- January 27, 2013 - 7:50 PM
FLORIDACasey Anthony files for bankruptcy
Casey Anthony has filed for bankruptcy, claiming about $1,100 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities. Court records show that Anthony, acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2011, sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection Friday in federal court in Tampa. Court papers list Anthony as unemployed, with no recent income.
OHIOJudge mulls moving trial in rape case
A judge is expected to rule this week on whether to move the trial of two high school students charged with raping a drunk and unconscious girl as classmates tweeted comments and shared pictures of the incident. The case has drawn national attention to Steubenville, Ohio, for the sordidness of the alleged crime and for the manner in which details of it leaked out: via social media, which revealed damning photographs, texts and other communications that have helped the prosecution prepare its case.
SOMALIAThreat to Westerners in Somaliland region
British officials have advised Britons to leave the breakaway Somaliland region of Somalia because of a threat to Westerners. Britain's Foreign Office did not go into any detail about the nature of the threat but said "kidnapping for financial or political gain, motivated by criminality or terrorism" is an issue throughout Somalia. The northwest territory declared its independence in 1991 and has been a place of relative peace amid the turmoil of Somalia's south.
NORTH KOREALeader vows sanctions retaliation
Kim Jong Un has vowed to take "substantial and high-profile important state measures" and ordered his top military and party officials of what to do to retaliate against U.S.-led U.N. sanctions on the country, the North's official media reported. North Korea referred to a series of earlier statements in which Kim's government has threatened to launch more long-range rockets and conduct a third nuclear test to build an ability to "target" the United States.
FRANCESupporters rally for same-sex marriage
Thousands of people marched in the streets of Paris to show their support for a same-sex marriage bill that lawmakers will begin to debate on Tuesday. During his campaign, President Francois Hollande promised to legalize gay marriage within a year of taking office in May. Police estimated about 125,000 people marched on Sunday. Two weeks ago, a demonstration by those opposed to gay marriage drew an estimated 340,000 people.
BANGLADESHReports: Exits locked at burned factory
The government has ordered an investigation into allegations that the sole emergency exit was locked at a garment factory where a fire killed seven female workers. The fire Saturday at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital, raising questions about safety in Bangladesh's garment industry, which exports clothes to leading Western retailers. Gates of that factory were locked.
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