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Wednesday May 30, 2012    11:58 PM
A Virginia police officer has been indicted by a grand jury on one count of murder, in connection with the shooting and death of an unarmed woman nearly four months ago, according to the Fauquier County commonwealth's attorney.

Culpeper Police Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright, 32, surrendered to State Police on Tuesday and is being held without bond at the Fauquier County Adult Detention Center. Harmon-Wright has also been charged with malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle, malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle resulting in a death, and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

The indictment stems from a Feb. 9 incident, in which Harmon-Wright, a former U.S. Marine and f

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Wednesday May 30, 2012    11:50 PM
Lori Anne Madison, 6, stepped boldly Wednesday afternoon to the microphone, lowered it a bit to fit her height, and took on the word "ingluvies" at the National Spelling Bee.

The youngest person ever to compete in the bee stumbled on the term for a bird's craw, spelling it "engluvies." Earlier, she correctly spelled "dirigible."

Although Lori Anne did not make the cut of 50 semifinalists for Thursday, she won a round of applause from fellow competitors and those in the audience.

Spellers took a written test on Tuesday, and those results figured into the selection of semifinalists.

The competition concludes Thursday night.

Lori Anne, a second-grader, joined 277 other contestant

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Wednesday May 30, 2012    06:48 AM
Marina Keegan , a prolific writer, actress and activist, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident near Dennis, Mass. She was 22.

At Yale, Keegan distinguished herself as a leader across disciplines: in addition to writing and starring in several campus plays, Keegan served as president of the Yale College Democrats, and last fall sparked a campus discussion on careers in finance and consulting that ultimately spread to other Ivy League campuses and the pages of the New York Times. Friends and professors interviewed remembered Keegan as a talented and ambitious young woman who had keen insight into human nature.

“Marina was someone who looked at the world and knew it had to be changed,

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Wednesday May 30, 2012    06:42 AM
When Lori Anne Madison, 6, takes the stage Wednesday, she will be stepping into history as the youngest person to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

The second-grader joins 277 other contestants, marking a milestone as the youngest competitor in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, according to the event's record books dating to 1993.

Since 1993, there have been four spellers who were 8 years old, said Mike Hickerson, the bee's communications manager.

Lori Anne beat out 21 kids in the regional bee in Prince William County in Virginia, earning a spot in the national bee.

She won by spelling the word "vaquero," the Spanish translation of "cowboy" often used in parts of the South.

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Monday May 28, 2012    03:09 PM
In his second emotional and heartfelt address this Memorial Day, President Obama paid specific tribute to those perished during the Vietnam War on the 50th anniversary of its beginning. He recalled the sacrifice of the troops who served there and the unjust blame that was heaped on them upon their return.

“It was a national shame, a disgrace that should have never happened. That’s why here today we resolve that it will not happen again,” Obama told vets and their families gathered at the Vietnam War Memorial on the national mall. “You were often blamed for a war you didn’t start when you should have been commended for serving your country with valor.”

The 50th anniversary, Obama argued

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Monday May 28, 2012    02:55 PM
BEIJING — Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country's police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan.

The documentary by CCTV was part of a series on Chinese police and high-tech crime-solving methods. A few seconds of footage showing Zuckerberg and Chan walking behind two police officers were shown included in a brief clip posted online by the Hebei province satellite station.

The footage shows the couple wearing the same clothes they were photographed in during a March 27 visit to Shanghai. Zuckerberg wears his custom hooded sweat shirt, this time in brown,

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Monday May 28, 2012    12:14 AM
Singer Tim McGraw announced on Thursday that he’s going to give away 25 mortgage-free houses -- one for each stop on his upcoming “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Kenny Chesney -- to wounded or needy service members.

The campaign, which kicks off with a Memorial Day concert for military members at the Beacon Theater in New York, was inspired by the close relationships McGraw has with veterans in his life.

“My sister’s a veteran, my uncle’s a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran,” McGraw said in an interview. “I’ve known people my whole life who are in service to America. And I think in my position to be able to do something like that is probably the

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Monday May 28, 2012    12:10 AM
A 22-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby are alive expected to live after being kidnapped, set on fire and shot in Warren, Mich., police said.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, told police she was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s home early Saturday morning after seeing a drive-in movie. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she told police.

“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “She was ordered to the ground.”

Duct tape was placed over her mouth and wrapped around he

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Sunday May 27, 2012    11:56 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, he said.

Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

He was regarded as the consummate underdog by his fans. The more trouble he found outside the ring -- including several stints in jail -- the more they ral

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Sunday May 27, 2012    11:53 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. – Police have confirmed that an abandoned bicycle found under a highway bridge belongs to missing college student Mickey Shunick, Fox 44 reports.

Two fisherman reportedly spotted the bicycle in a remote, swampy area in Iberville Parish, about 25 miles from where Shunick was last seen on May 19.

Several police agencies are now searching the area for clues and have dispatched search dogs under the bridge.

"Police are asking the public to remain out of the area so that law enforcement officials can search," Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette police spokesman said in an emailed news release obtained by The Associated Press.

Shunick, a 21-year-old student at the Universit

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