Trial to begin for teen charged in teacher's rape, killing

BOSTON (AP) — One day in the fall of 2013, Colleen Ritzer asked one of her 9th-grade algebra students to stay after school. Hours later, the body of the popular, 24-year-old teacher was found in nearby woods, partly covered by leaves. She had been raped and her throat had been slit with a box cutter. Near her body was a note reading, "I hate you all."
Crews keep digging for survivors of Guatemala mudslide

A doll and clothing lay in the mud as rescue workers continue to search the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. Rescue workers recovered more bodies Saturday after a hillside collapsed on homes late Thursday, while more are feared still buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala (AP) — Emergency crews dug through tons of earth Sunday in an increasingly hopeless attempt to find anyone alive in the acres of mud that buried a neighborhood in a Guatemala City suburb and claimed at least 83 lives.

Dangerous East Coast storm brings misery to South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A dangerous rainstorm drenching the East Coast brought more misery Sunday to South Carolina — cutting power to thousands, forcing hundreds of water rescues and closing "too many roads to name" because of floodwaters.
Assad says Russian air campaign vital to save Middle East

A civil defence member walks on rubble of a damaged building next to a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes carried out by Russian air force at Ehsim town in the southern countryside of Idlib, SyriaBy Dominic Evans and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - President Bashar al-Assad said the success of a military campaign by Russia, Syria and its allies was vital to save the Middle East from destruction, a day after Moscow said it would step up air strikes against Islamic State targets across Syria. A year-long air campaign by Western and Arab air forces in Syria and Iraq had been counterproductive, Assad said, helping terrorism spread and win new recruits, but a coalition of Syria, Russia, Iran and Iraq could achieve real results.

Oregon shooter showed little sympathy in calculated killings

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — The gunman had already shot several students at close range when he stood inches from Lacey Scroggins and demanded she stand.

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