Female pastor, 3 others guilty in church torture with electrical cord that killed teen

UTICA, N.Y. — The pastor of a small church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a counselling session that she called pleaded guilty on Friday to manslaughter and assault.
Three other church members admitted to less serious charges for their roles in the all-night beatings that killed Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured Christopher Leonard, 17, last October.
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Photo of blood-covered Syrian boy fake: Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told Swiss media the photo of a young boy covered in blood sitting by himself in an ambulance that went viral this summer was a fake.
The leader was asked about the photo during an interview in which he said fighting “terrorists” in Aleppo was the only way of “protecting civilians.
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Police mistake doughnut glaze for meth, Florida man sues over arrest

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A Florida man arrested last year after police mistook doughnut glaze in his car for meth is suing the city of Orlando and a drug-testing kit company.
The Orlando Sentinel reports Daniel Rushing filed a lawsuit last week, claiming negligence by the city and the kit's manufacturer.
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Donald Glover cast as Lando Calrissian in upcoming Star Wars spinoff

Actor and singer Donald Glover will be playing Lando Calrissian in the young Han Solo spin-off film from the Star Wars universe, Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm said on Friday.
Glover, 33, creator and lead star of FX's new dramedy Atlanta, will play the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in the original Star Wars films, 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi.
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Author of retracted rape story defends relying on 'Jackie'

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The author of the discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about a woman's claim of being gang raped at a fraternity house sought to show jurors Friday why she found the woman so credible, highlighting the emotion and level of detail with which she spoke during their interactions.
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ISIS fighter jumps for joy after learning he will be killed in bomb plot

Most people wouldn’t be pleased if they drew the short straw to blow themselves to smithereens.
But one ISIS jihadi couldn’t contain his glee when he won the one-way ticket to martyrdom via a bomb-packed “suicide truck”
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Russian indicted on charges he hacked LinkedIn

SAN FRANCISCO -- A Russian man has been charged with hacking and stealing information from computers at LinkedIn and other San Francisco Bay Area companies, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
A grand jury indicted Yevgeniy Aleksandrovich Nikulin, 29, of Moscow, Russia, on Thursday on charges including computer intrusion and aggravated identity theft, the U.S.
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Woman allegedly smears cars with peanut butter to protest Trump

If you’re going to be a peanut-butter-smearing wacko, at least you can be a choosy mother.
Cops say Christina Ferguson — who was allegedly hammered — took a “family-size jar of low-sodium, creamy natural Jif” and smeared it on more than 30 vehicles outside a Wisconsin building, apparently to take a stand against those attending a Donald Trump rally.
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Quick Facts: Some of the details about the proposed Canada-EU trade deal

OTTAWA -- The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union, also known as CETA, appears to be close to foundering on the objections of a small region of Belgium. Here are some facts about the deal:
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Donald Glover confirmed as Lando Calrissian in Han Solo 'Star Wars' spinoff

LOS ANGELES -- Former Community star Donald Glover is joining the Star Wars universe.
Disney announced Friday that the writer, actor and rapper will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo Star Wars film.
Alden Ehrenreich was previously cast as the title character.
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Clinton ramps up pressure, Trump vows to go all out

Hillary Clinton ramped up her pressure on Donald Trump in the election's most competitive states Friday with an emotional TV ad targeting his criticism of a Muslim-American family. Trump vowed to go all out in the final three weeks so he'll have no regrets — even if he loses.
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Nintendo Switch hopes to succeed where Wii U sputtered

The logo for Nintendo's new gaming machine — two joysticks arranged into an image resembling a yin-yang — represents an important shift for the company.
The Nintendo Switch, announced Thursday morning, aims to merge the 127-year-old company's dual home and portable platforms into a single, harmonious entity.
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