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NFL star cut after release of video

NFL star cut after release of video showing he hit fiancee in casino elevator
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - NFL star Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens football team on Monday and suspended indefinitely by America's most popular sports league after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

The grainy video, released by TMZ Sports, shows Rice and Janay Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed Sept. 2.

Ravens cut RB Ray Rice after release of video

Ravens cut Ray Rice after release of video showing he hit fiancee in casino elevator
David Ginsburg, The Associated Press

BALTIMORE - Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February.

Aaron Hernandez seeks to suppress phone evidence

Aaron Hernandez says police didn't have proper warrant to take his cellphone in murder case
The Associated Press

FALL RIVER, Mass. - Lawyers for former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez have asked a judge to suppress evidence from his cellphone, saying state police didn't have a warrant to take it after his arrest last year.

The motion filed Monday in Bristol Superior Court says prosecutors misled his attorneys and improperly relied on warrants they had to search Hernandez's home and the phone. The filing says that when prosecutors learned Hernandez's attorneys had the phone, they should have sought a separate, more stringent, search warrant for the law firm.

Oklahoma to get new equipment for executions

Oklahoma prisons director: Agency to get new equipment for executions, tool to find vein
Tim Talley, The Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma is renovating its death chamber and buying new equipment for executions, including a tool to allow staff to more easily find suitable veins for lethal injections after a troubled execution in April, the director of the state Department of Corrections said Monday.

UK spies will face criminal inquiry over Libya

UK spies will face criminal inquiry into claims that intelligence shared with Gadhafi regime
Paisley Dodds, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's spy agencies will face a criminal investigation into claims that intelligence shared with Moammar Gadhafi's regime led to the torture or rendition of two Libyan men and their families, authorities announced Thursday.

Clark Gable grandson gets jail for pointing laser

Clark Gable's grandson gets 10 days in jail for pointing laser at LAPD helicopter
The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Clark Gable's 23-year-old grandson has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for pointing a green laser at a Los Angeles police helicopter as it flew 800 feet over Hollywood.

City News Service says the judge, who gave Clark James Gable credit for one day already served in jail, also placed him on three years' probation. He was sentenced Thursday.

Gable pleaded guilty last month to felony discharge of a laser.

He flashed the laser three times at the helicopter while riding as a passenger in a car on July 28.

Judge declares Natalee Holloway legally dead

Judge signs order declaring Natalee Holloway, teen missing in Aruba, legally dead
Phillip Rawls, The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A judge signed an order Thursday declaring Natalee Holloway dead, more than six years after the American teenager vanished on the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Judge Alan King signed the order at the end of a hearing in a Birmingham courtroom that was attended by the missing woman's divorced parents, David and Beth Holloway.

Army officer recommends trial in WikiLeaks case

Army officer recommends court-martial trial for soldier charged in WikiLeaks case
David Dishneau, The Associated Press

An Army officer recommended a general court-martial Thursday for a low-ranking intelligence analyst charged with causing the biggest leak of classified information in U.S. history.

Jury will hear Gibson deputy's case

Judge says jury to decide if deputy who arrested Gibson suffered discrimination
Anthony McCartney, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A jury should decide whether the sheriff's deputy who arrested Mel Gibson for drunken driving suffered workplace discrimination, a judge ruled Thursday despite expressing serious concerns about whether the man can win his case.

Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper said James Mee should be allowed to argue to jurors that he suffered discrimination and a hostile work environment after arresting Gibson in Malibu in 2006.

South Africa loses 8 rhinos in 1 day

South Africa loses 8 rhinos in 1 day, following record losses for 2011
The Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG - South African rangers say they have found eight dead rhinos that had been stripped of their horns, an unprecedented one-day toll.

Reynold Thakhuli, South African National Parks spokesman, said rangers found the rhinoceros carcasses Tuesday at two sites in Kruger, the country's flagship national park.

Thakhuli said Wednesday, "This is the first time that we've had so many in one day, and it's really a concern for us."

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