Houston bank robbery

A Houston bank employee sent a text message to robbers giving them the go ahead to follow a businesswoman and snatch her purse containing $75,000.

Shelby Taylor Wyse, pictured center, was arrested Wednesday and jailed on second-degree felony robbery charges.

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Lakeisha Holloway

Las Vegas police say a woman drove a car onto a crowded sidewalk and plowed into tourists on the famous Las Vegas strip.

Lakeisha N. Holloway, 24, is charged with murder with the use of a deadly weapon in what police say was a deliberate assault.

A 32-year-old woman died in the crash and dozens more were injured, including an 11-year-old child who was dragged behind the woman's car when she fled the scene.

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Ethan Couch

The feds have joined the hunt for missing 18-year-old Ethan Crouch who killed four people while driving drunk at age 16 in 2013.

Couch is 2 years into a 10-year probation sentence. He avoided jail time after his lawyers argued that his rich parents sheltered him and he didn't understand the consequences of his actions.

The controversial strategy was dubbed the "affluenza defense" by the news media.

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church shooter

The suspect who slaughtered 9 members of a Bible study group in Charleston, S.C. has been arrested.

Police say Dylann Storm Roof, 21, of Columbia, S.C. was arrested in Shelby, N.C.

Roof entered the historic black church in Charleston, S.C. around 8 p.m. Wednesday night. Survivors of the massacre say Roof sat in the pews praying with about 12 members of the church for an hour before opening fire.

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Bounkham Phonesavanh

A 19-month-old boy is in critical condition after suffering severe burns to his face and upper body during a SWAT raid at his home.

The family of Bounkham Phonesavanh says a SWAT team raided their Habersham County home in the middle of the night early Wednesday. A SWAT member tossed a flash grenade into the home without looking. The grenade bounced into the baby's playpen and exploded in his face.

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Crystal Jackson and Britney Cosby

Authorities are investigating the deaths of a lesbian couple whose bodies were found next to a dumpster in Port Bolivar, Texas.

Family and friends of Crystal Jackson, 24, and her girlfriend 24-year-old Britney Cosby hope police are close to solving the murders.

Jackson, left, and Cosby had been together for 2 years.

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Obama Eases Prison Sentences for Drug Offenders

The Obama administration plans to ease mandatory prison sentences for convicted drug dealers. The new policy will benefit black drug offenders who are disproportionately affected by the mandatory sentences.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. made the announcement Monday as part of a comprehensive prison reform package to reduce prison sentences for elderly, nonviolent inmates whose drug offenses are not gang-related or part of a large-scale drug operation (such as Black Mafia Family).

Interestingly enough, President Obama was an avid drug user in his college days.

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Ariel Castro, the Ohio man who imprisoned 3 women in his Cleveland home for over a decade, will plead not guilty to multiple charges of kidnapping and rape, say his attorneys.

"The initial portrayal of him is one of a quote 'monster,' and that is not the impression that I got," said one of his two attorneys, Craig Weintraub, during an interview that aired on Wednesday's Today show.

"He is a human being, but what is offensive is that the women and the media want to demonize this man before they know the whole story, and I think it's unfair and not equitable," added Castro's co-counsel, attorney Jaye Schlachet.

Castro's attorneys portray him as a misunderstood, loving father who only wants the best for the 6-year-old girl he fathered with one of his captives, Amanda Berry, now 27.

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The Cleveland 911 dispatcher who took kidnap victim Amanda Berry's call on Monday evening may lose his/her job for the callous way the call was handled.

The unidentified dispatcher was cold and lacked empathy when Berry dialed 911 to report she had been kidnapped and held in a basement for 10 years by former Cleveland school bus driver Ariel Castro, 52.

Audio of the 911 call angered many Cleveland residents who demanded to know why the unsympathetic "call taker" didn't keep Berry on the phone until police arrived.

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Three Ohio women who were snatched off the same Cleveland block about 10 years ago were found alive in the home of a Cleveland school bus driver on Monday.

