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Fox News airs name of 16-year-old Steubenville rape victim

Fox News on Monday aired the name of a underage victim of a disturbing rape in Steubenville, Ohio.

During correspondent Mike Tobin's report about the guilty verdicts in the Steubenville rape case on Fox News' America's Newsroom, the girl's first name was broadcast without being censored.

"We have not known, really, how the victim is doing, Mike," host Martha MacCallum told Tobin. "Is there any information on that today?"

"Well, a relative tells me that she spends a lot of time in her room," Tobin explained. "She has been back out playing sports, and through it all - you'll be surprised to learn - she made the honor roll one more time."

"A family representative says the remorse coming from the football players came too late," the correspondent added. "We saw their reaction yesterday."


United Airlines mistakenly sends Phoenix-bound dog from Newark to Ireland

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6-Year-Old 'Hendrix' Ended Up On 3 Flights In 24 Hours; His Owner Isn't Pleased

Right ticket, wrong destination - by 5,000 miles!

A dog that was supposed to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport to Arizona ended up in Ireland.

But why?

Six-year-old Springer Spaniel "Hendrix," who was named after the jet-setting rock star, endured a long journey. Like his legendary namesake Jimi, the dog is now an international traveler, but was not supposed to be.

"I was not happy," the dog's owner, Edith Alback, told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

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Pennsylvania pastor sentenced to life in prison for killing 2nd wife, awaits trial in 1st wife's death

© AP/POCONO RECORDFeb. 7, 2012: In this file photo, retired Pennsylvania pastor Arthur Schirmer leaves court after a pretrial hearing in his murder case in Stroudsburg, Pa. Schirmer, awaiting trial in the 1999 death of his first wife was convicted Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 in the 2008 death of his second wife.
A former Pennsylvania pastor was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife in 2008.

Arthur "A.B." Schirmer, 64, was sentenced in Monroe County Court nearly two months after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the death of Betty Schirmer. The conviction brought an automatic life sentence.

Schirmer is charged separately with killing his first wife, Jewel Schirmer, in 1999. He awaits trial in that case.


I am the blogger who allegedly "complicated" The Steubenville Gang rape case - and I wouldn't change a thing

I stayed up all night screen-grabbing tweets that joked about raping and urinating on a woman they thought might be dead. Welcome to Steubenville.

The Steubenville rape case has come to an end and the verdict has been heard.

Two Ohio high school football players were found guilty of raping a drunk 16-year-old girl.

On Sunday, Judge Thomas Lipps ruled that Trent Mays, 17, and Ma'Lik Richmond, 16, digitally penetrated the West Virginia teenager known only as "Jane Doe."

Their punishment? Richmond will be held at a juvenile detention facility for at least a year and Mays for at least two years. Both are required to register as juvenile sex offenders, and the juvenile system can hold them until they are 21 years old.


Prison guard shoots own finger to remove wedding ring amid drunken dispute

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A federal prison guard shot his own finger in a misguided attempt to remove his wedding ring, according to police.

Thirty-one-year-old Alfredo Malespini III of Bradford in northwestern Pennsylvania was wounded in the March 2 incident, The Bradford Era reported. But police noted the wedding ring still remained on his badly mangled finger, despite the gunshot.

Malespini "had been drinking quite heavily throughout the day and he and his wife had been arguing throughout the day about an affair he had had several months ago," Bradford police Lt. Steve Caskey told The Associated Press.


Dead pigs in China's Shanghai river now exceed 13,000

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The number of dead pigs found in a river running through China's commercial hub Shanghai has reached more than 13,000, state media said Monday, as mystery deepened over the hogs' precise origin.

Shanghai had pulled 9,460 pigs out of the Huangpu river, which supplies 22 percent of the city's drinking water, since the infestation began earlier this month, the Shanghai Daily reported.

Shanghai has blamed farmers in Jiaxing in neighbouring Zhejiang province for dumping pigs which died of disease into the river upstream, where the official Xinhua news agency said another 3,601 dead animals had been recovered so far.

The Jiaxing government has said the area is not the sole source of the carcasses, adding it had found only one producer that could be held responsible.

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Accused Steubenville rapist's text: Victim was like 'dead body' that night

A blizzard of text messages sent and received by Steubenville, Ohio rape suspect and football player and his friends paint a harrowing and horrifying portrait of the night of the alleged gang rape. Yahoo! Sports reported that for more than two hours on Tuesday, forensic specialist JoAnn Gibb read selections from the thousands of text messages that were sent and received on the night of the incident and in its aftermath.

Two suspects, 17-year-old Trent Mays and 16-year-old Ma'lik Richmond are facing rape charges and are being tried in joint trials in Steubenville. Both boys are players on the town's champion football team, a factor which has purportedly clouded the investigation and caused prosecutors to drag their feet rather than risk opprobrium by dragging two of the town's young heroes before the court.

Nonetheless, the texts, pulled from the phones of 17 students, paint a damning portrait of Mays and his codefendant, as well as many of the town's young people. The messages range from profane to disturbing, enraging to pathetically sad.

The sheer volume of texted information taken in as part of the investigation was like nothing Katie Hanna of the Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Assault had ever seen before, one of the largest cell phone culls in state history.


Drunk teen shot and killed after friends drop him at wrong house

A teenager who was shot and killed in Sterling, Virginia over the weekend may have accidentally entered the wrong home after a night of drinking.

Law enforcement officials told The Washington Post that the drunk teen had been dropped off by friends at a house just two doors down from where he lived. Both houses were two story, red brick homes and on the same side of the street.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office refused to release the names of anyone involved, and only described the shooting as an unknown intruder being killed by a homeowner.

According to the Post, law enforcement sources believed that the teen may have entered the home through a rear window and was not armed.


NYPD cop busted for using surveillance camera to spy on neighbor in the Bronx

Police Officer Miguel Gomez set up a spy cam inside his building so he could monitor the comings and goings of a 21-year-old woman. It's unknown if he was recording the footage.

He's a Peeping Tom - with a badge.

An off-duty NYPD officer was arrested Friday and charged with using a surveillance camera to spy on a young woman in his Bronx building, police said.

Police Officer Miguel Gomez, 41, who has been on the force for eight years, set up his spy cam inside the building so he could monitor the 21-year-old's comings and goings, police sources said.

He was arrested shortly after 8 a.m. Friday and booked for unlawful surveillance. Cops recovered the camera, police said.

A woman who identified herself as Gomez's mother vigorously defended her son.


Inmate who escaped Canadian prison in helicopter caught; another surrounded

Canadian police arrested three people Sunday in connection with a daring helicopter escape from a Quebec prison.

Benjamin Hudon-Barbeau, one of two escaped inmates is in custody, along with two other people, said Quebec provincial police spokesman Benoit Richard.

Dany Provencal, the second inmate, is "surrounded," and authorities are negotiating to bring him in peacefully, he said.

"I can tell you one thing: The two people that were inside the jail needed help to get out," Richard told CNN.

The spokesman declined to identify the other two people arrested. He also declined to say where the arrests took place, under what circumstances, or where Provencal was located.

The three people arrested will appear in court Monday morning.