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Police: Suspect in Okla. beheading was Muslim convert

A newly fired employee at a food processing plant in Moore, Okla., allegedly stabbed and beheaded a 54-year-old front office worker, police said Friday, according to local media. Police said the FBI was asked for assistance in the case because…

5 craziest crimes of the week

(NEWSER) – A taco truck that served up an unusual side dish and a home invasion with oddly dressed perpetrators are among the weirdest crime stories of the week: • TSA busts woman in creative smuggling scheme: What to pack…

Woman’s dramatic rooftop escape caught on camera

(NEWSER) – As Melora Rivera hid on her roof, half-naked, from an intruder Wednesday morning, neighbors snapped pictures and posted them to Twitter. The California woman had fled from a second-story window when a homeless man broke into her house…

U.K. lawmakers back action against ISIL by huge majority

LONDON — British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Friday to join the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq. “I believe it is our duty to take part,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech to the…

Digging, ‘isolation’: U.S. man’s life in N. Korea prison

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — An American man recently sentenced by North Korea to six years of hard labor says he is digging in fields eight hours a day and being kept in isolation, but that so far his health…

Woman punched by Calif. cop settles for $1.5M

A woman captured on a cellphone video being punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer alongside a Los Angeles freeway has received a $1.5 million settlement. Under the terms of the deal, the officer has agreed to resign, but…

Leaders at U.N.: Ukraine conflict threatens world order

UNITED NATIONS – Russia’s annexation of Ukrainian territory and its support of separatist fighters confronting government forces in eastern Ukraine threaten to revive the Cold War and destroy a world order based on rule of law, world leaders said Wednesday.…

U.S., coalition forces hit oil refineries in Syria

U.S. aircraft and those from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates struck Islamic State targets in Syria on Wednesday, including 12 oil refineries, the U.S. Central Command said. The 13 airstrikes used a combination of fighter aircraft and drones,…

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won’t move it

Judge delays Marathon bombing trial, won’t move it BOSTON — The man allegedly responsible for more than a dozen lost limbs, hundreds of injuries and three deaths in the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013 will be tried just one…

Lawsuit sparks debate over exploding targets

INDIANAPOLIS — Jennifer Plank-Greer was standing 150 feet away taking cellphone videos of a man about to fire a rifle at a target. He pulled the trigger. The refrigerator, the target, exploded. People began screaming. Plank-Greer glanced down at the…