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Amanda Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito in 2007, outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy.  (AP Photo/Stefano Medici, File)
Amanda Knox, left, and Raffaele Sollecito in 2007, outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici, File)
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Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend face parallel trial by social media

MILAN (AP) -- Italy's highest court this week takes up the Amanda Knox case for the second time as a parallel trial-by-social media rages online, with partisans on both sides seeking to shape public opinion over a murder case that has polarized observers in three nations.

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Robert Durst
FILE - In this Tuesday, March 17, 2015 file, Robert Durst is escorted to the Orleans Parish Prison in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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No bond for millionaire Durst on New Orleans weapons charges

A magistrate on Monday ordered millionaire Robert Durst held without bond on weapons charges in Louisiana and said the man wanted in the 15-year-old death of his friend in California was both a flight risk and a danger to others.

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Debra Jean Milke listens to a judge during a hearing in Phoenix in 2013. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
Debra Jean Milke listens to a judge during a hearing in Phoenix in 2013. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
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Death row inmate in Arizona freed after 22 years, case thrown out

PHOENIX (AP) -- An Arizona woman who spent more than two decades on death row in her 4-year-old son's killing was exonerated Monday, bringing an end to a controversial case that relied almost entirely on the work of a detective with a long history of misconduct.

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Israeli friends and relatives gather around the bodies of seven Jewish siblings killed in a New York house fire, during their funeral, in Jerusalem, Monday. , funerals take place as soon as possible after death.
Israeli friends and relatives gather around the bodies of seven Jewish siblings killed in a New York house fire, during their funeral, in Jerusalem, Monday. , funerals take place as soon as possible after death.
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Seven children who died in a Brooklyn house fire are buried in Israel

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Seven Jewish siblings who died in a devastating New York house fire were laid to rest in Jerusalem on Monday at an emotional ceremony attended by several thousand mourners.

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Bill Cosby, during an interview last November. AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Bill Cosby, during an interview last November. AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Bill Cosby accusers fight motion to dismiss defamation suit

BOSTON (AP) -- Three women who allege Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago say in a court filing that he doesn't have a right to lie and hide behind the statements of his representatives to have their defamation lawsuit dismissed.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Cruz launches presidential campaign at Christian college

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) -- Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitter just after midnight, several hours before the official launch at the college founded by the late Rev. Jerry Falwell Monday morning.

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Mourners attend funeral services for the seven siblings killed in a house fire in Brooklyn
Mourners attend funeral services for the seven siblings killed in a house fire in Brooklyn (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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7 children killed in Brooklyn house fire head to Israel for burial

NEW YORK (AP) -- The bodies of seven siblings who died in a house fire are headed to Israel for burial, a day after their sobbing father told mourners in his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community how much joy they had brought him.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building Washington
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building Washington (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
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Cash-strapped Americans increasingly turn to tax refund advances

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters during a news conference in front of the scene of a fatal fire in Brooklyn
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters during a news conference in front of the scene of a fatal fire in Brooklyn (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Funeral today for 7 siblings who died in Brooklyn house fire

NEW YORK (AP) -- The tightknit Orthodox Jewish community in New York City where seven siblings died in a house fire during the Sabbath was reeling Sunday as funeral services for the children were being prepared.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Obama takes Netanyahu ‘at his word’ on Palestinian state

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama said he takes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "at his word" for saying that an independent Palestinian state will never co-exist with Israel as long as he is in office, yet another sign of the strained relations between longtime allies.

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