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Indian rape victim succumbs to injuries

– An Indian woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi died today at a Singapore hospital, after her ordeal galvanized Indians to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence that devastates thousands of them every day.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he was aware of the emotions the attack has stirred and that it was up to all Indians to ensure that the young woman’s death will not have been in vain.

Indian police have arrested six people in connection with the attack. The frightening nature of the crime shocked Indians, who have come out in the thousands for almost daily demonstrations. Indian television channels said security had been tightened in New Delhi today in anticipation of more protests following the woman’s death.

The protesters are demanding stronger protection for women and the death penalty for rape, now punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment. Women face daily harassment across India, ranging from catcalls on the streets, groping and touching in public transport to rape.

‘Tragic’ milestone in Chicago: 500 killings

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the city has logged its 500th homicide of the year.

McCarthy issued a statement Friday calling the milestone a “tragic number that is reflective of the gang violence and proliferation of illegal guns that have plagued some of our neighborhoods.”

The last time Chicago reached the 500-homicide mark was in 2008, when the year ended with 512 killings. City records show Chicago had 435 homicides last year.

Idaho senator won’t contest DWI arrest

U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo, the Idaho Republican arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, doesn’t plan to fight the charges when he appears in court in January, a spokesman said Friday.

Police have said Crapo registered a blood alcohol level of 0.11 percent when he was pulled over early Sunday in the Washington suburb of Alexandria, Va., after running a red light.

But a secondary test performed after Crapo was brought to the jailhouse – the one that will be used in court – registered 0.14 percent, nearly twice the limit, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the arrest.

Vegas coroner IDs body as missing girl

Authorities say a body found in an undeveloped North Las Vegas housing tract belongs to a missing 10-year-old girl last seen with a suspect in a casino slashing case.

Clark County coroner’s officials on Friday identified the body found a day earlier as that of Jade Morris. Officials say she died of multiple stab wounds.

The girl was last seen Dec. 21 with Brenda Stokes Wilson, who had picked her up to go Christmas shopping. Family members say the girl had a close relationship with Stokes, who used to date her father. Stokes was arrested later that night after prosecutors say she slashed a co-worker at the Bellagio casino with razor blades.

Activists settle suit, to pay Ringling Bros.

An animal rights group will pay Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus $9.3 million to settle a lawsuit the circus filed after courts found that activists paid a former circus worker for his help in claiming the circus abused elephants.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said Friday it was not admitting any wrongdoing in settling the lawsuit. The New York-based animal rights group was one of several involved in a lawsuit filed in 2000 against the circus’ owner, Feld Entertainment Inc., claiming elephants were abused.

Courts later found that the animal rights activists had paid a former Ringling barn helper involved in the lawsuit at least $190,000, making him “essentially a paid plaintiff” who lacked credibility.

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