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Report of First Doctor to Treat Wounded President Lincoln Found

Posted June 6th, 2012 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Historians at the National Archives in Washington have made an astounding find — a written account by the first doctor to treat the mortally-wounded President Abraham Lincoln. The long lost report was discovered in a box at the National Archives last month after being filed away 147 years ago. The notes, soon to be available […]

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Dutch Nazi War Criminal Klaus Faber Dies at 90

Posted May 28th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center said Monday that fugitive Dutch war criminal Klaus Carel Faber has died at age 90. The center said Faber died last week in a hospital the southern German city of Ingolstadt. Faber, a member of the Nazi SS, was sentenced to death in 1947 for murdering more than 20 Dutch […]

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Somaliland Sentences 17 to Death One Day After Attack

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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A military court in the breakaway region of Somaliland has sentenced 17 people to death following an attack on a military base. The court convicted the defendants Wednesday, saying they confessed to attacking the facility in Hargeisa a day earlier, killing seven people. The court also sentenced five underage defendants to life in prison. Authorities […]

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Norwegian Swimmer, Olympic Hopeful Dies Suddenly

Posted May 1st, 2012 at 9:50 am (UTC-5)
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Norwegian world champion swimmer Alexander Dale Oen has died of cardiac arrest while training in Arizona. The 26-year-old was in the city of Flagstaff preparing to compete in this summer’s Olympics in London. The Norwegian Swimming Federation said Dale Oen was found on a shower-room floor at the training facility late Monday. Norway Swimming Coach […]

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Connecticut Governor Signs Bill Repealing Death Penalty

Posted April 26th, 2012 at 2:40 am (UTC-5)
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Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed legislation that formally abolishes the death penalty in the northeastern U.S. state. Malloy signed the bill Wednesday in the state capital of Hartford during a private ceremony attended by anti-death penalty activists, clergy and family members of murder victims. The governor issued a statement saying the moment was a […]

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Connecticut Becomes 17th US State to Repeal Death Penalty

Posted April 12th, 2012 at 3:55 am (UTC-5)
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The northeastern U.S. state of Connecticut has become the latest in the nation to abolish the death penalty. The Democratic-majority state House of Representatives voted to repeal the law Wednesday by a vote of 88-62, a week after it was approved by the state Senate. It replaces the death penalty with a sentence of life […]

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Battered Baby Girl Dies in India

Posted April 11th, 2012 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A three-month-old baby who police say was beaten by her father for being a girl has died from her injuries in southern India. Doctors in the city of Bangalore said Neha Afreen suffered cardiac arrest early Wednesday after numerous convulsions. Afreen was hospitalized on Sunday with head trauma, burns and bite marks. Her father, Umar […]

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Amnesty: Fewer Nations Executing More People

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 5:00 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says a declining number of mainly Asian countries continued to carry out the death penalty at an “alarming rate” in 2011. The rights group said Tuesday that only 10 percent of the countries in the world now employ capital punishment. That represents a decline of more than a third from a decade ago. […]

Former Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Posted January 22nd, 2012 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who was fired in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal, died on Sunday from lung cancer. He was 85. Paterno’s family said in a statement that he “fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed […]

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European Council Urges Belarus to Abolish Death Penalty

Posted November 30th, 2011 at 9:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The Council of Europe has urged Belarus not to execute two men found guilty of carrying out a subway terrorist attack in Minsk. Secretary General Thornbjorn Jagland called on Minsk on Wednesday to discard the death penalty for Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov and put a general moratorium on executions. He noted that Belarus is […]