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Alaska Nuns Crack Case of Monks' Missing Boat

What crime could there possibly be on a desolate, wooded island near Kodiak, Alaska, where a community of Orthodox Christian monks are holed up in a monastery? Boat-napping, according to Alaska State Troopers, who say that the Archangel, a 21-foot aluminum skiff used as the monks' primary means of transport...

Woman Switches Seats on Plane, Spends 3 Days in Jail

A 68-year-old woman is suing United Airlines for $5 million because, she says, she spent three days in jail simply because she switched seats on a plane. Jean Mamakos of New York had changed planes in Seattle en route to Alaska, and after the doors closed for takeoff, she attempted...

5 Craziest Crimes of 2014

Old acquaintance should not be forgot, especially not when it comes to the folks who've allegedly committed the dumbest, weirdest, face-palmiest crimes of the year. Here are 2014's best—or worst, depending how you look at it—crazy crimes, in five categories that have more than a few entrants. ONLINE...

Kayaker Nabs Suspected Mail Thief

A fast-paddling good Samaritan in a kayak helped sheriff's deputies in Washington state nab a suspected Christmas mail thief. Police received multiple calls on Wednesday morning that a man and a woman were going through mailboxes around the town of Sammamish. While deputies were on their way, residents spotted a...

Mystery Shopper's Death Is a Mystery

Mystery is swirling around the death of a mystery shopper earlier this month in the San Francisco Bay area. Marjorie Hillerman, 61, of Mesa, Ariz., was "well-known in the mystery-shopper community," as the Arizona Republic puts it; some colleagues called her the "Master of Disguise," the San Jose Mercury News...

Woman Who Took Selfie With Corpse Pleads Guilty

The woman who, police say, took a selfie with a dead body before dumping it pleaded guilty this week to abandoning a corpse. Chelsie Berry, 24, and Jared Prier, 28, were accused of disposing of 30-year-old Dennis Meyer's body after he overdosed on drugs in August... after taking the picture...

Christmas Morning Burglars Steal 3-Week-Old Puppies

With no cash to offer their burglars, an Ohio couple was robbed of their four puppies on Christmas morning instead. A Wayne County sheriff's captain says three men slipped through an unlocked sliding door at a northeast Ohio home at around 6am today. Authorities say the suspects confronted a 32-year-old...

Woman's Stolen '67 Mustang Returns Home After 28 Years

Lynda Alsip got an unexpected Christmas present this year: the 1967 Ford Mustang she had stolen from her 28 years ago. Alsip had last seen her first car, purchased for $800 in 1985, at her apartment complex in Salinas, Calif., before it vanished in 1986 while she was out with...

Cops: Shopper Kills Thief Trying to Steal Air Jordans

What Jawaad Jabbar didn't know when he allegedly confronted two shoppers who had just bought $200 Air Jordans and, pointing a gun at them, tried to steal the Nike shoes: One of those shoppers had a gun of his own. Police say that shopper shot the 16-year-old during the incident...

Murder Suspect Goes Free After 18 Years in Prison

Prosecutors in Cleveland have dropped the charges against a murder suspect who was imprisoned for more than 18 years but maintained his innocence and was granted a new trial. The Plain Dealer reports 40-year-old Anthony Lemons said a burden was lifted from him as a judge acquitted him yesterday. In...

Mass. Uber Driver Accused of Raping Passenger

More trouble for Uber : A driver for the ride-sharing service has been charged with rape, among other things, for a Dec. 6 incident in Massachusetts. The alleged victim says Alejandro Done, 46, picked her up from a Boston residence after she had been out with friends and, instead of taking...

Mo. Police Chief: Dead Teen Drew Gun First

"Bad choices were made," said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar in a morning press conference following last night's police shooting of a teen in Berkeley, Mo., a town bordering Ferguson. "This individual could have complied, he could have ran away, he could have dropped the gun," says Belmar,...

Prosecutors Want 'Nut Rage' Exec Arrested

Despite her tears and public apologies, former Korean Air exec Cho Hyun-ah is facing criminal charges from South Korean prosecutors over her meltdown on a Dec. 5 flight out of New York, the BBC reports. According to a government investigation, Cho (also known as Heather Cho) became enraged when a...

Police Officer Kills Teen 2 Miles From Ferguson

The town of Berkeley, Mo., is roughly two miles from Ferguson, and today finds itself dealing with some Ferguson-like protests after a police officer shot and killed a black teen who was allegedly armed last night. Per a statement posted to Facebook by St. Louis County Police, during "a routine...

Canada Convicts Guy Who Killed, Dismembered Lover

A jury found a Canadian man guilty today of killing and dismembering his Chinese lover and mailing the body parts to schools and political parties. Luka Magnotta was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 slaying of Jun Lin after eight days of jury deliberations. He was also convicted on...

Baggage Handler Helped Smuggle Guns on Planes: Officials

A baggage handler with Delta Airlines is one of four people arrested in an alleged gun-smuggling ring, ABC News reports. Investigators tracked down Delta employee Eugene Harvey through Mark Quentin Henry, who was arrested after landing in New York earlier this month while allegedly carrying 18 handguns, including seven that...

NY Rep Grimm Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

As expected, US Rep. Michael Grimm has pleaded guilty in a federal tax-evasion case that he fought as he won re-election this fall. Grimm pleaded guilty today in a New York federal court to one count of aiding in the filing of a false tax return. Sentencing is set for...

'Mississippi Burning' Convict Won't Confess

Edgar Ray Killen has granted his first interview since being imprisoned in 2005 for the killing of three young civil rights workers 50 years ago, but he still refuses to discuss the events of 1964, much less confess. The 89-year-old, speaking to the AP inside the Mississippi State Penitentiary, says...

Arizona Makes Changes After 'Not Botched' Execution

Arizona's execution of Joseph Wood was "not botched," a state-commissioned review has concluded, even though it took almost two hours for him to die. The director of Arizona's Department of Corrections says the lethal injection was "done appropriately and with the utmost professionalism," the Arizona Republic reports, although none of...

Sources: NY Rep Grimm to Plead Guilty on Tax Evasion

People familiar with the case tell the AP that US Rep. Michael Grimm of New York City is planning to plead guilty to a tax evasion charge instead of going to trial next month. A plea hearing is scheduled for tomorrow in federal court in Brooklyn. Lawyers for Grimm and...

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