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US saw record number of exonerations in 2013

NBC News: 2013 was a record-breaking year for exonerations of prisoners in the United States, according to a new report. Almost a third were in cases where no crime occurred.

Photo: New York’s Rikers Island penitentiary complex (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP /Getty Images)

Feds will pursue death penalty against accused Boston bomber

JUST IN: Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Boston Globe reports.

With the authorization, the US attorney’s office in Boston can move forward in requesting a trial date. The death penalty can also now be a factor in any plea negotiations.

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Photo: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev holds up a bandaged at his arraignment on July 10, 2013, in a courtroom sketch.

Media asked to stay away ahead of Sandy Hook anniversary

Officials in Newtown, Conn., are asking members of the media to stay away ahead of the one year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, NBC Connecticut reports.

“We are trying to respect the world’s interest in us, but we also have a real need in our community to gain a foothold,” First Selectman Pat Llodra said.

Lost billion-dollar Nazi art haul discovered in Germany

BBC News: A collection of artworks looted by the Nazis has been found in Munich, German news magazine Focus reports. If confirmed by authorities, it will be among the largest ever recoveries of looted art.

The collection, believed to contain 1,500 pieces, may be worth over $1 billion and includes works by Picasso, Matisse and Chagall.

Photo: Replica of Picasso’s artwork Guernica which depicts German bombing during the Spanish Civil War. (AP)

George Zimmerman’s wife: Has doubts, but believes evidence

TODAY: In the middle of divorce proceedings against husband George Zimmerman, Shellie Zimmerman told Matt Lauer in an exclusive interview that she has doubts about what really happened in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year.

"I have doubts, but I also believe the evidence," she said.

She also said she regrets not pressing charges after a Sept. 9 private dispute with her husband.

Photo: George Zimmerman, left, shown in court with wife Shellie, in Sanford, Fla., on June 24, 2013, during the trial for the shooting of Trayvon Martin. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel Pool via AP file)

Kenyan authorities said to be in control of shopping center

The Kenyan interior ministry has tweeted that authorities are in control of the Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, which has been under siege since the weekend.

Officials said 3 attackers were killed in fighting Monday, with more than 10 suspects arrested. Eleven Kenyan soldiers have been wounded.

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Photo: Police officers take cover following a string of explosions from Westgate shopping center in Nairobi, during the third day of a stand off between Kenyan security forces and gunmen inside the building, on Sept. 23. (Siegfried Modola / Reuters)

7 arrested for dissolving man’s body in Japan

AFP: In a plot straight out of an episode of Breaking Bad, police in Japan have arrested 7 people for allegedly dissolving a body using chemicals found in drain cleaners.


The plot was uncovered when police discovered a dental implant linked to the man in a sewage tank.

North Carolina police: Unarmed man shot 10 times by officer
AP: Investigators say unarmed, 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell was shot 10 times by a Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer early Saturday. 
Officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at Ferrell while responding to a breaking and entering call, police say. Ten of those bullets hit the former Florida A&M University football player.
Officers say Ferrell had been in a car wreck. He had sought help at a nearby house and a woman called authorities when she didn’t recognize him.
Photo: Jonathan Ferrell is seen in an undated photo provided by Florida A&M University. (via AP)

North Carolina police: Unarmed man shot 10 times by officer

AP: Investigators say unarmed, 24-year-old Jonathan A. Ferrell was shot 10 times by a Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer early Saturday.

Officer Randall Kerrick fired 12 times at Ferrell while responding to a breaking and entering call, police say. Ten of those bullets hit the former Florida A&M University football player.

Officers say Ferrell had been in a car wreck. He had sought help at a nearby house and a woman called authorities when she didn’t recognize him.

Photo: Jonathan Ferrell is seen in an undated photo provided by Florida A&M University. (via AP)

UPDATE: 12 people dead in Washington Navy Yard shootings

Officials now say 12 people have died in the shootings at Washington Navy Yard.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed the number killed at a press conference and said the FBI will now lead the investigation.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Police respond to the report of a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb / AFP - Getty Images)

BREAKING: 1 shooter at Washington Navy Yard dead, source says
A federal law enforcement source tells the AP that one shooter at the Washington Navy Yard has died.
3 gunshot victims have been brought to Washington Hospital Center. All are alert and responsive with severe injuries, a hospital spokesperson said. She said their conditions are critical. The 1st victim is the DC police officer; he was shot multiple times in the legs and is currently in surgery. The 2nd victim was shot in the shoulder. The 3rd was shot in the head and hand.
More updates on BreakingNews.com.


Photo: A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

BREAKING: 1 shooter at Washington Navy Yard dead, source says

A federal law enforcement source tells the AP that one shooter at the Washington Navy Yard has died.

3 gunshot victims have been brought to Washington Hospital Center. All are alert and responsive with severe injuries, a hospital spokesperson said. She said their conditions are critical. The 1st victim is the DC police officer; he was shot multiple times in the legs and is currently in surgery. The 2nd victim was shot in the shoulder. The 3rd was shot in the head and hand.

More updates on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard on Sept. 16, 2013. (Jacquelyn Martin / AP)

New Delhi gang rape accused found guilty

Washington Post: A court in India has found 4 men guilty of fatally gang raping a young woman on a bus while she returned home from the movies with her boyfriend.

The court found the 4 men guilty on 14 counts of murder, rape, sodomy and theft. The men face life imprisonment or the death penalty in the form of hanging.

Photo: A Delhi police van believed to be carrying the four men accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of a student on a bus last December, arrives at the Delhi Saket court complex in New Delhi, India, Sept. 10, 2013 (Money Sharma/EPA)

BREAKING: Ohio kidnapper Ariel Castro found dead in prison cell

AP: Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, has committed suicide, Ohio corrections officials say. A spokeswoman says Castro was found hanging in his state prison facility cell at about 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday. Medical staff performed CPR before he was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.


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'Whitey' Bulger guilty of gangland killings

AP: Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been convicted in a string of 11 killings and other underworld crimes. The 83-year-old Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted of committing or playing a role in the killings during the 1970s and ’80s. Bulger was one of the nation’s most wanted fugitives. He was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

Photo via: Reuters/U.S. Marshals Service/U.S. Department of Justice

Transgender teen murdered by mob in Jamaica

AP: 16-year-old Dwayne Jones was beaten, stabbed, shot and run over by a car when he showed up at a street party dressed as a woman. His mistake: confiding to a friend that he was attending a “straight” party as a girl for the first time in his life.

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