Rap lyrics lead to arrest in unsolved Va. murder

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Rap lyrics may have been the break police in Newport News, Va., needed to solve a double murder from 2007.

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What’s next for Amanda Knox? Questions and answers about the case

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An Italian court on Tuesday ordered the retrial of Amanda Knox, the American college student jailed for four years for killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, but acquitted after an appeal.

Here are some questions and answers arising from the decision.

John McAfee hospitalized in Guatemala due to heart attacks, lawyer says

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Software guru John McAfee, who is fighting deportation to Belize, was rushed to the hospital in Guatemala on Thursday after his lawyer said he suffered two mild heart attacks.

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Chef who admitted slow-cooking wife’s body convicted of murder

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A California chef who admitted cooking his wife’s remains to destroy evidence was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder in a trial that included an audio recording of the man explaining the four-day cooking process to deputies.

BREAKING: Drew Peterson found guilty of both murder counts in the case of Kathleen Savio’s death

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Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET: A jury has found Drew Peterson guilty of both counts of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, The Associated Press reported from the Chicago courtroom on Thursday.

NBC Chicago reported that there were loud gasps in the courtroom as the verdict was delivered. Outside the courthouse, people cheered, the station reported.

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Maryland school shooting suspect, who dad says was bullied, is charged with attempted murder

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A Baltimore County, Md., high school student who opened fire on the first day of classes, critically wounding a classmate before being subdued by teachers, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault.

Baltimore County police confirmed to NBC News that the suspect in Monday’s shooting, Robert Wayne Gladden, Jr., 15, has been charged as an adult and is being held without bail.

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NYT: ‘I am bad news,’ Aurora gunman James Eagan Holmes warned weeks before attack

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The text message, sent to another graduate student in early July, was cryptic and worrisome. Had she heard of “dysphoric mania,” James Eagan Holmes wanted to know?

The psychiatric condition, a form of bipolar disorder, combines the frenetic energy of mania with the agitation, dark thoughts and in some cases paranoid delusions of major depression.

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John Lennon’s killer denied parole for seventh time

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John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, was denied release from prison in his seventh appearance before a parole board, New York corrections officials said.

Chapman, 57, was denied parole by a three-member board after a hearing Wednesday, the state Department of Corrections said Thursday. The transcript of his latest hearing wasn’t immediately released.

George Zimmerman back in court, seeking bail for a second time

Updated at 10 am ET: George Zimmerman, charged with second-degree murder in the February shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, has appeared before a judge in Sanford, Fla., to seek release on bail after his previous bail was revoked.

Martin’s older brother Jahvaris Martin attended the hearing, along with Trayvon’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton. The family was escorted — and is seated with — family attorney Benjamin Crump.

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7-year-old girl, Heaven, shot dead in Chicago

A 7-year-old girl was fatally shot in the back Wednesday outside of her family’s home in Chicago

The girl, identified as Heaven Sutton, was selling candy with her mother and playing with friends around 10:45 p.m. in the city’s North Austin neighborhood when someone opened fire down the street, NBCChicago.com reported.

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Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, addressed the murder charges Tuesday for the first time since her trial last summer.

In a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Anthony, 26, reportedly said, “There’s obviously several misconceptions. Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter.”

Morgan said Anthony “said that very firmly.”

More on their conversation here

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