Judge rules girl brain dead

An Oakland, CA judge has given the go ahead to remove a 13-year-old girl from life support after doctors declared her brain dead following a routine tonsillectomy.

The family of Jahi McMath plans to appeal the judge's decision, ABC News reports. The family spent Christmas day at Children's Hospital Oakland, where they set up a Christmas tree in Jahi's room.

The judge based his ruling on an evaluation from an independent neurologist who examined Jahi on Monday. Chief of child neurology and director of the Center for Brain and Behavior at Stanford, Dr. Paul Graham Fisher, said Jahi "has no response to facial pain, no gag reflexes, no reflexes in her arms or legs, and a complete absence of brain stem and cerebral function."

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Engagement ring

A Georgia man who cheated on his fiancée must pay her $50,000 for breach of promise, Courthousenews.com reports..

Melissa Cooper and Christopher Ned Kelley had a child together in 2000. In 2004, Kelley proposed and gave Cooper a ring valued at approximately $10,000.

Cooper then discovered that Kelley cheated on her with a woman he was seeing before he proposed to her. Cooper took Kelley back when he promised he would be faithful to her.

But Cooper was forced to face reality when she learned Kelley was seeing another woman in 2011.

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Marissa Alexander

A Tallahassee woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot at her estranged husband will get a new trial, Yahoo news reports.

A Florida state of appeals ruled Marissa Alexander is entitled to a new trial "because the judge failed to properly instruct the jury regarding her claim of self-defense," Yahoo News reports.

Alexander, 32, told police she fired the "warning shot" during an argument with her estranged husband who arrived at her home to pick up their son.

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Couple Convicted of Starving Adopted Daughter to Death

A Washington State couple was convicted of starving their adopted Ethiopian daughter to death, Goskagit.com.

Larry and Carri Williams of Sedro-Woolley-area were convicted of all but one of the charges filed against them in the death of teenager Hana Williams and the abuse of an adopted son.

Hana was found starved to death in the back yard of the couple's home where Hana was forced to live as part of a strict discipline regimen dictated by the couple's religion.

A coroner's report concluded that Hana died of hypothermia (prolonged exposure to the cold weather) that was aggravated by gastritis (inflammation caused by her stomach eating itself) and malnutrition.

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Stacey Dean Rambold

The winds of change are swirling in America. Before President Obama was elected in 2008, men who had sex with underage girls were given lengthy jail sentences. But the president's gay agenda has ushered in a new era of social tolerance that no sane American could have ever imagined.

A former high school teacher was sentenced to just 30 days in jail for repeated sexual contact with a 14-year-old student who later killed herself.

Yellowstone County district Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former high school teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison, with all but 31 days suspended, because the girl looked older than her chronological age.

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Andrea Sneiderman sentenced

Andrea Sneiderman didn't shed any tears for her husband, Rusty Sneiderman, on the witness stand during the 2012 trial of the man who killed him. But she shed tears for herself today when she pleaded with Judge Gregory Adams to let her go home to her kids.

The judge ignored her pleas and sentenced Sneiderman to serve 5 years on each charge of perjury for lying to investigators. Sneiderman was convicted of 9 of 13 charges yesterday in a DeKalb County courthouse.

Judge Adams said the sentences would run concurrently -- not consecutively, meaning she will only serve 5 years in prison.

"Take her into custody," said Judge Adams to the court officer. "Lawyers, move out of the way... do not obstruct."

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Blurred Lines

R&B singer Robin Thicke has filed a lawsuit to protect his single "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye's family and Funkadelic's copyrights owners, reports the NY Post. Music producer Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I., real name Clifford Harris Jr., are also named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The Funkadelic's rights owners claim there are similarities between "Blurred Lines" and a song they own the rights to.

Gaye's family say "Blurred Lines" borrows heavily from Marvin's hit single "Got to Give it Up."

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50 Cent

Volatile rapper 50 Cent is due in court today to answer to a domestic abuse charge. Fiddy was arrested in June and charged with assaulting his ex-girlfriend and trashing her Toluca Lake condo. Fortunately for loose change, he has one less thing to worry about: he is not the father of his ex-girlfriend's son.

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TEXT

Today's headline on Matt Drudge's news aggregate website Drudgereport.com screams "JEANTEL WARNED ZIMMERMAN COULD BE GAY RAPIST" -- a reference to trial witness Rachel Jeantel who was the last person Trayvon Martin spoke to before he was killed by George Zimmerman. Jeantel's first interview aired on CNN Monday night.

Drudge describes how Jeantel "opened up and let loose on the murder case that gripped that nation."

And because he's gay, Drudge immediately pounced on the notion that Jeantel called Zimmerman a "gay rapist."

Of course, that's not what she said, but that's the way Drudge heard it.

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Solange Knowles Protest

Singer/DJ Solange Knowles was among the demonstrators taking to the streets around the country to protest the acquittal of the man charged with killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Solange participated in a rally for Trayvon at Brooklyn's Borough Hall, in Brooklyn, NY, on Sunday -- one day after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman on all charges. Solo's more famous sister, Beyonce, asked for a moment of silence during her concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. "I'd like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon," said Beyonce on Saturday, about 30 minutes after the verdict was announced. President Barack Obama called for calm after the verdict. And the Dept. of Justice says it will review the case to see if Zimmerman violated Trayvon's civil rights.

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