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Italy’s highest court on Friday vacated the murder conviction against American Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, bringing to a definitive end the long-running, high-profile case. Associated Press (2011)

Court clears Amanda Knox of all charges in 2007 killing

ROME — Italy's highest court overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend on Friday, throwing out all charges and ending a long-running courtroom drama over the killing of a British student in 2007. The ruling in favor of Knox, a 27-year-old former exchange student from Seattle, …


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    AKRON, Ohio — The stars of a charity calendar are in their 80s and 90s, but that didn't stop the men and women from an assisted living facility in Ohio from showing a little skin.

    Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living residents, from left, Wilma Purvis, 94; Jo Pyle, 90; and Sylvia Palcic, 87, pose for a photo that appears on the cover of the Barberton, Ohio, facility’s charity calendar. Proceeds from the $12 calendars go toward providing shoes for local children.
  2. Iran nuclear talks expected to last right up to deadline


    LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are expected to continue right up until their Tuesday night deadline, with Iran and six world powers still divided on a variety of issues despite marathon meetings between their foreign ministers, officials said Sunday.

  3. Pressure builds as Nigeria counts votes


    KANO, Nigeria — Votes were counted Sunday in Nigeria's bitterly contested presidential election, as the two main rival parties accused each other of releasing false vote counts and plotting anarchy.

  4. Former Maryland governor swipes at Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush


    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took a swipe at 2016 presidential contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush on Sunday, saying that "the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families."

    Former Gov. Martin O’Malley is mulling a 2016 run.
  5. Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria


    BEIRUT, Lebanon — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.