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Doctors to examine ex-Notre Dame coach

Doctors to evaluate mental status of former Notre Dame assistant Brown
Tom Coyne, The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A northern Indiana judge has appointed a psychiatrist and a psychologist to evaluate the mental status of a former Notre Dame assistant football coach accused of striking his wife and holding her hostage in their home.

Corwin Brown's family has said they believe his actions leading to a seven-hour standoff with police last August might stem from brain trauma he suffered while playing college and pro football.

Sect leader challenges Nigeria president in video

Emerging from shadows, leader of radical Islamist sect challenges Nigeria leader amid unrest
The Associated Press

LAGOS, Nigeria - A new online video shows the leader of a radical Islamist sect challenging the president of Nigeria amid a nationwide strike in Africa's most populous nation.

Imam Abubakar Shekau of the sect known as Boko Haram criticizes President Goodluck Jonathan and the leader of an umbrella Christian group who called on worshippers to defend themselves from the sect. Shekau says the sect would kill anyone who challenges the group.

Shekau, wearing a camouflage bulletproof vest, sits between two Kalashnikov rifles in the video posted Tuesday to the Internet.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

Terminally ill woman witnesses Ohio murder-suicide

Family friction over care for Ohio cancer patient culminates in murder-suicide, leaves 4 dead
Kantele Franko, The Associated Press

LOGAN, Ohio - A man repeatedly shot his adult son and two sisters-in-law in his living room, killing them in front of his terminally ill wife, then fatally shot himself on the front porch as family tension about the cancer-stricken woman's care apparently boiled over, authorities said.

An earlier dispute about whether the woman should have been fed tea and toast or the orange her husband had peeled for her apparently set off the shooter Monday, 63-year-old Paul Gilkey.

A snake named Matilda: New species in Tanzania

World's newest snake, Matilda, has menacing yellow scales, horns, and a little girl's name
Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya - The world's newest snake has menacing-looking yellow and black scales, dull green eyes and two spiky horns. And it's named after a 7-year-old girl.

Matilda's Horned Viper was discovered in a small patch of southwest Tanzania about two years ago and was introduced last month as the world's newest known snake species in an issue of Zootaxa.

Divorced man suing over wedding pics speaks

Divorced man suing over wedding photos says case is about broken promise
Jennifer Peltz, The Associated Press

It may come across as an extreme case of nuptial nostalgia: A now-divorced man saying a photography studio should pay to recreate his wedding to make up for what he considers flawed pictures and video.

But after being branded a "groomzilla," Todd Remis said Tuesday his now-notorious lawsuit is about holding a business to a pledge, not holding onto a broken marriage.

Financial crisis lays seeds of 'dystopian future'

World Economic Forum warns that financial crisis is laying seeds of 'dystopian future'
Pan Pylas, The Associated Press

LONDON - The World Economic Forum warned Wednesday that the financial crisis that has gripped the global economy for the past few years is fueling resentment that could lay the seeds for a rising tide of protectionism, nationalism and social unrest.

In its assessment of the risks to the global economy, the Forum flagged a "dystopian future" for much of humanity that could wipe out the gains achieved so far by globalization and undermine a nascent economic recovery.

Mrs Obama: Tired of 'angry black woman' stereotype

Mrs. Obama resists pushy label, says she's weary of 'angry black woman' stereotype
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she's forcefully imposed her will on White House aides, saying she's tired of people portraying her as "some kind of angry black woman."

Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she hasn't read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Barack Obama's top advisers.

Wall Street futures edge lower on euro worries

US stock futures creep lower on worries about slowing German economy
The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - U.S. stock futures are edging lower as worries about a recession in Europe are outweighing hopes that the U.S. economic recovery will gather steam and help corporate earnings.

Dow Jones industrial futures are down 26 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 12,363 on Wednesday. Futures for the broader S&P 500 index are down 0.3 per cent to 1,283. The Nasdaq composite is down slightly at 2,356.

Republicans turn their attention to South Carolina

Romney takes aim at South Carolina after his easy win in more-moderate New Hampshire
The Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mitt Romney, fresh from a strong victory in New Hampshire, turned his attention Wednesday to the southern state of South Carolina where he is perceived as too moderate and faces a fierce battle.

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