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Christmas weekend sees deadly spike in Chicago shootings

 Police in Chicago said Monday they were investigating 27 shootings -- 12 of them deadly -- that occurred on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a remarkable spasm of violence there in what already has been a historically bloody year.

US shooting suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound: official

The man suspected of killing two journalists as they carried out a live interview in Virginia died Wednesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a local official said.

Two held in US over plot to fly drugs, porn into prison on drone

 Two men are in custody in the US state of Maryland on suspicion of trying to smuggle drugs and pornography into a prison with a drone, corrections officials said Monday.

Boy charged in cabbie`s murder saw triple homicide in US

Police say a 16-year-old charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania cab driver who didn`t take his preferred route was interviewed as a witness to a triple homicide in New Jersey last year.

Bail set for US mom accused of driving into surf

A Florida judge set a bond of USD 1.2 million for a pregnant woman accused of driving her minivan into the ocean in an attempt to kill her three children.

12-year-old in US stabbed during fight with pal over Xbox

A 12-year-old boy in the US was accidentally stabbed while scuffling for a knife during an argument with his friend over an Xbox video game console.

Indian-origin owners of crime-ridden motels plead guilty in US

Three Indian-origin men in the US have pleaded guilty to owning and managing motels where they ran illegal businesses, including selling drugs and sexual services, and could face a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.

US man gets maximum for stolen $5M lottery ticket

A man convicted of possessing another man`s winning USD 5 million lottery ticket has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

Delhi gang rape: Tell police to act tough, BJP asks Shinde

The Bharatiya Janata Party condemned the alleged gangrape of a student inside a moving bus in Delhi.

US judge says victim’s body can prevent rape

Superior Court Judge Derek Johnson has been publicly rebuked for saying that a rape victim ‘didn’t put up a fight’ to save herself during an assault.

US Marine jailed for molesting Okinawa woman

A US Marine has been sentenced to four years in prison for molesting and assaulting a woman in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture in August.

`Strauss-Kahn settles sex assault lawsuit with maid`

Shamed former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel maid who accused him of trying to rape her have reportedly reached an agreement.

‘God intended rape` remark doesn’t make sense: Obama

US President Barack Obama has criticised Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for his remarks about rape and pregnancy.

Gurdwara shooting victim for anti Sikh violence statistics

The son of a gurdwara shootout victim has appealed to the FBI to include anti-Sikh violence in hate-crime statistics.

S Korean Prez apologises for surge in sex crimes

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak offered a public apology after a girl, 7, became the latest victim of a recent series of sex crimes.

Former US crime kingpin sentenced to 218 years

Pierre Mercado was found guilty on charges of four killings, five attempted murders and two kidnappings.

Assange lawyer claims vital info in rape case

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish lawyer, was critical of Australian authorities for failing to provide consular assistance to Julian Assange.

Romney ‘agreed on almost everything’ with Willke

Dr Jack Willke, a prominent anti-abortion campaigner, claimed to be an authority on the theory espoused by Todd Akin.

UK: Pak-origin sex gang leader jailed for 22 years

Taxi driver Shabir Ahmed was the ringleader of an Asian gang that preyed on young white girls in Britain.

US: Man jailed for fathering 3 kids with daughter

Charles Shamblin Jr reportedly had an incestuous relationship with his daughter over a 13-year period.