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Judge Finds ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Suspect Competent to Stand Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(WAUKESHA, Wis.) — A Wisconsin judge found 13-year-old Slender Man stabbing suspect Anissa Weier competent to stand trial on Thursday.

Testimony from three doctors who evaluated Weier — one hired by the prosecution, the other two by her defense — were heard in court.

The prosecution’s doctor found her competent, while the defense’s doctors found her incompetent.

When Weier herself was asked by Judge Michael Bohren if she considered herself competent, Weier said, “I consider myself incompetent, sir.”

By stating such, under Wisconsin law, Weier set a very high burden of proof for the prosecution to clear and the judge ruled that they had met the burden.

A second hearing to determine the competency of the other suspect, Morgan Geyser, is set Thursday for 2:30 p.m. ET.

According to investigators, Geyser and Weier from Waukesha, Wisconsin, decided they wanted to be with Slender Man, a fictional horror character born from a dark corner of the Internet. In stories they read about him online, Slender Man kidnaps and kills children.

Not only did the girls believe he was real, police said, they were convinced the only way to get in his good graces was to kill someone.

But Slender Man isn’t real. And their friend, a girl named Payton Leutner, survived being stabbed last May with a large kitchen knife 19 times.

All three girls were 12 at the time.

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Al Sharpton Meets with Sony’s Amy Pascal over Hacked Emails

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Rev. Al Sharpton met with Sony Chairman Amy Pascal Thursday morning about the racial remarks in private emails that were leaked after the company was hacked, and while he said that they discussed possible routes for improved relations, he did not let her off the hook.

“The jury is still out with where we go with Amy,” Sharpton said at a news conference after his meeting with Pascal.

Pascal is the chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and her emails were a main target in the hack. She has already apologized for the contents of the emails, but said that the private messages “are not an accurate reflection of who I am.”

That was not enough for Sharpton, however, who said that she called his advocacy organization, the National Action Network, as soon as the inappropriate remarks were released.

“I said to her at that time that the climate and environment of Hollywood only confirms the type of language that was used in those emails,” Sharpton said Thursday.

“Being that Hollywood is an environment that still resembles 1950s America, it is a context that confirms the language,” he said.

Sharpton did confirm that the National Action Network, as well as the NAACP, the National Urban League and the Black Women’s Roundtable, will work with executives from Sony about ways to increase and improve racial diversity in the entertainment industry.

“Our interest is in changing Hollywood…seeing to it that Sony is on the right side of changing Hollywood,” said Mark Morial, the president of the National Urban League, who appeared alongside Sharpton during Thursday’s new conference.

Both men concluded their comments by condemning the hack itself, with Sharpton slamming the “dangerous precedent” that was set by what Sharpton described as a foreign government being able to “manipulate and bully the American corporate structure.”

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American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.

The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.

The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in order to become AKC recognized, the organization reports.

The breeds will become recognized breeds and be allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Spanish Water Dog is described by the AKC as, “lively, hardworking, and very intelligent,” in addition to being “naturally protective.”

The Cirneco dell’Etna is described as, “a hunter that works by scent, sight, and hearing.”

The AKC calls the Bergamasco an, “athletic, sociable and intelligent dog that has a deep desire to please its owner.”

The Boerbol is described as not the dog for first-time dog owners, but one that still has, “strong protective instincts and loves its family.”

The four breeds’ recognition means there will be 184 AKC-recognized dog breeds come Jan. 1.

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American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.

The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.

The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in order to become AKC recognized, the organization reports.

The breeds will become recognized breeds and be allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Spanish Water Dog is described by the AKC as, “lively, hardworking, and very intelligent,” in addition to being “naturally protective.”

The Cirneco dell’Etna is described as, “a hunter that works by scent, sight, and hearing.”

The AKC calls the Bergamasco an, “athletic, sociable and intelligent dog that has a deep desire to please its owner.”

The Boerbol is described as not the dog for first-time dog owners, but one that still has, “strong protective instincts and loves its family.”

The four breeds’ recognition means there will be 184 AKC-recognized dog breeds come Jan. 1.

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American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.

The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.

The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in order to become AKC recognized, the organization reports.

The breeds will become recognized breeds and be allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Spanish Water Dog is described by the AKC as, “lively, hardworking, and very intelligent,” in addition to being “naturally protective.”

The Cirneco dell’Etna is described as, “a hunter that works by scent, sight, and hearing.”

The AKC calls the Bergamasco an, “athletic, sociable and intelligent dog that has a deep desire to please its owner.”

The Boerbol is described as not the dog for first-time dog owners, but one that still has, “strong protective instincts and loves its family.”

The four breeds’ recognition means there will be 184 AKC-recognized dog breeds come Jan. 1.

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49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.

In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, “This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions.”

Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald’s home had been searched after a woman told detectives “she was possibly sexually assaulted.”

According to cops, the alleged victim sought treatment at a hospital Tuesday, which then notified authorities about her accusations against McDonald.

Earlier this year, McDonald was arrested by Santa Clara police following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his fiancée. However, charges were never filed.

Now a free agent, McDonald had played for San Francisco since 2007.

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49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.

In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, “This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions.”

Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald’s home had been searched after a woman told detectives “she was possibly sexually assaulted.”

According to cops, the alleged victim sought treatment at a hospital Tuesday, which then notified authorities about her accusations against McDonald.

Earlier this year, McDonald was arrested by Santa Clara police following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his fiancée. However, charges were never filed.

Now a free agent, McDonald had played for San Francisco since 2007.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court

FBI(BOSTON) — With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Thursday — the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half.

The 21-year-old politely answered the judge’s questions in a final status conference, what is expected to be his last pretrial hearing before jury selection in his case begins in January.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges connected to twin explosions that ripped through the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others.

Investigators say that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted the bombs and followed the horrific attack up with a series of other crimes.

Four days after the explosions, investigators say, the Tsarnaevs murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, carjacked a Mercedes SUV driver, and led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown where a bomb and bullet battle erupted in the street. Tamerlan was killed in the firefight.

Dzhokhar fled the scene and hid for more than 16 hours until his capture on a dry-docked boat, where he appeared to explain his motive for the crime with a note written inside, according to prosecutors.

“We Muslims are one body. You hurt one of us you hurt us all,” read part of a note allegedly written by Tsarnaev on the wall of the boat amid bullet holes. “Know you are fighting men who look into the barrel [of] your gun and see heaven.”

Court documents filed in March gave a potential hint of at least part of the defense strategy Tsarnaev’s legal team could use: saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under the control of his older brother — “an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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