The driver, Ariel Castro, 52, was taken into custody Monday along with his 2 brothers. Castro kept the women hidden in a basement for 10 years, according to police. At least one of the women gave birth to a daughter, now 6, while in captivity.

Charles Ramsey, a neighbor who rescued Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, said he was at McDonald's when he heard a woman screaming hysterically inside a nearby house.

"This girl is kicking the door and screaming," he told local NBC affiliate WKYC-TV.

Ramsey said the woman screamed, "Help me get out! I'm Amanda Berry... I've been missing for 10 years!" Ramsey said he believed the woman was involved in a domestic violence dispute.

Berry was snatched at age 16 in 2003, as she left her job at McDonald's. DeJesus was 14 when she was taken while walking home from school in 2004. Knight was kidnapped in 2002.

Ramsey and another man broke down the door so Berry could escape. "We had to kick open the bottom," Ramsey told WEWS-TV. "Lucky on that door it was aluminum. It was cheap. She climbed out with her daughter."

“I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms," Ramsey told the station. "Either she homeless or she's got problems. That's the only reason she'd run to a black man!"

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Justin Bieber

Lately it seems troubled pop singer Justin Bieber's name has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Bieber, 19, caused a commotion when he showed up 2 hours late for a concert at London's 02 Arena in March. Then he feigned breathing problems to gain sympathy from his fans and the press.

He followed those antics up by leaving an insulting message in the visitor's log at Holocaust victim Anne Frank's memorial center. Now comes word that Swedish police found pot and a stun gun on Bieber's tour bus on Wednesday. His 15 minutes aren't up yet?

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Boston Bomber Suspect was Unarmed

According to the Huffington Post, two U.S. officials confirmed to the Associated Press that 19-year-old Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was unarmed when he was found hiding in a boat on Friday, April 19. No gun was found in the boat, according to the AP.

This contradicts the blatant lies told by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, who said his officers and SWAT team members "exchanged gunfire" with the suspect. Davis' exact words were:

“Over the course of the next hour or so we exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who was inside the boat, and ultimately the hostage rescue team of the F.B.I. made an entry into the boat and removed the suspect, who was still alive."

He was wrong on both counts; there was no gunfire exchanged and the FBI did not enter the boat or remove the suspect.

A photo taken by a CBS cameraman during the standoff clearly shows Tsarnaev exiting the boat under his own power.

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Trina breaks down

Former rapper Trina Laverne Taylor broke down in tears after being informed of the death of her younger brother in Miami on Tuesday (April 23).

According to Miami police, Wilbrent Bain, 19, was shot multiple times by a friend outside his home in unincorporated North Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade County police said Bain was on a bicycle at NW 91st Street and 24th Avenue when Ron Dobson, 27, produced a gun from his waistband and shot Bain who was unarmed. Bain was transported to a local Miami hospital, where he died.

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Paris protests gay marriage

300,000 protesters took to the streets in Paris, France to demonstrate against the gay marriage law which was approved by the lower house of the French Parliament last month. The 'marriage for everyone' bill comes up for a vote in the Senate next.

France becomes the fourteenth country in the world to legalize same sex marriage. The law was not put to a vote by the people, which angered many French citizens.

The French protesters believe the gay marriage law was passed due to the majority of homosexual politicians in the French parliament.

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Tavon White

According to an unsealed federal indictment, a Baltimore jail inmate has sired 5 babies with 4 female guards at the Baltimore City Detention Center, The Baltimore Sun reports. Those guards were named in the indictment, along with 9 of their co-workers, for enabling a prison gang's drug trafficking and money laundering enterprise behind bars. Baltimore was the backdrop for the critically-acclaimed HBO TV series The Wire.

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Reese Witherspoon Arrested for DUI in Atlanta

Actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband James Toth were arrested and Toth was charged with DUI during a traffic stop in Atlanta early Friday morning.

