Woman who got 20 years for shot is released
A Florida woman who became a cause celebre for civil rights activists after she received a 20-year prison sentence for firing a warning shot has been released on house arrest this week as she awaits another trial. Marissa Alexander's supporters said that she was at home for Thanksgiving with her children Thursday after she was released on $200,000 bail following a judge's ruling on Wednesday. During an argument, the mother of three had fired the warning shot in the direction of her estranged husband, against whom she had a protective order and who had twice been arrested on suspicion of attacking her. However, she was denied a "stand your ground" immunity hearing and was convicted of aggravated assault in 2012.
Karzai lashes out after drone strike
Afghan President Hamid Karzai erupted in anger at the United States on Thursday over what he said was a drone strike in southern Afghanistan that killed a child and wounded two women. Karzai, already locked in a bitter dispute with the United States over American ground raids on Afghan homes, repeated that he will not sign a proposed security agreement between the two nations unless all such raids are ended immediately.
Hong Kong: Authorities say 85 people have been injured in a predawn accident in which a high-speed ferry heading for Macau hit an unidentified object off an outlying island.
Georgia: Authorities in northwest Georgia say a man shot and killed a 72-year-old he thought might be an intruder but who turned out to be a wandering Alzheimer's patient.
Ohio: Most of the estimated 425 families evacuated after a train derailment and chemical spill were allowed to return home Thursday.
Ottawa: Canadian opposition politicians expressed shock and anger Thursday over a report that the U.S. National Security Agency had conducted widespread surveillance during a summit meeting of world leaders in Canada in June 2010.