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Smart Says She Was Raped Repeatedly by 'Evil' Kidnapper

Elizabeth Smart testified Thursday that she was raped repeatedly by her alleged kidnapper Brian David Mitchell, whom she called "evil" in her first testimony since he is accused of holding her captive as one of his wives seven years ago.

Muslims Not 'Free of Being Mocked,' Danish Cartoonist Says

Muslims need to develop an appreciation of satire and understand that they are not "free of being mocked or being offended," says the Danish caricaturist whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad incited rage throughout the Muslim world four years

U.N.: 1,100 Dead in Indonesia Earthquake

Rescue workers pulled victims, some screaming in pain, from the heavy rubble of buildings felled by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 777 people.

Jessica Lunsford's Killer Dies of Natural Causes

John Evander Couey, a convicted sex offender awaiting execution for kidnapping, raping and burying 9-year-old Jessica Lunsford alive in 2005, died of natural causes.

Empire State Goes Red for Communist China, Sparking Protest

Many are seeing red over the decision to turn New York City's highest beacon —and one of America's symbols for free enterprise — into a shining monument honoring communist China's revolution Wednesday night.

Hamas Leader: Palestinian Prisoner Release Being Negotiated

Mahmoud Zahar, the senior Hamas leader in Gaza, said Wednesday that the release of a tape showing that Gilad Shalit was alive was the first stage of a broader deal now being negotiated with Israel on the release of 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Up to 200 Dead in Indonesia Earthquake

A powerful earthquake rocked western Indonesia Wednesday, trapping thousands under collapsed buildings — including two hospitals — and triggering landslides.

FBI: Bloody Silhouette of Child Found in Anthony's Car

An FBI forensics lab identified a blood stain outline of a child in the fetal position in the trunk liner of accused child killer Casey Anthony’s truck, according to newly released documents.