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TAMPA, Fla. — For nearly a year, as many as 15 girls ganged up on 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and picked on her, authorities say, bombarding her with online messages such as "You should die" and "Why don't you go kill yourself." At some point, Rebecca decided she couldn't take it anymore. She changed one of her online screen names to "That Dead Girl." She messaged a boy: "I'm jumping." And then, on Monday, she went to an abandoned concrete plant in Lakeland where she liked to hang out, climbed a tower and hurled herself to her death.
BROADUS, Mont. (AP) — If there's one thing Brandon Packard doesn't want to repeat in his life, it's to be ejected at 200 mph from a crashing bomber. Those were the words that Chris Gnerer, a rancher in the rolling hills of southeastern Montana, remembers hearing from one of the Ellsworth Air Force crew members he helped rescue, only hours after their B-1B bomber began to disintegrate in midair, the Rapid City Journal reported.
Hughes County Judge John Brown made a thoughtful and wise decision in ruling that Pierre teenager Braiden McCahren, who is accused of murdering 16-year-old Dalton Williams last year, should proceed to a jury trial next month in circuit court rather than going through the juvenile justice system.
GENEVA -- Striking a tough tone, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry opened swiftly convened talks with Russia on Syria's chemical weapons Thursday by bluntly rejecting a Syrian pledge to begin a "standard process" by turning over information rather than weapons — and nothing immediately. That won't do, Kerry declared at an opening news conference, a stone-faced Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at his side. "The words of the Syrian regime in our judgment are simply not enough."
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. — They were the kind of places that made for family memories of french fries and ice cream, but also created some raucous reality TV, like the time Snooki was laid out by a barroom sucker punch. They included an arcade where New Jersey's governor played Skee Ball with his wife and kids, and a shop where he ate pizza (at least before his recent weight-loss surgery). There were three frozen custard shacks, games of chance, and stores where tourists could buy naughty T-shirts.
PIERRE (AP) — South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says people should beware of scams by out-of-state vendors who charge a lot of money but do poor work when repairing hail damage or doing paving jobs. Jackley says the Consumer Protection Division in his office has received complaints about out-of-state operations targeting people who sustained hail damage recently in the Rapid City and Sioux Falls areas. He says transient vendors also seek paving jobs.
LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Coffee-colored floodwaters cascaded downstream from the Colorado Rockies on Friday, spilling normally scenic mountain rivers and creeks over their banks and forcing thousands more evacuations in water-logged communities beset by days of steady rain. The relentless rush of water from higher ground turned whole towns into muddy swamps and threatened to strand hikers and some rural residents into the weekend. In at least one community, pressure from the descending water caused sewer grates to erupt into huge black geysers.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's main opposition group in exile was "deeply skeptical" Friday about Damascus signing an international treaty banning the production and use of chemical weapons, saying a U.N. resolution was needed to enforce compliance. Syrian President Bashar Assad told Russian TV that his government would start submitting data on its chemical weapons stockpile a month after signing the convention. His ambassador to the United Nations said that as of Thursday, Syria had become a full member of the treaty, which requires destruction of all chemical weapons.
SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Some residents in one of Sioux Falls' oldest neighborhoods want to make their place in history official. The area called either Hunter's Addition or Pendar Lane...
PIERRE (AP) — The South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs plans to break ground later this month on a new veterans home in Hot Springs. A ceremony at the site...