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Italy clears Knox of murder that gripped the world

Italy's top court clears Amanda Knox (L) and Raffaele Sollecito (R) of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal dramaItaly's top court has thrown out Amanda Knox's conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, bringing a sensational end to an eight-year legal drama that has gripped a global audience. Judges at the Court of Cassation on Friday also quashed all charges against Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after ten hours of deliberations in Rome. Arline Kercher called the decision "odd" given the pair had been convicted twice following the British student's killing in 2007. Sollecito, 31, learned of the verdict at his home in Puglia in southern Italy, where he had driven after attending the final hearing in the high court review on Friday morning.



Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

FILE -- In this file photo taken on Nov. 21, 2009, Amanda Knox reacts during a hearing at Perugia's court, Italy. American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito expect to learn their fate Friday when Italy's highest court hears their appeal of their guilty verdicts in the brutal 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate Meredith Kercher. Several outcomes are possible, including confirmation of the verdicts, a new appeals round, or even a ruling that amounts to an acquittal in the sensational case that has captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)SEATTLE (AP) — Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison: She recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown.



Spartans knock off Sooners 62-58 in East semifinal

Michigan State's Denzel Valentine (45) and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield (24) dive for the ball during the first half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 27, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half to lead Michigan State to a 62-58 win over Oklahoma in an NCAA Tournament East Regional semifinal on Friday night.



Nigeria votes in crunch presidential election

A woman walks with her bicycle past electoral campaign posters in the Rivers State town of Elele on March 27, 2015 on the eve of Nigeria's presidential electionFrom megacity Lagos in the Christian south to cities across the Muslim north, polling stations were due to open at 0700 GMT, with 68.8 million of Nigeria's 173 million people registered to vote. President Goodluck Jonathan arrived by helicopter in his home town of Utuoke in southern Bayelsa state on Friday night, hoping for a second term of office despite stinging criticism of his record. His main opponent, the self-styled scourge of government graft Muhammadu Buhari, was in Daura, northern Katsina state, eyeing a democratic return to power after a spell as military ruler in the 1980s. Observers, from the European Union and United Nations to the African Union and United States, were in place -- a sign of international interest but also to ensure a free, fair and transparent contest.



Officials: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen in Somali hotel continues more than 12 hours later

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Officials: Siege of al-Shabab gunmen in Somali hotel continues more than 12 hours later.


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