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Bogotá car bomb: Colombia blames ELN rebels for deadly explosion

The blast outside a police academy in Bogotá left 21 dead, the worst attack in the country in years.

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Bogotá blast: Deadly car bomb rocks Colombia capital

A large explosion kills at least nine people outside a police academy in Bogotá.

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Suicide blast kills four Americans in Syria, a sign of remaining extremist danger

The suicide attack in Manbij was the first such attack since President Trump announced a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

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Video Shows Deadly Blast in Syria

The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State, occurred at a restaurant in Manbij, northern Syria, frequented by American troops. Warning: video ...

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Kenya attack victim Jason Spindler was '9/11 survivor'

Jason Spindler was among at least 14 people killed in an attack by suspected militants on Tuesday.

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Paris Explosion at Bakery Kills at Least 4 and Injures Dozens

The Paris police said the blast that injured at least 47 people, 10 critically, was probably caused by a gas leak.

3 killed as explosion tears through Paris bakery; dozens injured

Firefighters were already responding to a call of a gas leak at the scene when the blast struck.

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US Black Men Wrongly Accused of Rape, Receive Pardons 70 Years Later

Four black men who were wrongly accused of raping a 17-year-old white girl in the southern U.S. state of Florida 70 years ago, received pardons Friday.   Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas became known as the Groveland Four.   All of them are dead. Members of their families, however, are still alive. ... /
50 Cent trolls reality star after judge orders her to pay $30,000 in revenge porn suit

R&B singer turned reality star Teairra Mari will be forced to pay 50 Cent $30,000 in attorney fees after a judge dismissed all claims against him ... /
Chris Brown demands to see text messages of woman suing him for rape

Chris Brown, named in a lawsuit last spring by a woman alleging that she was sexually assaulted in his home by an associate in 2017, is demanding to ... /
Racist rants about Michelle Obama, Maxine Waters and immigrants result in gang prosecutor’s resignation

  A San Bernardino gang prosecutor resigned after posting profane social media comments about U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, former first lady Michelle Obama, Mexican immigrants and the victim of a police shooting. —Wisconsin school refuses to ... /
Criminal justice groups blast NYC mayor for calling for tougher cash bail policies

  The cash bail system in New York has legally disabled many of the city’s poor non-violent offenders who sit in cells because they can’t afford to get out. It’s a heated topic for which criminal justice advocates have sought reform in order to ease restrictions. Now, a coalition made of of a dozen of […] The post Criminal justice ...

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Cyntoia Brown: Tennessee governor grants clemency in 2004 murder

Cyntoia Brown said she was a child sex-trafficking victim who killed a Nashville man in self-defence.

Sex trafficking victim Cyntoia Brown, who killed man who paid her for sex, is granted clemency

Gov. Bill Haslam granted Brown a full commutation to parole. She will be eligible for release Aug. 7 on time served and will remain on parole for 10 years.

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Actor Spacey Does Not Enter Plea on Sex Assault Charge in Nantucket

Former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey appeared in a Massachusetts court on Monday to face a criminal charge that he sexually assaulted an ...

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Egypt opens Middle East's biggest cathedral near Cairo

President Sisi inaugurated the massive Coptic cathedral, a day after a bomb blast near a church.

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Parkland Report Released; Father of Victim Seeks Accountability

Andrew Pollack, the father of a teenage girl who was killed in a school shooting in Florida last year, was appointed to the state Education Board by outgoing Gov. Rick Scott. Scott appointed Pollack to the board Friday. Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was one of 17 people killed at a Parkland, Florida, high school, Feb. 14, 2018, still needs to ... /
IRS reportedly slaps Toni Braxton with tax lien for nearly half a million

Following news that Toni Braxton and hip-hop icon Birdman decided to call off their engagement, The Blast reports that the singer has been hit with a tax lien from the IRS for nearly half a million. According to court records, the first lien was filed on December 4 and states that Braxton owes a total […] The post IRS reportedly slaps Toni ... /
Amar’e Stoudemire reportedly calls it quits with wife of six years

Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is calling it quits with his wife of almost six years, as he has reportedly filed for divorce a little over a year after his secret love child was exposed. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Stoudemire initiated a petition for dissolution of marriage against Alexis Welsh. The […] The post ...

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Ben Nevis fall victim was from Germany

The University of Bristol student, who has not been named, died after she fell from a ridge on New Year's Day.

The sex abuse scandal has undermined the church's credibility, Pope Francis tells US bishops

Pope Francis bluntly criticized Catholic bishops in the US for their approach to the church's sexual abuse crisis, saying that their finger-pointing ...

Pope Francis talks tough to U.S. bishops, says credibility of church 'is at stake'

Pope Francis tells U.S. bishops grappling with priest sex abuse scandal to stop "playing the victim or the scold." /
WATCH: Black man in Charlottesville held at knifepoint as bystanders stared

A white man was caught on video holding a knife to a Black man’s neck in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia as onlookers stood by. READ MORE: ...

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Naming Names: A Reckoning is Underway in US Catholic Church

Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. Nearly 50 dioceses and ...

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China's 'Jack the Ripper' Gao Chengyong executed for murders

Gao killed 11 girls and women between 1988 and 2002 - his youngest victim was only eight years old.

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Death Toll in Russia Apartment Blast Rises to 22

Hope of finding alive some 20 missing people was fading after a building in Russia partly collapsed.

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