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Grandmother, grandson charged in killing of grandfather

A 64-year-old woman has been charged along with her grandson in the slaying of her 72-year-old husband, who was killed on his way to dialysis treatment, police said.

The woman and her grandson then used the slain man's money to buy a car, home furnishings, tattoos, gym shoes and other items, prosecutors said.

Janet Strickland, of the 400 block of East 95th Street, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm in connection to the March 2 homicide of her husband William Strickland.

Bail was set at $500,000 for Janet Strickland yesterday.

Prosecutors alleged Janet Strickland and her grandson, also named William Strickland, discussed killing her husband on multiple occasions.


Man hit, killed by subway train at 72nd street in New York

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A man was struck and killed by a subway train at the 72nd Street-Central Park West stop on Saturday morning.
A man was struck and killed by a subway train early Saturday at the 72nd Street and Central Park West station.

As CBS 2's Amy Dardashtian reported, police said John Williams, 58, had climbed down onto the tracks to retrieve something when he was struck by the southbound D train around 6:40 a.m.

Police did not know Saturday afternoon what the item was.

There was utter chaos following the accident, as first responders rushed to get people out to the station, and to try to save the man.


Florida boy, 7, dies after attack by bulldogs


Tyler Jett
A 7-year-old boy has died a week after he was attacked by two bulldogs while riding his bicycle after school.

Bay County Sheriff's Office officials told the News Herald of Panama City that Tyler Jett was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at a Pensacola hospital. He suffered a punctured carotid artery.


What makes the French so unhappy?

Why are the French so miserable? We are proud of our culture and our economy has fared better than most through the economic crisis. Yet the still-young discipline of happiness research confirms there seems to be something about life in France that makes people more anxious and less cheery than those in other places.

Whenever I look at data on happiness levels that cover several countries, I am always struck by how much contentment differs between countries. The French malaise comes through when you ask people to rate their sense of well-being on a scale from nought to 10. This type of survey, similar to the technique with which doctors ask patients to rate their pain, is well tried and tested by researchers.

You can spot it again when French subjects are asked about emotions that they felt yesterday. They feel a lot of negative emotions (anger, worry, stress) and less positive sentiment (enjoyment, happiness). And surveys going back as far as 2002 show a deep pessimism in the French. Long before the current crisis, they agreed more often than other Europeans that "for most people in the country, life is getting worse", or that "it is hard to have hope for the future of the world". If that were not enough, my countrymen also consume staggering volumes of psychoactive drugs.

When I started working in this field, I thought that by accounting for the economic and political circumstances of each country, it would be possible to explain away these differences. After all, happiness researchers have shown how unemployment, illness and poverty make people sadder, and France does have a longstanding problem with unemployment in certain groups.

Bad Guys

Woman who found stolen BMA Renoir painting at flea market revealed

New twists in an ongoing mystery over who owns a valuable painting that disappeared from the Baltimore Museum of Art nearly 60 years ago.

Alex DeMetrick reports - the woman who says she bought it at a flea market for $7 is not who she originally claimed to be.

Renoir painted a landscape on the banks of the Seine in 1879. In the 1920s, Baltimore collector Sadie Mae bought it, eventually displaying it at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It later vanished.


School faces new questions in Colorado massacre

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In this March 12, 2013 file photo, James Holmes, left, and defense attorney Tamara Brady appear in district court in Centennial, Colo. for his arraignment.
New questions confronted the University of Colorado, Denver on Friday amid disclosures that a psychiatrist who treated theater shooting suspect James Holmes had warned campus police a month before the deadly assault that Holmes was dangerous and had homicidal thoughts.

Court documents made public Thursday revealed Dr. Lynne Fenton also told a campus police officer in June that the shooting suspect had threatened and intimidated her.

Fenton's blunt warning came more than a month before the July 20 attack at a movie theater that killed 12 and injured 70. Holmes had been a student in the university's Ph.D. neuroscience program but withdrew about six weeks before the shootings after failing a key examination.

Campus police officer Lynn Whitten told investigators after the shooting that Fenton had contacted her. Whitten said Fenton was following her legal requirement to report threats to authorities, according one of the documents, a search warrant affidavit.


United captain diverts flight, family escorted from plane by cops and met by FBI after complaining about in-flight film

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A family traveling from Denver to Baltimore on United claims that their flight was diverted by the captain because the parents requested that the in-flight movie, "Alex Cross," be turned off.

The parents, thus far unnamed, wrote a letter to The Atlantic about the incident. According to the letter, after the flight took off, the flight crew lowered the TV screens and began playing the PG-13-rated cop thriller starring Tyler Perry.

The parents, whose children are 4 and 8, believed the film to be too violent for their kids. "Alarmed by the opening scenes, we asked two flight attendants if they could turn off the monitor; both claimed it was not possible" and would be a nuisance to the people behind them.


Pastor Rick Warren's son has committed suicide

Pastor Rick and Kay Warren's youngest son, Matthew, has committed suicide, Saddleback Valley Community Church announced Saturday.

  • The evangelical megachurch announced the death of the 27-year-old in a statement. He died Friday night.


    'Anonymous' vows to wipe Israel off cyberspace

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    Israeli websites have come under massive cyber attacks in solidarity with Palestinians following a warning by the hacker group Anonymous that threatened to 'erase' Israel from the internet.

    Websites including the sites owned by the Bank of Israel, Tax Authority, and the Central Bureau of Statistics came under cyber attacks on Saturday night.

    Anonymous has vowed to "erase" Israel from the internet by disabling Israeli websites during an operation called 'Op-Israel.'

    "You have NOT stopped your endless human right violations. You have NOT stopped illegal settlements. You have NOT respected the ceasefire. You have shown that you do NOT respect international law," Anonymous said in a statement referring to the Israeli regime.

    "This is why on April 7, elite cyber-squadrons from around the world have decided to unite in solidarity with the Palestinian people against Israel as one entity to disrupt and erase Israel from cyberspace," the Anonymous statement added, listing 1,300 Israeli websites as targets.

    The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Sunday that the hackers also attacked almost 19,000 Israeli Facebook accounts.

    The first 'Op-Israel' was launched by Anonymous during the eight-day Israeli war on the Gaza Strip in November 2012.

    Some 700 Israeli websites came under repeated cyber attacks.


    Anger as French psychiatrist is found guilty after patient hacks man to death

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    Daniele Canarelli, who had been treating Joel Gaillard for four years.
    Daniele Canarelli gets a year's suspended sentence for manslaughter after failing to recognise danger posed by patient.

    French psychiatrists' unions have reacted angrily after a doctor was found guilty of manslaughter because her patient hacked an elderly man to death.

    In the first case of its kind in France, Daniele Canarelli, 58, a psychiatrist based at the Edouard-Toulouse hospital in Marseille, was sentenced to one year's suspended prison sentence as judges said she had committed the "grave error" of failing to recognise the public danger posed by Joel Gaillard, her patient of four years.

    Gaillard, 43, had escaped from a hospital consultation with Canarelli in February 2004 and 20 days later he used an axe to kill the 80-year-old partner of his grandmother in Gap in the Alps region. Gaillard, who suffered from a kind of paranoid schizophrenia, had been seeing the consultant for four years and had already been forcibly committed to a secure hospital on several occasions for a series of increasingly dangerous incidents.