RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nearly 300 years after the pirate Blackbeard's flagship sank off the North Carolina coast, a shipwreck-hunting company and the state are battling over treasure linked to the vessel — but they're fighting with legal filings, not cutlasses, and the treasure is $14 million in disputed revenue and contract violations.
Watch the video Etan Patz jury deadlocked again; judge says to keep trying on Yahoo News . On their 15th day of deliberations, jurors say they are once again deadlocked in the trial of Pedro Hernandez, charged in the murder of 6-year old Etan Patz.
By Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Paraguay's decision to deny a pregnant 10-year-old girl an abortion after she was allegedly raped by her stepfather has sparked a national debate over the country's strict abortion law. Paraguay's health minister recently refused a request from the girl's mother to terminate the pregnancy, but rights groups say the decision could put the girl's health at risk and is "tantamount to torture". In Paraguay, abortion is only allowed when the mother's life is in danger. Health Minister Antonio Barrios told Paraguay's ABC newspaper that doctors and a psychologist were providing care to the girl.
A trekker stranded for days in quake-hit Nepal has said he watched boulders the size of minivans smash buildings in a popular tourist area devastated by a massive avalanche, living to tell the tale using skills learnt from US reality TV show "Survivor". American Corey Ascolani described to AFP how he spent five terrifying days in the remote tourist area of Langtang following the April 25 quake, which trapped hundreds of tourists and Nepalis. "It was very hard to sleep, I remember feeling every vibration in the ground... my nerves were shot, I slept maybe one hour that first night," Ascolani said in Kathmandu, after he was airlifted to safety. They estimate there could be more than 150 Nepalis and 100 tourists buried in Langtang village, which is home to around 400 people -- mostly subsistence farmers or guest house workers.
Zimbabwe will import 700,000 tonnes of corn to avert hunger after annual crop yields shrunk by nearly half due to poor rains, the national television network reported Tuesday. "The final crop assessment report shows that the country's maize production went down by 49 percent, hence the need to import more grain," Zimbabwe television said quoting Agriculture Minister Joseph Made. It was not immediately clear where the corn will be imported from but Zimbabwe has in the past bought grain in neighbouring Zambia and South Africa. The UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) says Zimbabwe needs around 1.8 million tonnes of corn to feed its people annually.
BOSTON (AP) — For the first time in court, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev dropped his blank, impassive demeanor and cried as his sobbing aunt briefly took the stand Monday in his federal death penalty trial.
On Monday morning, the United States Supreme Court asked the Solicitor General’s office for its opinion in a lawsuit involving three states about the commercial sales of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A prosecutor's decision not to seek a death penalty for the man accused of abducting and killing a University of Virginia student is emblematic of capital punishment's decline across the country and in the state that once operated one of the busiest execution chambers in the nation.
A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the prosecution's case for the death penalty, attorney Mike McDaniel said. Oberhansley, 34, was charged last September in Clark County, Indiana, with breaking into the Jeffersonville home of his ex-girlfriend, Tammy Jo Blanton, murdering her and abusing her corpse by eating parts of it. It was added, McDaniel said, because the other charges were not strong enough to warrant the death penalty.
A Vienna baker has stirred up anger by making a cake depicting Austria's main political parties as New York's twin towers coming under attack from opposition party aircraft. "It's ironic that a baker has no taste," wrote one critic on the website of the mass-circulation Heute tabloid that highlighted the unusual creation.
Leaders of armed groups in strife-ravaged Central African Republic agreed Tuesday to release thousands of child soldiers and to end underage recruitment, UNICEF said. The United Nations children's agency described the news as a "major step forward" in the country, where it estimates 6,000 to 10,000 children are held by various armed factions. "The Central African Republic is one of the worst places in the world to be a child, and UNICEF is eager to work with local authorities to help reunite these children with their families," UNICEF representative Mohamed Malick Fall said in a statement.
An Austrian men's magazine has printed its latest edition using blood from people who are HIV-positive in order to counter the "stigma" often attached to the virus that causes AIDS, its chief editor said Tuesday. "We wanted to make a statement against the stigma and the irrational fears (about)... HIV and HIV-positive people," Julian Wiehl, founder and editor-in-chief of Vangardist magazine, told AFP. "If you hold this magazine in your hands it is like holding somebody who is HIV positive. Nothing can happen, nothing can harm you holding the magazine, and nothing can harm you holding an HIV-positive person," he said.
An investigation into the police shooting of a 12-year-old African-American boy is taking so long that he has yet to be buried five months after his death, lawyers said Monday. Tamir Rice was holding a pellet gun when he was fatally shot on November 22 in a Cleveland playground, in a shocking incident caught on surveillance video. "Less than a second and my son is gone, and I want to know: How long I got to wait for justice?" his mother Samaria Rice told a news conference in the Ohio city. "We w
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — There's not a lot of sympathy for the 11 men on death row in Nebraska, but spurred by frustration about the growing difficulty and cost of carrying out executions, lawmakers are considering eliminating the death penalty.
Archaeology World War II-Era Japanese Submarine's Aircraft Hangar Found Archaeology ... out of the hull of a sinking 400-foot-long submarine,” he said. The aircraft hangar had been large enough to launch three float-plane bombers.
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