Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have together donated $1 million to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group that backs universal background checks. The Alliance is backing a ballot measure in Washington state this November that would require background checks for all gun purchases, including those made at gun shows and online.
A Massachusetts lawyer is concerned that it will be difficult to find impartial jurors for an upcoming murder trial given his client's implanted horns and satanic "666" tattoo. Caius Veiovis, 33, is accused of helping David Chalue and Adam Lee Hall kidnap, torture, murder and dismember David Glasser, Edward Frampton and Robert Chadwell in Berkshire County on August 28, 2011. Glasser had been expected to testify against Hall, a member of the Hell's Angels biker gang, in an unrelated assault case. read more
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An American journalist kidnapped nearly two years ago has been freed in Syria and handed over to UN representatives, after Qatari mediation helped lead to his release. Peter Theo Curtis was freed from captivity on Sunday, after reportedly being abducted in Antakya, Turkey, where he planned to enter Syria in October 2012. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), at least 67 journalists have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprising. read more
A dad who left his three young kids in a car for hours while he drank at an Ocala, Florida, bar this week was beaten up by patrons and arrested by police when they arrived after 1 a.m. Joshua Delong, 28, was found by police bloody and on the ground outside Dr. B's Bar. Heather Weiss was leaving the bar when she saw the 5, 7 and 8-year-old kids in the car, where they'd been left with the windows up and the keys in the ignition. "We heard honking in the vehicle parked in the parking lot. The kids were calling for their dad," she said. "They said, 'Daddy does this all the time,' and it was hot, and they had been there since the sun was out." read more