "You saw the guy inside the car shooting?" She responded, "Yes I saw him shooting at the police officer, that's probably why he pulled off because he had a gun,"

Zea asked what police were doing while the man was shooting. Simmons said, "They were shooting back of course, they had to open fire they were shooting back."


7 Killed in Attacks in Mexican Resort of Acapulco

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In this image released by the Mexican Navy, a group of Mexican Navy marines conduct an operation in an island on Falcon Lake in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, on Sunday, May 8, 2011.
Shootings and attacks in Mexico's Pacific coast resort of Acapulco left two police officers, three suspected drug cartel gunmen and two other men dead, police said Monday.

The confrontations on Sunday began when gunmen traveling in a convoy of eight vehicles opened fire on an Acapulco municipal police patrol car Sunday, killing two officers.

Federal officers responding to the reports of gunfire later located the convoy; in the ensuing gunfight, three suspects were killed.

Police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said in statement said that the three dead assailants were found with assault rifles, military-style uniforms and bulletproof vests.

The mutilated body of a man was found inside the trunk of a vehicle along a federal highway, police said on Monday. Officials also reported finding the bullet-riddled body of a 20-year-old man with his feet and hands tied in a residential neighborhood. Police gave no motives or identities of the men killed.

Ramon Almonte, the Guerrero state police chief, said on Monday he will ask the federal congress to make it easier for common citizens to get permits for weapons to defend themselves.

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UK School bans pupils from hugging

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A school has banned pupils from giving each other high-fives, handshakes - and even hugs.

Governors imposed a 'no contact' rule which they say prevents fighting or bullying, reports The Sun.

Dayna Chong, 15, was thrown into detention for cuddling a female pal at The Quest Academy, in Croydon, South London.

Her mother, Anita, 33, from New Addington, said the policy was "extreme" and "ludicrous".

She said: "If the kids can't even hug each other at school some of them will never learn how to be socially interactive.

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US: Father Drops His Daughter as He Tries to Catch Foul Baseball

A father who took his daughter to a baseball game in Los Angeles made an off play when he dropped his daughter while trying to catch a foul ball - and missed.

The dad was cheering in the stands as the Florida Marlins played at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday, when he was caught on camera making the embarrassing play.

The girl was not injured.


Oxi: Twice as Powerful as Crack Cocaine at Just a Fraction of the Price

A highly addictive hallucinogenic has exploded on to South America's drug scene, with devastating consequences.

Tom Phillips takes a look at the latest drug to emerge from South America. A highly addictive mix of cocaine paste, gasoline, kerosene and quicklime called Oxi.


US: Casey Anthony Trial: Psychopath or Telling the Truth?

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Casey Anthony wipes away tears during her murder trial, as her attorney Dorothy Clay Sims looks on, in the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando
Casey Anthony's alleged crime isn't acceptable to society. We either think she's innocent or label her as 'not one of us.'

The Casey Anthony trial, for the alleged murder of her toddler Caylee Anthony, is chilling and bizarre. It's a mystery that has captured the public's attention ever since the media started covering it in late 2008.

It's irresistible to us because we can't accept the notion that a mother would willingly kill her child out of convenience, so we either think she's innocent or that she's not one of us but a psychopath.

Psychopathy is something else that mystifies and fascinates the public.

Medical science defines it as individuals who don't have the psychological capacity for conscience. They manipulate, lie, and deflect responsibility without batting an eye. They unashamedly gratify their base desires while minimizing their chances of harm. They do things normal people wouldn't think of - like killing your own child to shed some of life's responsibilities.

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Inside The LC: The Strange but Mostly True Story of Laurel Canyon and the Birth of the Hippie Generation Part XVIII

"Our music was far from political or antiwar...I never felt comfortable with political advocacy."
- John Phillips
"There were no political speeches or overt protest songs performed."
- John Phillips, discussing the Monterey Pop Festival, of which he was a key organizer
Thus far on this journey, we have seen how what are arguably the two most bloody and notorious mass murders in the history of the City of Angels - the Manson Family murders of the occupants of the home on Cielo Drive in Benedict Canyon, and the so-called Four-On-The-Floor bludgeoning murders of four Laurel Canyon drug dealers on Wonderland Avenue - were directly connected to the Laurel Canyon music scene.

But the city of Los Angeles can boast of one other particularly notorious murder, which stands to this day as both the most gruesome single-victim murder and the most famous unsolved murder in the city's history.

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Elizabeth Short
On January 15, 1947, the mutilated body of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was found posed in a field. The ritualistically butchered body was nude, sliced cleanly in half, and completely drained of blood. Parts of the body had been removed, after which the corpse had been thoroughly sanitized. Bruising clearly indicated that the young girl had been savagely beaten. Forensic evidence suggested that she had been forced to eat feces during her tortuous ordeal. She was quickly dubbed the 'Black Dahlia,' and it is by that name that she is known and written about today.


Senior Scientologist Jan Eastgate Arrested, Charged in Sydney

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Jan Eastgate, a senior figure of the Church of Scientology, has been granted conditional bail.
A Senior figure of the Church of Scientology has been arrested and charged with over claims she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie about sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.

Jan Eastgate, who is the international president of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached Carmen Rainer into lying about the claims, the ABC reported.

The girl's stepfather was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Police allege Ms Eastgate threatened and intimidated her into providing false statements to police about the abuse.

The allegations were aired on Lateline last year and are backed up by Ms Rainer's mother, who claims Ms Eastgate coached them both on what to say about the allegations.


Italian Seismologists Charged With Manslaughter for Not Predicting 2009 Quake

Seismologists Prison Not Predict
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April 6, 2009: An aerial photo provided by the Italian Police shows the debris of a collapsed building in an area near L'Aquila, central Italy, after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy.
Italian government officials have accused the country's top seismologist of manslaughter, after failing to predict a natural disaster that struck Italy in 2009, a massive devastating earthquake that killed 308 people.

A shocked spokesman for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) likened the accusations to a witch hunt.

"It has a medieval flavor to it -- like witches are being put on trial," the stunned spokesman told FoxNews.com.

Enzo Boschi, the president of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), will face trial along with six other scientists and technicians, after failing to predict the future and the impending disaster.