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Webcam spy 'sextorted' hundreds of women, FBI Says

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A man who may have coerced as many as 350 women to strip for him via webcam has been arrested by the FBI on federal computer-hacking charges.

According to federal authorities, Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, of Glendale, Calif., broke into email, Skype and Facebook accounts.

He then searched for and stole risqué private photos and other information and changed users' passwords, a Department of Justice statement said.

The statement also said Kazaryn masqueraded as friends of his victims, pretending to be a woman and persuading them to remove their clothes while connected via Skype video chat.

If a victim refused, Kazaryan would allegedly blackmail her into compliance by threatening to post the stolen risqué images online - a classic example of "sextortion."

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Man arrested despite legally carrying gun in Florida

Video has gone viral, viewed more than 38,000 times in January

More than 10,000 people in the last week alone have already viewed a video going viral on the Internet that shows a motorist being arrested in Florida despite legally carrying a gun.

The dashboard cam video shows a Citrus County deputy arresting Joel Smith, the man with the gun, and now gun advocates say the video is proof Florida needs to change its current law.

"Your license tag expired," said Deputy Alan Cox in the video.


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Indiana couple facing jail for saving baby deer

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An Indiana couple has been charged with a misdemeanor and is facing up to two months in jail for rescuing an injured baby deer and nursing it back to health in their home.

Connersville, Ind. Police Officer Jeff and his wife, Jennifer Counceller, were in possession of a white-tailed deer that they found as an injured fawn on someone's porch three years ago. The animal had maggot-infested puncture wounds that the couple worried would be life-threatening. Anxious that the baby deer would not survive on its own, the couple brought it to their Indiana farm and nursed it back to health, not knowing that their good deed could land them in jail.

"I could feel all of the open wounds all along her back side and she wouldn't stand up," Jennifer Counceller told ABC News.

Naming the deer "Little Orphan Dani", the couple spent more than a year nursing her into adulthood and "getting to the point where she was able to go out on her own," Counceller said. But when an Indiana Conservation Officer made an appearance at their home and discovered the deer this past summer, the couple was informed that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources planned to euthanize it, claiming Dani could pose a danger to people and that keeping the animal was against the law.

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More homeless camps discovered in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Linda McPeak (left) talks with James Sandonato (seated at far right) at their homeless camp in Bristol Township while Joseph Casey from the Penndel Mental Health Center (wearing blue hoodie) and Matt Wilkinson from the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (standing at right) prepare to interview them on Wednesday morning. Bucks County conducts a census of its unsheltered homeless population at various locations countywide.
Klondike's compound is carefully concealed behind two dozen dying Christmas trees.

Tannenbaum, taken from the trash, shield the 62-year-old former mailman from prying eyes. But occasionally he invites area social workers on the "grand tour."

With pride, the man who calls himself Klondike demonstrates a makeshift shower system that runs on rainwater. Hot dogs and beans, rice and trail mix fill three plastic coolers.

"People see me taking this stuff from the dumpsters and they think I need help, but I don't need help," he said.

Bright blue eyes flare out from a full head of long, shiny white hair. Klondike's chest puffs out like a proud lion.

"I don't take anything anybody wants," he said of his compound. "I only take what other people throw out. I went 16 months and I didn't spend a nickel."

On Wednesday, Klondike and dozens of other homeless men and women opened their tents to volunteers from across Bucks County. The unsheltered population and number of local encampments are growing, organizers said.

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Plastic surgery on the rise - with Botox and breast implants most popular

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Botox was administered more than 3m times in 2012. Breast augmentations were the second most in-demand surgery.
Research finds almost 15m procedures were performed last year, with more than 21% of those taking place in the US

Almost 15 million plastic surgery procedures were performed around the world in 2011, according to a study by the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

The trade body took into account surgical and non-surgical procedures such as filler injections and hair removal for its study, which has just been published. The total number of procedures, 14.7 million, is up 4% from 2010.

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Drunk woman says she fired gun because anti-gun control sheriff said it was OK

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An intoxicated woman in Milwaukee says that she fired a weapon during an argument with her niece because she had heard Wisconsin Sheriff David A. Clarke's radio ad saying that citizens should get "in the game" and arm themselves instead of calling 911.

A criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel indicated that 36-year-old Makisha Cooper had told police that she was following Clarke's advice that "simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option."

Cooper said "that she knows her rights regarding having a firearm because she heard Sheriff Clarke on the radio stating that she could own a gun to protect herself," according to the complaint.

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13 pygmy elephants found dead in Malaysia

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Asian Pygmy Elephant swinging trunk in rain at Lok Kawi Preserve in Malaysian Borneo.
Malaysian authorities have a possible elephant murder mystery on their hands after three more pygmy elephants reportedly were found dead on the island of Borneo Wednesday (Jan. 30).

The grim discovery brings the death toll to 13 this month, and according to the AP, authorities are investigating suspicions that the diminutive elephants were poisoned.

Also called Bornean elephants, these creatures are the most endangered subspecies of Asian elephant. While other male Asian elephants can grow up to 9.8 feet (3 meters tall), male Bornean elephants grow to less than 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and they have bigger ears and rounder bellies, according to the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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Gang-raped and drowned at the age of FOUR: Latest horrific attack on girl shocks India a month after notorious bus assault

Two men face charges of raping and murdering a four-year-old girl in the town of Mandi Dabwali in Sirsa, India, while under the influence of drugs. The alleged crime is the latest in a series of rape cases that has seen the nation undergo debate, self-scrutiny and mass protests calling for greater punishments for rapists and more measures to increase the safety of women.
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Officers say the two men, identified by the aliases 'Chhiller' and 'Vikki', were on intoxicant capsules bought from a chemist at the time of the crime. Dabwali city Station House Officer Ravi Kumar said: 'The statement they (the accused) gave us is very disturbing. 'Pawan, alias Chhiller, and Vikas, alias Vikki, are friends and were the victim's neighbours.

'They consumed some intoxicant capsules from a medical shop on January 26. They watched two minor girls play outside their house on their way back.

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Breaking: 3 shot, 2 injured at Phoenix office complex

Authorities say three people were shot and two others were injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at a Phoenix office building. ABC15 heard reports of a shooting around 10:45 a.m. at the complex off 16th Street north of Glendale Avenue.Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said a suspect went into the office building and shot several people. Thompson said police believe the suspect left the building. Phoenix police spokesman James Holmes told The Associated Press that police believe only one shooter is involved.

ABC15's Christopher Sign talked to a woman at the scene who said she saw two bodies at the mezzanine level of the complex. ABC15 has not yet independently confirmed this information. Multiple police vehicles and fire trucks are parked in front of the office complex.


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Missouri mother forced to sit in class with 4th grade son

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A mother in the Normandy School District says she's being forced to sit in class every day with her 4th grader. And if she doesn't, he will not be allowed to go to school.

Veronica Williams says she went to school with her son for awhile, but can't afford to do so anymore for fear of losing her job.

She says when she stopped going to class her son was kicked out of school and he hasn't been back in over a week.

Veronica Williams says she can't believe an administrator at Barack Obama Elementary said her 10-year-old son cannot return to school unless she or another adult sits in class with him every day.

It's frustrating. It's stressful. It's ridiculous. I done it for two weeks", said Williams.