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2 charged after online threats to rape victim

– A girl who was raped by two high school football players is being victimized by threats against her on Twitter, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday as he demanded an end to such postings.

Two girls, 15 and 16, were accused of posting the tweets Sunday following the conviction and sentencing of two boys for raping the 16-year-old West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party.

The older girl was charged with aggravated menacing for a tweet that threatened homicide, according to the attorney general’s office. The girl is a cousin of defendant Ma’Lik Richmond, attorney general spokesman Dan Tierney said.

A Twitter message from the younger girl threatened the accuser with bodily harm, leading to a menacing charge, DeWine’s office said. One of the messages was later reposted on Facebook.

Cyprus will not take citizens’ earnings

Lawmakers in Cyprus decisively rejected a plan on Tuesday to seize up to 10 percent of people’s bank deposits in order to secure an international bailout and prevent a collapse of the country’s banks.

The vote leaves the tiny Mediterranean economy in financial limbo, but hundreds of protesters outside Parliament cheered and sang the national anthem when they heard the bill failed.

Still, Cyprus needs $20.4 billion to bail out its indebted banks and shore up government finances.

Wildfire in Smokies damages cabins

A wildfire burning in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in eastern Tennessee has damaged or destroyed nearly 60 large rental cabins and is threatening additional homes.

The 160-acre fire was reported around 5 p.m. Sunday in Sevier County, said Ben Bryson of the Tennessee Division of Forestry. National Guard helicopters were pouring water on the fire. Although the fire was initially contained, officials reported the fire breached the containment and was threatening an additional 15 to 20 homes.

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