The petite 37-year-old star is seen hanging her head in shame in her mugshot which has been transmitted around the world. The mother-of 3 dyed her blond locks brunette for her role in her new movie "The Good Lie," which is being shot in Atlanta.

Toth was driving a leased Ford Fusion with Witherspoon in the passenger seat when a Georgia State trooper pulled them over.

As the trooper administered a breathalyzer test on Toth, Witherspoon kept getting out of the car.

"Do you know my name?" Witherspoon asked the trooper, according to the report. "You are going to be on national news."

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Boston suspect captured

The massive manhunt for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar "Jahar" A. Tsarnaev, is over. The 19-year-old fugitive was captured without incident in Watertown, Mass., near Boston Friday night.

"Your mayor is proud of you," Menino tweeted to the Boston police force.

"In our time of rejoicing, let us not forget the families of Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell and Officer Sean Collier," the Boston police tweeted.

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Tamerlan and Johar Tsarnaeva

The grieving mother of the Boston Marathon bombers says her sons were set up by the FBI. In an emotional telephone interview with RT (Russia Today) in Moscow, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said emphatically that her sons, Dzhokhar "Johar" A. Tsarnaev, 19, and Tamerlan Tsarnayev, 26, were innocent.

She said the FBI had her youngest son under surveillance "for years" and that neither of her sons spoke of "Jihad" in her home. "I am a hundred percent sure that this is a set up. My two sons are really innocent," she told RT.

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Boston suspect

Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, also known as Boston bombings suspect #2, is still on the loose after gunning down an MIT campus police officer and wounding a Boston officer early Friday. Dzhokhar's brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, referred to by the FBI as suspect #1, was killed in the gunfight last night.

Dzhokhar's father reportedly urged his son to turn himself in. The grieving man who already lost one son, said "all hell would break loose" if Dzhokhar is killed by police.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev by Johannes Hirn

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, of Chechnya, was identified as suspect #1, the man seen wearing the black hat in FBI photos. Tsarnaev died of multiple gunshot wounds during a gun battle with Boston police early Friday morning.

Tsarnaev and bombing suspect #2, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, both entered the country legally. They lived in Cambridge, MA, near Boston, for about a year.

According to Slate.com, photographer Johannes Hirn created this photo essay of Tsarnaev, who was a trained boxer and competed in the National Golden Gloves competition in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Boston suspects

Within hours after The FBI distributed photos and videos of 2 male suspects being sought in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings, 1 bomber was dead and the other still on the loose.

The man known as suspect #1, wearing a black Bridgestone golf cap in the FBI photos, was dead of gunshot wounds and shrapnel injuries during a harrowing police chase in Boston late last night. Suspect #2 is still on the loose after stealing a police SUV, according to Boston news affiliates who report the suspect threw grenades, IED's and shot at police who returned fire.

"We believe this man to be a terrorist," said Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people."

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Boston bombing persons of interest

A Boston track coach and his teenage student are denying their involvement in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

The men stepped forward to identify themselves after photos of them wearing backpacks went viral online Wednesday.

The Smoking Gun identified the men as Yassine Zaimi, a 24-year-old track coach and Salaheddin Barhoum, a 17-year-old high school runner who works at Subway and posted photos to Facebook of his trip Monday. They were on Boylston Street, they say, to watch the race.

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Boston marathon bombings persons of interest

The FBI has released photos of 2 persons of interest in Monday's Boston Marathon bombings that left 3 people dead and 183 injured.

Local 2 News in Boston emphasized that authorities are seeking the public's help in identifying the men seen in these photos. The FBI bulletin does not describe the men as suspects in the bombings.

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inmate at Orlean Parish Prison

Shocking video footage has surfaced online showing inmates gambling, drinking beer, shooting up drugs and brandishing guns. The prison is not located in a lawless third world country -- the footage was allegedly filmed in a prison in New Orleans.

WDSU.com reports that U.S. District Judge Lance Africk released the videos Tuesday as part of hearings about a consent decree issued to Orleans Parish Prison.

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